Neeraj joined Watsi on July 9th, 2014. Six years ago, Neeraj joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Neeraj's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Nurat, a three-week-old baby from Tanzania, to fund spine surgery to grow up healthily.
Neeraj has funded healthcare for 103 patients in 11 countries.
Neeraj has funded healthcare for 103 patients in 11 countries.
Nurat is a three-week old baby from Tanzania. She is the first child of her young parents at a local hospital in Manyara. Nurat’s mother still lives at her parents’ home while her father lives at a rented house. Before Nurat's birth, her mother sold flowers and cooking pots to earn a living and her father has a small kiosk selling domestic items such as sugar, salt, bread. Nurat was born with spina bifida that puts her at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Nurat's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 23rd. This procedure will hopefully spare Nurat from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop into a healthy girl . Nuru’s mother hopes the best for her child, "Am still in shock and unsettled due to my daughter’s conditions. I was informed that both conditions could be corrected but we are not in a position to afford any of the treatment costs. Please help save my daughter I don’t know what to do."
Olivia is a 3-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a small city in the north central part of Haiti. Her father works in a local hospital and her mother is a homemaker. She is their only child. Olivia has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Olivia will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On June 4th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will close the hole in her heart with a patch, and dissect the blockage of her valve. Another organization, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Olivia's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Olivia's family overseas. From father: "Our family will pray for everyone who is helping to save our daughter's life."
Beatrice is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of five children. She is an outgoing and friendly girl who loves to play with other children. Beatrice and her siblings are being raised by their mother, who sells vegetables and fruits to make a living. She also practices small scale farming and the family grows most of the food they need at home. Beatrice went to play with a neighbor's child who is around the same age. While at her neighbor’s house, a fire had been started to prepare food. As the children were playing, Beatrice accidentally fell onto the fire. She has open wounds and a contracture behind her knee. She is at risk of infection and is not able to move her leg freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Beatrice receive treatment. On May 4th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk easily again. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Beatrice’s mother shared, "my daughter cannot stand nor walk due to the contracture. She used to walk and go out playing with other children which is something she can’t do any more. Please help my daughter."
Thorn is a 70-year-old woman with three sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Thorn does not work as a rice farmer anymore, now she mostly stays at home and takes care of her grandchildren. Thorn enjoys listening to the monks pray. Two years ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her son seeking treatment. On January 20th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Thorn said, "I hope after my surgery I can see clearly so I can recognize the faces of my family, get around on my own, and help my daughter take care of her children. I would also like to join ceremonies at the pagoda by myself."
Som Art is a 48-year-old rice farmer and her husband is a teacher. Together that have a daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. Som Art enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching Khmer movies on TV. One year ago, Som Art developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and being independent. When Som Art learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her husband seeking treatment. On December 23rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and continue with her full life. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Som Art said, "I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can plant rice and do housework without any problems."
Myo is a 16-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four brothers in northern Rakhine State. Myo is a student in grade nine and his four brothers also go to school. However, they have been unable to study since the Covid-19 pandemic shut all schools. Myo’s parents are day laborers, and their family's combined income is just enough to cover their daily expenses since Myo and his brothers’ schooling is free. To survive with limited income, they forage for vegetables and fish. If they fall ill, they use traditional medicine, which is more affordable then going to a clinic or a hospital. Myo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, which is 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, Myo cannot walk long distances or climb stairs because of his tiredness. Sometimes, he cannot breathe very well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Myo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 7th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Myo shared, “I am worried about my health and I feel sorry for my parents. Because of my health problems, my father had to work more days to earn more money. Also, my mother cannot work because she accompanies me and has to take care of me. I hope my school will reopen soon so that I can go back to school. One day I hope that I can become a teacher. I want to teach because there are not enough teachers in my village.”
Ra is a 57-year-old house painter from Cambodia. He is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Ra's wife is a garlic seller. He enjoys watching Khmer dramas and the news on TV. Five years ago, Ra developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, tearing, photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours with his wife seeking treatment. On October 6th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. Ra said, "I hope I can see everything clearer than now after my eye surgery so I can do my job and drive my motorbike anywhere."
Choeurk is a 64-year-old farmer, proudly married for 42 years and has six children, two sons and four daughters. Four of his children are now married, and he has 4 grandchildren. Choeurk lives with his wife, who is also a farmer. During his free time, he likes to exercise in the morning, care for his grandchildren, listen to the radio news, clean the house, and visit the pagoda. Two years ago, Choeurk was in a motor vehicle accident that caused trauma to his right hip and knee. After the accident, he went to a provincial hospital, where they gave him medications to ease the pain, but his condition did not improve. When he arrived at Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he had a painful right hip and right knee and he was unable to walk. Doctors diagnosed him with avascular necrosis in his hip and recommend a total hip replacement on his right hip and a possible knee fusion procedure as well. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Choeurk of his pain and allow him to walk easily again. Treatment is scheduled for January 7th, and Choeurk needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Choeurk shared, "I hope that after this surgery, my right hip will be free of pain, and I will be able to walk and work again."
Sokhom is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years and have two children together. His children recently started school. His wife farms alongside him, taking care of their pigs. Sokhom teaches his children everyday and helps them with their schoolwork. In his free time he also likes listening to the radio. In early June 2020, he cut his ankle while working. He soon developed a rash and a skin infection around the cut. He went to a local clinic where they tried to clean and dress the wound, but the infection returned. His ankle is now swollen, painful, and has discharge being released from the wound. When Sokhom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On July 10th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to to remove damaged skin and infected tissue from wound. Now, Sokhom needs help to fund this $273 procedure. Sokhom said, "My ankle is too painful to walk and work to support my family, so I hope the doctors can easily treat the wound and make my foot healthy again."
Thomas is a 45-year-old laborer from Uganda who came to Kenya in search of a livelihood. He is the oldest child in a family of 5 children. His mother passed in 2005, and his father left the family, which forced him to come to Kenya to search for a job. Thomas has four children aged between 4 and 17 years of age. They currently live with their mother. In November, Thomas suffered right tibia and humerus fractures after being knocked by a hit and run vehicle. While crossing the road along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway, he was hit by a vehicle that took off immediately. Left unconscious, he could not remember subsequent events, but he was rushed to the hospital and admitted. As a result of the accident, Thomas cannot move nor use his hand and leg, and is in constant pain. He cannot move on his own and needs a wheelchair to move around. For the last three weeks, Thomas has been bedridden, and has had no visitors because none of his family can be reached. Doctors recommended a humerus ORIF surgery to correct the fracture. Though he was scheduled for surgery, it was cancelled because he was unable to raise money. Thomas normally works as a casual laborer, loading and off-loading building stones, at a construction site along the highway. His daily income is about $USD3 a day and generally inconsistent, depending on the availability of work. Thomas is still financially supporting his children, and he does not have medical insurance coverage. He appeals for financial help for his cost of care. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 8th, Thomas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow him to walk with ease and also use his hand with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund his life-changing procedure. Thomas shared, “I am unable to move nor use my arm since the accident. Doctors recommended this surgery but I have not been able to get it because I don’t have money. I have been unable to contact my family or friends back at home, and I am all alone with no one to turn to.”
Chhoeun is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has five daughters and seven grandchildren. After he has finished rice farming, he plays in a Khmer traditional music band in the village. Chhoeun also enjoys to listen news on the radio. One year ago, Chhoeun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 23rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope that I can see everything better, and then I want to go the rice field to plant rice and crops again," Chhoeun said.
Peresia is a seven-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. She is the first born child to her young parents. Peresia's parents have a small business together selling sardines, called "dagaa" locally. They work hard, but they have little income and barely enough to get by. Peresia has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Peresia has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, she will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Peresia that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 6th and will drain the excess fluid from her brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Peresia will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Peresia’s mother shared, “Our daughter is getting worse every day and we cannot afford her treatment as it is too expensive. Please help save our daughter.”