Norma joined Watsi on November 6th, 2014. Seven years ago, Norma joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Norma's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Vin, a friendly 34-year-old driver from Cambodia, to fund myringoplasty surgery to help him communicate clearly.
Norma has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 10 countries.
Norma has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 10 countries.
Vin is a 34-year-old driver from Cambodia. He lives in the capital city with his wife and two sons. Vin's wife is a factory worker. Two years ago, Vin had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. Vin now experiences pain, ear discharge, and tinnitus. He cannot communicate clearly with others. Vin visited our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 23rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Vin says, "I hope my hearing will improve and all the ear discharge will finally stop."
Joseph is a 3-year-old who hails from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. Joseph loves to play with his siblings. At the age of one year, Joseph's mother took him to the hospital. His health was not well enough at that time to safely undergo surgery. In September of this year, they brought him to Nazareth Hospital and doctors diagnosed him with cryptorchdisim. Cryptorchidism is a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Joseph has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. The surgeon recommends an orchidopexy procedure but the family’s health insurance could not be used since it has paid for previous surgeries and also treatment for his other brothers. Joseph's family's income is very limited and they are seeking help. Joseph will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 4th. AMHF is requesting $483 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "We really appreciate the kind sponsorship of our other son. We pray that you may extend the same gesture to Joseph so that he can also grow up like other normal boys,” says Joseph’s father.
Samuel is a hardworking laborer getting jobs whenever he can to earn a living. He's a 37-year-old single man who hails from Kawaida Village in Kenya. His parents separated many years back, and his mother has brought their family up single-handedly. He shared that their family has lived a very difficult life making it hard for them to acquire an education. Samuel lives with his mother in a single rented house. He does mechanic jobs when available while his mother sells fruits at the roadside near their home. On the evening of September 8th 2021, as Samuel was going home, he was hit by a motorbike. He sustained an open fracture of his left tibia. He was taken to Kiambu County Hospital where the wound was treated and later the doctor advised them to have a fracture surgery. His mother could not afford the cost and took him home. Last week, our medical partner's Community Health Worker heard about Samuel and brought him to the hospital for possible support. He has pain, difficulty walking, and has been fully depending on his mother. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 28th, Samuel will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). The surgery will rid him of the pain, bring healing, and eventually, Samuel will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Samuel says, “It is now almost 2 months, I have had pain and difficulties going anywhere and I have to fully depend on my mother. I am also worried that my leg could be amputated if I don't get treated in time. I plead for help so that I can be independent and go back to work and support my mother.”
Phat is a 61-year-old food seller. She is a widow and has one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She lives with her oldest daughter who works as a chef in a small restaurant. Due to her age and vision, she stays home and looks after her grandchildren now. In her spare time, she likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch movies on TV. One year ago, Phat developed a cataract in her right eye causing her blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and sometimes tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 15th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Phat shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly, I want to make food for sale again and go outside on my own."
Kea is a student who lives in a rural province of Cambodia with his parents, who are farmers, and his younger brother and sister. When he was 11, Kea had a severe ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. As a result, Kea experiences pain and discharge from his ear. He also has difficulty communicating with others. Kea traveled to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On September 1st, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During the procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Now CSC is requesting $464 to fund his procedure. This will cover the cost of medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Kea shared, "I hope my hearing will improve and the the infection and pain will go away."
Yon is a mother of three from Cambodia. Her husband had died during the Khmer Rouge regime, so she now lives with her eldest daughter who is a rice farmer. Yon enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda. Four years ago, Yon developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Yon shares, "After surgery I hope I am comfortable and can see clearly so I can go places on my own and take care of my grandchildren."
Robson is a friendly and calm baby. He is the youngest sibling of the family, and they all live in an urban settlement in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. Robson's mother takes care of their family and home while his father used to be a cook, but was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While his mother was outside washing clothes, Robson was in his grandmother’s grass-thatched house in their village. Suddenly, a mattress caught fire, causing burns on Robson's face and fingers. The burns led to contractures on the fingers, so that Robson is unable to hold things and use his fingers well. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is helping Robson receive treatment. On July 17th, surgeons from the care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $840 to help fund this procedure. “I hope and pray that with the assistance accorded to my son, he will be able to hold things and start crawling with support as he learns to walk,” Robson’s mother told us.
Saly is a 53-year-old rice farmer with one daughter, four sons, and five grandchildren. Saly lives with her eldest son since her husband passed away 10 years ago. Her son is also a farmer. In her free time, Saly enjoys listening to traditional music on the radio. Five years ago, Saly developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Saly shared, "I want to be able to plant crops and rice again and take care of my grandchildren better with clear vision."
Joseph is a 28-year-old gardener from Western Kenya. He is married and has two young children including one who is four years old and another who is five months old. His wife takes care of their home and children, and he is the breadwinner of the family. On April 4th, Joseph was involved in a road accident on his way home from work. He was knocked down by a speeding motorbike and fractured his right tibia/fibula. Joseph cannot walk on his own. He is ambulating using crutches and experiences a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 6th, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily. Now, AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Joseph shared, “I am the breadwinner of the family and this accident is affecting my work and life. I, sadly, am unable to raise the amount required for the surgery and treatment.“
Vincent is a six-year-old boy and the oldest of three children. Vincent and his siblings live with their grandmother in Southern Kenya. Vincent has bilateral equinus deformity, which means he has difficulty walking and often tiptoes as he walks, or even crawls. He has visited clinics in the past and undergone casting, but there has been no significant improvement. To correct his condition, Vincent is scheduled to undergo Achilles Tendon Lengthening (ATL) surgery on April 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to fund Vincent's life-changing procedure. Vincent's grandmother shared, "I would love to see my grandson walk on his own. Any help will be highly appreciated.”
Losieku is a nine-year-old boy and the youngest child born to his mother, who has six children. He is a friendly, cheerful and hard-working boy. He has not had the chance to go to school yet, though his father says he has plans to enroll him in school next year if everything goes well. Losieku lives in Northern Tanzania. The majority of people in this area are traditional Maasai and are livestock farmers. Losieku's father has a few goats that Losieku and his siblings take out to graze. They also practice small-scale farming of maize and vegetables as a source of food. About three years ago, Losieku was out playing with his siblings. He fell and his left hand went into an open fireplace where a bit of hot charcoal was burning below ashes. He sustained burns which were treated at home using traditional herbal medication due to lack of money and distance to the closest hospital. Over the years, the skin around his fingers has contracted and he is unable to straighten them. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Losieku receive treatment. On March 3, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that he will be able to use his fingers freely. Now, he needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Losieku’s father shared, "it’s really challenging for my son to carry out his daily activities because of his hand. He is a hardworking boy, and if he gets his hand corrected, it will help him do more with ease.”
Navy is a 49-year-old rice seller. She's been married for 15 years and has 2 daughters who are in school. Navy sells rice in front of a factory, but has been unable to work for over a year. Her husband is currently unemployed. Four years ago, Navy started to have pain in her back and on both hips, and she was given steroids to ease the pain. Doctors have diagnosed her with avascular necrosis in both hips. Avascular necrosis, or osteonecrosis, is the death of bone tissue due to a lack of blood supply. Navy cannot walk and is confined to a wheelchair. She is in constant pain, and is depressed because she cannot work to support her family. Fortunately, Navy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Navy of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for February 5th, and Navy needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Navy shared, "I hope that I'll feel better soon, and will be able to walk again without pain. I am anxious to return to work to help my family."