Merrick joined Watsi on April 8th, 2017. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Merrick's most recent donation supported Jayden, a smiley six-month-old from Kenya, to fund reparative surgery for a birth condition.
Merrick has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 5 countries.
Merrick has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 5 countries.
Chorn is a hardworking man from Takeo province in Cambodia. He has three daughters and ten grandchildren. He lives with his wife who is a farmer. In his free time, Chorn likes to play with his grandchildren and listen to the radio. Chorn had an unfortunate electric burn on his right arm and chest last month. After the burn, his family took him to a local clinic for medication, but his wound has become infected. The skin on his right arm and chest has necrosed. Chorn has a loss of sensation on the fifth finger, the muscle has wasted away and he is in a lot of pain. He and his wife travelled two and a half hours to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for a diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, surgeons plan to do a debridement and exploration of the ulnar nerve on the right arm to help him. Chorn needs $541 to cover the surgery, inpatient care and medication. After surgery, Chorn hopes his right arm will function and his wound heal soon. He shared how important it is for him to use his hand again to be able to work and feed his family.
Daniel is a two-year-old from Tanzania. Daniel’s father is a tailor and his mother is a stay at home mother. Their family does not earn enough to be able to afford Daniel’s needed treatment which will allow him to be able to walk without difficulty. If not treated Daniel will continue to have challenges when walking. Daniel was diagnosed with genu varus where his legs bow outward so that his knees do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he feels pain after walking for a while. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Daniel. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Daniel's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Daniel’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment so that he can be able to walk.”
Sary is a bright 10-year-old student. She's in grade five in school and has one younger brother. Her father is a policeman, and her mother is a housewife. In her free time, she enjoys drawing pictures and reading books. About a week ago, Sary developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in the tear gland of her left eye. The chalazion causes her pain, swelling, and redness. It is difficult for her to see clearly and go to school. She feels embarrassed by her condition and that other children make fun of how her eye looks. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is helping Sary receive treatment. On January 10th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sary's symptoms should improve. Now, she and her family need help raising $187 to fund her procedure and care. Sary shared, "I hope after surgery my eye gets well, and I can attend school without being ashamed of how my eye looks."
Lydia is a small-scale farmer and a mother of seven. Her husband is also a small-scale farmer and their eldest child is now 50 years old. They own a four-room mud house and work hard to try to make ends meet for their family. Over 20 years ago, Lydia began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck pains and a small swelling which she initially thought would disappear on its own but it did not. Currently, she suffers from airway obstruction and can no longer climb hills comfortably. She very much likes playing and dancing (traditional dances) with her grandchildren but no longer does so comfortably in her current condition. She was scheduled for a surgery appointment at Kabale Referral Hospital about four months ago, but had to cancel because she was unable to raise the funds for surgery. She has now come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek treatment for her multi-nodular goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Lydia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 14th. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and Lydia and her family need help raising money. Lydia says, “I hope to finally get relieved of the goitre through surgery because I have lived in this undesirable condition for quite long. I hope to continue with farming comfortably after my treatment.”
Ra is a 66-year-old mother of two with one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Ra lives with her daughter, who is a garment worker. She also enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in the ceremonies. Two years ago, Ra developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Ra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Ra shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I want to walk by myself easily and help to look after my grandchildren."
Jackline is a farmer and a mother of four: two boys and two girls all in different stages in school. Jackline and her husband support their family through small scale farming in the village. They mainly grow carrots and cabbages to sell in the market. Five years ago, Jackline began to experience troubling symptoms, including breathing and swallowing problems, anterior neck swelling and heart palpitations. She visited Nyakibale Hospital and had a thyroid test run. She was diagnosed with multiple cystic thyroid goitre. If not treated, Jackline will be at risk of further complications from the goitre including breathing problems. She is worried her output at work will be affected and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jackline receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 28th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Jackline says “I really wish my health gets better so that I continue working hard and be able to educate my children for a bright future.”
Jane is a strong 34-year-old woman from Zambezi in Kiambu County. She is married with 3 children. Jane began having abdominal pains and vomiting about four years ago. She visited various hospitals and was treated for ulcers but her symptoms persisted. At one point she was told she had an issue with her liver and was sent to a specialist. Jane had extensive lab tests done and several scans which showed she has cholelithiasis or gallstones. These are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder. She came to Nazareth Hospital and consulted the surgeon who recommended laparotomy to finally remove the gallstones. Jane’s husband, who runs a small shop to fend for his family, has registered with the national health insurance program but their coverage has not yet been approved. On seeing his wife’s worsening pain and discomfort he decided he couldn’t wait any longer and came to the hospital to find out about the estimated cost of surgery so that he can organize a community fundraiser (Harambee). The family members are not able to raise the money required on their own and need support. Jane says, “I hope to be treated and get relieved of these symptoms so that my family can stop being in a constant state of worry and uncertainty.”
Nyo is a 58-year-old woman. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers, but Nyo had to stop working two years ago due to poor vision. Since COVID-19 led to lockdowns in April 2020, her husband only receives work from his employer when there is a worker shortage so their income has been very limited. Nyo shared that she likes to meditate with prayer beads and listen to the news about her homeland Myanmar and music on the radio. Nyo is experiencing a cataract in her right eye. She can only see shadows, and the vision in her right eye is worsening. As a result, she cannot do household chores, and her husband has to help her to eat and guide her to the bathroom. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Nyo receive treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Nyo’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund Nyo’s procedure. Nyo shared, “If I can’t work or I can’t see, I will have to beg to eat because my husband cannot work. My husband and I were so happy to learn that an organization will help pay for the cost of my treatment. We are thankful to the donors and BCMF.” Nyo added, “When I have money, I want to open a small dry foods shop in my house. This way, when my husband and I are no longer able to continue to work as day laborers because of our age, we can chose a way to earn extra money while staying at home.”
On Monday night this week, Christine started experiencing pain in her abdominal area which she thought would disappear but it did not. The pain began when she was in school and her roommate heard her cry at night and went to her help. Upon learning about Christine’s pain, she immediately requested a taxi and rushed her to a nearby hospital. She was examined in the emergency department where first aid and a diagnostic scan was done. Her scan did not reveal anything unusual and she was referred to another facility where she could have a CT scan. Based on her results from the CT scan she was immediately referred to Kenyatta National Hospital. She was taken there in an ambulance, but on arrival they were asked for money which her father did not have. Their family made a decision to bring her to Kijabe Hospital for treatment with hopes that she could get the care she needed there. Christine’s family is having a difficult time right now and is requesting help to support her treatment. They need help raising $1,074 to fund the emergency laparotomy that will heal her pain.
Sivutha is a 61-year-old egg seller with has five children (two sons and three daughters) and five grandchildren. All of his children are married except for his youngest daughter. Sivutha's wife is also a seller at their local market. In November, Sivutha fractured his right tibia in a motor vehicle accident. He received care at the government hospital but could not pay for follow-up treatment or medication. Now, his wound has split at the metal plate and is infected. As a result, Sivutha experiences pain and has difficulty walking. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On December 7th, Sivutha will undergo a fracture repair procedure. Surgeons will perform a debridement and implant antibiotic beads to speed up healing. This procedure will help him walk easily again and heal the infection. CSC is requesting $465 to fund Sivutha's surgery. Sivutha shared that he hopes his wound will heal and he will walk easily again.
Jayden is a smiley, six-month-old baby and the only child in his family. His mother is a homemaker, and his father works as a clothes vendor (called “mitumba”) in town. The family shared that their income is about Ksh 500 a day and inconsistent, and their rent is Ksh. 2000 per month, so they have requested support to help cover the needs of Jayden's medical care. Jayden was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. His family visited several local health facilities but was referred to the children’s hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for specialist review and surgery. Jayden needs to undergo reparative surgery to address his symptoms and the risk of future complications. Fortunately, Jayden is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 5th. AMH is requesting $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Jayden's mother shared, “I hope this surgery helps our kid to be normal like other kids.”
Khouch is an active six-year-old boy who lives with his parents and has two younger siblings. He is not yet in school, but enjoys playing with toy cars and is learning to ride his bike. His parents both work in construction to support the family. A week ago, Khouch had a seizure and injured his eye. Khouch has now developed a cataract in his left eye, and he cannot see clearly. It is difficult for him to eat, to walk, to recognize faces, and to go anywhere outside. When Khouch's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 10th, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he and his family need help to fund this $229 procedure. Khouch's mother shared, "I hope the doctors can treat my son, so he can regain his vision. I want him to go to school and be healthy like other children."