Doug joined Watsi on February 17th, 2020. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Doug's most recent donation supported Channy, a 63-year-old farmer from Cambodia, to fund pterygium eye surgery.
Doug has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 4 countries.
Doug has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 4 countries.
Channy is a 63-year-old rice farmer who is married and has four daughters and seven grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her youngest daughter who also works as a farmer. Five years ago, Channy developed a pterygium in her right eye causing her itchiness, tearing, and irritation. 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 not worked in the rice field for the past few years because of her condition. When Channy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 8th, Channy will undergo 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. Channy shared, "I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I can help my husband at the rice field and also help my daughter to take care of my grandchildren."
Rachhou is a 23-year-old food seller. He has three siblings who are all married. Rachhou lives at home with his mother, who is also a food seller, and his father, who is a scrap buyer. Four years ago, Rachhou developed nasal polyps, or noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. As a result, he experiences nasal obstruction, itchiness, headaches, and pain. His mother took him to a government hospital four or five times, but unfortunately his condition has never improved. It is difficult for him to breathe and to sleep. When Rachhou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 19th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to finally remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $291 procedure. Rachhou shared, "I hope I can breathe easily again and that my hearing improves."
Dorn is a 41-year-old farmer who lives in the Kampong Cham province of Cambodia with her family. Her husband is a construction worker. They have one daughter and one son together, both of whom are in public high school. When she is not working, she spends her time cooking, watching TV, and visiting her neighbors. Three months ago, Dorn had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Dorn experiences pain, feelings of pressure, discharge and hearing loss. She cannot communicate clearly with others. Dorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 17th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation and relieve Dorn's pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and in-patient care. Dorn said, "I am happy that I will soon feel no more pain in my ear and I will be able to hear my family clearly."
Daniel is a 1-year-old boy and the last born in a family of three. His siblings are in school. Daniel's parents are farmers with limited income to provide for the basic needs for him and his family. Since birth, Daniel has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The swelling has been progressive since birth and is painful to touch. Daniel was taken to different hospitals but they were asked for an amount that his parents could not afford. They were referred to Nyakibale and on review, surgery was recommended. Daniel's parents appeal for help to see their son treated. Fortunately, on October 12th, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $146 to fund Daniel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Daniel's mother says “I pray that my son gets treated and lives a better life like any other child. This will help me finally have good peace of mind.”
Sok Heng is a 60-year-old fish seller. She has one son and one daughter. Sok Heng's husband is a fisherman. Recently it has been difficult for Sok Heng to sell fish at the market because her vision has been worsening. One year ago, Sok Heng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sok Heng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On October 13th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and will place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sok Heng said, "I hope my eye can see well again after surgery so I can return to selling fish and doing more housework as well."
Collins is a young boy from the northeastern slopes of Mt Kenya in Meru County, Kenya. He is 5 years old and is the firstborn in a family of two children. His mother is a housewife, while his father is a mason. Collins was born with clubfoot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. Since birth, he has had serial casting treatment, but his condition has yet to improve. Both his mother and his sibling also have neglected clubfoot conditions. Collins has difficulty with walking and wearing shoes, and is unable to play with other kids. In January 2020, he was able to undergo a left posterior medial release (PMR) with Watsi support, and his foot has corrected well. As a result of the surgery, he is able to wear his left shoe and his walking has improved. However, his right foot is still deformed and requires surgery for him to be able to walk comfortably and confidently on both feet. Fortunately, Collins' family traveled back to our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on his right foot on January 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Collins's clubfoot repair. This surgery will be very impactful for Collins because he will be able to walk, play, and enjoy life like other children. His mother is grateful for the support for his first surgery, and again appeals for support for this procedure as their income level is not high enough to afford his needed care. Collins' mother shared, “I would like to thank CURE Hospital and AMH-Watsi who made possible my son’s first surgery. May the almighty God bless you. I continue to plead for support for the planned surgery on his right foot so that he can fully walk without any difficulty.”
Vannak is a rice farmer with four daughters. She lives with her eldest daughter, who is a grocery seller. Three years ago, Vannak developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Vannak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see more clearly and walk around outside confidently. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Vannak shared, "I want to see well again so I can help my daughter take care of her children and be able to visit the pagoda."
Vannak is a 19-year-old college student studying law. He lives at home with his parents, who are famers, and helps them with their work in his free time. He has two younger siblings in high school as well. In his free time he likes to play soccer and cook for his family. Three months ago, Vannak developed an obstruction in his nasal passage due to a deviated septum inflamed by allergies. He has had had chronic nasal congestion for a long time, but lately he has had difficulty breathing and has felt lightheaded. He has had a difficult time focusing on school work, and is worried this condition is holding him back. Doctors at Children's Surgical Centre now plan to perform a nose reduction procedure in order to clear the obstruction and open up his nasal passage. He will be able to breath easily and will no longer experience any dizziness. He will also have an easier time dealing with allergies in the future. Vannak needs your help raising $289 to fund the cost of his surgery. Vannak shared, "I am excited to feel good when I am breathing. It has been so long since I could breath easily through my nose so I am so thankful for this procedure."
Chum is 56-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Chum lives with her daughters, who work at a garment factory. Together they take care of Chum's first grandchild. Chum's husband passed away fourteen years ago. When it is not planting season, Chum cooks for her family, and enjoys watching Thai dramas on TV. About five years ago, Chum developed a pterygium in both eyes, causing her blurred vision, irritation, and constant tearing. She feels a burning sensation in her eyes all day long. 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. When Chum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Chum 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 June 4th. Chum said, "I just want this burning feeling to be gone, and I hope that I can get clear vision as well. After the surgery I will spend a lot of time with my grandchild and work again."
Owomugisha is a student from Uganda. His parents are small-scale farmers. He was born into a family of eight children that is two more boys and five girls, all are still studying. His parents can’t afford the cost of his surgery because school fees for their children is really a weight on their family. Owomugisha presented with a painful palpable mass on his left wrist for two years. It is painful whenever he folds his wrist. On January 14th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Owomugisha needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Owomugisha says, “I pray that my surgery is successful one so I can continue with my studies.”
Vutha is a 21-month-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys playing with his two older brothers, watching cartoons on television, and going to the market with his mother. When Vutha was eleven months old, he accidentally came into contact with fire and burned his right hand. He is unable to open his hands and flex them properly, and cannot hold onto anything. When Vutha's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him use hand again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope my son recovers well after his surgery and is able to move his hand and fingers again." -Vutha's Mother
Nan Lay is a 22-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a medic at a clinic near her village. In her free time, she enjoys reading health-related books to gain more knowledge on the work she does. In 2014, while she was attending the medic training at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), she had a fever which was followed by pain in her back and her right abdomen. Although she had ultrasound done at the clinic, the result showed normal. She was just treated for urinary tract infection, and she felt better after five days. In 2016, she again experienced pain in her abdomen but this time was on the left side. She went to a clinic in Taunggyi, Burma, where she again had an ultrasound imaging test. The result this time revealed a stone in her left ureter. The doctor told her to undergo surgery to remove the stone but because she could not afford the surgical cost 800,000 kyat (approx. 800 USD), she just asked for medication. Since then she had a few episode of severe abdominal pain, and she went to different hospitals in Burma to seek treatment but the doctors kept telling her that she needed surgery. One day in 2019, Nan Lay ran into a friend who also had the same kind of health condition as hers. Her friend told her about the assistance she received at Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and advised her to ask for help there. Nan Lay then went to MTC, a partner organisation of BCMF. After confirming her diagnosis, MTC referred her to BCMF. Nan Lay still is experiencing back pain at the moment. She worries that her pain will increase when she has to travel. She has pain at her back and at suprapubic area, especially when she sits for a longer period of time and/or when she drinks insufficiently. Although she wants to continue learning and attending more training on medical and health, her health problem has limited her ability to finish her trainings. Nan Lay said, “After I recover from this condition, I will save money so that I can open a small shop, for my parents, to sell dry foods."