Shirley joined Watsi on October 14th, 2013. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Shirley's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Kheam, a 73-year-old woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can see again.
Shirley has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 5 countries.
Shirley has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 5 countries.
Kheam is a 73-year-old retired rice farmer. She has one daughter, six sons, and now 15 grandchildren. Kheam lives with her youngest daughter who is a fruit seller. Kheam likes to visit the pagoda and listen to the monks pray when she can. One year ago, Kheam developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. Kheam has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Kheam learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, (CSC) she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On February 17th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in Kheam's right eye. CSC is helping Kheam raise $229 to fund this procedure so that Kheam can see clearly. Kheam shared, "I hope to see things well again and be able to help my daughter sell fruit."
Ra is a 66-year-old mother of two with one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Ra lives with her daughter, who is a garment worker. She also enjoys visiting the pagoda to join in the ceremonies. Two years ago, Ra developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Ra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Ra shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I want to walk by myself easily and help to look after my grandchildren."
Lovence is a farmer and a loving mother of five children; two sons and three daughters. One of the sons is a banana trader and another one is a hawker in Kampala. All her daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. Lovence has been supporting her family alone since her husband died in 2000. She dropped out of school in third grade due to school fees and started doing farming in a banana and coffee plantation. The 51-year-old has been earning her living from farming, but shared that her production is small. In her free time, she weaves mats and baskets to earn supplementary income. Lovence needs surgery but her income is insufficient to fund it. For two years, Lovence has been experiencing on and off abdominal pain and other troubling symptoms. Before her referral to Nyakibale Hospital, Lovence had visited several healthcare facilities where they treated her for urinary tract infections. She has now been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Lovence's surgery. On December 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Lovence will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Lovence says, "I hope to get back into farming after the treatment. Your support will be highly appreciated."
Channath is a 41-year-old farmer. He has two daughters who are both students in the local school. At home, he likes to listen to the news on the radio and watch boxing on TV. Two years ago, Channath developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, pain, tearing, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. Now he doesn't go to the rice field as much as he needs to because of his poor vision. When Channath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 29th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope after surgery I can see clearly again," Channath says. "I can go back to working in the rice field to feed my family."
Saroeun is a 56-year-old fisherman with two daughters, three sons, and three grandchildren. He and his wife go to a local market each day to sell their catch. In his free time he loves to listen to the radio or play with his grandchildren. He also loves to ride his motorbike, however, recent changes in his vision have made this difficult. Two years ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 30th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Saroeun shared, "I hope I can return to work after my vision improves, and work more than before. I want to be able to make more money for my family."
Rebecca is a 27-year-old married mother of two children. She delivered both of her children via Caesarean section and now she is pregnant with her third child. She works as a teacher at a local school, but with schools closed due to the pandemic, she has been tutoring children at home to make ends meet. Her husband operates a motorcycle taxi business and the family lives in a single rental house. Rebecca has carried her third pregnancy to term and her doctor has recommended that she deliver her baby via C-Section. This will reduce the risk of uterine rupture and will ensure a safe delivery for her and her baby. The delivery is planned for September 22nd and now, she needs help to raise $252 to fund her procedure and care. Rebecca shared, "if am given your support, I will be relieved of my surgical cost and hope for a good delivery outcome."
Bunroeun is a 38-year-old farmer who works alongside his wife in the fields. Together, they have four children—one son and three daughters. Since he was seven years old, Bunroeun has experienced recurrent ear infections and discharge. Bunroeun's ear infections caused the tympanic membrane to perforate in both of his ears, meaning a hole or tear was created in his eardrums. As a result, he is experiencing discharge, hearing loss, vertigo, and frequent headaches, which leave him feeling unwell and unable to communicate clearly with others. Bunroeun was unable to follow up on his care when his wife recently delivered their youngest child. However, upon learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled to their care center for treatment. On September 8th, Bunroeun will undergo a myringoplasty procedure to close the tear in each eardrum. CSC is requesting $913 to fund this procedure, which includes coverage of all medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Bunroeun hopes that this procedure will help stop the ear infections and finally improve his hearing loss.
Byarugaba is a married 43-year-old carpenter and a father to five children, including two sons and three daughters who are all in school. He has a small carpentry workshop where he crafts handles for hoes, wooden machetes, and other goods. His dream is to see his children excel in life, so he works very hard. His wife is a small scale farmer who raises chickens. In his free time, he enjoys watching football and his favorite team is Manchester United! For eight months, Byarugaba has had a right inguinal hernia and bilateral hydrocele. He has difficulty standing or walking long distances and his condition has affected his work. He was examined at a local health center and surgery was recommended. If not treated, the hernia could become strangulated. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Byarugaba to receive treatment. On July 6th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. After surgery, he will hopefully live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH is requesting $230 to fund his procedure and care. Byarugaba shared, “I am looking forward to surgery which I hope that with your support will be successful. I will be able to continue with my carpentry work to see that my children get a brighter future.”
Matoro is a hardworking farmer from Uganda. He shared that he has three wives and among them 18 children. Matoro's oldest child is 53-years-old, and his youngest just completed their bachelor's degree in information science. 15 years ago, Matoro had an inguinal hernia and now he can no longer bend down and has difficulty walking long distances. Fortunately, on September 2nd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $170 to fund Matoro's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Matoro says, “I am in pain and I seek medical assistance. I want to be normal again and continue my day to day activities like I used to before. I wish to continue taking care of myself and my family.”
Sandra is a 14-year-old 7th grade student. He lives near the capital city of Phnom Penh with his parents and his older brother, who is in 8th grade. Sandra's parents sell rice near their home. In school his best subjects are physics and math. Sandra enjoys playing sports and reading books. In the future, he wants to be a police officer. When playing volleyball, Sandra sustained a closed fracture of his right distal tibia and fibula. Now it is difficult for him to walk and he is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 11th, Sandra will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him walk easily again. His family hopes he can walk easily again and be free of pain.
Nim is a retired rice farmer, who along with her husband has nine children, and many grandchildren. She has been retired for a while, so she has taken time to travel to many famous pagodas around the country, and she always loves to spend time helping to raise her grandchildren. She also loves reading religious books and listening to monks on the radio. Two months ago, Nim fell and fractured her hip. Since the fall, she has experienced severe pain and is unable to walk. She was referred to a local hospital for treatment where she received an x-ray, but was sent to another hospital afterwards and was unable to afford treatment there. Fortunately, Nim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons will perform a total hip replacement to relieve Nim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for May 14th, and Nim needs help raising $1,087 to fund this procedure. Nim shared, "I hope that I can walk again easily soon. There are still many things I want to do. I want to travel and play with my grandchildren, and visit my children."
Komujuni is a 24-year-old homemaker. She completed secondary school and received a certificate in tourism but has not been able to use her degree yet. Her husband is an electrician who recently started his new job and she shared that he currently earns little income. She and her husband have a four-year-old child, and Komujuni is pregnant with their second child. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family. On May 17th, Komujuni visited our medical partner's care center for examination after experiencing some mild pain at home. A C-section was recommended for safe delivery because her baby is post-term and in a breech position. If Komujuni does not deliver her baby through C-section, she could rupture her uterus and the health of both mother and baby would be at risk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Komujuni undergo a C-section on May 18th. Now, Komujuni needs help to fund this $207 procedure. Komujuni shared, “I hope and pray for a successful surgery. I plan to continue searching for a job of my profession in order to assist my husband in supporting our family.”