Paul joined Watsi on February 15th, 2015. Five months ago, Paul became the 4305th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 214 more people have become monthly donors! Paul's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Nat, a young man from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Paul has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Nat is a mechanic from Cambodia. He is married and has one son. He likes to watch TV in his free time. Three years ago, Nat 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, Nat experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, hearing loss, and itchiness. It is difficult for him to hear well. Nat traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 8, 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. His wife says, "I hope that my husband's surgery goes well. I worry about his hearing loss."
Jilungu is a child from Tanzania. His parents are farmers. Jilungu has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Jilungu traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Jilungu's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk. Jilungu’s father says, “Please help my son.”
Khant is a seven-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Kyel Di Kho Village, Mae Sot District. Khant loves to play with his friends at school. In early November, Khant was playing with his friends during his school’s lunch break on the swing. As his friends jumped off the swing, Khant fell on the ground and broke his arm. His teacher brought him to a nearby clinic. There, the doctor told his teacher that the two bones in Khant’s lower left arm are fractured. Currently, Khant’s left arm is still in pain, and he cannot move it. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Khant will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 7 and will cost $1,500. This treatment will help Khant move his hand again without pain. He will be able to return to his school after this treatment. Khant’s mother says, “I worry that if I do not work, I will not have money and I will have to borrow food or money to meet our monthly expenses. I also worry for my son as I have got only one child and I want him to recover soon.”
Ler Moo is a 32-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Mae La Refugee Camp, Tak Province. In his free time, Ler Moo likes spending time with his family. Ler Moo experiences abdominal pain, and his condition has not improved with medication. He was diagnosed with gallstones, and his doctor informed him that he requires surgery. Ler Moo has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Ler Moo's symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Ler Moo is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on October 4. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ler Moo's procedure and care. “After surgery, if I feel better, I will try support my family as much as I can. I will apply for a suitable job in the camp so I can have an income to support my family,” says Ler Moo.
Rashid is a farmer with a large family from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together they have eight children and more than 20 grandchildren. Since last month, Rashid has been experiencing pain and coughing. 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 Rashid's surgery. On September 6, 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. He says, "I am accepting this help with both hands open; I am ready to have the operation and return to good health! Thank you!"
Meet Bertha! Bertha is a hard working primary school teacher from Malawi. She is 25-years-old and loves to teach kids. As a teacher, Bertha has never earned enough money to afford treatment while pregnant. She has now developed an umbilical hernia, causing her swelling and pain in her abdomen, which makes her pregnancies difficult and painful. Bertha says ,“I think if I get healed, I will never have to worry about being pregnant with this condition.” Watsi’s medical partners in Malawi agree. They tell us that if her hernia can be treated, “the bulge on the navel will disappear with all its related pain.” For $615 we can treat Bertha’s hernia and help her get back into the classroom. Let’s all come together to help Bertha and her students!