Scott joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. Five years ago, Scott became the 429th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,517 more people have become monthly donors! Scott's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Eng, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund mobility-restoring hip surgery.
Scott has funded healthcare for 67 patients in 11 countries.
Eng is a 71-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Eng lives with her daughter and two grandchildren near the fields where she worked. Her husband died many years ago. She hasn't been able to work as much as before due to her injury, so she has been spending time reading and listening to the monks on the radio. Five years ago, Eng fell onto her left hip and suffered a fracture. She initially went to a traditional Khmer healer to help her, but the pain has only increased over time, and now she is unable to walk by herself or do any kind of outdoor work. Fortunately, Eng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Eng of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for June 2nd, and Eng needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Eng said, "I don't want to be a burden for my daughter at home, and I want to take care of my grandchildren well. So I hope that this surgery helps me feel strong again."
Phalla is a 60-year-old vegetable seller from Cambodia. She is a widow with six children, two sisters, and four brothers. She goes to sell vegetables at the market every day, and enjoys cooking and watching movies on TV at home. In January 2020, Phalla was in an accident when an animal ran into her while she was driving her motorcycle. She endured a left ankle fracture and the treatment provided to her at her local referral health center did not help her much. She is still walking with a crutch. She is in pain and cannot walk well. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 29, Phalla will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. With this procedure, she will be able to walk again without a crutch "I hope that I can walk better without any pain and not have to rely on the crutch. Also, I hope to drive my motorcycle and return to selling vegetables at the market again," Phalla said.
Grace is a 3-year-old from Tanzania, and the first born child in a family of two with a single mother. Grace and her sibling are being raised by their grandmother after their mother asked their grandmother to help her look after the children so that she can be able to find a job and be able to support the children. Ever since she left Grace and her sibling, she rarely visits the children and sends money once in awhile. Her grandmother has no source of income other than small-scale farming. Grace's grandfather has been bed ridden for almost a year now. Grace was diagnosed with windswept deformity, which causes her legs to be curved. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has a difficult time walking and playing with her sibling. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $838 to fund corrective surgery for Grace. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 10th. Treatment will hopefully restore Grace's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Grace’s grandmother says, “My granddaughter’s legs are getting worse as days go by but I don’t have the money to seek her treatment. Please help her.”
Win is a 49-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four sons. Two of her sons are distant learners at university while her husband and two other sons work as masons. However, her husband had to stop working to look after the housework when she was no longer able to do so. Win was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Win feels tired, has no appetite, cannot sleep well nor walk longer distances. She also has a headache, chest pains, and tingling and numbness in her extremities. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Win. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 11th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Win said, “When I recover from my illness, I will go back to doing the housework so that my husband can also go back to work.’’
Kyaw Myat is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Sagaing Division. Kyaw Myat’s father is a subsistence farmer and sometimes he also works as a day laborer on other villagers’ farms. His mother is a homemaker and takes care of Kyaw Myat’s brother at home. When he was two, Kyaw Myat started to walk. But the following year, his limbs became weak and he could no longer walk properly. Kyaw Myat’s head had also gradually increased in size and he could not control his urine. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and Arnold-Chiari syndrome and received treatment for it in 2019. He now needs to undergo further monitoring and a check-up to make sure he is progressing well in his treatment. Doctors want Kyaw Myat to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors monitor his condition and adjust his treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Kyaw Myat's MRI and care, scheduled for January 28th. "If everything is ok with my son, I won't need to worry as much about his future," said Kyaw Myat's father. "I will feel relieved."
Saroeun is a 31-year old corn bread baker from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys looking after her two daughters and cooking for her family. When she was 12 years old, Saroeun had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Saroeun experiences headaches, infection, discharge, tinnitus, and itchiness. It is difficult for her to listen clearly to others and cannot communicate well. Saroeun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 18th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Saroeun said, "I hope that after my surgery, the ear infection will stop and my hearing will improve."
Patricia is a mother of three from Kenya. Patricia noted a breast lump 16 years ago which had been dismissed as fatty tissue. Fast forward to 2019, the lump size increased and was painful. She had a mammogram done followed by a breast lumpectomy in our facility. Pathology report indicated a malignant tumor which if not treated will result into metastasis. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Patricia is a single mother of three children. Two of her children are out of school due to lack of school fees. She used to work as a house keeper but her contract ended 2 years ago. She had to close her grocery shop 2 months ago after persistent pain. Currently, her daily needs are met by her sister. She is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Patricia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 10. After treatment, Patricia will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Patricia says, “My hope and prayer is to be treated and be able to engage in some business to sustain my children”.
Mary walks into my office with the top of her cardigan covering her chin. She sits on the chair opposite me with one hand clasping the top of her black cardigan to veil the swell running from her jawline to her neck. The lower lip protrudes with a peeping swelling attached in so that her upper lip cannot touch the lower one. This has been Mary’s life for over 6 months. Late last year, Mary developed a small swelling on her jaw. It was not painful and therefore she did not think of it as serious. As time passed, the swell grew in size. Mary who could eat just about anything now has restrictions on what she can eat. There is pain when she bends and this has also obstructed her working. Mary is married with two children. She was a subsistence farmer before the condition restricted her activities. Mary and her husband depend on one of their daughter who sells second-hand clothes. Besides helping her parents, she has four children under her care. Mary says, “Please help me because I can barely eat."
Abdirahim is a child from Ethiopia. Abdirahim is a cute boy who loves to play with others. He loves to play football with other children in the village. He also loves to watch animation movies. Abdirahim’s father is retired while his mother was a business woman who supported the family until six months ago when she passed away. Abdirahim has five siblings. Abdirahim underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Abdirahim's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $961 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Abdirahim. The surgery is scheduled to take place on September 09 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His dad said “After the operation I see a bright future for our child. I believe his trouble will come to end. And for us the families, it is a big relief.”
Isabella is a child from Kenya. She hails from Kaloleni village in Machakos county. She together with her sister are twins. They are both in nursery school. She likes playing with her sister and as well associating with other people. Her mother is housewife while the father is a conductor. The family live in a one roomed rental house and as the mother informed us, they have to work hard in order to provide for the basic needs to the family. Isabella has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Isabella traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 29. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Isabella's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “My joy is to see my daughter walking on her feet like her twin sister. I will appreciate any kind of support rendered to help my daughter rise and walk. God bless you.” Isabella’s mother informed us.
Zacharia is a baby from Tanzania. Zacharia was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Zacharia is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Zacharia's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 22. This procedure will hopefully spare Zacharia from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Zacharia’s mother says, “We are living in fear of losing our son due to his condition please help save our baby we have not been able to afford his treatment cost all this time.”
Gift is a baby from Tanzania. He was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Gift is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Gift's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 17. This procedure will hopefully spare Gift from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Gift’s mother says, “Please help my son I have no means of affording his treatment cost.”