Kristen joined Watsi on July 6th, 2017. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kristen's most recent donation supported Savorn, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Kristen has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 6 countries.
Kristen has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 6 countries.
Savorn is a potato, watermelon, and rice farmer from Cambodia. She likes to watch Khmer and Thai dramas on TV, as well as listen to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Savorn developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, pain, photophobia, and itching. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Savorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 29, doctors will perform 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. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see everything more clearly now so I can feed my animals and so I can cook for my family. I also hope that I will be able to anywhere I want by myself."
Visal is a three-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child. He likes to play with toys at home and to go for walks with his parents. Visal was born with polydactyly of both hands and his left foot. This means that he has extra pinky fingers and an extra toe. It is difficult for him to use his hands and he doesn't like that people make fun of him. Fortunately, on October 19, surgeons will perform a polydactyly repair procedure to remove the extra digit. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $237 to fund this procedure. After surgery, he will feel more comfortable and confident and will be able to use his hands and foot more easily.
Yna is a young girl from Cambodia. She has a brother and four sisters. She likes learning the Khmer language and hopes to be a teacher someday. Ten years ago, Yna had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Yna experiences pain and tinnitus. It is difficult for her to hear and she has ear pain. Yna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 7, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I worry about my daughter's ear problem and hope the surgery will be good."
Precious is a newborn baby from Kenya. Her mother is a college student. The two of them live with Precious's maternal grandparents. The family farms a small piece of land, growing maize and beans. When Precious was one week old, her head began to increase in size. Her grandmother noticed this change and brought her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. Previous needs to undergo a shunt insertion surgery to drain the fluid from her brain. The procedure is scheduled for July 12 and will cost $634. “I really need your help and I am kindly requesting for any assistance,” shares Precious’s mother.
Hla is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She is originally from Karen State, Burma but moved to Thailand when she was 12 years old. She lives with her 11-year-old son. She sells vegetables, which she picks on different farms around Mae Sot. In June, Hla had an accident while she was riding a bicycle with her son from school. She is now suffering with pain in her arm. Her left forearm and fingers are swollen, and she is unable to move and use them properly. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hla will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 8 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Hla will be able to return home. She says, “I am worried that soon I might not be able to pay rent for our house anymore. Also, I am worried about my arm. I hope that I will be able to use it again in the future, so that I can go back to work and support me and my son.”
Senghak is a corn farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter, five sons, and two grandchildren. Two years ago, Senghak developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Senghak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 2, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. He says, "I hope I can see everything clearly so I can go to work or go outside by myself again."
Marko is a young boy from Tanzania. He lives in an extended family of twelve people. Marko’s father is a security guard, and his mother is a stay-at-home mother. Marko has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Marko traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Marko's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk without difficulty. Marko’s mother says, “I would really like to see Marko get treated and attend school and reach up to university level."
Ty is a six-year-old boy who likes ice cream, cookies, and Khmer food. His favorite subject is Khmer. He likes to play with toys and watch cartoon network. When he is older, he wants to be a teacher. For two months, he has had enlarged tonsils, causing snoring and difficulty in swallowing. He will need a tonsillectomy in order to improve his symptoms. Fortunately, Ty visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 9. His family needs help raising $221 to pay for surgery. He says, "I want to improve my swallowing."
Musa is a 75-year-old, talkative man who lives with his young son in Kenya. He and his wife divorced 40 years ago, and he lost two sons due to post-election violence. Musa works as a farmer, however he recently has not been working due to muscle weakness. One year ago, Musa started to experience upper abdominal pain, dizziness, and weakness. He first tried using herbal medicine in response to his symptoms, but his condition did not improve. Upon visiting the hospital, Musa was diagnosed with an epigastric hernia, and hernia repair surgery was recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $384 to cover the cost of Musa's surgery. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 22 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Musa's former energy and level of comfort. Musa's son hopes that his dad heals so that they can help each other with farming. “My hope and my prayer are to see that Musa receives treatment. He has been having sleepless nights," shares Musa's brother.
Abner is a four-month-old baby boy from Guatemala's rural highlands. While his father works as a day laborer, his mother stays at home to take care of the family and sell hand-woven textiles. Abner is the fifth child in his family. Because Abner's mother cannot produce breastmilk, Abner is already malnourished. Underweight and small for his age, Abner often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Abner’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures and compromise brain development. To help his condition, Abner requires a formal nutrition plan, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund formula, nutrient supplements, and health education for Abner's mother that will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor Abner's health. With this treatment, Abner’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Tumusiime is a 47-year-old married farmer from Uganda. Her husband is also a farmer, and together they have 10 children, some of whom are still in school. For over three months, Tumusiime has been experiencing abdominal pain associated with heavy vaginal bleeding. This condition puts her at risk of developing severe anemia and could also result in other medical difficulties. Upon visiting our medical partner's care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Tumusiime was diagnosed with uterine myomas, and a total abdominal hysterectomy was recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to cover the cost of Tumusiime's total abdominal hysterectomy, which is scheduled to take place on June 29. Once completed, the treatment will hopefully spare Tumusiime from further medical complications, allowing her to live more comfortably. "I hope to be relieved of heavy painful bleeding so as I may have good work performance at home," shares Tumusiime.
Erick is a one-month-old from rural Guatemala. His father works at a construction site and his mother cares for the family at home. Due to his mother's inability to produce breastmilk, Erick is already suffering from malnourishment. Underweight and small for his age, Erick often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Erick’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and seizures caused by electrolyte imbalances. Brain development is compromised, and the baby is at risk of long-term damage. In order to help stabilize Erick's condition, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund Erick's formal nutrition treatment. Scheduled to be administered by our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel, on June 9, this treatment entails the distribution of formula, provision of micronutrient supplements, and health education for Erick's mother that will teach her to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor his health. Erick's mother says, “I am worried about my son because I do not have maternal milk." With formula and nutritional supplements, Erick's immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.