Rothpiseth joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. 84 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rothpiseth's most recent donation traveled 0.0 miles to support Nang, a garment worker from Cambodia, to fund a vision-restoring cataract surgery.
Rothpiseth has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
Rothpiseth has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.
Nang is a 35-year-old garment worker from Cambodia. She is single and has six siblings. Currently, Nang lives with her elderly parents. She enjoys listening to music and the news on the radio. One year ago, Nang developed a cataract in her right eye. As a result, she is not able to see anything, work, eat or carry out any of her daily life activities independently. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her mother hoping for treatment. On February 16th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, Nang needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Nang shared, "I hope after surgery that I can see much better than before. I miss going to work, going outside by myself, and taking care of my parents, who cannot live by themselves any longer and need my support."
Enelo lives in a small town in southwestern Haiti with his mother and father; he is their first child. Shortly after birth, he was diagnosed with two holes in his heart: atrial septal defect, between the two upper chambers; and ventricular septal defect, between the two lower chambers. During surgery, doctors will use patches to close both of these holes so that his heart can pump blood normally.
Emmanuel is a baby from Kenya. His grandparents and mother are subsistence farmers who own two cows. Emmanuel was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Emmanuel is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Emmanuel's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 23. This procedure will hopefully spare Emmanuel from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I feel at home at BethanyKids where everyone I meet treats me well and this makes me garner hope that my son will recover,” says Emmanuel’s mother.
Kibet is a baby from Kenya. His parents are farmers, relying on seasonal rains for their maize plantation. Kibet has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Kibet has been experiencing a rapid increase in head circumference. Without treatment, Kibet will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Kibet that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 9 and will drain the excess fluid from Kibet's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Kibet will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Kibet’s mother says, “My hope is to have my son treated. He is my only child and would wish to see him lead a normal life."
Branton is a toddler from Kenya. He has one sibling. His mother is a stay-at-home mother, and his father is a taxi driver. Branton was born healthy, but when he was one year old, his mother noticed an abnormal growth on his head. A few weeks ago, Branton was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The family was referred to our medical partner's care center, where an MRI was performed and surgery was recommended. If not treated, Branton is at a risk of losing vision and suffering brain damage. Fortunately, he is now scheduled to undergo surgery on May 9. His family needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. “These are the worst news one could ever receive. We are optimistic though and hope for the best,” shares Branton’s mother.
Angela is a child from Tanzania. Both her parents are subsistence farmers and barely have enough for their family's needs. Angela has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Angela has been experiencing frequent vomiting, irritability, and terrible headaches. She slowly lost her eyesight. Without treatment, Angela will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to cover the cost of surgery for Angela that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 3 and will drain the excess fluid from Angela's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Angela will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Angela’s mother says, “Please help my daughter...I feel hopeless that I cannot help my child get the surgery she needs to enable her to walk again.”
Emeline is an outgoing eight-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents and brothers. Her parents work in agriculture to support their family. Emeline makes friends easily and likes playing games and listening to music. Emeline was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, where a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her feeling weak. On August 2, Emeline will be traveling from her home in Haiti to our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands, in the Cayman Islands. There she will undergo heart surgery. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Emeline's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $17,000 towards her treatment. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/eb06991ca5de-emeline). "My family is all very happy to know that there is a chance for Emeline's heart to be healed," says Emeline's mother.
Kar Aung is a one-year-old boy from Burma. One of six siblings, he lives with his mother, father, and older brother on a relative’s farm. His mother hopes that he will become a medic when he grows up. Hours after Kar Aung was born in September 2015, his mother noticed an abnormal growth on his nose. A few days later, she took him to a private clinic, where the doctors diagnosed Kar Aung with nasofrontal encephalocele. This neural tube defect, resulting from a failure of the neural tube to fully close during fetal development, causes protrusions of the brain through openings in the skull. Kar Aung and his mother returned to the clinic four times, at great financial cost. Each time, they received medication, but his symptoms never improved. Finally, Kar Aung’s father contacted our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). In March of 2016, six-month-old Kar Aung and his parents made the long, expensive journey to MTC. Upon examination, Kar Aung was diagnosed with tuberculosis and nasofrontal encephalocele. “I worried that my son will not be cured, as I have never seen kids like this in my village,” Kar Aung’s mother says. “I will always love him." Fortunately, Kar Aung is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 13. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover medications, surgery, transportation, and two weeks of hospital stay. When Kar Aung is fully recovered, he should be pain-free and able to see clearly.
Kaw We is a 19-year-old Buddhist monk from a village in Burma. Kaw We currently lives and studies at the monastery in his village. His parents grow rice, and they pay rent for the land with half of their harvest. Kaw We is the youngest sibling in the family and has three older brothers and three older sisters. Kaw We has experienced uncomfortable urinary symptoms since he was a toddler. For most of his life, he relied on traditional medicine, which helped to alleviate the symptoms temporarily. Kaw We's family did not seek treatment at a hospital, assuming his condition was merely an annoyance and hoping to avoid the cost of modern medicine. With help from traditional medicine, Kaw We began to work on the family paddy field. Recently, however, Kaw We's symptoms worsened. He developed a fever, his face swelled, and he felt sharp pain in his abdomen. Traditional medicine no longer helped. Kaw We’s family learned from fellow villagers about our medical partner's clinic in Thailand. They decided to cross the border, traveling three hours to seek care for Kaw We’s condition. The family arrived on September 12, 2016. After several tests, Kaw We was diagnosed with a bladder stone. On October 31, 2016, doctors at our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital, performed a cystolithotomy surgery to remove the stone. Now, Kaw We's family needs help to pay for this life-changing procedure. “I would like to continue to be a monk," says Kaw We. "I am now more worried about my current condition, and my only hope is that it can be fully cured."
Srey Leak is a 10-year-old girl from Cambodia who is in the 3rd grade. She has one brother and two sisters. Srey Leak likes to stay at home, read books, and watch the song channel on TV. A doctor in Siem Reap Province told Srey Leak's family about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She traveled for seven hours with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. Four of Srey Leak's fingers on her right hand were burned when she was just one year old. She was treated in Kuntha Bopha Hospital in Siem Reap, but she still experiences pain and it is difficult for her to use her right fingers. For $194, surgeons at CSC will perform contracture release surgery to release the scarred tissue. This will allow Srey Leak to freely move her fingers and she can go back to school to continue her studies.
Oudong is a 13-year-old boy from Cambodia, who is currently in 9th grade. He has two sisters and enjoys watching TV, reading books, and researching his school lessons. He traveled four hours with his mom to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), after learning about the Centre from his uncle who had surgery in there in the past. Oudong dislocated his elbow when he fell from a tree at the end of June 2016. He is in pain and can't bend or use his left arm. The only treatment he has received for his injuries is Khmer traditional medicine at home. For $392, surgeons at CSC will surgically stabilize the joint using pins in his left elbow. After surgery, he will be able to use his arm again without pain.