Michelle joined Watsi on January 10th, 2021. Nine months ago, Michelle joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Michelle's most recent donation supported Hai, a hardworking husband and father from Cambodia, for spinal fusion surgery.
Michelle has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.
Michelle has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.
Hai lives in Kandal province in southern Cambodia. He is married and has a son who is one year old. Hai's wife was a factory worker, but she stopped when their child was born. Hai enjoys playing football and listening to music in his free time. Hai was involved in a motor accident in October 2020 and experienced trauma to his back and lower limbs. After the accident, Hai went to a government hospital where he received X-rays and medications and was then sent home. Hai still feels poorly, continues to feel pain in his back, and has difficulty walking. He remains in a wheelchair and cannot work. Surgeons plan to use posterior instrumentation to stabilize his spine. A posterior instrumented fusion involves the placement of screws and rods in the spine. This procedure will provide realignment and stabilization of the spine allowing fusion to occur. Hai is seeking $1,500 to fund his surgery, as he is unable to pay for this treatment on his own. Hai shared, "I hope that I will walk again and can get my job back to support my family."
Clementina is a ten-year-old student and the youngest in a family of four children. She is a loving girl who enjoys playing with babies, especially her neighbours'. Her mother says she would wake up in the morning and ask right away for permission to go see her neighbour’s baby. She is also a hard-working girl. She helps her mother clean the house and cleaning dishes. She cleans her own clothes too sometimes. Clementina 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, Clementina 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 (AMH), is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Clementina's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9th. This procedure will hopefully spare Clementina from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Clementina’s mother says, "We never knew the condition needed treatment all these years. But we are thankful that she is able to stand and walk. She has been scheduled for surgery but the cost is too high for us to afford please help."
Oudom is a 33-year-old man who works in a printing shop in Cambodia's capital city of Phnom Penh. He lives nearby with his retired parents. In his free time, Oudom enjoys playing chess and gardening. Five years ago, Oudom had an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. Because of this, Oudom experiences tinnitus, ear discharge, and hearing loss. He cannot communicate clearly with others. Oudom traveled to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On July 5tg, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Now, Oudom needs $464 to fund this procedure, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Oudom shared, "I hope the discharge will finally stop and my hearing can improve."
Joana is a 50-year-old primary school teacher from Malawi. She teaches a class of more than 80 children. She shared that she loves teaching because it makes her feel young and energetic. Joana is also a mother of two children of her own, ages 29 and 27. In March 2021, Joana visited a local clinic for a routine check-up and was diagnosed with a uterine mass. A total abdominal hysterectomy, or a procedure where both the uterus and cervix are removed, was recommended as treatment. If her condition is not treated, Joana is at risk of becoming severely anemic. After the surgery, it is expected that Joana will no longer experience the uncomfortable symptoms associated with her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Joana to receive treatment. On June 5th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a hysterectomy. Now, Joana needs help to fund this $1,363 procedure. Joana shared, “I will soon be a grandmother and I want to be in good health so I can play with my grandchildren the way I play with learners at school. I appreciate your support to have this uterine mass removed."
Leak is a 31-year-old mother who has been married for three years and has two daughters. Leak's husband works in construction. Leak first noticed a mass on her left foot in 2010. She had surgery at a government hospital a few years ago, but the mass has grown back larger than before. After a biopsy, her mass was diagnosed as an angiofibroma soft tissue malformation. Leak experiences swelling and pain. Fortunately, Leak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 11th, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leak needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Leak shared, "I hope this treatment will help me return home and be able to take care of my children again."
Twinomugisha is a 46-year-old farmer and a mother of five children. Her firstborn is 25 years old, while her last born is 13 years old and in primary school class four. Twinomugisha started feeling lower abdominal pains three years ago, and the treatment she received initially did not improve the condition. Currently, her lower abdominal pains have become so severe that she is not able to farm. Twinomugisha came to our medical partner's care center Rushoroza Hospital for review, where she has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain with a cervical intraepithelial neoplasm. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. If not treated, Twinomugisha's quality of life and productivity will be greatly compromised due to the chronic pelvic pain. She is also at significant risk of cervical carcinoma. However, her family is not able to afford the cost of her care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Twinomugisha's surgery. On May 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Twinomugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and worry. Twinomugisha shared, “I pray to be considered for treatment because I have been through a lot in this condition. I will continue with farming as soon as I get better.”
Naw Mu is a five-year-old girl who lives with her family in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Naw Mu, her older brother and older sister are all primary school students. Her mother is a homemaker and her father works as a day laborer outside of the camp when he can. Her parents also look after a small shop in the camp. Her family's combined income is just enough to cover their family expenses and are grateful they can receive basic healthcare and education in the camp. On April 8th, Naw Mu was playing with her friends when she fell to the ground and injured her left arm. Her mother immediately took her to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International Thailand. When the medics examined her arm, they suspected that Naw Mu's forearm was fractured and referred her to another hospital to confirm her diagnosis. After Naw Mu received an x-ray, the doctor confirmed that Naw Mu's radius and ulna bones are broken. Currently, Naw Mu is experiencing pain in her left arm and has to take pain medication to have comfort and to sleep. She cannot lift her left hand or move it around. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Mu will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for April 9th and will cost $1,500. With this treatment, she will no longer be in pain and she will be able to move her hand and arm fully again in the future. Naw Mu's father shared, “my daughter loves to play outsides with her friends and watching cartoon clips on the phone. After she receives surgery, I hope that she is able to play with her friends again.”
Phanith is a 5-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes playing with toys and watching cartoons on TV. Phanith's favorite foods are fried rice with fried eggs. Currently, his parents work in Thailand, so he lives with his grandmother. When he was two years old, Phanith had an accident where he fell into burning waste, as a result has a burn contracture on his left hand. At the time, his family did not seek medical care and hoped his wound would healed by itself. Now, Phanith has a contracture of his left middle finger and needs a contracture release. When using his hand, he cannot extend his finger and it is difficult for him to hold anything. When Phanith's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On February 16th, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a skin graft procedure to to help him to use his hand again. Now, Phanith needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Phanith's parents shared, "We hope that our son's finger will become normal, and he can use it and it will look nice after the surgery."
Delvina is an eleven month old baby girl from Tanzania and the youngest of three children in her family. Her parents grow maize and vegetables for the family to eat and sell. Delvina was born a healthy child though her delivery was complicated and after three days at the hospital her family returned home happily with their newborn baby. At six months, Delvina started getting fevers and falling ill often. Their family tried to seek treatment at a local hospital but most of the medication they were using only relieved her for some time. At eleven months, Delvina could not sit by herself nor support the weight of her head and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. She needs to undergo an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) procedure, a surgery to drain the excess cerebrospinal fluid and relieve her of the pressure build-up in her head. This procedure will save her from brain damage and give her a chance to grow and develop like other children. Without treatment, Delvina will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Delvina that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 8th and will drain the excess fluid from Delvina's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Delvina will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Delvina’s mother says: “I would love to see my daughter grow up like her other siblings but for her to have that chance she has to have this needed surgery.”
Philemon is a 22-year-old motorcycle driver and a student from Kenya. He studies economics at Kabianga University and works as a motorcycle driver during his holidays so that he can raise school fees and upkeep money when he returns to college. In his family of eight children, Philemon is the second eldest. His parents are farmers in the village who grow maize, but their income is limited to support the entire family. Philemon is motivated to work hard so that he can support his siblings and build a better house for his parents when he is done with schooling. On November 29th, 2020, Philemon was in a motorcycle accident at the local market. His motorcycle's brakes malfunctioned, and he fell on the luggage he was carrying. Philemon came to the hospital with pain on his tibia fibular and left ankle joint. Currently, he cannot walk on his own and is in great pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 7th, Philemon will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal and walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Philemon shared, “I want to get treated so that I can resume school, and be able to complete school on time and be able to support my siblings.”