Trey joined Watsi on September 13th, 2013. 73 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Trey's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Kamusiime, a small-scale farmer from Uganda, to fund a hysterectomy.
Trey has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Kamusiime is a 44-year-old married mother to five children, four girls all married and are small-scale farmers and one boy who is still young and in school. She earns a living through practicing small scale farming and so does her husband. They mostly growing sorghum, millet beans, and cassava and because they have poor agriculture methods, she earns smaller yields and lowering her income. Kamusiima presented feeling a vaginal mass, excessively prolonged bleeding, and backache for more than two years. Her condition is associated with dizziness, epigastric pain, and headaches. This has made a poor quality of life and if not treated, Kamusiima's symptoms may persist. Kamusiima had never been to any hospital for treatment of her condition but having heard of Watsi's efforts at Nyakibale Hospital, she decided to come for support. She was examined and had a scan, where she was diagnosed with menopausal with cystocele and uterine prolapse. The doctor told her that she needs a trans-vaginal hysterectomy. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery and needs support. Kamusiime says, “I hope that my surgery will enable me to regain normal health once again.”
Chork is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four children, five grandchildren, and in his spare time he enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and watching boxing on television. Five months ago, Chork developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chork learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for six and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see better and can recognize things again. I also hope that I will be able to go outside on my own again and return to work."
Delvin is 8 months old and the fourth born child in his family. He was born healthy and his mom and him were discharged home from the hospital. However, once home, his mother noticed that he did not have a BM for the first three days and his she started noticing that his stomach was getting swollen. Delvin's parents returned to the hospital where they performed a small procedure and he was able to go to the bathroom normally. They were discharged back home and but the problem returned in just a few weeks. They returned to the hospital where an ultrasound and x-rays were done. Results showed that he needed a surgical review and possibly surgery to correct his anorectal malformation, so his family was referred to a bigger hospital for further management. Delvin's parents could not afford to go to the referral hospital but by luck as they were telling their neighbor about their situation, he connected them with one of our Medical Partner's doctors for help. Delvin's parents are both subsistence farmers, they do not earn enough to be able to afford Delvin's needed surgery. Delvin's mother says, "My son is suffering, his stomach swells and he cries out of discomfort and pain. Please help us get him this treatment so that he may be able to use the bathroom normally."
Twamubona is a 50-year-old mother of four, and her husband passed away in February 2019. Her children have not been able to continue with schooling so as they are now older, they still earn limited income. Twamubona developed a small, painless, movable (under the skin) swelling 10 years ago that has progressively increased in size over time. She worries to cover her head 24/7, especially when she is in public places or public and communal gatherings. She shared that she feels uncomfortable and inferior most of the time and has come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. Twamubona is a small-scale farmer who produces enough vegetables for home consumption. She said, “The swelling greatly affects my social life. After the treatment, I will be able to comfortably interact with others in our village and therefore I will be able to learn new ideas that may help me to develop personally; including physically, mentally, and financially.”
Sopheak is a 45-year-old grocery seller from Cambodia. She has three children, two sons and one daughter. She likes to listen to the radio, watch television, and look after her children. When she was young, Sopheak had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sopheak experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, and ear pain. She finds difficulty in hearing clearly, and she has trouble communicating with her family members and her customers. Sopheak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 11th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care.
Buntin is a six-year-old student in grade two. He lives with his parents and his younger brother. His father has been blind for ten years and is not able to work. His mother supports the family working as a noodle seller at their local market. Buntin likes reading books to his brother and watching TV cartoons. He shared that he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Since he was born, Buntin has had a condition called torticollis in which his head has been tilted due to contracture on the left side of his neck. Since the left side of his neck is shorter than the right, he cannot tilt it normally and has trouble rotating his head. He has difficulty doing normal everyday tasks and experiences occasional ostracization from other kids due to his condition. Surgeons at our partner CSC will perform a tenotomy procedure to release tension in the muscles of his neck. Once the surgery is completed, Buntin will have increased range of motion and will be able to enjoy increased confidence. Buntin's mother said, "I hope my son will have an easier time playing once his surgery is successful, and his neck will be stronger."