Thomas joined Watsi on May 8th, 2013. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Thomas' most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Seu, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Thomas has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 9 countries.
Thomas has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 9 countries.
Seu is a 77-year-old nun from Cambodia. She has one nephew and two nieces. She has one sister and likes to spend time with her family. She also enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Seu developed a cataract in each eye, causing her partial blindness, tearing, and cloudy lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Seu learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 6, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her niece says, "I am worried that her vision is declining. I hope surgery will help her see again."
Kenson is a 12-year-old boy from Haiti who enjoys going to school and listening to soccer games on the radio. Kenson was born with patent ductus arteriosus, a cardiac condition in which the vessel that connects the body's two major arteries, the aorta and the pulmonary artery, fails to close. In turn, oxygen-rich blood from one artery mixes with the oxygen-poor blood from the other, placing strain on Kenson's heart that often leaves him short of breath. Additionally, Kenson was also born with an aortic valve that is too narrow, further complicating his heart's ability to pump blood to his body. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Kenson's air transportation to his surgery, which is scheduled to take place on July 5. Once at the site of surgery, Kenson will receive the treatment that he needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. "I am excited for my heart to be fixed so I can do more things without getting tired," says Kenson.
Meet Kenyonyozi, a 53-year-old farmer from Uganda. She has three children, two of whom are still in primary school. For the past nine years, Kenyonyozi has been experiencing irregular, painful and heavy menstruation. Seeking an evaluation through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Kenyonyozi has been diagnosed with cervical cancer and advised to undergo a hysterectomy to remove the cancerous tissue. Kenyonyozi is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 29, and is requesting $268 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. "I hope to have a peace of mind after the surgery," says Kenyonyozi.
Sarin is a 49-year-old farmer who has three sons and one daughter. In his free time, he likes to go to his farm and fish in the river. One year ago, Sarin developed a cholesteatoma, an abnormal skin growth, in his left ear. It causes ear discharge, hearing loss, pain, and ringing in his ear. Sarin feels uncomfortable and has difficulty communicating with others. When Sarin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On November 23, CSC surgeons performed a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear to remove the cholesteatoma. After recovery, his hearing will improve. Now, he needs help to fund this $842 procedure. "I hope to have no more pain, good hearing, and easy communication with other people," says Sarin.
Silvia is a 22-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her family is worried because she frequently falls ill. She has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Silvia began malnutrition treatment on November 28, 2016. Silvia is a happy child who loves to play with her toy doll. She lives with her parents and siblings in rural Guatemala. Her father works as a day laborer in the fields, and her mother washes clothes for other families. While Silvia’s parents want the best for their daughter, their limited resources are already stretched thin. The whole family often eats only tortillas for several days. They cannot afford this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Silvia recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Silvia a chance to grow healthy and strong. "I looked for your help," says Silvia's mother, "because I want my daughter to grow up healthy and be able to study and graduate as a nurse."
Annah is 58-year-old mother of nine children in rural Uganda. Annah and her husband Sunday are subsistence farmers growing corn, bananas, and passion fruits and recently started growing coffee. Annah has a uterine prolapse which has become very painful and stopped her from working and weave mats. During her free time, Annah likes playing with her grandchildren, listening in to the radio programs about nutrition and sanitation. In 2012, Annah was nominated as a health educator in her community to help teach people about nutrition and hygiene. Unfortunately Annah has for the last three months failed to go to any gatherings, or do her work at home. She will need a hysterectomy to be relieved of this pain. And when she recovers, she hopes to continue doing her work and wishes to start a small business of selling crafts and mats in her community. “I wish to thank the donors for the support they give to people like us who without support would not have got these life turning services. May God bless you so much.” Annah
Daw Kyi is a 60-year-old Burmese woman who has lived in a refugee camp in Thailand since 2000. In 1999, Daw Kyi’s husband passed away, leaving her with one son. When an illness paralyzed one side of her son's body, the two traveled to the refugee camp for free treatment. Daw Kyi's son received successful treatment, but they remain in the refugee camp to this day because they cannot afford to return home. A few years ago, Daw Kyi began experiencing uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. These symptoms disrupted her work as a day laborer planting rice or harvesting corn. Despite learning that she needed surgery, Daw Kyi could not afford treatment. Now, Daw Kyi has difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. She has lost her appetite, and she sleeps poorly at night. Her symptoms prevent her from working. Fortunately, on October 19, 2016, Daw Kyi underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy with Watsi's medical partner, Burma Border Projects. This procedure should prevent further pain and discomfort. She needs help to pay her $1,500 healthcare costs. "When I am well enough," says Daw Kyi, "I will make and sell snacks as I used to do.” Let's help Daw Kyi return to her normal lifestyle!
“Three-year-old Telvin was born with his urethral opening placed abnormally on the ventral side of his penis,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “Telvin may experience impotence and social stigma if not treated. Passing urine for him is a challenge and he will not be able to pass urine in a standing position in the future if not treated.” Treatment for Telvin’s condition, called hypospadias, is too expensive for his parents to afford. His parents are married and live with their son in central Kenya. “Telvin’s father works as a casual cleaner in a local dispensary and his mother works in a kitchenware shop,” AMHF continues. “They took two years to try to raise funds. Despite all that they did, they were unable to raise the funds needed.” Telvin’s hypospadias repair costs $655 and will allow him to pass urine normally. “Being our only child, we want what is best for Telvin,” his mother shares. “We had been trying to get a child for a while and he came as a great blessing. We want Telvin to grow up knowing that his parents love him.”
Meet Zabrat, a 4-month-old baby girl from Tanzania who lives with her parents and five older siblings. Zabrat was born with Hirschsprung's disease, and as a result is unable to pass stool. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that Zabrat had a colostomy put in shortly after she was born to help her with eliminations and prevent abdominal distention, but her family is still paying off debt for that procedure. Now, Zabrat needs a secondary surgery to close her colostomy and allow her to pass stool normally. Zabrat's mother earns money selling fruits and vegetables, and her father's income is from manual work on local farms. In addition to caring for their own six children, they also care for two of Zabrat's cousins whose mother died two years ago. AMHF shares, "with three children going to school, the little that they get is just not enough to cover the cost of operation which Zabrat badly needs." For $1,500, Zabrat will have a surgical pull-through procedure to eliminate her need for a colostomy bag, and allow her to pass stool on her own. With this operation Zabrat will continue to develop into a healthy young child, and not have to worry about the complications of colostomy. “I just pray for my baby to have the ability to pass stool normally so that as she grows she can socialize with other children, go to school, and just live a normal life," her mother adds.
Natnael is a four-year-old boy from Ethiopia. Although he is at the age where he should join school, his hypospadias prevents him from doing so. Hypospadias is a congenital condition where the urethra is not properly developed. After birth, it presents as a misplaced urethra opening either on the underside or towards the middle of their penis. “Natnael cannot pass urine while standing,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "If not treated, Natnael is at risk of urinary tract infection and infertility in future." For $1155, surgeons will move the opening of the urethra to its correct position. This repair significantly lowers Natnael's risk of getting urinary tract infections or becoming infertile later in life. Natnael’s father is a teacher, and hopes to send his son to school once his condition is treated.
"Mengistu is very likeable and intelligent," says our medical partner, Ortho FOCOS (OF). "He is currently in stage 1 at a local school and dreams of becoming a doctor!" Eight-year-old Mengistu lives in Ethiopia with his two siblings, father and step-mother. "The family lives in a two room mud house and does not have access to electricity or running water," says OF. Mengistu has kyphosis- an exaggerated rounding of the back. He has trouble standing straight and is developing a hunch back. He walks at a very slow pace. For $1500, OF can correct Mengistu's kyphosis and allow him to live without constant pain and discomfort. He is also expected to regain full mobility. "At such a young age with such a severe deformity, this surgery will save his life," says OF. Let's help make it happen!
Meet Morris, a 27-year-old man from Kenya and the eldest of three children. He is a trained tailor but has had a difficult time working since his accident earlier this year. While riding on a motorbike, Morris was hit from behind by a car that lost control. He has been diagnosed with a right tibia fracture and ostreomyelitis (infection in the bone) and can no longer walk without support. “Morris has had more than four operations since the accident,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “His parents, who are farmers, ended up selling their land and cattle when Morris’ medical bills became too much for the family.” For $1,500, we can fund the bone transport necessary to repair Morris' damaged tissue and get him back on his feet again. Without treatment, he might end up needing an amputation due to severe infection. “I have watched as my parents sold everything they had so that I can walk again. I want to be able to walk and work again so that I can help my family,” Morris tells us. Together, we can make this dream a reality.