Chet joined Watsi on June 11th, 2015. Five years ago, Chet joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Chet's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Havireak, a young man with disabilities from Cambodia, to fund treatment for a skin infection.
Chet has funded healthcare for 64 patients in 12 countries.
Havireak is a 31-year-old man from Cambodia with one older brother. Havireak has developmental disabilities and has never worked outside of the family home. Due to his needs, his mother looks after him. Havireak's father passed away many years ago from liver cancer. His mom is retired so she has time to care for him but she is getting older making things more difficult. Havireak's brother supports them both. Two years ago a skin ulceration on Havireak's buttocks developed. The skin became infected and there is a large wound of the sacral region. This limits his ability to sit and sleep in a comfortable position. As it has grown it has become more painful and infected. When Havireak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled to the hospital seeking treatment. On June 1st, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement and skin flap procedure to clear out infected skin and close the wound. He will be able to feel comfortable again and not require so much special care from his family. Now, he needs help to fund this $657 procedure. His mom says, "his condition worries me so much and I am worried that if it gets any worse I can not continue helping him each day."
Nay Kaw is an 11-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, two older brothers and two younger sisters in a village in Karen State. Nay Kaw and his sister are both students. He is a grade one student since leaving the monkhood last year. His father is a farmer. Nay Kaw was born with a small mass on his right wrist. Once Nay Kaw's mother was able to save up and send him to Mae Tao Clinic for treatment in Thailand, Nay Kaw had the mass surgically removed in July at Mae Sot Hospital. After surgery, the biopsy revealed that the mass was caused by a hemangioma. As a result of this, the doctor referred him for further treatment in nearby Chiang Mai. Since his surgery, the pain in his wrist has decreased. However, if something touches his right wrist or if he has to carry something heavy in his right hand, he is in a lot of pain. Doctors want Nay Kaw to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Nay Kaw's MRI and care, scheduled for October 8th. "I want my right hand to be normal and I do not want to have an unusually large wrist," he said. "If the pain in my hand decreases, I will help my mother with the housework. If my hand will be without pain and I will be able to play with my friends at school, I will be happy with my friends again. In the future I will go school and become a good person."
Prayer is a young boy from Uganda who recently joined nursery school. He has been diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia. When he was born, his parents were advised to seek medical care for the inguinal hernia when he was one year old. Unfortunately, owing to a lack of finances, he could not be treated in a timely manner. He complains of pain whenever he strains, especially when coughing. He also has dysuria. If not treated, he risks having strangulation and infertility. Prayer's parents are peasant farmers who rely on seasonality to make ends meet. Their income is quite limited to meet the expected cost of surgery. Fortunately, on April 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Prayer's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Prayer's mother says, “I am hopeful that my son will be treated well since he is going to be supported. I know his life will be changed and he can resume school as he misses when feeling in pain. He will still play well with others since it's his hobby.”
Florian is a 20-year-old farmer from Tanzania. He is sixth born in a family of nine children. He is a very hard working young man and helps his mother working in the family farms. He also helps his mother to look after his young brothers and sisters and assist with putting them through school. Florian was not fortunate to proceed with the school after graduating from his primary school education since his father passed away shortly after and he was forced to join his two brothers in helping their mother. Florian’s father passed away five years ago and his mother is a subsistence farmer. Florian has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Florian has been experiencing severe headaches and dizziness. Without treatment, Florian 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 Florian that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 9th and will drain the excess fluid from Florian's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Florian will hopefully continue to develop into a strong, healthy young man. Florian says, “Please help me get this treatment, my family is not able to pay for my needed surgery. Please help me so that I may get well.”
Malaika is a two-month-old baby girl from Tanzania. Maliaka is a Swahili name meaning Angel. She is the last born in a family of five children. Both Malika's parents depend on small-scale farming and livestock keeping for their living and to support their family of five children. Malaika 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, Malaika traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Malaika's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to wear shoes and walk easily as she grows. Malaika’ mother says, “We would love to see our daughter walk like other normal children without being discriminated. Please help support us so that our daughter can have a chance to walk well when the time comes.”
Noah is a casual laborer from Kenya and a father of five. His wife passed away in December of 2019 but he is still grieving for her. He usually sells flowers in the streets of Nairobi with his sons, but because of the COVID-19 lockdown they have been at home struggling to even put food on the table. Noah fell and fractured his right femur on the 5th of July. He is in a lot of pain and cannot walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 7th, Noah will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk again and heal well. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Noah shared, “I don’t know how I fell and I have no money or anyone to turn to for this treatment. My children depend on me. I plead for help so that I can be able to walk again and resume selling flowers to sustain my family.”
Anna is a farmer from Kenya. Anna previously worked as a cook in a private primary school located in her village. Her occupational options are now extremely limited after she was let go due to hard economic times. Anna currently does maize farming in her parent’s land. She also does casual jobs across the village like working in other people’s farms to earn a living. Anna lives in a two-roomed iron-roofed house with her mother in the upcountry. Ten days ago, Anna experienced an extremely painful accident after she was involved in a road traffic accident. She was a pedestrian when she was struck by a motorbike which was moving in a high speed. She sustained multiple severe injuries, left multiple rib fractures with a pneumothorax and lower lip full-thickness laceration. She is in severe pain and now cannot walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 10th, Anna will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal well and she will be able to walk easily again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,065 to fund this procedure. Anna says, “My hope is to be healed get out of hospital bed and be on my foot again so that I can continue with my daily duties."
Penninah is a manual laborer from Kenya. She is a mother of four children, whom she has raised alone after her husband left her. The children are now grown up; the firstborn is 32 years of age while the last born is 18 years old. Penninah did not go to secondary school and so her life has been a difficult one, doing any manual job such as cleaning clothes for neighbors. Her children are also manual workers. Four years ago, Penninah began to experience troubling symptoms, including headaches, dry cough and difficulty in swallowing and feeling like choking at night. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goitre, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Penninah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 11th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $688, and she and her family need help raising money. “Whenever darkness comes I fear how I am going to sleep because of choking. I kindly seek for help. I hope my treatment will be successful so that I can regain my normal life,” said Penninah.
Meet Cynthia: a calm girl who is almost turning two. Just two days ago, Cynthia arrived to our medical partner's hospital after falling from being knocked by a sheep, where she fractured her right hand. X-ray imaging revealed a closed supracondylar fracture. Cynthia was admitted for skin traction and she now requires OREF surgery to correct the fracture. This will allow her hand to heal and reduce the chances of healing badly and persistent pain. Cynthia was born and raised in a small village called Sisiya where most of the community works in farms or other small not very stable jobs. Cynthia parents don’t have a formal education. Her mother is a housewife and his father is a security guard in a building. They live in a small mud hut with grass as a roof. Her family gets its food from their small farm, which consists mostly of maize, beans and vegetables. The family doesn’t have money to pay for their daughter’s surgery and she needs $763. The family’s income per month is roughly $30. Her mother is hoping for financial support so that her daughter can undergo the surgery.
Monica is a first grader at Mapema primary school in Kenya. She is the oldest in a family of 2 children. Her family hails from Kimahuri village in Nyeri County. Her mother is a single parent and she washes clothes and does garden work for the neighbors to support her family. Monica has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Monica traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Monica's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “My joy would be to see Monica undergoing for surgery. The little I get is not enough even to cater for my bills at home. I would kindly request for support,” Monica’s mother told us.
Pyae Pyae is 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters and four brothers in a village in Burma. Her father is a subsistence farmer, her mother is a homemaker and Pyae Pyae goes to school. She is currently in grade nine. Pyae Pyae was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Pyae Pyae is taking medication which stops her from having difficulty breathing and feeling tired. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Pyae Pyae. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "When I grow up I would like to become a nurse," said Pyae Pyae. "I would like to take care of others like me who suffer from a heart disease."
Hnin is a mother of two from Burma. She lives with her husband and two sons, and she is always busy with housework. Since a few months after surgery to remove the cyst in her uterus in 2017, Hnin has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with Myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Hnin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Hnin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy and our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain or bleeding. Moreover, the surgery will stop the mass from reappearing later. Hnin said, “I want to continue to work purchasing clothes and other goods from Mae Sot and selling them in Yangon to earn an income for my family. Because of my condition, I am not able to work for two years now.”