Chris joined Watsi on April 25th, 2013. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Chris' most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Laiyorie, a three-year-old from Tanzania, to fund surgery that will enable him to use his hands.
Chris has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 5 countries.
Chris has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 5 countries.
Laiyorie is a three year old baby boy and the last born child in a family of seven children. Unfortunately, Laiyorie's father passed away last year leaving their mother with seven children to take care of all by herself. She was able to start a small business which sells kerosene, sugar, and a few other commodities to make a living and help her provide for her children. Laiyore was born with deformed fingers of the right hand due to amniotic banding and webbed toes on his right leg. His parents could not seek treatment for him due to financial challenges. But when his mother learned about African Mission Healthcare from the doctors who visited her church she decided to seek treatment for him with our medical partner. But his mother cannot afford her son’s treatment cost. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Laiyorie has been scheduled for surgery to remove his deformed index finger which will help him use the remaining fingers with ease in carrying out his daily activities. Now, Laiyorie's mother asks for your help and support in funding this $1,088 surgery. Laiyorie’s mother shared, “With all the responsibility I have to provide and care for my children I will not be able to afford my son’s treatment cost. Please kindly help my son have this surgery.”
Rwabinumi is a teacher from Uganda. He is a married father of six children. He has three girls; one is a teacher and the other two are still in school. One of his sons has just completed clinical medicine but hasn’t gotten a job yet. The other two are still in school as well. Rwabinumi’s only source of income is his teaching job. His wife is a small-scale farmer and mostly grows food crops for their family to eat. Rwabinumi is feeling overwhelmed with loans taken to pay for school fees for his children and to meet the needs of his family. Since ten years ago, Rwabinumi has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and if not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on May 19th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund Rwabinumi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Rwabinumi says: “I hope to get well and free from all this pain that I have been having for a very long time because when I am at home with no one around to assist me, I can’t even bend to pour water on the basin for a bath.”
Kabare is a farmer from Uganda. Kabare is married and a father to three children. He has two girls and one boy, all are married and are also small-scale farmers. He earns a living from his small banana and coffee plantation but at a one time he also grew small gardens of beans, maize and millet for home consumption. But he no longer does this because of pain which he experiences while cultivating. Three years ago, Kabare developed a right inguinal hernia. His hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Fortunately, on July 21st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Kabare's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kabare says, “Once my surgery is done, I hope to recover from this condition and resume with farming to provide for my family.”
Khun is a 17-year-old from Cambodia. He enjoys listening to music, exercising, and he hopes to become a businessman when he gets older. Since 2015, Khun has experienced debilitating pain in both of his hips caused by osteoarthritis. He has to walk with crutches and dropped out of school because he was unable to sit in class for long periods of time. Fortunately, Khun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Khun of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 5th, and Khun needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. Khun's mother said, "I hope that after surgery, my son will be able to sit and walk without any difficulties, and I won't have to worry about his condition anymore."
Barrack is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of two children. One year ago, Barrack sustained burns on his right elbow after boiling water spilled on his hand. He cannot straighten or bend his hand fully. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Barrack receive treatment. On August 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his hand freely. Now, his family needs help to fund this $799 procedure. “We have been looking for help concerning my son’s condition and are still waiting for help. My desire is to see his hand straightened and able to do his work independently," says his father.
Hongdarorm is a fourth grade student from Cambodia. He has an older sister and two older brothers. He likes drawing and playing football. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He enjoys drinking coconut juice. Four years ago, he was burned by a fire on his foot. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. It is difficult for him to walk and bend his toes. When Hongdarorm learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 1, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to mobilize his foot and toes again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. He says, "I am looking forward to playing football with my friends after surgery."
Mu is a 25-year-old farmer from Burma. She lives with her family. In her free time, she enjoys reading books that make her laugh. Two years ago, Mu began experiencing pain in her lower back. She has been diagnosed with kidney stones, which are hard deposits of minerals that form in the kidneys and are often very painful to pass. She has been advised to undergo surgery to remove her kidney stones. If left untreated, Mu's symptoms will continue to worsen and will put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Mu's kidney stone removal surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 15. She says, "I hope that my surgery...will be successful so that I can return home and give myself and my family peace of mind."
Yar is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She is unemployed and lives with her 70-year-old father. After experiencing severe stomach pains, Yar recently underwent abdominal surgery at a local hospital. A few days into recovery, she noticed that her incision did not appear to be healing properly. She returned to the hospital, where they discovered that her intestine was protruding through the wound. On July 19, surgeons will operate on Yar's abdomen to address the improperly healing wound. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to cover her treatment. In the future, Yar looks forward to recovering and regaining independence. "I hope to raise pigs and chickens for a source of income once I am recovered," she says.
“I hope to get help for this surgery so that I can go back home and continue living a normal life.” Dennis, an 18-year-old boy from central Kenya, is the second-born in a family of five children. His parents are small-scale farmers, and since graduating from high school in 2015, he has been working on their small piece of land. He has been searching for more formal employment as well. Dennis was a healthy teenager until three days ago, when he was hit with sudden bouts of vomiting and severe abdominal pain. His mother brought him to Nazareth Hospital, our medical partner's care center, because the local public hospital is not operating. There, an abdominal x-ray revealed that Dennis has intestinal obstruction, meaning that the movement of waste through his intestines has been blocked. This is a life-threatening condition; if left untreated, his bowel could rupture, leading to leaking of harmful intestinal content into the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, Dennis has been scheduled for emergency surgery on September 21. But he needs your help to pay for it. When we raise $750, we will be able to fully cover his operation, as well as his lab tests, medications, and one night’s stay in the hospital. After his surgery, it is expected that Dennis will be able to go back to farming. He will also be able to continue looking for formal employment to sustain himself. Let’s make sure this young man is able to make the most of his early career by restoring him to good health.
Meet Yoeun, a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia. Yoeun is married with one son, one daughter, and four grandchildren. She enjoys listening to the monks pray and visiting the pagoda. One year ago, Yoeun developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside. After learning about Children's Surgical Centre, Watsi's medical partner, Yoeun and her grandson travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Yoeun's sight. With $225, Yoeun will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.
“One year ago Pun developed a cataract in each eye. This causes her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and she is afraid of sunshine. It is hard for her to recognize faces, do work well, or go anywhere outside by herself,” explains Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), our medical partner. Pun is a 73-year-old woman from Cambodia with two daughters and 10 grandchildren. “She enjoys visiting the pagoda to hear the monks pray and doing work around her home,” shares CSC. Cataracts occur as proteins develop in the lens of the eye, causing cloudiness. Without treatment, the cloudiness increases over time and results in slowly deteriorating vision. They can ultimately result in total blindness, and are especially common in regions near the equator due to high UV exposure. $225 covers the cost of a treatment to repair her cataracts. In each of her eyes, doctors will make a small incision to surgically remove the clouded lens and replace it with a new, artificial lens. In Pun’s own words, “I hope my eye can see everything more clearly than now so I can easily go the pagoda, or anywhere else by myself, and I can easily do work by myself as well.”
Meet Joshua! Joshua is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, describes him as “very shy... but he always has a smile on his face.” Joshua’s father died years ago, and as the second oldest in a family of six children, it’s up to him to look after his mother’s cattle. The cattle are his family’s primary source of income, and he feels that he is contributing the most to his family by herding cattle rather than attending school. Joshua has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgum, a physical condition in which the knees curve inwards. Right now, Joshua is unable to walk without knocking his knees, affecting his gait and ability to walk or run. If left untreated, Joshua risks developing early osteoarthritis. For $940, we can help cover the three surgeries that Joshua needs, along with two weeks of hospital stay and medication. “I feel pain on my knees especially after walking a long distance. I don’t want to fail helping my mom herd cattle; so I hope that my legs can be straightened so that I can walk properly,” Joshua shares.