Greg joined Watsi on March 9th, 2018. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Greg's most recent donation supported Chantrea, a young man from Cambodia, to fund bone surgery.
Greg has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Greg has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Chantrea is a young man from Cambodia. Chantrea enjoys listening to music, watching television, cooking for his family, and going for walks with his friends. In February 2019, he was involved in a motor vehicle accident, suffering trauma to his right leg. He sought care at a private hospital in Phnom Penh where he was placed in a bamboo splint for two months. He was then able to regain movement in his leg, allowing him to walk normally. However, the bone did not heal properly and has since become deformed and shortened. Treatment will help realign the bones in Chantrea's leg, making sure they heal properly. Treatment will also elongate the tissue and return his leg to its appropriate length. Surgery is scheduled for July 3 and will cost $390.
Somalai is a 26-year-old clothing seller from Cambodia. In his free time he likes to play soccer and volleyball, listen to music, and go for walks with friends. In April 2019, Somalai was involved in a motorcycle accident that dislocated his left hip, and fractured both his right wrist and knee. He is unable to walk, and has constant pain in his left hip. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On July 3, Somalai will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Treatment will allow Somalai to move and walk without any pain or difficulty. He says, "I hope that I am able to go back to work and will no longer have any difficulty walking."
Patrick is a husband and father of five from Malawi. He is a farmer who grows rice, maize, and peanuts. Since January 2018, Patrick has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Patrick's surgery. On April 4, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Patrick is very happy that he will be receiving this surgery because the symptoms have interfered with his daily life and work. He says, "Thank you very much, Watsi is doing a good job because people in Malawi are lacking many things."
Michael is a teenager from Kenya. He has five siblings. He hopes to become a teacher in the future. Michael was born with the hearing loss and has not been able to access medical care. He was brought by a neighbor to our medical partner's facility after learning about thei audiology services. Upon testing, he had hearing aids recommended. Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929. Michael says, “My prayer is to complete school and become a teacher. I am hopeful that the hearing aids will help me improve on my studies."
Sonfong is a young woman from Cambodia. She has one brother and three sisters. She enjoys spending time with friends. Sonfong was born with a congenital deformity of her hand. The contractures on her four fingers make it difficult for her to carry things and bend her fingers. She needs to undergo a contracture release surgery to improve her mobility in her hand. Sonfong is scheduled for corrective surgery at our medical partner's care center on August 1. Now, she needs help raising $417 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope after the operation, my hand is better and I can move my fingers freely."
Pheakdey is a young student from Cambodia. He hopes to be a teacher when he grows up.He has one brother and two sisters. Four years ago, he was burned by hot rice on his fingers. He developed skin contractures on his left fingers. He has difficulty using his left hand and moving his fingers. He cannot do his daily work easily. He needs to undergo a contracture release surgery to improve his use of his hand and fingers. Surgery is scheduled for July 6. Now, his family needs help funding this $417 procedure. His mother says, "I hope my son's fingers can be bent and used again after surgery."
Blessing is an infant from Kenya. She is the last born in a family of six children. Both of her parents are laborers. Blessing 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, Blessing 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 $1,097 to cover the cost of Blessing's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Blessing from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Blessing’s mother says, “My wish is to have my child receive quality healthcare as early as possible. I am hopeful she will be well."
Narong is a third grader from Cambodia. He has two brothers and a sister. He likes studying math and human anatomy. He wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He likes to play football and watch movies with his friends. A year ago, he was hit by a motorcycle while playing on the side of the road, and his left tibia was fractured. He went to an emergency clinic, where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now, the hardware is causing him pain and is making it difficult for him to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 1, Narong will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help him walk easily again. He says, "I hope I can return to school soon after my surgery and see my friends."
Joshua is a farmer from Kenya. He is married and has one child. Last month, Joshua slipped in the rain. This caused a fractured tibia and fibula and an ankle dislocation He is not able to walk or work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 10, Joshua will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I am worried because my family fully depends on me. I hope Watsi will help me, and hope my leg will be well soon so that I can take care of my family,” says Joshua.
Nabimanya is a young student from Uganda. He has two siblings. His mother practices small-scale farming to meet the needs of her children, who are all in school. For six months, Nabimanya has been developing a swelling on his lower right eyelid. As a result, he experiences itchiness and discomfort. Nabimanya traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 5, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Nabimanya needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Nabimanya's mother says, “I hope my son will get better after surgery and I continue with farming.”
Gilbert is a baby from Kenya. His mother dropped out of her second year in high school, and her father is in his fourth year in high school. They therefore rely on Gilbert’s maternal grandparents. His grandparents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Gilbert has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Gilbert has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Gilbert will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Gilbert that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 8 and will drain the excess fluid from Gilbert's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Gilbert will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I hope we can soon put all this behind us,” shares Gilbert’s grandfather.