JOGi joined Watsi on May 9th, 2014. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! JOGi's most recent donation traveled 8,100 miles to support David, a future engineer from Kenya, to fund testicular surgery.
JOGi has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 8 countries.
David is a young student from Kenya who will start sixth grade next year. He aspires to be an engineer in future. The second-born of two children, he lives with his parents and elder siblings in a two-room rental house. David’s mother is a full-time mom, while his father is employed casually in a barber shop, with an average income of $1 a day. David was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, David has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. David will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 19th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be an engineer when I grow up,” says David.
Yory is a 25-year-old chef from Cambodia. She enjoys looking after and spending time with her son and daughter in her free time. Ten years ago, Yory had an ear infection. This infection caused the ear drum in her right ear to perforate. Yory experiences irritation, pain, discharge, itchiness, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her to hear others and she has trouble communicating effectively with her family members. Yory traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. She will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. and cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She shared, "I hope that after my surgery, my condition will improve and I will no longer have any ear infections."
Samnang is a 28-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He enjoys exercising and going for walks with his family around the village. In July of 2019, Samnang fell off his motorcycle. He suffered injuries to his arm and went into a coma for one day, receiving initial treatment at a nearby hospital. 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 cannot move his arm or hands, and has pain in his shoulder and only a little feeling in his arm. He is unable to return to work. Samnang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 9th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again and return to work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. "After my surgery, I hope that I will be able to move my wrist and elbow without any pain, and I will be able to return to work normally again," he shared.
Byanyima is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He is married father to 9 children whom are all causal laborers. Both him and the wife are small scale farmers. Three years ago, Byanyima has had an umbilical hernia. This causes him discomfort and may result in intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on September 17, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Byanyima's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Byanyima says “I wish my condition improves so that I have my health back to normal so as to continue with cultivation.”
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."