Judy joined Watsi on August 21st, 2020. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Judy's most recent donation supported Anam, a fourth grade student from Cambodia, to fund mobility-restoring knee surgery.
Judy has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 3 countries.
Judy has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 3 countries.
Anam is a 9-year-old from Cambodia. She is in the fourth grade and shared that her favorite subject in school is math. She enjoys eating fried meat and drinking fresh milk. Her mother is a farmer, and her father works in Thailand to earn a living for their family. Five years ago, she received multiple injections at a medical clinic for unknown reasons. Since then she has had problems and infections on her right thigh. Her knee is stiff, and she is unable to fully straighten her leg. She cannot walk well, or run like her friends. When Anam's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of right thigh and knee to help her walk again. Now, Anam's family needs help to fund this $430 procedure. She is hopeful to have full function of her leg and keep up with her friends when they play in the future!
Lan is a 64-year-old rice farmer and a widow who now lives alone. Her husband passed away in the Khmer Rouge regime, and her daughter passed away after the birth of a child. Lan no longer farms because of her age, but loves spending time at her nephew's house to care for grandchildren. Her favorite activity is listening to the local monks chanting and preaching on the radio. One year ago, Lan developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, clouded vision, and sensitivity to light and glare. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 19th, 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. Lan shared, "I hope that after surgery I can see well, go palces outside again, and help my nephew take care of my grandchildren."
Yorb is a 65-year-old vegetable seller from Cambodia. Yorb was married 41 years ago. She has three daughters and ten grandchildren. Her husband died many years ago and she now lives with one of her daughters. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren, cooking, and visiting the pagoda. In October 2020, Yorb fell and fractured her left arm. Treatment at a traditional healer did not help so a neighbor advised her to come to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She has been experiencing swelling, pain, and lacks mobility of her left arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 14th, Yorb will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will heal the closed fracture and allow her to use her left arm again. Yorb said, "I hope I can heal and use my arm soon without pain."
Ron is a 63-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, with three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a rice farmer as her husband died five years ago. Ron enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio or at the pagoda near her house. Five years ago, Ron developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her son seeking treatment. On September 25th, doctors will perform 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. Ron said, "I want to see better after surgery so I can recognize the faces of my relatives and be able to take care of my grandchildren more."
Kech Heang is a 72-year-old retired school teacher from Cambodia. She lives with her son as her husband passed away 13 years ago. Now that Kech Heang is retired, she spends her time at home with her family. She enjoys watching Thai dramas on TV. One year ago, Kech Heang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside on her own. When Kech Heang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her nephew seeking treatment. On November 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Kech Heang shared, "At this age, vision is the only asset I preciously need."
Shanel is a 9-year-old girl from western Kenya. She is a talkative girl in class two who loves reading and playing with her friends. Shanel is having challenges because of her congenital condition called genu varum, where her legs curve outwards by the knees. This causes her pain and limits her mobility. Shanel has never been treated due to lack of funds to pay for her treatment. She was brought to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Cure International Hospital, where doctors recommended she undergo a right distal femoral and tibial osteotomy procedure. Since Shanel's treatment has been delayed, she cannot have both legs corrected at the same time. Once her right leg has fully recovered, she will be reviewed for treatment of her left leg. Shanel's family is still struggling to meet the cost of her care. Shanel's mother is a waiter at a local hotel in their village. She earns limited income that is only sufficient to pay rent for their one-roomed house and meet the daily needs of her three children. Shanel and her family appeal for help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 11th, Shanel will undergo an angular deformity correction procedure on her leg. Once recovered, she will be able to walk and move normally again, and return to playing with her friends. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to fund this procedure. Shanel's mother shared, "I am humbly requesting for support from well-wishers so that my daughter can walk well like other children."
Jackline is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya and the fifth born in a family of six children. Her father works as a farmer, while her mother is a housewife. In school, Jackline is a humble and hardworking Class 8 student. She aspires to be a doctor in the future so that she can be of help to her village, where the community feels they are marginalized and lack facilities like hospitals and schools. Jackline was born with a condition known as bilateral genu valgum, or knock knees. This condition has severely affected her mobility. She cannot walk for a long distance or play with her friends, and this has greatly affected her self-esteem. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner's care center can help. On December 1st, Jackline is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on her left leg, and then will subsequently undergo surgery on her right leg. The surgery will be of great impact because, once recovered, she will be able to walk well without pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Jackline shared, "I will be very happy if my legs are corrected and I can walk to school like my friends." Hellen, Jackline's mother, added, “We are appealing for help from well-wishers so that our daughter can walk normally.”
Bo is an 88-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four daughters, three sons, and sixteen grandchildren. Since her husband passed away three years ago, she has been living with her son and his family. She spends her time teaching her grandchildren how to make crafts and listening to the radio. She also likes to visit pagodas and bring food to the monks. 15 years ago, Bo developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her partial blindness, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours by taxi seeking treatment. On August 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Bo shared, "I am old but I hope that after this surgery I will be able to walk by myself everywhere and see many beautiful things. I want to help my son's family as well."
Sunday is a business lady from Uganda. She is a married mother with four children all of who are still studying, two daughters at university and two sons in secondary school. She earns a living by selling dry cereal crops like maize and millet but since the COVID-19 lockdown, her business has been closed. Her husband is an elementary school teacher by profession but he developed a heart problem and is currently at home and does not work. Two years ago, Sunday began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing and headaches. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sunday receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Sunday shared, “I hope to get relieved from those symptoms once I have received my surgery and resume with my business when the COVID-19 lockdown is over to create a future for my children."
Musiimenta is a 17-year-old student. She is the third-born in a family of six children, of which she is the only girl and has five brothers. Musiimenta initially arrived at the hospital complaining of chest and epigastric pain associated with vomiting. She expressed that she has felt a mass in her lower abdominal region for the past three years. Musiimenta also reported that she always felt as though she has a full abdomen, headache, abdominal discomfort. These symptoms have hindered her appetite, and she often felt congestion in her chest, causing shortness of breath. Though she had been experiencing symptoms for a while, Musiimenta had never been to the hospital for medical treatment before because her parents could not afford care. However, when her condition worsened, her father brought her to hospital, where she was referred to the gynaecologist for further assessment. A scan indicated a solid mass and a normal uterus with some fluid accumulation, which caused her abdominal swelling. Musiimenta was diagnosed with a large bilateral tubo ovarian mass and was recommended for curative laparotomy treatment. However, this procedure is costly for Musiimenta and her family. Her father is a small-scale farmer with a banana plantation, where he is able to grow food and sell plantains to earn an income. He sometimes brews locally made alcohol called tonto to sustain his family and pay school fees for his children. Her family does not have enough extra income to pay for her treatment and they are appealing for financial support. On November 3rd, Musiimenta will undergo a curative laparotomy procedure to treat her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $242 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. This procedure will hopefully reduce the swelling in her abdomen and halt the discomfort she has been enduring. Musiimenta's father shared, “I hope that once my daughter undergoes surgery, she will be able to live well once again in good health. She will continue with school after she has recovered and when schools are re-opened.”
Thean is a 12-year-old sixth grade student from Cambodia. She is only child in her family and her mom and dad are rice farmers. She enjoys reading books and mathematics, social science, and English are all her favorite subjects in school. When she grows up she wants to be a teacher. She likes to eat sausages and fried fish, and drink kulen juice. Since she was two, Thean has experienced hearing loss making it hard for her to communicate with friends, family, and neighbors. When she was six her family took her to a local health center for treatment but they could not improve her condition. Her family brought her in to see what the problem was and how she could be treated. Thean had an early ear infection and this infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Thean experiences ear discharge, foul smell, and decreased hearing over time. Thean traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 20th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her 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. Her mother said, "I have been worried about her ear problem for a long time and how it might negatively affect her future. I hope that after surgery her hearing will be improved and change her life. I want her to continue her studies so she may become a teacher in the future."
Joshua is a student from Uganda. He is a third born in a family of six children. He is currently in seventh grade, and he hopes to graduate and continue with school. Joshua’s parents are both subsistence farmers. Joshua was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or a condition known as "knock-knees." His legs bow inward, causing his knees to 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, it is difficult for Joshua to walk for long distances because he experiences pain as his knees continue knocking each other. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Joshua. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 13th. Treatment will hopefully restore Joshua's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Joshua says “My legs are limiting me so much from walking, working, and playing football. I appreciate any help you can provide me.”