email@example.com joined Watsi on November 12th, 2016. Four years ago, firstname.lastname@example.org joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. email@example.com's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Hak, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
firstname.lastname@example.org has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 8 countries.
email@example.com has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 8 countries.
Hak is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six children and ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Hak developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, irritation, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 30, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that my surgery is successful so I can help my family on the rice farm, help feed the cows, clean around the house, and go anywhere I want to on my own."
Kyaw is a man from Burma. He has gangrene in his right foot. Currently, the toes on Kyaw’s right foot are painful, especially early in the morning. When he is in pain, Kyaw is unable to sleep. He is only able to walk a little bit. Kyaw is scheduled to undergo an amputation to treat the condition on March 26. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Kyaw said, “I will be happy if there is a donor to help me receive treatment."
Aye is a seven-year-old girl from Burma. She is a first grade student, and she lives with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and four cousins while her parents work in Bangkok, Thailand. Aye was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in her brain, after a CT scan. The scan also showed a small mass in her brain. Doctors want Aye to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Aye's MRI and care, scheduled for March 5. Her grandmother says, "I am very worried for my granddaughter especially that they find a mass in her brain."
Linn Thu is a 18-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his grandparents, parents, and two younger brothers. In his free time, Linn Thu likes to visit his friends and listen to music. Linn Thu 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, Linn Thu feels tired and experiences chest pain. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Linn Thu. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I would like to get a good job to earn a living after I recover,” says Linn Thu.
Jane is a young student from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of three children. In early November, Jane was playing and she fell and hurt her legs. She sustained a complete closed fracture of her left femur. She is in pain and not able to walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 15, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I just want to see my daughter happy and walking well again. I ask for help from Watsi so that she can be treated and heal before going back to school in January,” Jane’s mother says.
Shadreck is a father of five and a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his brother and works as a farmer. He also tends to a garden at his home. Since last month, Shadreck has been experiencing urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Shadreck's surgery. On October 25, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Shadreck was very humbled and happy to find out his surgery was going to be funded. He says, “Thank you so much for helping me pay for my surgery. I was not expecting this help and feel very lucky to benefit from this program.”
Myint is a 29-year-old healthcare worker from Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State, Burma. Myint was diagnosed with urinary and kidney stones in late 2017. In early 2018, Myint underwent laser treatments at the hospital for his urinary stone and kidney stone. About a month ago, he had back pain and he visited the clinic. A medic did an ultrasound and found another stone in his bladder. Now, Myint is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the stone on September 12. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this surgery. He says, "I was worried because I don't know what was going on. Now, I feel relieved that the stone will be removed. I am very grateful to all the donors who make this treatment possible for me."
Saw Htee is 45-year-old husband and father from Burma. He is a semi-subsistence farmer, who sells his crop of beans once a year for income. On August 26, 2018, Saw Htee and two of his son-in-laws were cutting wood in the jungle. All of a sudden, a thigh-sized tree, which Saw Kleet was cutting, fell on him. Trying to dodge the tree, his right leg slid between two rocks, and he fractured his lower right leg. Currently, Saw Htee has pain in his lower right leg and back. He cannot sit down or move. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Htee will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for August 27 and will cost $1,500. As the main breadwinner for his family, Saw Htee will return to work on their farm. "I feel very worried now," says Saw Htee's wife. "Now I don’t have anyone to look after our bean farm. However, I'm a bit relieved that your organization is providing support for his treatment."
Aleaza is a baby from Haiti. She lives with her mother, grandparents, and three older siblings in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. Aleaza has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. She also has a condition called pulmonary hypertension, in which the blood pressures to her lungs are higher than normal. As a result, before she can be considered for surgery, she needs to have a diagnostic catheterization procedure to ensure that surgery can be done safely. To determine if Aleaza's condition is operable, she must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into her heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On August 20, she will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Aleaza's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. Her mother says, "Our family has been working very hard to try to keep Aleaza healthy so that she can have a chance for surgery."
Aahil is a baby from Tanzania. His mother is a primary school teacher, and she supports the family, as Aahil’s father does not have a job at the moment. Aahil has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Aahil traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 25. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Aahil's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily as he grows. Aahil’s mother says, “Please help my son get treatment for his leg. We wish we could afford the treatment but we can’t. We will always be thankful if we get the help."
Judson is a 21-year-old man from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his father. He is a university student and is studying informatics. Judson suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal. Fortunately, Judson will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Judson's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Judson's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am very grateful to have this chance to live a normal life!"
Gift is a three-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Gift's mother is a single parent and works as a vendor. She sells vegetables in their village. Gift has a condition known as bilateral genu varus, also called bow-leggedness. This means his knees bend outward. Gift was born with this condition, and it has been worsening every day. Gift has difficulty walking and sometimes falls. His mother is worried that he may injure himself. Corrective surgery will improve his walking and will allow him to eventually enroll in school. Fortunately, a corrective surgery is scheduled for May 4. Now, his family needs help raising $1,165 to fund this procedure. His mother, Elizabeth, says, “I am kindly seeking for help from Watsi. I just want to see my son walking without any difficulty.”