Daven joined Watsi on July 11th, 2014. Three years ago, Daven joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Daven's most recent donation supported Srun, a man from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Daven has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Daven has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Srun is a garment factory worker from Cambodia. He has one daughter. He likes to listen to the radio in his free time. Five months ago, Srun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Srun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 6, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I look forward to returning to work soon."
Thamanda is a retired civil servant from Malawi. He lives with his wife and children. He enjoys listening to football games and spiritual songs in his free time. He attends church and enjoys reading the Bible. Since last year, Thamanda has been experiencing troubling urinary symptoms. 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 Thamanda's surgery. On November 1, 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. He is so happy to be helped with surgery and confident that he will be cured. He says, "I went to several hospitals for consultation, but could not afford to pay for the recommended treatment. With this problem, I could not go anywhere or work on my farm. Now I will be free to go everywhere, to work, and to visit friends."
Jackson is a farmer supporting a large family from Malawi. He has ten children and 28 grandchildren, and he works to feed his family. He enjoys resting in his free time after working very hard on the farm. For two months, Jackson 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 Jackson's surgery. On October 4, 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. He says, "This is a very good program because I believe I will be helped!"
Linn is a 30-year-old man from Burma. In May 2017, he fell down the stairs at his house and hurt his right leg. Since then, his leg became very painful. A doctor diagnosed him with bone tuberculosis, and he was on medication for 18 months. However, his condition did not improve, so he went to another hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hip problem that needs a surgical intervention. Currently, Linn cannot walk for more than five minutes. He also experiences pain. Fortunately, Linn learned about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). At BCMF's care center, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Linn of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for September 11, and Linn needs help raising $1,500 to pay for this procedure. He says, “I wish I can walk again with no pain in the future. I am very grateful that I will receive help for my surgery.”
Ghati is a primary school student from Tanzania. She is the third born in a family of five children. She loves studying Swahili and science. Her mother sells sugar canes and sugarcane juice at the side of the road in town. Ghati’s father is a fisherman. Ghati has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ghati traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 15. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ghati's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Ghati says, “I cannot wait to be back to school and show my friends that I am able to walk normal.”
Mary is a woman from Kenya. She is a mother of four and used to work as a farmer. Due to recent health problems, she has had to stop working, so her husband is the only one providing for the family. For three years, Mary has been experiencing leg and spinal pain. Painkillers have not worked, and she has difficulty walking. She visited our medical partner's care center, where she underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with cervical myelopathy, a compression of the spinal cord. She needs to undergo a spinal fusion surgery, scheduled for July 23. Now, Mary's family needs help funding this $1,500 procedure. Mary says, “My wish is to be able to walk upright again and with no pain. I want to be there for my family."
Maulana is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together with their grown children they run a small farm. Due to his condition, Maulana isn’t able to actively farm, so he works fetching wood. In his free time, he and his family enjoy attending their local mosque. Since May 2018, Maulana has been experiencing pain and 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 Maulana's surgery. On June 14, 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. Maulana and his family were thrilled to learn his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to again being active and able to farm his land. He says, "Thank you!"
Robert is a baby from Kenya. He lives with his parents in Nairobi. He is an only child. Robert was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Robert has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Robert will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 17. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “We are really worried because he is our only child and we have high hopes for him as he grows. I hope he will get help so that he can grow up like other normal boys,” says Roberts’s mother.
Eskel is a baby from Kenya. He has two older siblings. The family lives in a one-room house in the Rift Valley region. Eskel’s father is a subsistence farmer, while his mother operates a grocery kiosk. Eskel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Eskel has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and prominent scalp veins. Without treatment, Eskel will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Eskel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16 and will drain the excess fluid from Eskel's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Eskel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “We are praying that God gives health to our son especially after the operation. I am grateful that we could get financial help,” says Eskel’s father.
Meet Cho, a baby girl living in Burma with her parents. Cho’s mother owned a food and drink stand, which she stopped managing when she became pregnant with Cho, and her father is a day laborer and taxi driver. Living on one income has been difficult since Cho was born. Cho was born prematurely in a local hospital, unequipped with the oxygen and incubator Cho needed to get a healthy start. Worried for their newborn baby, Cho’s parents took her to a hospital in Thailand for treatment where doctors noticed she has a serious eye condition; stage 3 Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP). This disease, which is caused by disorganized growth of retinal blood vessels, can result in scarring and retinal detachment. Without treatment, Cho’s eye may deteriorate and she may become blind. Fortunately, we can raise $1500 to give Cho a lens replacement surgery. With treatment, Cho will have the gift of sight for her whole life. What are we waiting for?