Doug joined Watsi on February 17th, 2020. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Doug's most recent donation supported Owomugisha, a student from Uganda, to fund a cyst removal on his wrist.
Doug has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 3 countries.
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."
Koemsrorn is a two-year-old from Cambodia. He is an only child from Kampong Cham Province, any enjoys playing with his toys in the village. When he was four months old, Koemsrorn had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Koemsrorn experiences consistent fevers and hearing loss. He is often upset and has a difficult time hearing others and sleeping due to discomfort. Koemsrorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 19, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Koemsrorn's mother said, "I hope that my son will recover from his illness and no longer have any more pain or hearing loss."
Busingye is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother to seven children. Three of her children are primary school teachers, three boys are motorbike taxi drivers. Her husband is a small scale farmer and she also earns a living through practicing small scale farming. Busingye has had a painful neck swelling for over ten years now. Busingye began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty swallowing and breathing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Busingye receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 4th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Busingye says, “I hope to feel fine after my surgery.”
U Chit is a 55-year-old man from Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. He divorced his wife seven years ago and has two daughters and three sons. His youngest daughter lives with his ex-wife in Yangon and their other children live in Myawaddy Township. In March 2019, he entered into monkhood. Now, he receives alms from laypeople and from his children. In February 2019, U Chit began to experience back pain and a burning sensation when urinating. To treat his symptoms, he bought medication from a nearby pharmacy. However, after taking the medicine, he did not feel any better. He later went to a local clinic where he received more medication for his symptoms. They suggested that he go to Myawadday Hospital to receive an ultrasound scan. However, he did not go to the hospital because he did not think he would be able to pay for the cost of the scan. Instead, he continued taking the medicine that the doctor had prescribed. Unfortunately, his pain when urinating did not get better. Finally, U Chit decided to visit Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where he got his hernia treated four years ago, to seek treatment. U Chit arrived at MTC on April 24th, 2019, where an ultrasound scan revealed that he had a bladder stone. The next day, he was sent to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) where he received an injection and oral medication. On May 16th, 2019, he received an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) test for further investigation. After the IVP test, the doctor told him that he requires surgery and is scheduled for 20th November 2019. Currently, U Chit experiences back pain and he continues to feel a burning sensation when urinating. Aside from his concerns about his condition, he is worried about financial problems because he is a monk and does not have a regular income. U Chit likes reading Buddhist texts and newspapers in his free time. He said, “I want to cure my condition as soon as possible and I would like to focus on religious activities. After I am cured, I also would like to help find treatment for my daughter who has suffered from a stroke.”
Nazario is a bus conductor from Uganda who came to our facility with complaints of left popliteal swelling that has affected him for six months. The painful cyst limits his ability to move especially at work where he is a bus conductor. Nazario has tried seeking treatment previously unsuccessfully. As the pain persisted and became severe, Nazario opted to come to our facility and had a cyst diagnosis. Surgery has been recommended to excise the cyst. Unfortunately, Nazario is not able to raise the total funds required for his surgery. If not treated, he will continue experiencing pain and walk with difficulty. The father of four children ekes out a living as a bus conductor while his wife is a peasant farmer. Their income is only sufficient to meet the family's basic needs. On December 31st, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Nazario needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Nazario says ,“I am more optimistic to getting better after my surgery.”
Rachana is a 38-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and two daughters, and when he has free time, his favorite activities include cooking, watching television, and listening to the radio. Twelve years ago, Rachana noticed a mass growing inside his nose on the left side. He has tried various treatment options and he still experiences nasal obstruction. This makes it very difficult for Rachana to breathe, and he often has a runny nose and headaches. Rachana traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 19th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Rachana needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. "I hope that Rachana's surgery will go well and that we will no longer have to worry about his condition and he will feel better again." -Savuth, Rachana's Brother-in-Law