Suresh joined Watsi on July 25th, 2017. Two years ago, Suresh joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Suresh's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Heng, is a bright third-grader from Cambodia, to fund burn contracture surgery on his legs.
Suresh has funded healthcare for 107 patients in 10 countries.
Suresh has funded healthcare for 107 patients in 10 countries.
Heng is a 10-year-old third grader with one older brother. His father is a farmer and his mother is a garment factory worker in a clothing factory in the city of Phnom Penh. He and his older brother live with their grandparents in another province. Heng enjoys Khmer literature and would like to be a lawyer when he grows up. Heng shared with us that his favorite meal is fried chicken and fresh orange juice. In November 2021, Heng was burned with gasoline on both of his lower legs. His parents took him to a national pediatric hospital for medical care where he stayed for 2 weeks. As a result of his burn injury, contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the affected area, especially around this left knee. Unfortunately it is painful for him to walk. When Heng's grandmother learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 18, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to reduce the scarring on his legs, and improve the elasticity of the skin so he will not be disfigured and limited in movement. Now, their family needs help to fund this $495 procedure. His grandmother said: "We hope that Heng will be able to walk without pain and keep up with his friends in school."
Francis is an elderly man from Uganda. He is a father of seven children, all of whom have left home and started their own families. He and his wife farm together on their small piece of land. When they have an increase in harvests, they sell off the surplus to meet additional family costs. For the past four years, Francis has dealt with a bilateral inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him to experience pain, especially when walking around. On the day of review at the hospital, he travelled for 18KM on a motorcycle taxi to our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Karoli Lwanga Hospital (NKLH). Despite having a mechanical problem and it raining heavily that day, Francis knew he could not turn back home since the pain he has been experiencing is severe. Fortunately, he made it safely to the hospital and is now scheduled to undergo hernia repair surgery on August 9th at NKLH. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Francis's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Francis says, “I ask for your kind support to pay for my surgery and help me regain my good health."
Nicholas is a 17-year-old high school student, who aspires to become a professional driver. He is the youngest of eight children, and lives with his family in Kenya. When he was young, Nicholas was hit by a bicycle. He was treated for his injuries, and sent home. Now, as a teenager, Nicholas finds his left knee bowing inwards, and knocking against his right leg, making it difficult for him to walk. Nicholas' parents brought him to a local, mobile clinic to be evaluated. As a result of the evaluation, and with the support of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Nicholas is scheduled for corrective surgery on November 14th, at AIC Cure International Hospital. After he has recovered, Nicholas should be able to walk comfortably again. Now his family needs your help to fund this procedure, which will cost $1,224. “I would be happy to see my leg straightened so that I can walk normally like my friends,” Nicholas shared with us.
Moses is a builder. He's a tall gentleman with a lot of stories and has kept his sense of humor through pain. He is a father to two daughters and two sons who are all in school. While he did not complete school, he joined a contracting company when he was young and became an experienced, skilled builder. Moses lives in a 3-roomed house with his wife and his four children. For some time now, Moses has had a right inguinal hernia. The pain is worst when he stands for long periods and he can barely lift anything heavy. His job as a builder involves a lot of heavy lifting, and his hernia has hindered his work performance. Fortunately, on September 27th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Moses's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Moses told us, “I am the only provider to my family, my wife is not working. I am afraid when I lose my health, I will not be able to provide for them again but with your support, I have hopes and expect the best.”
Joyce is a 52 year old, small-scale farmer. She relies on the proceeds from her small farm, and from the milk that she sells from the one cow that she and her husband own. Her husband is also a farmer, and together, they have five adult children. In October 2017, Joyce began to experience troubling symptoms, including pain in her neck - especially during swallowing - and difficulty in breathing. She went to a nearby health facility, and underwent several surgical procedures on her thyroid and esophagus, but her condition did not improve. In May of this year, Joyce presented at Kijabe Hospital with progressive difficulty in breathing. After she was evaluated and scans were done, Joyce was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. While she has an excellent prognosis, Joyce needs to be treated quickly, to prevent the cancer from spreading. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Joyce access the care that she needs. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 20th, at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. During this procedure, surgeons will remove all or part of Joyce's thyroid gland. This operation will cost $949, and she and her family need help raising money. Joyce says, “I am almost losing my voice. I have been through several hospitals seeking treatment. This cancer is threatening my life.”
Channa is a 29-year-old husband and father from Cambodia. He and his wife have an eight-year-old daughter in first grade. His wife manages a small grocery store in front of their home, where she sells snacks and drinks. In his free time, Channa enjoys reading the news, watching television, listening to music, and taking care of his daughter. When he was 12 years old, Channa's left leg was burned. Since then, he has experienced problems with the skin behind his kneecap. He has difficulty walking because he has a chronically swollen, open wound that often leaks from his skin contractures. On a recommendation from a local taxi driver, Channa and his family traveled three hours seeking treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Doctors at CSC diagnosed Channa with a chronic ulcerating wound behind his left knee, and a wound debridement and free flap procedure was recommended. This is a reconstructive surgery technique that involves the transfer of skin from one area of the body to another, while maintaining blood supply. After surgery, Channa's wound should heal, and he will no longer experience pain or difficulty walking. Now, Channa needs help raising $991 to fund his procedure and care. Channa shared, "I hope after the operation, I can go back to work to support my family, and I can walk again without pain."
Doreen is a 35-year-old small-scale farmer who lives with her family in Uganda. Although she currently farms primarily to feed her family, she hopes to one day open a place where people can come and enjoy a meal. Doreen is currently expecting her fourth child. Her doctors are recommending that she deliver via Caesarean section because there has been only a brief interval between her current pregnancy and her most recent delivery. Additionally, because Doreen previously delivered via C-Section, her physicians are concerned that she might experience uterine rupture if she delivers naturally this time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Doreen undergo a C-Section on August 16th at their care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. Doreen needs your support to fund this $252 procedure, which should ensure the safety of both her and her baby. Doreen says, “I hope that with your support financially, I will be able to deliver successfully.”
Aloysius is a 4-month-old baby boy, living with his parents and two siblings in a three room mud hut. His mother is a small-scale farmer, while his father is a driver around their village. Since June, Aloysius has had an umbilical hernia. He developed an umbilical swelling very soon after his birth, and his mother brought him to Maziba Health Centre, where the hernia was treated. In August the hernia reappeared, and began to rapidly increase in size. If the hernia is left untreated, strangulation could occur, jeopardizing Aloysius' health and future. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $170 to fund Aloysius's surgery, which is scheduled to take place on September 10th at Rushoroza Hospital. Once completed, Aloysius should be able to live more comfortably and grow up healthy. Aloysius' mother says: “My son is not well and needs treatment. I pray that he may get well through surgery so that he may grow well and live a better and healthy life.”
Yves is a young man from Haiti. He lives with his parents and sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; they have been caring for him since he fell ill about five years ago. Prior to his illness, he worked as a clerk for a local business. Yves has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral insufficiency. One of the four valves of his heart was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever that he suffered a number of years ago, and cannot adequately pump blood through his heart and body. The care Yves is not available anywhere in Haiti, so Yves will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On September 12th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $9000 to pay for surgery. Yves's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep and travel. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It will also pay for the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Yves's family overseas, and the cost of obtaining Yves' passport. Says Yves: "I am hopeful that I can get back to a healthy and independent life once my heart problem is fixed!"
Rose is a seven-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is an only child to her mother, who unfortunately passed away when she was one year old. She is now in the care of her aunt. Her aunt's husband practices farming and grows corn, sorghum, and potatoes. Rose had not been enrolled in school prior to this year due to her aunt's concerns about her condition, but she is now enrolled in kindergarten. Rose has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition where the foot is twisted out of shape. When she was three, her aunt noticed that she would fall every time she walked and that her legs seemed to be weakening. Rose currently experiences difficulty walking, playing, and carrying out other daily activities. Fortunately, Rose and her family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Rose's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Rose’s aunt shares, “...I would love to get her condition corrected, but I have no means.”
Kidus is a five-month-old baby from Ethiopia who is his parents' first child. Some of his favorite activities include breast feeding and playing with his mother. His parents are both students and farmers. They earn their income by selling fruits from their farm; however, the weather in their area is very sunny and their land is dry, which makes their harvest limited. Kidus was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital condition that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Kidus recently underwent a colostomy, an intestinal procedure that inserts a colostomy bag. His parents share that paying for this surgery was very difficult. They had to borrow the money from individual loaners, and it has been difficult for them to repay it. In the middle of these challenging times, they heard about our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, and their care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre. Kidus's parents decided to seek financial assistance so he could complete the series of surgeries he needs. Kidus is now scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on August 17th. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kidus's procedure and care. After his recovery, Kidus will no longer experience bowel dysfunction and will be able to live more comfortably and confidently. Kidus's dad says, “We were happy that we got this opportunity. We hope that our child will get the treatment and make stool just like other people.”
Khristopher is a six-year-old boy from Malawi who attends primary school. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. To support their family, his parents work as small-scale farmers. When Khristopher was one year old, he began to experience frequent stomachaches. Although his parents thought they would go away, the stomachaches persisted. At three years old, his condition worsened and swelling began to occur in a sensitive area every time Khristopher cried, coughed, or did anything strenuous. His parents shared that these symptoms worry them as they helplessly watch their child in pain due to this condition. He was eventually diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia, and his doctor referred him to a different hospital for surgery. However, due to financial constraints that prevented their family from being able to pay for transportation and medical expenses, Khristopher’s father decided to continue trying to heal Khristopher using traditional methods. For another three years, Khristopher was treated with traditional herbs. Unfortunately, these methods were not successful, and his condition persisted. His father decided to seek medical care once more, so he brought Khristopher to our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Khristopher receive treatment. On August 4th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Nkhoma Hospital. AMHF is requesting $846 to fund Khristopher's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and prevent future complications. Khristopher’s father says, “I have prayed and hoped for a solution to my son’s condition, and I now have faith that he will be cured.”