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Ben joined Watsi on March 27th, 2014. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ben's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Demetria, a woman from Philippines, to fund gallbladder surgery so she can live pain free.
Ben has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Ben has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Demetria is a peanut-butter maker from the Philippines. Demetria was diagnosed with cholecystitis 10 years ago and advised by her doctor to undergo surgery, but due to financial constraints, she opted to self-medicate using herbal medicines. This served as a temporary relief to her symptoms, but now these have worsened over time, and during the past 2 weeks, she started experiencing intolerable pain and difficulty keeping food down. With age and her worsening symptoms, Demetria is not capable of earning income to support her medical treatment. She shared that she and her husband rely on their granddaughter who works as an online tutor, to support their daily needs. Fortunately, Demetria was referred to our medical partner and is now scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on April 7th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,253 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Demetria will no longer experience severe pain in her abdomen or be at risk of other complications in the future. “Once the surgery is done, I hope to go back to doing my small peanut butter-making business so I can help sustain our daily needs like I used to before," Demetria shared. "Thank you so much WSFP and Watsi for all your help,” she added.
Dara is a 27-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He has three older sisters, who are married, and one younger sister, who studies English literature. Dara lives at home and, when he is not working, he likes to play football with his friends. A year ago, Dara started having frequent, severe nosebleeds that caused him to feel light-headed. His family took him to a local clinic, where doctors were able to stop the nosebleed and determine that Dara has a tumor in his nose. Currently, he continues to have frequent nosebleeds and is unsure when they will happen, which can be distressing for Dara. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Dara receive the treatment he needs. On March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. CSC is requesting $231 to fund this procedure and his medical care. Dara shared, "I hope that the tumor will be removed quickly and easily, and I won't have to worry about having another one."
Angelica is a hard-working young mom with a three-year-old son. She and her partner work in construction, earning just enough to support their daily needs. Angelica was diagnosed with external hemorrhoids. Because of her financial situation, even though she experiences pain, she is not able to get the medical care she needs to heal. Fortunately, Angelica is scheduled to undergo surgery to treat her condition on March 5th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,163 to cover the total cost of Angelica's procedure and care. After her recovery, Angelica will no longer experience severe pain and other complications in the future. "I want to be able to take care of my child without worrying about my condition," Angelica explained. "I am fortunate to have been referred for surgery with World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi; without them, I'm not sure where we would be able to get help for my treatment."
Paul is 51-year-old, outgoing farmer from a small village in the highlands of Kenya. Paul survives on daily work in his neighbors' farms to gather for the needs of his family. He is married with two children, and together they live in a semi-permanent house. His family relies on him for their daily needs as Paul is the only family bread winner. Paul arrived to the hospital with a fracture on his left knee after a fall at his home. He now has a lot of pain, swelling, and inability to flex his left knee. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 22nd, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Once he heals, he'll be able to walk well with no difficulties and pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,145 to fund his procedure. Paul says, "I am really uncomfortable when my children need me and I cannot be there for them. Please help me so that I can heal and be able to raise them well."
Yam is a 50-year-old vendor of traditional Khmer cakes. She has three daughters and five grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. When not cooking or selling cakes, she likes to play with her grandchildren and listen to the news on the radio. One year ago, Yam developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, difficulty seeing in low or bright lights, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Yam learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled far across the country for eight hours seeking treatment. On May 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. "I hope after surgery I can see better. I want to be able to sell Khmer cakes to help support my daughter's family as I did before," says Yam.
Naisam is a 22-month-old baby girl and the youngest in a family of two children. Naisam's mother is single and sells vegetables by the roadside to provide for her children. Naisam has been diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Because of her condition, she experiences difficulty walking. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Naisam receive treatment. On April 8th, Naisam will undergo corrective surgery to treat her condition. Treatment will hopefully restore Naisam's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Now, she and her mother need help raising $880 to fund her procedure and care. Naisam’s mother shared, "I was directed here by a man who saw how much my child was struggling to walk. Please help us."
Chanthy is a 43-year-old construction worker. He shared that his wife passed away two years ago and he is raising their two sons, an 18-year-old and a 12-year-old. In his free time, Chanthy likes to go fishing, play football, and watch boxing on TV. In August 2021, Chanthy was in a motorbike accident and fractured his left tibia. Chanthy had surgery at a local hospital where an external fixation device was applied. Two months later, the device was replaced with an orthopedic nail that has since caused Chanthy pain, redness, swelling and infection. It is still difficult for Chanthy to walk even with crutches. On April 20th, Chanthy will undergo a fracture hardware removal procedure, and our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is helping Chanthy raise $304 to cover the cost of his care. This procedure will help Chanthy walk again, and return to work to support his sons. Chanthy shared, "I hope after surgery, my leg will be fixed, and I won't have any more pain or infection. I need to work so my sons can continue in school and I can support them."
Sary is a 35-year-old delivery man. He's married and and has a one-year-old son. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, taking care of his son, and cooking with his wife. In mid-February, Sary was in a motor vehicle accident where he sustained facial and head trauma. His mandible and maxilla are fractured, and he has a frontal region hematoma. Since the accident, he has experienced headaches and has lacerations on his face and tongue. It is difficult for him to think clearly, work or open his mouth to eat. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On March 2nd, Sary will undergo a fracture repair procedure at CSC's care center. After treatment, he will be able to open his mouth to eat, and his symptoms will subside. Now, he needs help raising $465 to fund his procedure and care. Sary shared, "I hope to be able to eat normally and return to work as soon as possible to support my family."
“I love my daughter very much and I want the best for her. I want her to have straight legs, be able to walk properly, get a good education and later on live a better life,” shares Diana’s mother. Say hello to Diana, an active and friendly four-year-old girl from Tanzania. Diana lives with her mother, grandparents, and younger sibling and enjoys playing with little children, making shapes out of clay. She does not like to play with older children because, due to her bowed legs, Diana cannot run fast and falls down easily when pushed. When Diana was one year old, her legs began bowing outward and, gradually, her condition has gotten worse. Her legs are weak and she in unable to walk fast or for long distances. Diana’s mother does not have a stable job and as a single mother raising two children, desperately needs financial support so that her daughter’s legs can be corrected. For $940, we can provide Diana with the treatment she needs to walk and move more comfortably. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, “Diana will have straight and strong legs, better gait, and ability to walk without getting tired quickly.” If not treated, Diana will be at high risk of developing early osteoarthritis. Let’s pull together, Watsi donors!
“I want to marry and have children soon. I want to be able to work so that I will be able to support my future family,” says Festus. Meet Festus, a 40-year-old man from Kenya who has a fractured right femur, the leg bone located above the knee. “Last week, Festus was harvesting Macadamia when he lost his footing and fell from the tree,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Festus is in pain and cannot walk nor sit without support. He is not able to work on his farm. If the surgery is not done soon, Festus may require more complex treatment such as a total hip replacement. He will also not be able to work on his farm nor walk again if not treated.” Festus is the oldest son in a family of five. “Festus is not married but has a fiancée,” continues AMHF. “Festus lives on a part of the family land that his father gave him and he farms bananas and vegetables on the land to support himself. He also takes care of his parents farm for them." For $1115, we can fund an Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal his broken leg and ensure that he is able to walk properly. AMHF concludes, “We expect that after the surgery and recovery, Festus will be able to fulfill his dream and have a family that he can support by working on his farm.”
Meet Cayetana, a strong and independent woman from Guatemala. Cayetana is battling diabetic eye disease. She has cataracts which make it difficult for her to run her business and care for her family. Cayetana's doctors say she is vigilant about her health. Last year, she enrolled in one of their clinics to learn how to better manage her diabetes. Cataract surgery would be the final step in her journey towards a healthier life. With your support, we can raise $1500 so Cayetana can afford cataract surgery and regain her sight. Let's help her see clearly again!
Little Amos is two years old, the youngest of three siblings. His parents separated after his birth, and his mother depends on helping hands in her community in Kenya to support her family. Recently, Amos was brought to a hospital run by our partner institution, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, to assess painful swelling in his groin. Amos was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia, meaning that his abdominal muscles push through a tear in his groin muscle. Doctors say his condition can cause extreme complications if left untreated. It is through the help of members of his local community in Kenya that Amos was brought to the hospital, but his mother has no way of paying the $540 needed for his treatment. Without surgery to repair the hernia, Amos’ symptoms will only worsen and become more painful. His mother says, “I want my son to be free of pain, so that he can live a healthy life.” Let’s come together to help Amos get well!