Neeraj's Story

Neeraj joined Watsi on July 9th, 2014. Nine years ago, Neeraj joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Neeraj's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Purity, a bright teenager from Kenya, to fund life-changing thyroid surgery.

Impact

Neeraj has funded healthcare for 187 patients in 12 countries.

Patients funded by Neeraj

Purity is is a young lady aged 18 years who resides in in Kiambu County. She is the last born in a family of four children. Purity completed secondary school in 2022 and scored well enough to join the university. Unfortunately, she has not yet joined due to a lack of school fees. Her parents, who are farmers, are not able to raise the fee required to attend the university. This makes Purity very sad because she focused all her effort into studying, though she understands her parents’ situation and hopes she can get help soon to pursue her education. In December 2023, Purity began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling. It was Purity’s elder sister who noted her neck was swollen. She was taken to the hospital, and a scan showed a multinodular goiter. She was referred to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, for further tests and treatment. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Her surgeon advised them to have a thyroidectomy to heal her condition, but due to their low income, her parents are not in a position to pay for this treatment. If not treated, the goiter may become very big, compressing the trachea and esophagus, leading to breathing and feeding difficulties. She may also have hyperthyroidism leading to palpitations, sweating and weight loss. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Purity receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “I am very much worried about this condition. I pray that someone will come to my aid so that I can be treated and be ready to go to university by the time my parents will manage to pay,” said Purity.

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Vannak is a 56-year-old mother of two sons from Cambodia. She lives in Phnom Penh province, about an hour outside the city. She is a widow and makes a modest income selling soft drinks and spices in her small village. Her oldest son is married and has his own family, and she lives with her youngest son, who helps support her. At home, Vannak likes to watch Khmer love stories on TV and cook for her son. Seven years ago, an insect flew into Vannak's ear. She inserted salt water to get rid of the insect but was not able to remove it. She developed an ear infection that caused her right ear's tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, to perforate. For this reason, Vannak experiences intermittent ear pain and ringing in her ears. Her hearing has declined, and she has frequent ear infections, which makes it difficult for her to run her business, work outside, and communicate with customers. Undergoing surgery can help prevent bacteria and other foreign particles from entering her middle ear, reducing the likelihood of recurrent ear infections. Surgery can also lead to fewer episodes of pain, discomfort, and other complications. Fortunately, Vannak traveled to our medical partner's care center for treatment. On October 23rd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $487 to fund this procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Vannak contributed $100 to her care. Vannak's son said: "I hope my mother's ear will improve and be healthy, she will stop getting ear infections, and her hearing will be normal."

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Rovence is a 45 year old single mother in southwestern Uganda. She has two sons and two daughters. Her elder son recently joined the army, while the other is currently pursuing his studies. Her two daughters are still in secondary school. Rovence separated from her husband when he married another wife. After the separation, Rovence, who had dropped out of school after 7th grade, enrolled in a hairdressing school. After completing her training, she established a small ladies' hairdressing salon. She earns a living to support her family, pay rent, school fees, and provide basic needs. Rovence resides in a two-room rental permanent house with her son and two daughters. She is the sole provider for the family, receiving no support from her husband. Seven years ago, Rovence began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling. Initially non-painful, the swelling started causing shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, pain on swallowing, profuse swelling, and high blood pressure. Due to limited finances, she has resorted to traditional means such as cuts and herbs, but these have proven ineffective. After meeting someone who had a successful surgery at Nyakibale Hospital, Rovence sought medical attention there too. She arrived hopeful and was screened, examined, and diagnosed with nodular goiter. The thyroid is the gland located in front of your neck and produces thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for functions such as metabolism, growth and other bodily functions. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Rovence receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 12th at Karoli Lwanga Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Rovence says, “My entire family depends on me, I have no other support yet. I am in ill health. I trust that if am supported, I will get better and resume with hair dressing to take care of my family."

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