Glenn joined Watsi on September 2nd, 2015. 24 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Glenn's most recent donation supported Meng Ly, a 9-year-old boy from Cambodia, to fund a tonsillectomy so he can eat and drink without pain.
Glenn has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 9 countries.
Glenn has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 9 countries.
Meet Meng Ly, a nine-year-old 2nd grade student, living with his father - who is a rice farmer - and younger brother.. Meng Ly enjoys reading and playing football when he is not in school. A year ago, Meng Ly developed a sore throat, and also began to experience difficulty swallowing, and hearing clearly. Frequently unwell, Meng Ly began to miss school. Finally, he was diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which require surgical intervention, to prevent his symptoms from persisting, and possibly intensifying over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Meng Ly, which is scheduled to take place on September 8th, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, relieving Meng Ly of his symptoms, and enabling him to live much more comfortably, and to enjoy the life of a nine year old boy. Meng Ly says: "I hope I can eat and drink without pain."
Jean Pierre is a 45-year-old father from Haiti who lives with his wife and daughter. To help support his family, he works at the local city hall. His daughter was a previous Watsi patient and received life-changing surgery with the help of amazing donors. When bringing his daughter in a few months ago for a post-op checkup, he mentioned that he has been experiencing the same symptoms as his daughter for many years. After further examination, doctors found that Jean Pierre has the same life-threatening condition as his daughter and has somehow survived to his age! He was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, a condition in which blood leaks through a hole between two large blood vessels near the heart. After years of feeling weak and experiencing poor health, Jean Pierre's heart condition will finally be treated. On July 14th, doctors will use a catheter to insert a device into the hole so that blood can no longer leak through it. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is raising $1,500 to pay for Jean Pierre's life-saving procedure. Jean Pierre shares, "My family and I are very grateful that so many people are making it possible for me to have this surgery!"
Mean is a beautiful five-year-old boy from Cambodia who has one sister and three brothers. He enjoys watching cartoons at home and playing with his four siblings. To support their family, his father is a construction worker, and his mother manages their home and cares for the children. Last August, Mean was badly burned across most of his body in a petroleum accident. Although his parents took him to a specialty children's hospital to receive care, he eventually developed severe burn contractures. Contractures occur when the skin surrounding a scar matures, thickens, and tightens, preventing movement. He is no longer able to stand straight due to a contracture of his right hip. He has burn contractures on his forearm, right elbow, and both armpits. He also has keloid scars, or enlarged and raised scarring, on both ears. He currently experiences itching all over his body and difficulty sleeping. When Mean's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to release the painful contractures. This will allow him to stand and walk straight, as well as grow at a healthy rate. Now, his family needs help funding this $495 procedure. Mean's mother says, "I hope the doctors can help Mean so he will not be in pain or ashamed when he is ready to go to school."
Maxwell is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. Maxwell’s mother works casually in construction sites. His father left them when he learned of his son’s condition. Maxwell is an only child and lives with his mother in a single-rental house in Kiharo Village in Central Kenya. Maxwell 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, Maxwell is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 25th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Life is very tough. I earn very little from helping out on construction sites and it cannot cater for the surgery my son needs. Please help me,” says Maxwell’s mother.
Niwasiima presented to the hospital with an ultrasound scan indicating a pregnancy at 39 weeks of gestation with a history of one previous c-section delivery. Having been examined by the doctor, she was recommended to deliver by emergency caesarean section due to one previous scar and scar tenderness for a better delivery outcome. Niwasiima still has both parents who are small scale farmers. She is the oldest in a family of five siblings and the rest are still studying. She never went to school at all and along she has been working as a domestic housemaid in Bushenyi town where she was got into a relationship with a fellow workmate, a gateman at her workplace. After she informed him about the pregnancy, he remained neutral about it, provided no support and no longer communicates with her. She was fired from work after being known to be pregnant and is now reaching term, but has no support at all. She can’t afford the costs of her surgery. Niwasiima is a 20-year-old single mother to one child delivered by caesarean section and is expected to also deliver her current pregnancy by caesarean section due to one previous scar and scar tenderness. We expect to restore her lost hope by enabling her to successfully deliver her baby. Niwasiima says “I really hope that with your support, I will be able to have a healthy baby.”
Megan is a baby from Tanzania. She is a last born child in her family of four children, and was born with her twin brother. Megan's mother is a stay home mom and her father is an office assistant. They have health insurance which covered her first surgery but the insurance company is now refusing to cover more surgeries that Megan needs. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Megan has been experiencing vomiting, irritability and an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 27th and will drain the excess fluid from Megan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Megan's mother says, "Please help my daughter get this treatment so that she may be able to live."
Dalin is a third grade student from Cambodia. She enjoys reading books and playing with her two sisters. When she was five years old, Dalin 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, Dalin experiences hearing loss, discharge, infection, and headaches. She frequently has difficulty focusing in class and has trouble communicating with others. She has undergone five days of antibiotic injections in her ear to attempt to clear the infection prior to operation, and now requires surgery. Dalin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 13th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's ear issue will be resolved and that I won't have to worry about her anymore." -Dalin's Mother
Sarah has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia, in which one of the four valves of the heart is missing, and blood cannot adequately reach the lungs. Last year, she underwent a procedure called a cardiac catheterization to confirm that her condition can be fixed; now, she is ready to proceed with the surgery. Sarah lives with her parents and older brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; she likes playing with her cousins and her neighborhood friends. Sarah's mother said, "We know this is a very big surgery for Sarah but are hopeful that when it is done her heart will be normal."
Chan is a 36-year-old woman who lives with her husband and father-in-law in Shwepyithar Town, Yangon Division. Chan’s husband works as a day labourer on a construction site, while Chan is a seamstress who works from home. In 2010, Chan started to feel tired, had a rapid heartbeat and developed joint pain. She went to the clinic in Thaton, where she lived at that time, and received an an echocardiogram (echo) and x-ray. The doctor also told her that, if her heart became too enlarged, she would not be able to control her condition with oral medication and she would not be able to have a baby. She then received oral medication for a week which made her feel better for a while. In September 2019, when she went back for her follow-up appointment, she received another echo. Following this, the doctor explained to her that her condition could no longer be stabilized with medication. As he knew that Chan could not afford to pay for her surgery, he referred her to Pinlon Hospital. On 17th September 2019, she met the staff at Pin Long Hospital and who then referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, Chan suffers from chest pain, has difficulty breathing, has a rapid heartbeat and has lost weight. In her free times Chan likes to sew, cook and do housework. “When I’m fully recovered, I will continue to work as a seamstress, save money and live happily with family,” said Chan. “Once I have enough money, my husband and I have decided to adopt one child. And I want to do charity work and help poor people as much as I can.”
Daniel is car wash attendant from Kenya. Daniel’s wife left with their two children in 2002 when he developed the leg ulcer and could barely provide for the family. He now stays alone in a one-room rental house in Central Kenya. In 2017, Daniel was diagnosed with venous leg ulcer at Kijabe hospital after struggling for over 15 years to find the cause for the leg swelling. Daniel walks with a limp and is in pain and discomfort. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Daniel receive treatment. On October 08, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Daniel needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. “I at times wonder whether God forgot about me. Please help me get an admission,” says Daniel.
Viden is a 7th grade student from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings and enjoys playing soccer, swimming, and listening to music. He hopes to become a police officer when he grows up. In April 2019, Viden was in a severe motorcycle accident and was in a coma for three days. Afterwards, the accident left Viden with injuries to his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He has pain in his arm and is unable to flex his wrist or move his shoulder or elbow. Viden traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 6th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I will be able to move my arm normally again and I will be able to return to school without difficulty."
Srun is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, two grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Five months ago, Srun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her irritation, pain, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Srun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 19, 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 $211 procedure. Srun said, "I hope that I will be able to go outside on my own again and help to take care of my grandchildren."