Neeraj joined Watsi on July 9th, 2014. Five years ago, Neeraj became the 644th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,306 more people have become monthly donors! Neeraj's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sarith, a sixth grader from Cambodia, to fund a bilateral myringoplasty ear surgery.
Neeraj has funded healthcare for 84 patients in 11 countries.
Sarith is a 14-year-old student from Cambodia. She is the oldest child in a family of five who live in Siem Riep. Her family farms and sells crops, but they also do daily wage labor when they are not farming. Sarith is in grade six, and her favorite subject of study at school is mathematics. She wants to run the farm business and improve it when she grows up. One year ago, Sarith had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Sarith experiences hearing loss, infection, occasional tinnitus, and constant irritation. Her family has spent a considerable amount of money paying for treatments for Sarith's ears, but nothing yet has been effective. She has found it difficult to participate in schooling with her reduced hearing, and her parents are worried that her condition will worsen. Sarith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 2nd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sarith said, "The itchy feeling in my ears is always there and it makes me crazy, I hope that it will go away soon and I can feel calm."
Kruy is a 40-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, her husband is a fisherman. She likes to make food for her children and take care of their family's house. Fifteen years ago, Kruy 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, Kruy experiences hearing loss, ringing, and ear discharge. She cannot hear clearly when she communicates with other people, and she cannot work outside the house independently. Kruy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 7th, 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. Kruy said, "I hope that after my operation, the infection will finally be gone, and I can feel what it is like to have clear hearing again."
Margaret is a university student in her second year of studies. However, since 2018, she has not been to school after suffering a road accident in the capital, Nairobi. She was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road, fracturing her right femur and suffering body lacerations. She spent a lengthy stay in a national hospital and received surgery. She required physiotherapy sessions which she could not start due to financial constraints. Last July, she noted an open wound on her surgical site which was painful and septic. Since then, she had been cleaning it with salty water. Margaret was brought by her friend to Watsi's partner Kijabe Hospital and diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection. Doctors recommend she have a sequestrectomy and hardware removal surgery to treat her condition. Successful surgery will allow Margaret to be able to ambulate with ease and less pain. Margaret is the firstborn child in her family. Her two siblings and parents live in a three-roomed rental house in the city’s outskirts. Her father is a construction site laborer while her mother relies on casual jobs such as laundry in the estate. The family is not able to pay the required hospital bill of $1,500. Margaret says, “My hope is to go back to school once treated so that I can help my younger siblings.”
Porn is a 47-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, one son, and one grandchild. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio when she has free time at home. Four months ago, Porn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Porn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I can see better so I can return to planting rice and can go outside on my own," she shared.
Anitha is a 5-year-old student from Tanzania. She is the only child to her mother who is a single parent. Anitha's father left her when she was baby. That was after he saw she was born with a congenital disability of her feet (bilateral clubfoot). Anitha has never seen her father, neither does her mother know where he is. Anitha's mother helps her aunt in a small vegetable garden. They grow tomatoes and sell them in an open market. The little that they earn is what they use for their basic needs. Anitha has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Anitha traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Anitha's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk well and wear shoes. Her mother says, “All I wish for my daughter is to see her walk normally so that she can pursue her studies and have a better life.’’
Witness is a student from Tanzania who is the first born child in a family of four children. She is smart, intelligent, and very hard working girl. Witness has completed her form four education and is currently waiting for her results to be able to join form five and six. She wishes to be a laboratory technician when she completes her studies and be able to support her parents and siblings. Witness’ father used to work as foreman at a construction site but after the project matured he has not been able to get any other job thus he is now forced to seek any casual day jobs to be able to support his family. The mother sells vegetables and the little income she gets she helps her husband to support her family. Witness was diagnosed with right genu varus. Her leg is bowed so that her knees cannot 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, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Witness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 24th. Treatment will hopefully restore Witness's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Witness says, “My secondary education has been really challenging for me due to my leg’s condition. If you can help correct my leg I would be able to continue with my further studies with ease without all this challenges I am going through.”
Socheat is a 21-year-old blacksmith from Cambodia. He has three siblings, a sister and two brothers, and in his free time he enjoys playing soccer, singing karaoke, and listening to music. In November 2019, Socheat was in a severe motorcycle accident, 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 is unable to move his left arm, and experiences a loss of sensation in his left shoulder. He is unable to work and experiences daily pain. Socheat traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 8th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm and return to work again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my shoulder will be in full function again and I can return to work without any pain," he shared.
Veronica is a 12-year-old from Tanzania who has a bilateral club foot. She enjoys studying mathematics and has 5 siblings, with one brother suffering from the same condition. Our outreach program met Veronica and referred her to our hospital where manipulation and casting were recommended. She struggles with walking and suffers from blisters due to long walks to school. With successful surgery, Veronica will be able to walk to school with ease and less pain. Veronica's parents are peasant farmers, relying on little harvest to meet their daily needs. They have not been able to send Veronica and her brother to the hospital due to lack of funds. They are saddened by their children's condition but are hopeful that she will be able to walk with ease soon. They appeal for help. Fortunately, Veronica traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Veronica's treatment. Veronica’s father says, “I have always felt hurt and that I failed my children every time I see them walking with difficulty due to their leg condition that I couldn’t afford the treatment. Please help.”
Sary is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children, fifteen grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Two months ago, Sary developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sary learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven seeking treatment. On October 08, 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 $211 procedure. Sary said, "I hope I will be able to see again so I can help take care of the grandchildren and visit the pagoda."
Yat is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has seven children, fifteen grandchildren, and enjoys doing the housework in her free time. Two months ago, Yat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 04, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. Yat said, " hope that after my surgery I will be able to see clearly and can help take care of my grandchildren."
Da is a mother of four from Thailand. She is a homemaker, looking after household chores and her two children who are still in school. During her free time, she likes to spend time with her children and reads religious texts to them. Da 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. Da currently suffers from chest pain, pain in the middle of her back and extreme tiredness. When the doctor diagnosed her, she became upset and is worried as her children are still very young. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Da. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 13 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Da said, “Although I tried to forget about my condition, it's always on my mind and I feel very irritated. I want to be healthy again and help my husband with his work. I also want to see my children grow up and send them all to a Thai school.”
Kyomuhendo is a farmer from Uganda. She has been a widower since 1989 and has two children who are married but are unemployed and live through small scale farming. Kyomuhendo reports having an intra-auricular swelling for a year. This swelling is quite painful and has affected her hearing capacity. Kyomuhendo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kyomuhendo needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kyomuhendo says, “I am looking forward to having my condition treated so as to have a better health and continue with cultivation.”