Sarah joined Watsi on October 25th, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sarah's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Samnang, a student from Cambodia, to fund tendon repair surgery.
Sarah has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Sarah has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Samnang is ten years old and in the fourth grade. He has three sisters and one brother. He likes to play games and watch animated movies on TV. Samnang had a laceration on his left heel, which made it difficult for him to flex his foot downward. Though his tendon was still intact, he felt pain when he walked on his left foot. When Samnang's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), the family traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On December 13, surgeons at CSC performed an achilles tendon repair surgery to help Samnang walk easily again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my son can walk better and without pain," says Samnang's mother.
Navin is a 16-year-old student in the ninth grade. He has two sisters and one brother. In his free time, Navin likes to watch TV, read books, and listen to music. Since he was two, Navin has had difficulty walking. He experiences pain and stiffness in his knees, particularly his right knee. After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Navin traveled for three hours with his mother to reach CSC for treatment. On October 28, surgeons performed a quadricepsplasty in his right leg. This treatment should allow him to walk normally. Now, he needs help to fund this $425 procedure.
Meet Morn, a 70-year-old woman from Cambodia. “Morn is married with one son, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). One year ago, Morn developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes her blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for her to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside," CSC explains. "I hope my eyes can see everything clearly again,” shares Morn, “Then, I can work at home and go anywhere outside." After learning about CSC, Morn and her daughter travelled two hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Morn's sight. With $292, Morn will undergo cataract surgery, during which her old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing her to see again immediately after her operation.
Born in Nepal, Naresh is an eight-year-old boy who lives with his parents and siblings. His parents are both farmers, and the yield from their field is enough to feed the family for only three months of the year. When things are tough, his mother works as a laborer in the village to support the family. Naresh was grazing his cattle in the forest when he slipped and landed on rocks, fracturing his left wrist. It has been hurting since then. Not only did he miss school to go to the hospital, but also he needs help with his everyday activities like eating and getting dressed. Because of his condition, Naresh and his uncle took a five hour bus ride to reach Watsi's medical partner, Possible, at a local care center. $195 will cover all surgical expenses and necessary medications for an orthopedic surgeon to reset Naresh's fracture. He will also have a splint as part of the process to ensure that his wrist heals correctly. After the surgery, Naresh will no longer have constant pain, and he will quickly regain wrist strength.
Marvin is just under one year old, and the youngest of three children. He lives with his siblings in a one-room cinderblock house with a tin roof in Guatemala. He loves to play with his ball, his toy cars, and his small toy motorcycle. His father works as a bricklayer and his mother works at home taking care of him and his siblings--most days they live on only a couple dollars, unable to buy even one fruit, vegetable, or egg per day for Marvin. Marvin has not been growing taller or gaining weight because he is malnourished. His body has not been receiving the nutrients and energy it needs to grow, not only leaving him very small for his age, but also weakening his immune system. In the past two weeks alone, he has suffered from diarrhea, a fever, and a bad cough--leaving him without an appetite and without the energy to play. In the long term, he could face a low IQ and chronic diseases if he does not receive treatment. Although Marvin is very sick, treatment is simple. His parents will receive in-home nutrition classes to teach them about what diet Marvin needs to be healthy. He will be a part of our growth monitoring program, ensuring he is responding well to treatment, and will receive food supplements and micronutrients to improve his diet and give him the energy he needs to play and grow. This treatment will give Marvin the chance to be a healthy baby, helping him grow, strengthening his immune system, and putting him on track to live a healthy and full life and escape the cycle of poverty and malnutrition he is currently caught in.
Carmen was born on July 9, 2016 in Guatemala. Unfortunately, her mother had complications with the placenta, and she lost so much blood that she passed away shortly after giving birth. Since she was giving birth at home in a mountainous and incredibly rural area, no medical help was available to her until she had already passed. After asking around the community to see if there were other mothers that could breast milk and coming up short, Carmen's father contacted our staff to see if there was support he could receive for his daughter. Carmen is the youngest of 10 children. They live in a one-room home made of cinderblocks with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, making a few dollars per day that he uses to buy food for his children. Unfortunately, formula costs more than his salary, making it impossible for him to afford this life-saving treatment for his daughter. Although Carmen's case is serious and life-threatening, treatment is simple. For $1,016, we can provide Carmen with formula that will give her all the protein, calories, and nutrients she needs to be healthy and strong. Carmen's father and her other caregivers will also receive nutritional education to prevent future malnutrition. With our help, Carmen's father will no longer have to live with the stress of not being able to feed his daughter on top of grieving the loss of his wife. "My hope is that my daughter grows healthy and active, I am appreciative for the support that she will get," Carmen's father said.
Moo Wah is a one-year-old boy who lives in a Thai refugee camp with his mother, Naw Lah. Naw Lah adopted Moo Wah shortly after he was born; his biological mother was abandoned by her husband during the pregnancy and could not care for Moo Wah in addition to her three other children. Presently, Naw Lah is taking care of Moo Wah on her own; her husband moved to the United States shortly after they were married. Naw Lah is hoping to move with her son once her husband is settled. Moo Wah was born with hydrocephalus - a condition that causes fluid to build up in the skull and put pressure on the brain. This causes vomiting, pain, and discomfort. Even with the financial help from her husband overseas, Naw Lah sometimes has to borrow money from friends to get through the month. Moo Wah only drinks milk powder instead of breast feeding and Naw Lah is not able to afford his food in addition to his other medical expenses. Naw Lah cannot afford the surgery Moo Wah needs, but without it he is very lethargic and irritable. He has had frequent fevers and requires constant attention. Naw Lah is physically and mentally tired from the frequent trips to clinics and hospitals and eager for her son to get better. With $1,485, Moo Wah will receive the operation he needs to alleviate his symptoms. A surgical shunt will drain the excess fluid built up in his skull and alleviate the pressure on his brain causing him to be tired and irritable. With this intervention, Moo Wah will get a new start on life and the chance to lead a healthy childhood.
Ericka is a 10-month-old girl from Guatemala. She traveled over five hours with her family to make it to our clinic. She suffers from a rare genetic disorder called propionic acidemia. This means that she cannot metabolize proteins in a normal way, and for this reason she has to have a very low-protein diet. Ericka lives with her family in a rural community in the Pacific coastal region of Guatemala. Ericka loves to eat strawberries and play with her mother. Her mother is unable to work because of Ericka's special needs, making it difficult for her to be able to make money to support Ericka's medical care. Ericka needs to receive a full diagnostic workup to identify any brain abnormalities that may have been caused by not eating a diet that her body can tolerate. Currently, she still cannot sit up on her own, and likely will not be able to for a while--because of her condition. Also, she needs a special diet in order to avoid the risks of high ammonia in the blood, stroke, and sudden death. $1,385 will fund diagnostic testing for Ericka, and allow her medical team to determine the best course of treatment for her moving forward. Funding will also go toward her initial treatment. "Our dreams are to see her grow one day, and get better," Ericka's mother shared. "Maybe she could learn to walk. We appreciate the support we will receive for our baby."
19-month-old Jose is from rural Guatemala. He has a history of malnutrition, and his mother recently brought him to our clinic because he has still not spoken a word. He seems to follow only the simplest of commands, but it is unclear if he can hear or if he just follows others' gestures. His mother is worried that if he does not receive a workup and therapy he will not be able to ever speak or attend school. Jose lives with his parents and two older siblings. His parents work as farmers, harvesting bananas on a plantation. Jose's favorite food is beans, and he loves to play with his one toy, which is a ball. His parents work hard to give Jose the best, and fight to make sure he eats well, but his mother is worried that he will never learn to talk because they can't afford expensive medical care to diagnose him and give him the opportunity to go to therapy to learn to speak. Treatment will provide Jose with a full diagnostic workup to determine the extent of his inability to hear. He will receive transportation, and lodging so they can receive care in the capital, which is many hours away from the rural coastal community in which they live. This will help Jose's mother feel more confident that her son can attend school on day, and be a good student. "Thanks for the collaboration of all the people that will help my son move forward," Jose's mother said. "I hope he can study and be a good man when he is bigger."
A six-year-old boy, Ayubu likes to skip rope and play football with the other children in his village in Tanzania. Despite his love for being active, Ayubu has been diagnosed with bilateral congenital clubfoot. He was treated as a baby, but it has since relapsed. He needs proper medical treatment to ensure he can recover permanently. "If not treated, Ayubu will be at risk of developing osteoarthiritis at a young age," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), reports. Clubfoot is a developmental disorder that results in the feet turning inwards and with very high arches. To treat his condition, Ayubu will undergo a surgical procedure called a tenotomy, which is the release of of an overly tight tendon, and will also have to wear casts to realign the foot and ankle joint. $1,160 will cover the cost of the surgical and casting procedures, along with a four-month stay in Plaster House, a home where children can recover after surgery. After treatment, "Ayubu's gait will improve and he won't be feeling pain in his ankles when walking," AMHF explains. "I hope my son will be able to walk properly so that he can walk to school with ease," Ayubu's father shares.
Thuok is a 27-year-old tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. In 2008, Thuok noticed a foul smelling discharge coming out of both of his ears that caused him pain. He has experienced hearing loss, pain, and recurrent discharge since then. Thuok is married with one daughter. After work he enjoys listening to the radio and playing football with his neighbors. One of Thuok’s friends, also a tuk tuk driver, told him about our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) and urged him to get medical care at CSC's clinic. Thuok was diagnosed with bilateral cholesteatoma - small growths in Thuok’s middle ear that are causing his discharge and pain. $809 will fund surgery to remove the growths in Thuok’s ears to stop the discharge and pain, and permanently treat his condition. “I hope that my husband will stop having ear discharge and have no more pain after his operation,” says Thuok’s wife, who accompanied him to the clinic. “I am very worried about his disease and I am happy that he can get surgery done at CSC."
“When I am well, I enjoy cleaning my house inside and outside and making the house look nice,” shares Aye, a 50-year-old housewife who lives with her husband and two sons in Burma. “I also enjoy planting and growing flowers and planting vegetables near my home.” Aye came to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), seeking treatment for heavy vaginal bleeding and pain. Her symptoms are the result of two conditions affecting the lining of the uterus—endometrial hyperplasia and endometriosis. With endometrial hyperplasia, the uterine lining grows too thick in response to excess estrogen. Endometriosis is characterized by endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus, usually within the ovaries, bowel, and pelvic lining. Both conditions cause heavy, painful periods that last longer than the typical five to seven days. “Aye feels very weak and has back pain,” explains BBP. “She menstruates irregularly but for many days. She has lost weight and does not have an appetite.” To manage her symptoms, Aye takes pain relievers and uses traditional medicine. Both help some, but she does not feel well enough to care for her home or help her husband and older son on their farm. For $1500, Aye will undergo a total hysterectomy and oophorectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries). Funding also covers the cost of a seven-day hospital stay and one outpatient appointment post-surgery. “I hope that in the future,” says Aye, “I can return to working alongside my husband on the farm and earn enough money to spoil my children and make sure that my youngest son is well educated.”