Tobias joined Watsi on March 18th, 2015. Seven years ago, Tobias joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Tobias' most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Kheng, a woman from Cambodia, to fund hip replacement surgery.
Tobias has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 10 countries.
Tobias has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 10 countries.
Kheng is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons and three daughters. She likes to spend time at home and cook in her free time. Four years ago, she was in a motor vehicle accident and developed hip pain on her right side. She cannot walk and was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, which is death of bone tissue due to lack of blood supply. Fortunately, Kheng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Kheng of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for November 9, and Kheng needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "After surgery, I hope I can walk and return to work to support my family."
Sumaiya is a three-year-old girl from Tanzania. She the third born in a family of four children. Sumaiya is cheerful girl who loves playing with other children. Her parents are planning to enroll her in school next year. Sumaiya was diagnosed with genu varus. Her legs are bowed outward at the knees. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has a difficult time walking and feels pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Sumaiya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Sumaiya's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Sumaiya’s father says, “Please help my daughter get the need surgery and be able to walk well without pain and hopefully next be able to walk to school."
Masudi is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of five children. Masudi has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Masudi traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Masudi's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and without pain.. His mother says, “Thank very much for selecting my child for treatment.”
Ryan is a boy from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. He cannot wait to join his siblings in school. Ryan 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, Ryan is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $676 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "I look forward to his condition being rectified successfully,” Ryan’s mother says.
Sopheap is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son. He likes to watch TV and play volleyball. Thirty years ago, Sopheap 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, Sopheap experiences ear discharge and tinnitus. It is difficult for him to hear and has ear pain. Sopheap traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 18, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his 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. He says, "I hope my surgery goes well and my ear drum heals so that I can hear better."
Maulana is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together with their grown children they run a small farm. Due to his condition, Maulana isn’t able to actively farm, so he works fetching wood. In his free time, he and his family enjoy attending their local mosque. Since May 2018, Maulana 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 Maulana's surgery. On June 14, 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. Maulana and his family were thrilled to learn his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to again being active and able to farm his land. He says, "Thank you!"
Chepkonga is a farmer from Kenya. He has one son. One week ago, Chepkonga was involved in a road traffic accident while he was heading home. He was diagnosed with a right hip fracture. He is not able to sit up or walk and is in severe pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 17, Chepkonga will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Chepkonga will be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to fund this procedure. “Thank you for this support program that I can get treatment," says Chepkonga.
Stessie is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and older brothers in Cap Haitien, a city in northern Haiti. She likes listening to music and going to church with her family. Stessie has Down syndrome. Stessie also has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sickly and short of breath. On April 8, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will use stitches to close the hole so that blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Stessie'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 are looking forward to this surgery so our daughter can play and be more active."
Leleshwa is a child from Tanzania. Leleshwa’s father is a tour guide, and her mother is an accountant. Leleshwa was born a healthy and happy child at the regional hospital in northern Tanzania. After her birth, her mother noticed a tiny mole on her lower back with red mark around it. By the time she was nine months old, the small mole had grown and started to give her fevers. The hospital kept her on antibiotics, but they did not work as a permanent solution. Leleshwa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the mole. Now, Leleshwa's family needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Leleshwa’s mother says, “I am so happy that my daughter may be able to get the surgery that will allow her to live a healthy happy life. I am so grateful for this opportunity. God bless you.”
Potifala is a farmer from Malawi. Potifala lives with his wife, and they have ten grown children. Potifala spends his days raising and caring for his livestock. In his free time, he likes to read the Bible with his wife. Since 2015, Potifala 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 Potifala's surgery. On February 13, 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. Potifala was thrilled to find out his procedure would be funded, and he is looking forward to going home and living a pain-free life He says, "I am so happy to meet you and thank you for helping me."
Ye is a 15-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his younger sister, brother, and mother in Yangon Division. Ye 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, he experiences chest pain and fatigue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ye. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 17 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school to continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day," says Ye.
Baw is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her family in Umpeim Mai refugee camp in Thailand. Baw works as a treasurer of a community-based organization in the camp. Her husband works as a security guard at the same organization. All of her three children are students. Baw learned about her heart condition twelve years ago after she gave birth to her youngest son. After giving birth, the doctor informed her that she would no longer be able to have children due to her weak heart. Until 2016, Baw did not experience any symptoms relating to her heart condition. It was only in May 2016 that she started to feel extremely tired after strenuous activities. She gradually lost her appetite, had problems sleeping, and lost weight. Eventually, Baw went to the camp’s clinic. Finally, Baw was brought to Mae Sot Hospital where she received an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with atrial septal defect and severe mitral regurgitation. She was told that she would require surgery and was then referred to BCMF for financial assistance in undergoing the surgery. Baw's surgery is scheduled for October 30. She needs help raising $1,500.