Alison joined Watsi on May 21st, 2020. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Alison's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Savoeun, a mother from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Alison has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Savoeun is a 38-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and enjoys watching television, taking care of her children, and feeding the animals nearby the house. In February of 2017, Savoeun was is a motorcycle accident and fractured her right leg. She received initial treatment at a local hospital, but she still experiences pain and she is unable to walk easily. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 10th, Savoeun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will internally fixate new hardware and relieve any pain and discomfort caused by the initial fracture treatment. "I hope that I will be able to walk easily again without any crutches, and I will no longer have any pain and can return to work," she shared.
Rachana is a 38-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and two daughters, and when he has free time, his favorite activities include cooking, watching television, and listening to the radio. Twelve years ago, Rachana noticed a mass growing inside his nose on the left side. He has tried various treatment options and he still experiences nasal obstruction. This makes it very difficult for Rachana to breathe, and he often has a runny nose and headaches. Rachana traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 19th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Rachana needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. "I hope that Rachana's surgery will go well and that we will no longer have to worry about his condition and he will feel better again." -Savuth, Rachana's Brother-in-Law
Geofrey is a middle-aged peasant farmer from Uganda. Geofrey has been living with a painful swell on his left upper back for the last eight years. He complains of difficulty working especially for long hours due to the lipoma. Unfortunately, he had not been to the hospital before due to financial constraints. He heard about Watsi's Medical Partner's program in Nyakibale Hospital and decided to come. Doctors diagnosed him with a giant lipoma and excision is recommended. He is not able to raise the amount needed for his surgery. Geofrey is a father of 8 children, with 4 of them still in school. He has to pay for their tuition fee from his subsistence farming. His wife works together with him on the farm and their farm produce is limited. He sometimes also sells bananas in the local market to make a living. Geofrey appeals for financial assistance. Geofrey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Geofrey needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Geofrey says, “I hope that my surgery will be successful because am afraid of such huge swelling, but I do trust that everything shall be well and I can continue with selling bananas and cultivation.”
Kheav is an 85-year old traditional Khmer healer from Cambodia. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and spending time with her family. One year ago, Kheav developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kheav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. Doctors will perform a small incision 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 $211 procedure. Kheav shared, "I hope that I will be able to see clearly so I can recognize my relatives' faces and can go outside easily again."
Sarin is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has been married for 35 years and has two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. When she is not busy at the farm, she likes to cook and look after her family, watch television, and listen to the radio. Eight months ago, Sarin was in a traffic accident and fractured her lower left leg. She received initial treatment and internal hardware to heal her fracture from a local provincial hospital. Now, she can walk easily again and is able to move her leg normally, but she needs the hardware removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 6th, Sarin will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the internal hardware as Sarin's injuries have healed normally. "I hope that the surgeons are able to remove the pin and wire from my leg and that I will not have any pain after my operation," Sarin shared.
Abigael is a student from Kenya. She is the first born in a family of two children, and she is in secondary school. Her mother is a single parent and works as a casual laborer in a small hotel to provide for the family. Abigael has been growing well like other girls and was enthusiastic to do her secondary final examinations towards the end of this year. Unfortunately from around October last year, she started having difficulty swallowing. When her mother checked her neck she noticed there was a swelling. She took her to hospital and an ultrasound was completed showing a benign right thyroid nodule. After tests the surgeon advised a thyroidectomy but her mother is not in a position to pay. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Abigael receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “I am worried for my daughter because this is her final year in secondary school. I hope she can get help so that soon she is able to go back to school and continue with her studies for her future,” said Abigael’s mother.