Suresh joined Watsi on July 25th, 2017. One year ago, Suresh joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Suresh's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Boaz, a 5th grade student from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery so he can use his right hand again.
Suresh has funded healthcare for 88 patients in 9 countries.
Suresh has funded healthcare for 88 patients in 9 countries.
Meet Boaz, a 5th-grade student and the middle child in his family of three. His mother is a farmer, growing maize and beans to provide income for their family's needs. Boaz was involved in a car accident that injured his right hand. He was initially treated at a local clinic, where he received a cast. However, his condition worsened, so Boaz visited Kapsowar Hospital, our medical partner's facility, for further review. Doctors performed an X-ray, which revealed a fracture in his right radius and ulna - the bones in his forearm. Boaz's wound was also infected, so he received treatment and antibiotics to help heal. Currently, Boaz cannot use his right hand, and he is in severe pain and unable to sleep well. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 10th, Boaz will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. Upon recovery, Boaz will be able to use his hand, allowing him to participate in school and help out at home again AMH is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Boaz's family was also able to gather $100 to contribute to his care. Boaz's mother shared, "I feel like carrying this burden for him. He has so much pain. My hope is to see my son well again and be in good spirits."
Ruth is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, which is the capital of the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. She is her parent's first child. Ruth was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, which causes blood to leak through a hole between two major blood vessels near her heart. The condition makes it difficult for Ruth's small heart to fully function. Fortunately, her condition is highly treatable with surgery. The care she needs is not available in Haiti, so our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance has arranged to take Ruth and her mother to the Dominican Republic, where doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole near her heart. The treatment, scheduled for May 25th, will stop blood from leaking into her blood vessels and should allow her to live a full life ahead. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 toward the surgery cost. Her family is raising $1,500 to help cover the rest of her treatment and related care, including travel for Ruth and her mother. Her mother shared, "Our family is very hopeful that after the surgery, our daughter will have more energy and a better appetite."
Bo is an eighth grader who lives in the school dormitory during the school year. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. He recently had his arm is amputated to help treat his bone cancer condition, so he is no longer able to play guitar anymore. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left forearm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left forearm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling grew very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper forearm. Bo was in a lot of pain and could not use his left arm. Doctors diagnosed him with bone cancer and amputated his left arm to help stop his cancer from spreading further. He has also undergone chemo treatment after his amputation and now his doctor wants to do an MRI to assess his prognosis and plan for any further treatment that may be needed to protect his health. An MRI is 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 Bo's MRI and care, scheduled for March 11th. Bo said, "Since I finished my surgery and finished chemo injection, I am able to continue my studies without any pain. I hope that I will be able to continue my studies until I gradate from school."
Muok Ny is a 71-year-old rice farmer who is married and has four sons and six grandchildren. In his free time, Muok Ny enjoys listening to the news on the radio and going to the pagoda on holy days. Six months ago, Muok Ny developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, he cannot go places on his own. When Muok Ny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund his procedure. Muok Ny shared, "After surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly. I would like to go to the rice field and plant vegetables around my house."
La is a 36-year-old mother of three children. She is married and her husband works as a construction worker. To help support her family, she sells soft drinks and coffee from her home. The couple has one son and two daughters, who are all in public school. In her free time, La enjoys walking her children to and from school, cooking, and, after a long day, watching television. Five years ago, La injured her left knee and she has experienced intermittent pain since the injury. Unfortunately, in December 2021, she was involved in a motorbike accident where she re-injured the same knee. After an x-ray, she was diagnosed with an aneurysmal bone cyst, or a benign, blood-filled lesion in the bone that often expands or grows. She experiences severe pain and now has difficulty walking. To treat her condition, surgeons plan to remove the cyst from her left knee and heal her joint. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping La receive treatment. On April 9th, surgeons will perform procedure to relieve La of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Now, she needs help raising $600 to fund her procedure and care. La shared, "I am thankful that I will be able to return to work and care for my children after this surgery."
Nor Moo is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband in Chiang Mai Province in Thailand. She used to be a day labourer but since her condition has started, she stopped working because of the often pain. She is now a homemaker and takes care of household chores like cooking, washing clothes, and doing cleaning at her apartment. A few months ago, she started feeling unwell and thought she might be pregnant. However, she did not go to the hospital as she does not have money for testing. She experienced pain in her right lower abdominal and later she felt something a bump. When her pain worsened, she talked with her friend asking for her help. Her friend referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Children Medical Fund who is now helping Nor Moo receive treatment. Doctors have recommended a surgery to remove a growth and her fallopian tube on the right side. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Nor Moo's husband said, "I feel sorry that I cannot help my wife. Thank you to all the donors and organization for supporting my wife's treatment cost. We are very grateful."
Mercy is a hardworking laborer and a widow. Her husband died 17 years ago when she was pregnant with her only child. The same year she gave birth to her son prematurely. She has worked hard to raise her son alone and he is currently in secondary school. Mercy doesn’t have a stable job, but engages in casual jobs within her village where she does cleaning to provide for her son. She likes being in the company of her son and they live in a small rented room in their small town. Around 17 years ago, Mercy began to experience troubling symptoms, including a neck swelling that developed when she gave birth to her son. She has had a difficult journey looking for treatment for her condition and has been to different hospitals where doctors have recommended surgery. She has never gotten the chance to have the surgery due to a lack of finances. Mercy has muscle weakness and gets fatigued easily. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter for which she reported to Kapsowar Hospital seeking support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mercy receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 12th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $936, and she and her family need help raising money. Mercy says, "I have lost weight, I am weak and cannot work like before. My hope in life is to get treated and continue supporting my son. He is the only family I got.”
Hellenah is a 42-year-old woman who is married with three children and proudly shared that they are all in primary and secondary school. Alice and her husband work as farmers, and they also volunteer together at their local church. About eight years ago, Hellenah began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, fatigue, and difficulty breathing and swallowing. Upon review, doctors diagnosed her condition as a bilateral thyroid cystic goiter. She will need to undergo surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Hellenah finally heal. On February 21st, she will undergo a thyroidectomy, in which surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $252 to help fund this procedure. Hellenah shared, "This condition is worsening each day, and it is becoming intolerable. I fear that this might kill me one day. Through your support, I hope to be relieved of this condition and live a better life."
Julius is a 44-year-old man with two children. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Julius used to buy old clothes to sell, but the business was so greatly affected by the pandemic that he has had to search for other work to survive. He now takes on labor jobs at construction sites. Julius was in a hit-and-run accident where a driver lost control of the vehicle and hit him while walking along the side path. Julius was thrown over the car and sustained an open fracture on his left leg. As a result, he is experiencing pain and is at risk of developing an infection or malunion, which occurs when a fractured bone heals in an abnormal position. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Julius heal. On February 7th, he will undergo a fracture repair procedure known as an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery, Julius will no longer be in pain, and he will be able to walk and work again. AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Julius shared, “I depend on my legs because, for construction work, you have to climb. However, I thank God I am alive. I kindly request help so that my leg can get well. I can then go back to my hustles and sustain myself."
Naika is a fifth-grade student who lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Hait with her parents and five siblings. She is a very good student and likes literature and history. Naika was born with a hole between the two upper chambers of her heart; blood leaks through this hole leaving her weak and short of breath. Our Medical Partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance is raising funds so she can have the life-saving surgery that she needs to grow up healthy. During surgery, doctors will use a catheter probe to insert a device into the hole that will block it and prevent blood from leaking through. She is scheduled to undergo surgery at Clinica Corominas on February 14th. Naika's mother shared: "We are hopeful that Naika will be able to live more normally once the hole in her heart is fixed!"
Hem is a 69-year-old woman with two sons, three daughters, and seven grandchildren. Hem lives with her husband and their eldest daughter, who is a vegetable farmer. Hem has retired from her work as a rice farmer and now stays at home to take care of her grandchildren. A year ago, Hem developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision that has limited her independence. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own. When Hem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund her procedure. Hem shared, "After surgery, I hope I can travel well on my own and see more of my relatives."
Srey Nang is a quiet six-year-old girl. Srey Nang is in kindergarten and lives with her grandmother. Her father works in construction and her mother is a farmer in a different province. She has a two-year-old brother who she adores. She enjoys playing with her friends, painting, and watching cartoons on TV. She loves to eat fried noodles and fresh orange juice. Ten months ago, Srey Nang was burned by hot water. She has developed skin contractures from the burn scars, and cannot bend her knees to sit or straighten them to stand. She is unable to walk well and is in constant pain. Her family shared that she no longer plays with her friends because she feels ashamed of her condition and afraid they will make fun of her. When Srey Nang's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to replace the scar tissue from the burns with healthy skin from her opposite leg. Now, Srey Nang's family needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Her grandmother said: "we are hopeful Srey Nang's scars will be better, and she will be able to attend school with the other children."