Darrin joined Watsi on August 17th, 2015. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Darrin's most recent donation supported Liam, a baby boy from Kenya, to fund hypospadias surgery.
Darrin has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 12 countries.
Darrin has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 12 countries.
Liam is a 3-month-old baby from Kenya. Liam was diagnosed with hypospadias immediately after birth. Having not seen such a condition before, Liam’s mother was shocked and didn’t know what to do. She went ahead to consult more about the condition from the medical practitioner who offered her advice. The facility where he was born was not in a position to repair the condition and the physician referred them to Bethanykids Hospital for treatment. Upon arrival, Liam was examined and surgery is recommended. Liam’s mother recently started selling clothes in the local shopping centre. To supplement the daily earnings of his mother, his father is a bodaboda taxi driver in their community. With no other source of income, the family is not able to raise the required amount for their child’s surgery. Liam’s mother is appealing for financial help. Liam 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, Liam is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Liam’s mother shared, “It is very difficult for us to raise any money for Liam’s treatment. As a family, any help offered to us will be appreciated.”
Yar is a 18-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her parents, three younger sisters and three younger brothers in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Yar and her parents are all too ill to work and are homemakers, while her siblings are students. Her family relies on the monthly food allowance they receive from an organization to get by. They also grow vegetables for themselves to supplement this income. Yar completed grade nine, but felt too ill to return to school this year. In her free time, she likes to weave traditional Karen bags for her siblings and help her mother with household chores. One day in early January 2020, Yar started to experience neck pain, fevers, and chills. When she went to the refugee camp’s hospital, run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), she was diagnosed with tonsillitis and was given oral paink medication and antibiotics. During her follow-up appointment, the medic gave her more of the same medications. After her follow-up appointment, Yar felt a small growth with her tongue inside her bottom left jaw behind her front teeth. She told the medic about this at her next appointment, but it was not checked out and she received more oral medication each week until the beginning of June 2020. During this time, the mass increased in size. In June, she was referred to Umphang Hospital, which then referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for surgery. IRC brought Yar to MSH, where she received a physical examination, a CT-scan, and a biopsy of the mass. The CT result indicated that the mass was benign. In July, when she went back to MSH for her follow-up appointment, the doctor removed the mass in her mouth as well as five of her lower front teeth during surgery. Since the surgery, Yar has experienced swelling where the mass was removed. Daily, she experiences an achy pain in her lower left jaw, her neck and her back. The mass has also returned and is increasing in size. IRC referred Yar to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing treatment in Chiang Mai Hospital. After reviewing a CT scan to confirm her diagnosis, the doctor in Chiang Mai recommended she move forward with surgery to remove the tumor. Now, she is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on December 3rd. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Yar shared, "I am scared to receive surgery but I believe that I will be recovered after that so I am happy."
Lang is a farmer in her early 60s from Cambodia. She is married and has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Lang and her husband are rice farmers. Lang enjoys listening to the monks pray at the pagoda or on the radio. Two years ago, Lang developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itching, discomfort, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside independently. When Lang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Lang needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for November 19th. Lang said, "the comfort and health of my eye is precious to me. I hope to be able to return to helping care for and support my family after surgery."
Tren is a 78-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, with two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. She shared with us that in her spare time, she most enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Ten years ago, Tren developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, itching, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Tren learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours by taxi with her daughter seeking treatment. On September 23rd, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Tren said, "I hope after surgery I can recognize everyone's faces well and can get around easily without help from others."
Nganizi is a 57-year-old farmer from Uganda. He came to Nyakibale hospital with complaints of swelling around his inguinal area over the past two years. This is painful especially when he strains, coughs, or bends. Being a farmer, most of the time he is doing strenuous work and it becomes painful for him. Nganizi had not sought treatment before but when he heard of the surgical program in the hospital, he opted to be seen by the surgeon. He was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia after a scan was done and herniorrhaphy surgery is recommended. This surgery will help reduce instances of hernia strangulation and even intestinal obstruction which may be fatal. His other hurdle is financing the surgery. As a father of 7, he relies on farming to pay fees for his children who are still in school. His wife joins him on the farm to make ends meet. Their family is not able to meet the cost of surgery and appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, on October 13th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Nganizi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Nganizi says, “I am hopeful that the surgery will go on well and I will thereafter continue with farming so I can continue sustaining my family.”
Kamasindi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and has been a widow for 25 years. She has three children, all not yet married and carrying out casual work, except her youngest who is in third grade. Kamasindi presented with painful swelling in her left inguinal region that she has had for three years. She has pain and limps when she walking. Kamasindi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 15th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kamasindi needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Kamasindi says: “I hope for a better surgery so that I can get well and live happily without the burden I have today. I will resume to farming when am done with surgery successfully.”
M'bachundu is a farmer with a wife and grown children from Malawi. He does a lot of farming, growing tobacco on his farm. He enjoys sitting and relaxing in his free time. Since February, M'bachundu has been experiencing urinary issues. 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 M'bachundu's surgery. On March 21, 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 is ready for surgery and confident that it will help him. He says, "This program is helping me very much so that I can return to good health and stay on the frontlines of my work as a farmer."
Srey Yen is a garment factory worker from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, watch the television, and help her family around the house. In January 2019, Srey Yen was in a motorcycle accident, fracturing her left wrist and injuring her shoulder when she fell on the ground after colliding with an incoming car. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on her left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. She cannot move her shoulder or bend her elbow, and often experiences pain in her left arm. Srey Yen traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Surgery will help her to regain full movement in her arm without any pain or difficulty. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to move my arm and hand and can go back to work."
Chenda is a girl from Cambodia. She has three siblings and loves to play outside with friends and watch television. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. For the past four years, she has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve her quality of life. Surgery is scheduled for May 14 and will cost $221. She will be able to sleep again and focus better at school. Her mother says, "I hope that my daughter's infection will go away and that she won't have any difficulties breathing."
Brian is a boy from Kenya. He 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, Brian is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 20. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $676 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mother says, "I plead for help to my boy so that he can grow up like other normal boys."
Abraham is a 13-year-old boy and the third child in a family of seven children. He is in fifth grade, and he loves science and mathematics. He wants to become a pilot when he grows up. Abraham was born with malformations of his right foot and leg. He cannot walk comfortably. His father heard about our medical partner's care center and decided to bring his son there. Now, Abraham is scheduled to undergo an amputation, after which he will be fitted with a prosthesis to help him walk. Treatment is scheduled for July 12 and will cost $1,035. His parents are subsistence farmers and need help raising this money. Abraham says, “I believe this treatment will help me by making my movements easy, I will be able to go to school and the doctor is telling me that the prosthesis will enable me to walk normal. Please help me get this treatment.”
Ho is a farmer from Cambodia. She has a son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. One year ago, Ho developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her headache, blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ho learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 11, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I look forward to taking care of my grandchildren and going outside independently."