Helen joined Watsi on April 8th, 2018. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Helen's most recent donation traveled 7,400 miles to support Heang, a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund life-changing cataract surgery.
Helen has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Helen has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Heang is a 64-year-old rice farmer. She is single and has one sister, two brothers, and she lives with her niece, who is also a farmer. When not working on the farm, Heang likes to watch the news on television and listen to monks pray on the radio. Things have become more challenging for Heang since two years ago when she started developing a cataract in her right eye, causing her sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Heang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Heang shared, "I hope after surgery I will see better from my right eye. I would like to help my niece plant rice and visit with my neighbors."
Tarik is four-month-old baby boy and the youngest in a family of four children. Tarik’s parents are small scale farmers and grow food mainly for their own family's consumption. Tarik was born with congenital clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes as he grows up. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tarik receive treatment. His family visited AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 13th and now, they need help to fund the $935 procedure. After treatment, Tarik will be able to grow up with a full life ahead! Tarik’s mother shared, "it is through God’s blessings and people’s support that my baby has made it this far. He needs to start treatment for his legs. Please help correct by baby’s disability so that he can grow up like other children.”
Jesca is a hardworking, friendly, and sociable girl who loves music and singing in the choir at church. She's an 18-year-old teenager, born as the third child in a family of nine. Jesca was only able to study until seventh grade because she was experiencing mobility issues due to clubfoot, making going to school particularly challenging. Jesca's father tried to encourage his daughter to continue with school by discussing with her the the importance of education. However, Jesca was too concerned about going to secondary school, which is located even further away and thereby posing an even bigger challenge for her. Jesca has clubfoot on her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jesca has now traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform a clubfoot repair surgery on June 29th, and requests support of $935 for her treatment costs. After treatment, Jesca will be able to walk normally and is hopeful for a better life ahead. Jesca describes her previous decisions about school with regret but turns an optimistic outlook for her future: "If it wasn’t for my foot I would have probably continued with school and maybe today I would be in a better position. I am now working but my foot is still limiting my work. Please help me have my foot corrected."
Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their food and they also keep livestock for a living, which allows them to get milk. Given the remoteness of their village, they shared that life is very difficult; meeting basic needs and access to health services are big challenges. Lucas has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lucas traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Lucas's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up. Lucas’s father shared, "we have no means of raising money to afford our son’s treatment cost. We will be very grateful if you can help correct his feet."
Georgeline is a baby from Kenya. She 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, Georgeline 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 Georgeline's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 26. This procedure will hopefully spare Georgeline from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
John is a motorbike driver from Kenya. Recently, he was involved in a road accident, suffering a closed acetabulum fracture. He is in pain and if not treated, he might heal with a malunion or suffer complications such as an infected bone or arthritis. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 14, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After treatment, he will be able to return to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund this procedure. John says, “My hope is to be treated and resume my duties. I am in pain and would not wish to be confined in bed unable to move”.
Parani is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Last year, Parani fell into a fire and got burned around his chest and neck. The burn contractures limit his ability to move because of the tightening of the skin. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Parani receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move his head easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Parani’s mother says, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping our son we had no means of affording his daily dressing he now needs a surgery which we can’t afford to please help.”
Asaba is a baby from Uganda. He is the youngest of seven children. Since birth, Asaba has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage and death. Fortunately, on March 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Asaba's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His mother says, "After surgery my son will have peace and stop crying."
Ant Htoo is a seven-year-old boy from Thailand. He is a first grade student. When he was six, his mother noticed a mass on his thigh. It is not currently painful, but his mother worries that the mass will get bigger as he grows. Ant Htoo's family sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 8. His family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ant Htoo says, “I want to be a policeman."
Pisal is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. He loves to study Khmer literature and mathematics, and hopes to be an accountant when he grows up. Since he was five years old, Pisal had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Pisal experiences pain, discharge, itchiness, and hearing loss. He is unable to hear properly during school and cannot communicate well with others due to his lack of hearing. Pisal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to attend school and participate in my activities like normal."
Kyarimpa is a shopkeeper from Uganda. He is married with four children. For two years, Kyarimpa has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. Fortunately, on March 12, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Kyarimpa's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kyarimpa says, “I wish I can be relieved from this condition.”
Muyambi is a child from Uganda. He is the last born in a family of three children. His mother is a small-scale farmer, while his father is a motorbike taxi operator. For one month, Muyambi has had a bilateral inguinal hernia. Muyambi is in a lot of discomfort and often cries. If not treated, the hernia could lead to intestinal tissue twisting and blocking. Fortunately, on April 5, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Muyambi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, “I hope my son will get better after surgery and I continue with my work of cultivation.”