Anand joined Watsi on January 16th, 2017. Six years ago, Anand joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Anand's most recent donation supported Felix, a playful 9-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund surgery to heal his clubfoot birth condition.
Anand has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 13 countries.
Anand has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 13 countries.
Felix is a playful 9-year-old, third grade student from Kajiado County, Kenya. His mother is a homemaker while his father works on construction sites. Felix likes playing football despite the limitations he has because of his foot, and he spends most of his time playing with his friends. Felix was born with clubfeet and at the age of 2 weeks, he underwent serial casting and later surgery on both feet at a government hospital near their home. The left foot corrected well, but the right foot recurred. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Having heard about AIC CURE Hospital through CURE's local partner Kajiado Childcare Center, Felix's family brought him to the hospital for review. Felix is currently in the hospital undergoing serial casting and will undergo surgery on November 9th to fix the clubfoot. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Felix's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Felix will be able to walk confidently, play football more easily with friends, and continue with his education without any impediment. “I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the donors for the support. May the almighty God continue to bless them and even reach out to more patients who are in need,” Felix's mother told us.
Men is a 15-year-old student, living with his mother, three brothers and one sister in Battambang province in Cambodia. Men and all of his siblings are in school, while his mother, who is divorced from his father, grows potatoes and rice. At school, Men enjoys Khmer literature, reading and writing in Khmer, and playing football with his friends. In January, Men was on a motorbike with a friend, when they were hit by a tractor. Men fractured his left femur, and fell hard onto the concrete injuring his shoulder. After the accident, Men's family took him to a provincial hospital for surgery on his femur. Subsequently, Men developed an infection - diagnosed as osteomyelitis - and he has also experienced improper healing of his fracture. As a result, Men is unable to walk, and is currently confined to a wheelchair. He is in pain, and he is also unable to use his left arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 2nd, Men will undergo a fracture repair procedure at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $483 to fund this procedure, which should enable Men to walk again, and to return to school. Men's mother is hopeful that after surgery he can walk so he can go to school again.
John is a 12-year-old student living in a small village in northern Haiti. John lives with his parents, three brothers, and one sister, and before he fell ill, he loved to play soccer and to go to school. John has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation, which means that one of his heart valves can no longer pump blood through his body. This condition is due to an infection John suffered earlier in childhood, and it has rendered him weak and left him in late-stage heart failure. The care John needs is not available in Haiti, so John will need to fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 9th, he'll finally undergo the cardiac surgery he needs, during which surgeons will remove the severely damaged valve and implant a mechanical valve in its place. Our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $15,000 to pay for the surgery. However, John's family also needs help to fund all the pre and postoperative costs. The $1,500 they are seeking will cover laboratory tests, medicines, checkups and follow-up appointments. It will also help John to obtain a passport, and cover the costs of the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany John's family overseas for his treatment. John shared: "I am looking forward to being strong and healthy again once my heart is fixed."
Minea is a sweet, nap-loving two-year-old boy. He is the first child in his family, and his parents work as rice farmers. They shared that Minea loves to play with toys and take a good nap, if not two, every day! Minea also loves to eat and cuddle with his parents. In December 2021, Minea and his mother were in a motorcycle accident that injured Minea's left shoulder. His parents took him to the local hospital for X-rays and care; however, his shoulder is still dislocated, meaning he cannot lift his arm or grasp objects with his hand. Minea 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. Minea's family brought him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in February to undergo physiotherapy for his injury. Since there has been no improvement after three months of physiotherapy, CSC's specialty surgeons determined that Minea needs to undergo a nerve transfer surgery to heal. CSC is the only center in the whole country where this treatment is available, and, on April 21st, Minea will undergo surgery. His doctors shared that, after recovery, his nerve graft should regenerate so he can use his arm again. CSC is requesting $709 to fund this procedure. Minea's parents hope their child will have a successful surgery and he will be able to fully use his hand as he grows up.
Panha is a 22-year-old construction worker and the youngest of his three siblings. His parents are farmers in the Kampong Thom province, which is known for its bountiful rice and mango harvests. In his free time, Panha enjoys playing games on his phone, listening to music, and watching TV. In August, Panha was burned at work while dealing with high electric voltage. His family took him to a local clinic for medical treatment and dressing; however, he still developed contractures. As a result, Panha's hand and joints are stiff, and the muscles have atrophied. He is in constant pain and unable to hold things, limiting his ability to perform daily tasks like eating, dressing, or riding his motorbike. Surgeons determined Panha needs to undergo a scar contracture release and receive a flap of healthy skin in order for his hand to fully heal. When Panha learned that our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), could help, he traveled there hoping to receive treatment. On April 4th, surgeons will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his hand again and start the process to strengthen his muscles. CSC is requesting $477 to help fund this procedure, which is also subsidized by $100 that Panha was able to gather. Panha shared, "After surgery, I hope the wound will heal, and I can use my hands to work and support my family."
Nob is married and has three daughter and one son. He enjoys listening to the news and traditional Khmer songs on the radio. In February, Nob was electrocuted on his right hand, fell two meters, and lost consciousness. He was sent to a local hospital and then a private clinic in the capital city of Phnom Penh. They treatment him with wound dressing and IV fluids, but then he was sent back home. Still in pain, his neighbor told him about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Nob arrived to CSC with 3rd degree burns and necrosis of the right forearm skin. His doctor has determined that the tissue is dead and his hand needs to be amputated to treat his pain and prevent further infection. Nob wants to feel like himself again and be helpful with his family. He shared, "I hope after surgery I am no longer in pain."
Thi is a 37-year-old woman who lives and works at a garment factory in Tak Province near the Thai border with Burma. Through her work, she receives free meals and board in addition to 4,000 baht (approx. 133 USD) per month. In her free time, she likes to watch political news and read books. She is also learning Thai to help her communicate with others in Thailand. Since April 17, Thi has been experiencing severe pain due to a mass in her ovary. She feels very unwell and often has a headache. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Thi's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Thi is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 14th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Thi will be no longer in pain and will be able to work without feeling pain. Thi said, "I want to receive surgery as soon as possible so that I can return to my work after I am fully recovered."
Dat is a 65-year-old grandmother. Sadly, Dat's husband passed away many years ago, and now she lives with her daughter, who is a farmer. When she is at home, she takes care of her granddaughter. One year ago, Dat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. She is also worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Dat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On March 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Dat shared, "I hope my vision improves so I can get around easily on my own."
Hla is a 40-year-old woman living with her husband and adopted daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hla and her family fled their village in Burma, due to fighting in the area. In January, Hla learned that she was pregnant for the first time after ten years of marriage. Then in March, Hla had to flee with her husband and daughter due to the fighting near her village. They moved in with her uncle, who lives in a refugee camp. Once there, she sought prenatal care at a clinic in the camp, where she was told that she had a breech baby, which would require a Caesarean section in order for her baby to be delivered safely. The C-section is scheduled for May 11th at nearby Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). When Hla told a friend that she does not have the money to pay for her hospital stay, her friend referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for help with paying for her care. Currently, Hla is eight months pregnant and is worried about her condition and the health of her baby. Burma Children Medical Fund is seeking $1,500 to cover the costs of Hla's treatment, and for the safe delivery of her baby. Hla said, "I was very worried when I heard that I will need an expensive C-section. I could not think of anyone to help pay for my surgery, and I felt stressed about giving birth through a C-section. After I heard from BCMF staff that donors could help pay for my surgery, I started to feel so much more relaxed and less worried. I still worry about my baby being born healthy."
U Kyaw and his family left Burma in 2007 seeking better job opportunities in Thailand. U Kyaw now lives with his wife, daughter and granddaughter in a village in Phop Phra District. U Kyaw and his wife are retired. He looks after their four-year-old granddaughter while his daughter works as a gardener in the village. In his free time, U Kyaw likes to pray and read books about Buddhism. He also enjoys watching movies and loves to spend time with his granddaughter. In late November 2021, U Kyaw noticed a small white spot on his left pupil. Over time, the spot grew bigger and his vision became more blurred. He decided to have his eyes checked at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). In January, U Kyaw and his daughter arrived at MTC, where he was diagnosed with cataracts on both eyes. He was told that he would need cataract surgery at nearby Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). There, the doctor confirmed the diagnosis and found that the cataract in his left eye is more severe and needs to be treated first. Without treatment, U Kyaw’s vision is severely impacted. His left eye only sees light and dark, while vision in his right eye is very blurred. He requires a guide to walk, and he cannot see faces and is having trouble taking care of his granddaughter. He has also been worried about the impact on his daughter as she has to take time off to bring him to his appointments. In addition, he has been worrying about the cost of his treatment for his family. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for U Kyaw. On February 15th, doctors will perform the surgery, during which they will remove U Kyaw's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. U Kyaw said, “I feel so happy since I learned that an organisation will support the cost of my surgery. I feel very happy and I want to say thank you to all the donors and supporters.”
Serah is a hard-working farmer and mother. Sadly, she has been widowed for over 30 years but is happy to have a loving family of seven children who are now adults that live with their own families. She has a small quarter-acre tea farm, but largely depends on her children for support in her older age. In December 2021, Serah found a painless lump that worried her. She visited a local health center where additional testing was recommended. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and a mastectomy, or a surgery to remove breast tissue, was recommended to rid her body of the cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Without treatment, the cancer could spread to other organs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Serah receive treatment. On January 25th, she will undergo a mastectomy at AMH's care center. After treatment, Serah will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Now, AMH is requesting $1,110 to cover the cost of her procedure and care. Serah shared, "all my life I have had the privilege of good health. We thank God. The news of cancer and surgery came as a surprise to me considering I am an old lady and fragile. I need this surgery to save my life from the jaws of this fatal disease."
Rosemary is a loving grandmother and a single mother of five children, who have all grown now. Because of Rosemary's medical condition, she has not been able to work and therefore has no current source of income. She is currently staying with her sister who is taking care of her. Four months ago, Rosemary was hit by a car and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. An X-ray revealed that her femur/thigh bone that connects to the hip socket is broken affecting her mobility. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 14th, Rosemary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, to help heal her condition and hopefully be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure and care. Rosemary shared, "I used to be well, and I could use my legs well. But after the accident, I am just confined to this wheelchair and cannot do anything without help. I hope this treatment will help me get back to my feet.”