Samuel joined Watsi on December 16th, 2013. Three years ago, Samuel joined the Universal Fund and became the 547th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,564 more people have joined! Samuel's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Kim Eng, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.
Samuel has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 11 countries.
Kim Eng is an 80-year-old housewife from Cambodia. She is married and has three sons and six grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys going to the pagoda and listening to monks pray on the radio. About two years ago, Kim Eng developed cataracts in both eyes, which caused her blurred vision and burning. It became difficult for her to see things clearly, do any work, or go places on her own. She worried that she would go blind. Thus, she visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Surgeons will perform a small incision cataract surgery (to remove the cataract) and an intraocular lens implant (to replace the natural lens with an artificial lens) in both eyes. The surgery is scheduled for April 19, and CSC is requesting $292 to fund the treatment. After the procedure, Kim Eng will be able to see clearly again.
Arniel is a 12-month-old baby. He lives with his parents and three siblings in the Philippines. Arniel loves to play with his siblings. His father works in an amusement park in Dapitan. Arniel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 20. Arniel will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "I am glad he will receive a feeding treatment. I hope that Arniel will recover from malnutrition and that he will grow up healthy," says his mother.
Saw Ku is an 18-year-old student. Four years ago, he developed a tiny growth on his cheek that was not painful or sore. However, the growth grew more serious with time. After investigative testing, he was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, the mass on his cheek is itchy and uncomfortable. It prevents him from washing his face and sleeping on his side. Furthermore, it also causes him to feel social anxiety. Fortunately, Saw Ku will undergo a mass removal procedure on February 14. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. Saw Ku says, "I want to finish my Bible school and become a pastor."
Chhorm is a 28-year-old man from Cambodia. He works as a credit officer and likes to watch TV and movies in his free time. Over a year ago, Chhorm had a severe accident causing open fractures in his left tibia, ulna, femur, and patella. He went to a hospital for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It is still difficult and painful for Chhorm to walk. After hearing about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Chhorm traveled for five hours with his brother to reach treatment. On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a procedure to realign the bones in Chhorm's left hand, leg, and foot. CSC has requested $411 for the treatment. The surgery will allow Chhorm to walk and move easily again.
Savy is a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has a daughter and a son. Savy enjoys visiting his farms, fishing, and looking after his children. When he was seven years old, Savy developed an ear infection in his right ear. The infection perforated the tympanic membrane in his ear. He received treatment from a medical organization, but his symptoms did not improve. Savy experiences discomfort, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear). On February 16, ENT surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a myringoplasty surgery on Savy's right ear. The surgery will repair the perforated tympanic membrane and stop the discomfort and pain. Over time, Savy's hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $423 to fund Savy's ear surgery.
Chamroeurn is seven years old and in the second grade. He has one sister and one brother. In April 2016, Chamroeurn fell off of a bed and broke his left arm. His parents brought him to a hospital, where doctors applied a cast. However, two days later, Chamroeurn experienced pain in his forearm. After another two days, they went to a hospital in another province, where doctors removed the cast and discovered skin necrosis (skin and tissue death). Doctors then fixated a nail in his left humerus to secure his bones and performed a skin graft on his left forearm to treat his wound. Since then, surgeons have removed the nail. Despite these treatments, Chamroeurn's symptoms have not improved. Chamroeurn was referred to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), by a referral hospital in another province. He traveled for six hours with his uncle to reach CSC for treatment. He came to CSC with a diagnosis of Volkmann's contracture, a malformation of his left hand, fingers, and wrist. It is difficult for Chamroeurn to use his left hand, and he is in pain. On February 3, he will undergo repair surgery to release the tendons in his forearm. However, his family cannot afford his treatment. CSC is requesting $450 to help fund his surgery. After surgery, he will be able to use his hand easily again.
Phanith is 15 years old and in the ninth grade. She has two brothers and two sisters. She likes to read her school books, cook for her family, and go on Facebook. In November of 2016, Phanith's foot was caught in a motorbike. She sustained a fracture in her right tibia and an open wound on her right heel. She went to a nearby hospital, where surgeons performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure to heal her fracture. However, her open wound soon grew infected. It became difficult for her to walk, and she was in pain. In December of 2016, Phanith visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where surgeons performed a debridement procedure on her right heel to remove the damaged and infected tissue. Surgeons performed a follow-up debridement procedure on the same heel later in the month. Recently, Phanith returned to CSC for further treatment. On December 28, surgeons at CSC performed a skin graft procedure on Phanith's right heel to transplant skin over her wound. After recovery, Phanith should be able to walk easily again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this treatment.
Mai is eight years old and in the first grade. He has two brothers and one sister. He likes to play around his home with his cousins and watch animated films on TV. In September of 2013, a two-wheel tractor ran over Mai's right foot. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It became difficult for Mai to walk, and he was in pain. Over time, Mai's foot enlarged due to hyperplasia, which means the reproduction rate of the cells in his foot increased. The foot also became deformed, making him unable to walk comfortably. Mai was embarrassed by his foot, so he did not want to go to school. Mai's parents brought him to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Unfortunately, his foot was beyond repair. On December 23, surgeons at CSC amputated Mai's foot to allow him to feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $446 to fund this procedure.
Sok Chea is a 19-year-old farmer who has two younger brothers. He likes to go to the farm, play soccer, and play games. Five months ago, Sok Chea developed a cholesteatoma, an abnormal skin growth, in his left ear. It causes ear discharge, hearing loss, bleeding, pain, and a ringing or buzzing in his ear. Though he has been taking medication, his symptoms have not improved. He is unhappy because he has difficulty communicating with others. When Sok Chea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On November 24, 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 an easier time communicating with other people, " says Sok Chea.
This is Amisha, a seven-year-old girl from Nepal who is currently studying in grade two. Her father works in India to support the family back home while her mother works in the field and watches the cattle. The yield from the family fields is enough to support them for only three months of the year. One day, Amisha was playing on a rope swing when it broke suddenly, and she landed on a rock. The fall fractured her left hand, leaving it swollen and painful. Amisha has been in pain ever since. Because of her hand's condition, she is unable to attend school and needs constant help with daily activities like eating and getting dressed. In hopes of finding treatment for Amisha, her parents walked for five hours to visit Watsi's medical partner, Possible. For $195, orthopedic surgeons at Bayalpata Hospital will place metal rods, pins, or screws to set Amisha's wrist in its correct position. With time and physical therapy, Amisha's wrist will be healed, and she will no longer be in pain. Amisha's father shares with us, "I wish Amisha's treatment happens soon." Let's support this family so that Amisha can regain her left hand function and return to school.
Meet Nallely, a 10-month-old girl from Guatemala. Nallely has two older siblings and lives with her parents in a humble adobe house with a tin roof. She loves to listen to music and dance. Nallely's mother cooks, manages the kids, and attends to the house. Nallely is below the average height and the average weight for her age due to acute malnutrition. She currently is not consuming enough calories and enough quality foods. As a result her physical growth is stunted, and we worry her mental growth will be stunted as well. As a result of food insecurity and marginalization, indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world. In addition to growth stunting, malnutrition can lead to lower IQ, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. $512 will fund the treatment Nallely needs to address her nutritional deficit and improve her low energy and subsequent limited mental potential. This involves micronutrient and food supplementation, deworming medication to rid Nallely of a parasitic infection, and nutrition education for her parents. With these combined efforts, Nallely will recoup her weight and height and strengthen her immune system, laying the foundation for a healthier future.
Dorothy is a 31-year-old trained secretary who was working in a law firm in the Middle East until January 2016 when she felt a lump on her breast. Dorothy moved home to Kenya to live with her retired parents and receive treatment. Dorothy returned to Kenya because she was not able to access medical care in the Middle East. Dorothy stopped working to return home and have a mammogram and biopsy done. These procedures revealed that she had cancer of the right breast; she was recommended a mastectomy. Dorothy suffers psychological distress due to the thought of having cancer. If not treated, the cancer metastasize and could result into pre-mature death. Dorothy is not able to meet the full cost needed to access medical care, but with $740 she will receive the mastectomy she needs to remove the cancerous cells. “I want to be treated and engage in cancer awareness and continue working," Dorothy shares.