Lakshmi joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. Six years ago, Lakshmi joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Lakshmi's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support David, a farmer from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair for his broken leg.
Lakshmi has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 12 countries.
Lakshmi has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 12 countries.
David is a small scale farmer from Nazareth, Kenya. He is married, with six children. David does not work as much as he used to but does farming on his small piece of land. However he hasn't been able to do this since his fall. David was referred to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, by his neighbor, who is one of the support staff there. The staff reported that David had fallen and broken his leg, to which the doctor advised an ORIF repair surgery to heal his leg. David says that bad luck is following him. In 2018, he had also fallen and sustained a closed fracture on his femur. On May 21st of this year, he fell again and sustained a closed fracture tibia on the same leg. David is experiencing pain and is unable to use his right leg. If not treated, he may develop malunion or healing with deformity. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 17th, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure (ORIF), so that David can be relieved of the pain, walk with ease, and farm. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “If my neighbor did not help me come to Nazareth and access this help, I don’t know what would have happened to my leg. My family still depends on me so I humbly request for help, to see myself walking again. I will appreciate,” said David.
Orineitwe is a 53-year-old farmer and a mother to five children. She and her husband work as small scale farmers to make ends meet, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house. 16 years ago, Orineitwe began experiencing troubling symptoms including neck pain and swelling, mild headaches and weight loss. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter. Because of her condition, she can no longer carry heavy loads on her head and she is no longer able to bend down comfortably while farming. She sought treatment at our medical partner's care center, and learned that surgery is required to treat her condition. She is concerned that without treatment, her symptoms will worsen and the goiter could become malignant. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Orineitwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 2nd at AMH's care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she needs help to raise $293 to fund the procedure. Orineitwe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I'm hopeful that after surgery I will be able to farm and to take good care of my family.”
Degenet is an eight-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia and the third child born to his parents. He is curious and loves juice, eggs, and playing with his mom. His father is a day worker and a student, while his mom is a homemaker. Degenet was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Degenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on May 4th. After his recovery, he will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Degenet's procedure and care. Degenet's mother shared, “I hope our baby gets as normal as other boys. I hope he will be educated and do good work in the future. And it is my hope he will serve God becoming a good Christian.”
Abdela is a 23-month-old boy from Ethiopia. He is a strong boy who loves to tease, run, and play with others. He is an only child, and his mother lost her husband in a car accident when she was eight months pregnant. Abdela's mother was a housewife and when her husband passed, his friend bought her a Tuk Tuk. She stays at home and she raises Abdela with the income she gets from the Tuk Tuk. The family lives in a rented house. Abdela was born with hypospadias, a condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Abdela is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mom shared, “after the treatment, I hope my boy will heal. I am sure he will be smart and reach a big position. His mind is very quick and he is smart.”
Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury. On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful. Phanith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Phanith shared, "I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible."
Chhorn is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Chhorn was married 18 years ago and together that have three daughters and one son. Chhorn's husband is also a farmer. Chhorn enjoys taking care of her grandchild, cooking, and watching Thai movies on TV. In October 2018, Chhorn slipped and fell causing her hip pain. She sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer but it did not help with the pain. Four months after the accident she went to a provincial hospital and had an x-ray that showed a fracture of the left hip. After that Chhorn went home and took pain relievers because she had no money for the surgery to treat her hip. Her neighbor told her to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she traveled five hours to reach us. Chhorn presented at CSC unable to walk without crutches, with limited range of motion, and in pain. Fortunately, at CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chhorn of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 1st, and Chhorn needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Chhorn said, "my condition makes me feel very bad because I can not walk well and I'm in pain. I hope this hip replacement operation will help me."
James is a 14-year-old boy and the second-born in a family of five children. James is a hard-working boy who helps to look after his father’s cattle, requiring him to walk a long distance in search of green pasture. James has not had a chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. His parents are small-scale farmers and livestock keepers. They work hard to make ends meet, and are living in a very difficult environment. James was diagnosed with left genu varus, also known as bowleggedness. This condition causes his left leg to bow inwards so that his knees touch when walking. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. James is having difficulty walking because his left leg curves as we walks, affecting his gait. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for James. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 5th. This treatment will hopefully restore James's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. James shared, "Please help correct my leg because I can’t walk well anymore and am even unable to go out and graze my father’s cattle. I appreciate any support you can provide.”
Pov is a 83-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three children and thirteen grandchildren. Her husband passed away fifteen years ago, so she has been living with her son and helping him with his farm work. She listens to the radio and makes crafts in her free time. Five years ago, Pov developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, 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. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Pov said, "I want to visit some of my relatives after my surgery. If my vision is good, I can go myself and do everything independently. That would be so nice."
Derick is a three-year-old boy from Tanzania and an only child to his parents. Derick is a friendly boy who likes playing and listening to stories from his mother. Derick’s parents depend on small scale farming to make ends meet for their small family. Derick was diagnosed with genu valgus. His 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. As a result, as he continued to grow his leg condition worsened, making it more and more painful for him to walk. He no longer wants to stand or walk on his own so his mother carries him most of the time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Derick. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Derick's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Derick’s mother says: “Please help my son get this treatment, I am scared that he may lose his ability to walk.”
Kyarisiima is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She farms simple crops for food like maize, cassava, potatoes, and millet, but because of challenging farming practices, she has little output and no surplus to sell. Her husband work on construction sites to earn income for their family. Since nine years ago, Kyarisiima has been experiencing backaches, lower abdominal pain, and heavy bleeding. She has been diagnosed with pre-malignant cervical lesions. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Kyarisiima's surgery. On April 21st, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyarisiima will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyarisiima says, “This condition has taken away my hope and happiness. I look forward that after my surgery I get back to my farms for cultivation.”
Horm has two sons and two daughters. Aside from taking care of his family, he enjoys listening to the radio, cooking, and feeding the animals nearby his house. Unfortunately in May of 2019, Horm was in a tragic motorcycle where he injured his right leg. He received multiple treatments in both Cambodia and Vietnam, including a bamboo stint, external fixation, and a skin graft. Now, his bamboo stint is eroding through his skin, leaving his skin and bone exposed. He cannot walk without support, and experiences pain and a loss of sensation in his right foot. Horm sold his farm and car to pay for his treatments, and is no longer able to afford treatments elsewhere. Fortunately, Watsi's medical partner CSC is able to help. Horm will undergo an amputation of his lower right leg, which will relieve his symptoms and allow him to be fitted for a prosthetic leg in the future.
Su is 14-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her parents in a village in Take Province, Thailand. After Su completed grade five she was unable to continue her schooling since there are no middle or high schools in their area and her parents could not afford to send her to school in nearby Burma. Today she and her parents are agricultural day laborers, each earning 150 baht (approx. 5 USD) per day. In the past, they used to have enough work but for the past four months they are not able to work as much as they would like to. Due to COVID-19 restrictions on the number of people who can gather, employers are only able to hire five to seven workers in a day. To ensure that everyone has a chance to work in their community, all the day laborers take turns working in a week. Around April or May 2020, Su noticed that she was not feeling well. When she explained how she felt to her mother, she was reassured that this was normal. However, around September 15th, Su started to suffer from terrible lower back and abdominal pain. When she went to Mae Tao Clinic she received an ultrasound which indicated a mass in her uterus. She was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital where she received another ultrasound and physical examination. The doctor then confirmed there was a growing mass in her uterus. The doctor told her they will be able to remove the mass with surgery. Su sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on October 1st and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once she recovers, Su hopes to help her parents out financially. “I will go back to work with my mother and I will save money,” she said. “I will build my parents a new house on our land in Burma. I will also learn to sew and do that [becoming a seamstress] for the rest of my life in my own shop."