JOGi joined Watsi on May 9th, 2014. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! JOGi's most recent donation traveled 6,900 miles to support Kyi, a woman from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
JOGi has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 8 countries.
Kyi is a 58-year-old woman from Burma. She lives alone and used to sell clothing in her village. However, she stopped working since her symptoms worsened, over a year ago. She now has no income but is able to pay her daily expenses with money she has saved. Kyi was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Kyi feels tired when she walks and has a rapid heartbeat. She has also started to experience chest pain and shortness of breath. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Kyi. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 4th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Kyi said, “I felt very sad when I was told that the surgery will cost a lot because I do not have enough money to pay for my own heart surgery. I used up a lot of my money to go to a hospital which did not diagnose me. I felt less burdened when I met Pinlon Hospital’s staff and she told me that an organization [BCMF] will support my surgery’s cost.”
Princess is a child from Tanzania. She is is a beautiful girl and an only child. Princess’s mother is a housewife while her father works as a casual laborer in a factory. In 2018, Princess had gone out to play while her mother was inside doing house chores and she had left drinking water to boil on their stove. As Princess was coming back into the house she fell over the stove and the hot water poured all over her chest burning her badly. Contractures from the burn scar have made it difficult for her to move freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Princess receive treatment. On November 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her move her head again. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Princess’s mother says, “Now my daughter can move her neck compared to before, if she is able to get this next surgery she will be able to fully move her neck, please help.”
Juma is a child from Kenya. He is the second born of two children. He lives with his elder sister and parents in a two-room house in Nairobi slums. Juma’s mother is a hair dresser while his father is a motorcycle taxi rider. For some time now, Juma has had a hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 12th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Juma's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to ride a motorcycle like my father when I grow up,” says Juma.
Kosal is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He likes to play sports, watch television, and help his wife with the housework. In May 2019, Kosal was in a traffic accident and fell off his motorcycle, injuring his left shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He finds it difficult to lift his arm and move normally, and is unable to work due to his injuries. Kosal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to regain function in his arm. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to use my arm again and can return to work."
Pauline is a baby from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Pauline is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Pauline. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 7. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Pauline to grow up healthy.
Tushemerirwe is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother of three children. For two yearrs, Tushemerirwe has been experiencing chronic pelvic pain and lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain syndrome. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund Tushemerirwe's surgery. On May 23, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tushemerirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. She says, "After surgery I will be free from pain."
Chhoeun is a man from Cambodia. In November 2017, Chhoeun was involved in a motorcycle accident and injured his left leg. Chhoeun went for treatment at Preah Kosomak Hospital in Phnom Penh, where he was fitted with an external fixation device for four months. However, the skin healed around the wound but the bones never aligned properly. Now, he experiences difficulty extending or flexing his lower leg and ankle. He is unable to walk normally and further treatment is too costly for his family. Chhoeun has given doctors permission to operate on his lower leg, and remove the affected limb completely. Surgery is scheduled for April 30 and will cost $413. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer have to worry about the condition of my leg and I hope I can go back to work on the rice farm."
Chy Vorn is a three-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older brother, and she likes to play with her toys and go for walks with her family. When she was two years old, she received an injection in her thigh that was poorly administered, resulting in the contracture of her knee. She is unable to fully extend her knee. When Chy Vorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On April 29, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of her right leg to help her walk and bend her knee normally. Now, Chy Vorn needs help to fund this $413 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope that my daughter's surgery goes well so I don't have to worry about her condition and she will be able to walk like normal."
Olive is a businesswoman from Kenya. She is married and a mother of four kids. Three months ago, Olive began to experience troubling symptoms, including swelling on her neck. She has been diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Olive receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 15 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “I hope Watsi will support me so that I can get well and continue tending for my family,” said Olive.
Tin is a 25-year-old woman from Burma. She is a mother of two daughters and she lives with her family in the village in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. Since December of 2018, Tin has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with a dermoid cyst. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Tin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Tin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on March 26. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer suffers from abdominal pain and she will be able to be with her family happily again. Tin says, “I miss my daughters and I want to have surgery soon. I want to get well and return home. I want to live my life freely without any disease in my body.”
Zar is 23-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a seamstress at a shop. Zar was born with an abnormal growth located between her eyes. In early 2019, Zar noticed that her mass has become bigger that it almost covers her nose. Moreover, it destructs her right eyesight. Doctors want Zar to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Zar's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 27.
Sor is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two brothers and two sisters and likes watching You Tube and playing on Facebook. When she was fifteen, Sor had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sor experiences ear discharge, pain, hearing loss, tinnitus, and dizziness. She is unable to hear others. Sor traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 6, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope that after surgery, my hearing will improve and I will no longer have any pain or discharge."