John joined Watsi on June 27th, 2014. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! John's most recent donation traveled 6,400 miles to support Reaksa, an 11-year-old student from Cambodia, to fund mass removal surgery.
John has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 4 countries.
John has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 4 countries.
Reaksa is an 11-year-old student who is in the third grade at a school in her village. Her father works in construction and her mother works in a factory. She also has one brother. In her free time, Reaksa enjoys playing with her brother and playing at her friend's house nearby. One month ago, a preauricular sinus pit infection developed on Reaksa's right ear. She experiences pain and discharge from the wound. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Reaksa to receive treatment. Her family traveled to CSC's care center and on May 20th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, they need help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Reaksa's parents shared that they hope the infection will go away and their daughter will be free of pain.
Brigitte is a 2-year-old baby girl and the only child in her family. Her parents shared how talkative she already is and they are hopeful for her bright future. Brigitte's parents sells clothes at the local market and work hard to earn enough to make ends meet. Brigitte has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, also known as knock knees, which makes it difficult for her to stand and walk. Her legs bow inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Brigitte on April 16th. Treatment will support Brigitte's mobility, allow her to participate in all kinds of new activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Brigitte’s mother shared, "My daughter’s legs are so badly deformed, please help correct her leg. We have no means of affording the treatment cost."
Thy is a 61-year-old farmer who is married with one son, two daughters, and many grandchildren. They live with their youngest daughter and both he and his wife are rice farmers. Because of his poor vision, he cannot go to the rice field right now. He cares for the grandchildren and likes to watch boxing and the news on TV. Three years ago, Thy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, photophobia, inability to recognize faces. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On March 29th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery 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. Thy shared, :I hope after surgery I can see well, it will be easy to recognize people. I can help my daughter to take care of the grandchildren and can go to the rice field with my wife to plant rice again."
"I need to be able to work to take care of my family, but I can't work with this pain," Naunt tells us. 42-year-old Naunt is a mother and farmer from Burma. About two months ago, she started experiencing severe abdominal pain. She had to stop working, and her husband quit his job to care for her and the farm. This has caused even more of a financial burden for their family. Naunt was diagnosed with cervical fibroids. She was referred to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) after she stopped pursuing medical care elsewhere due to a lack of resources. For $1500, BBP can perform the necessary surgery to stop Naunt's pain and remove the fibroids. After surgery, Naunt will be able to work again and care for her sons. She will no longer live with the mental distress that accompanies her illness. "I hope that surgery will allow my husband to return to work, and that we can begin to save for the future again," she tells us. Let's help fund this important surgery for Naunt!
Meet one-year-old Douglas from Guatemala. Douglas' family is struggling to keep food on the table. This has contributed to Douglas' medical problems, which includes severe malnutrition. They are happy to have finally connected with a source of medical help and are hoping to see a positive change soon. Douglas was referred to our partner clinic in Guatemala because of malnutrition. He is chronically ill with intestinal infections. As a result, Douglas has a poor appetite and low energy levels. Believe it or not, he has not gained any weight at all in almost a year. He has also not grown in height and is not walking and talking like a normal 1.5 year old. We're raising $525 for Douglas' intensive nutritional therapy. Without our help, his growth will remain stunted in many ways, physically and mentally. But with your support, we can ensure that his chronic intestinal infections are cured, that he resumes growth, and that his developmental progress will pick up.
Maria is a 32-year-old woman who lives in Guatemala. She has a rare condition called mixed connective tissue disorder. This condition has caused extreme tightening of her skin, making it difficult for Maria to bend her hands and elbows. She also experiences severe pain and swelling in all of her joints, limiting her ability to work around the house. The chronic cough and fatigue with exercise which Maria has developed is also concerning for both her heart and lungs. "Maria has been looking for help for her condition for years," her doctor writes. "She has seen dozens of doctors but no one has been able to figure out what is going on. Fortunately, we immediately knew what condition she had when we met her (it is a very rare condition!) and we are excited to work with her to make steps toward controlling her disease." Care for Maria's condition will include evaluation of her heart and lung function as well as immunosuppressive medications to control her pain and stiffness, improve her quality of life and ability to handle day-to-day tasks as well as limit further organ damage. Maria has finally found the specialty care which she needs to control her disease. With $1100, we can make sure that she gets it.
Josefa is a 43-year-old woman who lives in Guatemala. For the last six months, she has been experiencing severe dermatitis. Because of this, Josefa has huge ulcerations, or breaks in her skin, as well as large scaling on both of her legs. The itchiness and pain keeps Josefa up at night, and topical ointments and medications aren't helping. With further medical care, including a 6-12 month course of immunosuppressive medication under close monitoring, Josefa should be able to see marked improvement in her symptoms. "Josefa is a great woman who has put up with this condition for six months with a smile on her face," our hospital partner writes. "However, it is starting to take its toll. She is exhausted and at her wit's end. She needs our help to get this condition behind her." With $500 we can cover the cost of Josefa's medication, lab testing and monitoring as well as the cost of transportation associated with care. Let's help Josefa get the relief she needs.
Thi Aye is a skillful 18-year-old young woman from Burma who has been living with a hemangioma in her left cheek her entire life. Hemangioma is a benign tumor, though it can become enlarged over time and causes pain, discomfort, and emotional side effects. As the years went by, the hemangioma began to interfere with her eating, as she would bite the growth on her left cheek when chewing her food. When she was 14, Thi Aye dropped out of school and started delivering vegetables at the market to help support her family. At work and in the evening she felt a painful tightness in her mouth, and she would have severe headaches about once a week. She carried the vegetables in a large basket on her head, but after a few months of working the basket's weight began to put pressure on the hemangioma, causing her severe discomfort. Her condition made it impossible to continue selling vegetables, though Thi Aye was determined to continue to work. Five months ago she began working at home sewing clothing until her family’s home burned down in December 2013. She now lives under the shelter of a tree with eight other family members while her father builds a new home in a new village. Thi Aye has undergone surgery twice for her condition around the age of 16, though both surgeries failed to completely remove the hemangioma. Thi Aye is now seeking permanent surgical removal of her tumor, which will free her of pain and give her a fresh start. Thi Aye is very eager to work again and looks forward to undergoing treatment so she can regain her confidence and find a new job that she enjoys. For $1500 we can help Thi Aye to live pain-free so she can focus on finding her passion!
Sok Khom is a father of three and a policeman in Cambodia. Last November, Sok Khom broke his leg in a motorbike accident during a major national festival. He was hospitalized for almost a month and spent all of his savings paying the medical bill. However, Sok Khom's fracture did not heal well. He now feels pain when he puts weight on his leg. A surgery to correct his bone alignment costs $300, but Sok Khom has no savings left to pay for this care. Let's get the $300 Sok Khom needs to make his leg straight and strong again. Your donation will free him from pain, and restore his mobility, which is so important to his job as a policeman!
Su Wai is 32-years-old and lives with her husband in Burma. Her husband works as a motorcycle taxi-driver. They recently got married and want to have children one day. Due to multiple cysts in her ovaries, Su Wai experiences severe pain in her abdomen and finds it difficult to move or do house chores. The daily pain that Su Wai experiences has caused her to stop working. The couple now depend solely on her husbands income. Su Wai needs an operation to have her cysts removed. She looks forward to being able to take care of her home again and get back to work so she and her husband can be more financially secure. Although her doctor cannot tell her for sure whether she can have a child after the operation, she remains hopeful. The couple dream of having a family. The operation she needs costs $1150. Your donation will enable Su Wai to overcome this condition and start building a happy future with her husband!