Laurie joined Watsi on September 15th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Laurie's most recent donation supported Pruonh, a man from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Laurie has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 12 countries.
Laurie has funded healthcare for 45 patients in 12 countries.
Pruonh is a government worker from Cambodia. He has one son and two grandchildren. He likes to listen to the radio and watch TV. Two years ago, Pruonh developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, potophobia, and cloudy lenses. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Pruonh learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On December 12, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope the surgery goes well so I can see clearly and recognize the faces of my grandchildren."
Alma Olivia is 51 years old and a mother of ten. She lives with her husband, three of her sons, and her three-year-old granddaughter. Alma works primarily as a homemaker, but also goes and helps out at the local tailor shop in her free time in order to support her family. Recently, Alma has experienced abnormal gynecological symptoms. In order to understand her symptoms, Alma needs to undergo an endometrial biopsy, which is a short procedure that checks for problems in the uterus. With $245 in funding, Alma Olivia will consult a specialist who will perform the endometrial biopsy to understand Alma's condition. With a better understanding of how to treat her condition, Alma will be able to continue to support and take care of her family. The procedure is scheduled for October 25. She says, "God bless this organization that is helping me access funds for my treatment. I am very grateful for the support involved in keeping me healthy."
Chheng is a taxi driver from Cambodia. He has three daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. A year ago, Chheng developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, irritation, and cloudy lenses. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chheng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On December 11, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope my surgery is successful so I can help out at home and take care of my grandchildren."
Kobusinge is a vegetable vendor from Uganda. She is 58 years old. She says, "I like listening to radio during my free time." In 2017, Kobusinge developed a swelling in her left femoral region. She has been diagnosed with a reducible left femoral hernia. This causes her discomfort and pain. Fortunately, on November 28, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Kobusinge's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently.
Mulengwa is a technician from Uganda. For five months, he has had umbilical hernia. If not treated, Fortunately, on December 19, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Mulengwa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, “I like watching movies.”
Kyaw Zin is a ten-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Taung, Mae Sot, Tak Province. Three years ago, Kyaw Zin began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Kyaw Zin was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Kyaw Zin is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on October 25. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After surgery, Kyaw Zin's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably. Kyaw Zin said, “I want to see my parents clearly. I want to play with my brother and I also want to go back to school.”
Rebcca is a girl from Ethiopia. She lives with her mother and two younger twin siblings. Unfortunately, her father passed away from cancer eight months ago. Her mother teaches in a private school and is having difficulty supporting the family. Rebcca has been experiencing chronic abdominal pain and discomfort. A CT scan showed she has a Wilms tumor, a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys. Rebcca has already undergone surgery, and the tumor resection was successful. She will also need chemotherapy. Now, Rebcca needs to undergo another surgery, an abdominal resection, to treat her condition. Surgery is scheduled for August 28 and will cost $1,500. Rebcca's mother says, "We moved from the city to countryside. Now I am a teacher and I am raising my children on my monthly salary alone. We are financially struggling."
Chhary is a driver from Cambodia. He has a son, three daughters, and five grandkids. He likes to watch soccer and boxing matches on TV. A year ago, Chhary developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, headache, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhary learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope I can see clearly so I get get back to work soon."
Ko Than is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his mother, his sister, his brother-in-law, and his nephew. He makes an income by collecting and reselling scrap material. Ko Than was in a car accident in which he injured his left leg. After the injury, he developed an abscess on his left leg. Unfortunately, the wound never closed completely. Four months ago, his leg became swollen. Without treatment, Ko Than is at risk of developing severe damage to underlying bone and tissue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $851 to cover the cost of a local rotation flap procedure for Ko Than, which is scheduled to take place on July 24. Surgeons will rotate a partially attached piece of skin onto the wound, allowing for optimal vascularization and tissue reconstruction. Ko Than says, "In the past, I started to go back to work with my wound, but the pain was too strong and I was afraid I would get an infection. I hope that my leg can be healed, and that I will be able to go back to work."
Aung is a 13-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, his 13-year-old sister, and 8-year-old brother in Myawaddy, Karen State. Since he was born, Aung has had an inguinal hernia. Aung’s hernia is gradually increasing in size. Fortunately, on June 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Aung's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “We would like our son to finish school and become an educated man,” says Aung’s father.
Win is a 34-year-old man who has a big stone in his right kidney. He is originally from Karen State but now lives in A Paung Township, Mon State, Burma with his wife, two children, and mother-in-law. He used to work as a watchman in Thailand but stopped working a year ago because of his poor health. One year ago, Win started to feel a mild back pain. The pain worsened over time. Win visited a hospital in Mawlamyaing, Mon State. After performing an ultrasound test, the doctor confirmed that there is a stone in his right kidney and told him to go to Yangon for treatment. Knowing that they would not be able to afford the surgery, Win and his wife decided to go to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), our medical partner's care center, instead. Now, Win is scheduled to undergo a ureteroscopy to remove the stone on May 26. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, "I believe I will get well soon. I plan to go back to my village in Karen State and start working on a rubber plantation."
Johnsley is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and siblings on a small family farm in the mountains of central Haiti. He likes playing with his neighbors and drawing. Johnsley has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This defect involves several related conditions including a hole between two chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. These defects prevent blood from circulating through the lungs, leaving him weak and short of breath. If untreated, the condition would be fatal. On April 10, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Johnsley's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His father says, "We are very happy that our son can have this surgery, and will pray to God for a good outcome."