george joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! george's most recent donation supported Srey Ka, a girl from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
george has funded healthcare for 47 patients in 14 countries.
george has funded healthcare for 47 patients in 14 countries.
Srey Ka is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. She likes to read books and watch TV, and hopes to become an accountant when she grows up. When she was a child, Srey Ka 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, Srey Ka experiences discharge, headaches, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her focus in school and she often has ear discharge and cannot hear. Srey Ka traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8, 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 $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's surgery, I will no longer have to worry about her and she will be able to hear clearly."
Joshua is a student from Tanzania. He loves going to school to make new friends and learn. Joshua 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, Joshua is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $986 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Joshua’s mother says, “I was scared that it is too late for my son to get any treatment since I could not afford to pay for his treatment sooner. Please help my son get the help that he needs so that he can be well.”
Heng is a young man from Cambodia. He has one brother and one sister and enjoys watching television and listening to music. Heng was born with severe scoliosis, which has progressed with age and has made it difficult for him to sit for long periods, causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of his spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Heng has not been able to work because of his condition. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for March 12. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope that after surgery, I will not have any pain and can walk normally and be able to take care of myself."
Benson is a laborer from Kenya. He is married and has a young child. In January of this year, Benson was in a motorcycle accident. His right leg was broken twice. He is not able to move or walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 12, Benson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk again and provide for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Benson says, “I am worried I may lose my leg if I am not treated and that means I cannot take care of my young family.”
Vanny is a fruit farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch Thai dramas on TV and spend time with her family. Four months ago, Vanny developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, burning, and clouded lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Vanny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 9, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope my vision improves so I can return to work on the farm soon."
Jazila is a child from Tanzania. She is the oldest of three children. Her parents are small-scale farmers. Jazila has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jazila traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jazila's clubfoot repair. Jazila’s mother says, “Please help my daughter; we never knew her condition could be treated. Now we know but we still can’t afford the treatment cost. Please, we need your help.”
Jane is a young student from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of three children. In early November, Jane was playing and she fell and hurt her legs. She sustained a complete closed fracture of her left femur. She is in pain and not able to walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 15, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I just want to see my daughter happy and walking well again. I ask for help from Watsi so that she can be treated and heal before going back to school in January,” Jane’s mother says.
Tanica is a student from Haiti. She lives in Port-au-Prince with her parents and three siblings. She is in the third grade and likes reading and art. Tanica has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. On October 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in her heart. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Tanica's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "We would like to say thank you to everyone who is making this surgery possible for our daughter!"
Senghong is a young man from Cambodia. He works at a casino. He enjoys going for walks and listening to classical music. Three months ago, Senghong was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left leg. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On September 11, Senghong will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him walk again and he can return to work. He says, "I really want to return to work to help my family and I hope my leg doesn't hurt anymore."
Khaing is a 21-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his parents, sister, and aunt. He makes soap to sell for a living. Currently, Khaing has muscle stiffness in his legs and he cannot straighten them. He is unable to stand. Without treatment, Khaing's condition will continue to cause him discomfort and will further limit his movement. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of an Achilles tendon lengthening procedure for Khaing, which is scheduled to take place on August 14. This procedure will elongate his Achilles tendon, allowing increased motion at the ankle joint. The procedure will help him to straighten his legs, stand, and complete exercises that will help him walk eventually. "I hope to go to school and learn about computers and economics. I want to help support people like me,” said Khaing.
Mwadawa is a mother from Tanzania. She has four children. Four years ago, Mwadawa was riding her bicycle when she was hit by a car. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a knee injury. She could not stand or walk for several months. Fortunately, Mwadawa learned about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). At AMHF's care center, surgeons can perform a total knee replacement to relieve Mwadawa of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 13, and Mwadawa needs help raising $822 to pay for this procedure. Mwadawa says, “I will be very glad when I will no longer be in pain and able to go back to my milk business. Please help me get this treatment.”
Faith is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of eight children. She lives with her parents and siblings in a one-room house in the Rift valley region of Kenya. Faith 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, Faith 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 Faith's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 6. This procedure will hopefully spare Faith from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I am still in shock and trying to recover from the fear of this nightmare condition my child suffers,” shares Faith’s mother.