Margaret joined Watsi on August 25th, 2013. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Margaret's most recent donation supported Mary, a special woman from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair treatment so she can use her hand again.
Margaret has funded healthcare for 94 patients in 9 countries.
Margaret has funded healthcare for 94 patients in 9 countries.
Mary is a kind woman from Cambodia who lives with her aunt near the capital city of Phnom Penh. Mary was born with a development disability. At home she enjoys playing with her nephew and helping her aunt sell soft drinks. In January, Mary tripped and fell, dislocating her left elbow. Now it is difficult for her to use her left hand and she is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 4th, Mary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help her to use the hand easily again. Mary said, "I am thankful that I can go home soon and the pain will stop."
Naw Hser is a 47-year-old woman who lives with her older brother, her two daughters, two son-in-laws, two grandsons and one granddaughter in a refugee camp in Tak Province, Thailand. Everyone in Naw Hser’s family is currently unemployed since the outbreak of COVID-19 in late March 2020, when their refugee camp was placed under lockdown. Making things harder, the price of food has increased so the monthly 2,050 baht (approx. 68 USD) support they receive on a cash card is not enough to purchase necessities. By the end of each month, they have to purchase food from the shop on credit, which they try to pay back at the end of the month. They also grow vegetables in their neighbour’s garden, sharing the food they grow with them. This has made funding for medical care for their family very limited right now. In early 2019, Naw Hser started to become very tired when she walked short distances. She also experiences back and lower abdominal pain almost every day. This has impacted her appetite and she has lost weight over the past year. She shared that she cannot sleep at night because of the pain and because of the stress she feels about her condition. She is worried it is not treatable and her family feels sad seeing her in pain. Naw Hser has been diagnosed with uterine myoma. She has been advised by her doctor to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Naw Hser's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Naw Hser is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on January 25th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain and she will be able to get back to more of her normal life. Once Naw Hser recovers, she is looking forward to being able to live happily with her family as she wishes. Naw Hser said, “I want to live happily with my children and look after my grandchildren. Now, my daughters do not want me to cook or wash clothes for my grandchildren anymore. They want me to rest because of my condition. They really feel sad when they see me in pain and sometimes, I also cannot control my tears when I see them cry. I really want to have surgery to recover.”
Khan is a 74-year-old food seller, though her age and health is preventing her from working more. She had one son who passed away five years ago and three grandchildren. She currently lives with her husband and daughter-in-law, who is a garment worker. Khan's favorite pastime is listening to monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Khan developed entropion of the eyelids. This means that her eyelids turn inward, causing her eyelashes to scrape the surface of her eyes. It is difficult for her to open her eyelids and see. Khan traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 2nd, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair her eyelids. Now, CSC is requesting $225 to fund this procedure. Smiling, she shared, "I hope after surgery my eye stops tearing and itching, I can go outside, recognize my family and friends, do housework and take care of my grandchildren. I want to help my niece to collect chew seeds at the farm field."
Kemirembe is a 60-year-old woman. She and her daughters are farmers, and they rely on a small banana plantation left by her husband before he passed away. She supplements the income with casual labour from other places when available. Nine months ago, Kemirembe started experiencing abnormal bleeding and pain. The pains have limited her ability to work, since she is unable to bend over. Kemirembe was referred to Nyakibale Hospital from a local health center, where she was diagnosed with uterine myoma. Doctors recommend she undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. However, Kemirembe is not able to afford the cost of care, and she appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kemirembe's surgery. On March 9th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kemirembe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain, and she will no longer be at risk of complications like anemia. Kemirembe shared, “I was afraid that I would die because of the abnormal bleeding I was experiencing, but I hope with your support that I will now receive my surgery and continue with farming in good health.”
Khoeun is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She lives with her daughter and grandchild. Her husband passed away 30 years ago. Khoeun enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Five years ago, Khoeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, mild pain, cloudy lens, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours by taxi with her daughter seeking treatment. On October 13th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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. Khoeun shared, "I hope after surgery I can see everything clearly so I can help my daughter do housework, take care of my grandchild, and easily visit the pagoda and other places outside on my own."
Sean is a 64-year-old farmer who makes a living selling her crops locally. Her husband died four years ago from heart disease, but she has nine children in the area. She lives with one of her daughters, and together they help take care of her nine grandchildren. In her free time she loves to visit the local pagodas and take part in celebrations and ceremonies. 2 years ago, Sean started to experience back pain. She was able to work despite this pain, but the condition got worse over time. She was able to obtain painkillers which helped her continue to function. However, she recently has felt her pain increasing again. She experiences too much pain to be able to walk or stand for longer than a few minutes, and has difficulty sleeping. Luckily, Sean has come to Children's Surgical Centre, for help and doctors will be able to perform a laminectomy to relieve pressure on the nerves in her spinal cord. She will feel immediate pain relief and will have a much easier time doing all of her daily activities. She will also be able to return to her work and take care of her grandchildren.
Beatrice is a 70 year old woman who is married with 8 children (4 sons and 4 daughters). They have all needed to drop out of school due to financial problems and started working. All are now married with spouses and are living on limited income, hand to mouth. Beatrice is farms maize and beans for home use. Her husband is aged and a casual laborer. He takes care of his few miraa plants at his home. During the rainy season, he earns little funds to support his wife as well as himself. They have a timber house where they live. Beatrice’s thigh started swelling 2 years ago. The mass progressed, leading her to go to a general hospital to seek treatment. She was given some antibiotics and pain medication. The condition improved hence reducing pain. However last month, the condition recurred and she came to our partner hospital for further treatment. After an x-ray, the doctor has recommended an excision. They have shared that they cannot afford the treatment, at a cost of $554 and request support. Beatrice said,’’ I will really appreciate if I am supported with my treatment.’’
Karim is a 36-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He has two sons and one daughter, and he likes to play volleyball, assist with the housework, and help his kids study. Seven months ago, Karim was in a car accident and injured his left hip. He has pain and cannot walk easily, and is unable to do heavy work or stand for long periods at a time. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 18th, Karim will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Treatment will allow Karim to walk on his own again without pain. "I hope that my hip will no longer have any pain after my surgery, and I will be able to work easily again," he told us.
Lang is a 65-year-old fish seller from Cambodia. She has two children, four grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Lang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 11th, 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see better than before so I can help take care of my grandchildren and help with the housework, as well as go any place I want to on my own again," Lang shared.
Sran is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Twenty years ago, Sran developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her irritation, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Sran needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 6th. "I hope that I will be able to see more clearly and can take care of my grandchildren again and help feed the cows," she said.
Neath is a ten year old girl from Cambodia. She has two older brothers, an older sister, and she loves to drink soy milk and eat fried chicken. When she is not studying, her favorite pastimes are reading books, watching television, and going for walks with her friends. Neath was born with congenital scoliosis. She has undergone several treatments in the past to correct her spine as she grows, and a growing rod was placed along her spine to assist with alignment. However, the rod has to be realigned to ensure successful treatment and outcomes for Neath. Surgery will ensure that Neath can grow up without any difficulty and discomfort. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go well and that she will recover after her surgery." -Neath's Mother
Monak is a 63-year-old tailor from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and four grandchildren. When she has free time, she enjoys watching the news and Khmer dramas on television. Three years ago, Monak developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Monak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled their seeking treatment. On January 9th, 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. "I hope that I can see better so I can return to my work as a tailor, and be able to go outside on my own again," she shared.