James joined Watsi on September 28th, 2017. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! James' most recent donation traveled 3,300 miles to support Chhet, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can spend time with her grandchildren.
James has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
James has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
Chhet is a rice farmer with two sons, four daughters, and 17 grandchildren. Chhet lives with her husband and their eldest daughter. At home Chhet enjoys listening to the monks praying and the news on the radio. Four years ago, Chhet developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhet learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 22nd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $229 procedure. Chhet would like to help out at her house and be independent again, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I want to see my relatives and can go outside on my own. I plan to help take care of my grandchildren and myself better after surgery, as well as help my daughter cook and plant crops around the house."
Morn is a 54-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He and his wife have two sons together, both have moved out to live on their own. Morn spends a lot of time driving in the countryside with other soldiers, and enjoys talking with them and listening to the news. He also likes showing his friends music he listens to on his phone. Three years ago, Morn developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him partial blindness, irritation, and a cloudy lens. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Morn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, 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. Morn said, "I hope my surgery helps me see everything clearly again so I can drive for my job, read books, and do everything myself."
Salman is a child from Kenya. He was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Salman is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 21. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “We are unable to raise the funds needed yet we wish to see our son doing well. Please help us,” says Salman’s father.
Gift is a fishmonger from Uganda. He is the second child in his family. He lives with his mother. For one year, Gift has had an inguinal scrotal hernia. The hernia is increasing in size and has become painful and uncomfortable. Fortunately, on November 14, 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 Gift's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "I like being with my friends during my free time.’’
Aye is is a mother of eight children from Burma. She and her husband work as a day laborers and generate income for the family. Aye first noticed her symptoms when she was only 15 years old. At that time, she was combing her hair and felt a small growth on her head. Three years ago, she noticed that the growth was gradually increasing in size. She now experiences severe headaches. Aye sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery of the benign tumor on August 28. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Aye said, "I feel worried but I just keep smiling."
Bazitiire is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is a widow with two children. Her husband died 20 years ago. Two years ago, Bazitiire developed a painful swelling on her scalp. This has disfigured her scalp, and she can't carry anything on her head due to pain. Bazitiire traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 26, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Bazitiire needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Bazitiire says, “I hope to be relieved of this and have better quality of life after surgery and I continue with cultivation.”
Matteo is a boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger brother. He is a fifth grade student, and likes watching soccer games and listening to music. Matteo suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal. Fortunately, Matteo will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Matteo's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Matteo's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am excited to be able to play soccer after my heart is fixed."
Than is a 30-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his friend, and they occasionally host Karen National Union (KNU) members. He currently works as a guard at one of the gates of the KNU area in Karen State, Burma, but he does not get paid. A few years ago, Than and some other villagers were driving to buy wood at a timber shop. He was sitting on the truck bed when one of the car’s tires burst. When he tried to jump down from the truck, Than's left leg was hit by two heavy boxes, which broke his femur. Although he received treatment at that time, his femur has not healed properly. He is suffering from a significant walking impairment and constant pain in his left leg and his knee. Because his femur did not heal properly, he cannot walk on his own but requires crutches. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Than will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for April 24 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, he will be able to fully work and walk again. “I hope that I am able to get a job and support my mother, once I am able walk again. Thinking about my current situation saddens me a lot," says Than.
Phal is a 28-year-old man from Cambodia. He has two brothers. He enjoys tending to his vegetable garden and spending time with his friends. Six months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a brachial plexus injury to his left shoulder and arm. He is in chronic pain and cannot use or move his left hand. He is unable to complete his work and support his family. He needs to have a nerve and tendon procedure to restore the mobility in his left arm and hand. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 5. Now, he needs help to fund this $497 procedure. He says, "I hope I feel better after the operation and am able to move my arm without pain."
Bo is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and nine grandchildren. She likes going to the local pagoda and listening to monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Bo developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing, blurred vision, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 10, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 I can see everything clearly so I can learn more about Buddha and I can lead an independent life."
Bazilo is a farmer from Malawi. He and his wife run a small farm, and they have ten grown children and many grandchildren. To supplement the family income, Bazilo raises goats. In his free time, he likes to play with his grandchildren Since May 2017, Bazilo 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 Bazilo's surgery. On March 20, 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. Bazilo is happy and relieved he will receive surgery, and he is ready to get back to his normal activities. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Joseph is a student from Tanzania. He is the fourth born in a family of eight kids. Joseph’s father passed when Joseph was ten years old. He now lives with his uncle, a domestic poultry farmer. Joseph was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is not able to walk, especially for long distances. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Joseph. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 15. Treatment will hopefully restore Joseph's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Joseph says, “Please help me get better, I want to continue with school. I started saving money from the different jobs I do so I can go back to school but used it up on medication. When I get better I will work so hard and save to go back to school.”