Brooke joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Four years ago, Brooke became the 2294th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,182 more people have become monthly donors! Brooke's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Samphors, a business woman from Cambodia, to fund myringoplasty surgery to restore her hearing.
Brooke has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 12 countries.
Samphors is a 27 years business woman from Cambodia. She and her husband have been married for four years and have one son. They work together on their business, selling drinks, and take turns looking after their son. Samphors likes riding her bike, cooking for her family, and tailoring fun outfits for her son. In 2018, Samphors had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Samphors experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, discharge, and constant mild pain. She cannot communicate clearly with others, and must take time to clean the discharge every other day. Samphors traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 6th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Samphors shared, "I hope that after this surgery I can stop spending money on medicines and get rid of my ear pain and discharge, so I can live comfortably with my family and enjoy life."
Sokhon is a 63-year-old grocery seller from Cambodia. She has one son and one daughter. Her husband passed away one month ago due to liver disease, and she is living with her daughter. When she is not working, Sokhon likes watching Thai dramas on TV and playing with her grandchildren. Four years ago, Sokhon developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokhon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $229 procedure. Sokhon shared, "I hope that my vision becomes clear so I can go back to work and help my daughter. She is doing so much to take care of me since I have started living with her."
Philomena is a baby girl from Kenya. Philomena’s father is a carpenter and her mother, who used to operate a grocery store, is now a homemaker. Together they have five children, three of which are in school. The family has a small income and they have exhausted their savings helping pay for Philomena’s twin sister's heart problems. Philomena underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Philomena's case, her colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $681 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Philomena. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 3rd and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Philomena’s mother shared, “I will be very grateful for any financial help offered.”
Jane is a farmer from Kenya who was well until Friday night, February 28th, when she fell on a hard ground while carrying a bunch of firewood. She visited a nearby health centre but was referred to our facility for specialized treatment secondary to severe pain and inability to stretch her hand. Upon review, x-ray imaging indicated a radial head fracture and a radial head excision with Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) recommended by doctors. The surgery will allow her to stretch/flex her hand and continue with her normal life duties. Jane is a peasant farmer in the upcountry, planting millet and sorghum on her farm located along the valley. The mother of 8 and a grandmother to several children, she has always worked hard to meet her children's needs. Despite her hard work, Jane faces a lot of social challenges at home. Since her husband was murdered four years ago by unknown persons, Jane developed depression that led to partial psychosis. Due to this condition, Jane is unable to attend to her home duties like before. She no longer does farming like she used to do, now she is left in the hands of her daughter who takes care of her needs. Jane's family is able to raise $98 only. She is requesting the rest of the funds to undergo ORIF. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 6th, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure. The surgery will reduce further complications and allow Jane be able to utilize her hand with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I hope that I will get well soon. I am missing my home,” says Jane with sweet laughter.
Loeum is a 44-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, and her favorite activities include growing vegetables, feeding the farm animals, and taking care of her family. In January 2020, Loeum was in a motorcycle accident and fractured her left knee. She is unable to walk without support, and cannot stand for long periods of time without pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 26th, Loeum will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This operation will help Loeum's knee injury to heal and allow her to walk independently again. "I hope that after my surgery, I will feel much better and I will be able to walk and stand like before without any pain and can return to work," she shared.
Maxwell is a 3-year-old from Kenya. He is an only child, his father owns a small butchery, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Maxwell 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, Maxwell is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 23. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $770 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “It will be a great joy to see Maxwell’s condition fully treated,” shared Maxwell's mother.
Jalen is a lively 6-month-old baby who was born with an anorectal malformation. Over the last six months, he has had three surgeries for his condition and now a PSARP surgery is needed as a final stage. The surgery will allow Jalen to be able to pass stool normally. Jalen’s past three surgeries were funded by the national health insurance system (NHIF), but he has now exhausted the maximum surgical package the insurance offers. His parents are not able to meet the cost of surgery. Jalen’s father is a peasant farmer while his mom a housewife. She recently completed college and is yet to secure a job. Jalen has a 7-year-old sibling and their family lives together in a rented house. Their reliance on seasonal farming limits their income level, leaving too little to meet the cost of surgery. Jalen’s mother says, “My hope is to see Jalen recovering and leading a normal life like any other child.”
Hoeun is a 77-year-old fish seller from Cambodia. She has five children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Six months ago, Hoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 15th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see better and can go outside and recognize things again," she said.
Byron is a 10-month-old baby from Kenya. Byron’s mother is a part-time a teacher with a monthly income of $150. His father left them long before Byron was born. Byron was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Byron has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Byron will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 9th. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help my son get treated,” says Byron’s mother.
Hannah is a mother of two children, the firstborn being eight years old and the youngest is two years old. Hannah is a housewife, caring for their children. Her husband, the only breadwinner in the family, works in a butchery to make ends meet. Last November, after weaning her baby, Hannah noted a breast lump but dismissed it as a result of weaning. However, with the lump persisting, Hannah sought medical consult. She went to Kijabe Hospital where she had a series of tests, including a mammogram, biopsy, and ultrasound imaging. She was finally diagnosed with breast cancer and mastectomy is recommended. If not treated, Hannah risks having metastatic cancer which would further endanger her health and cause premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Hannah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 11th. After treatment, Hannah will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Hannah says, "I have full confidence of completing my treatment and being cancer free. Please help me."
Yin Yin is a 27-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with with her husband, her sister-in-law, her sister-in-law’s husband, her niece and her niece’s two small boys. Her husband, who is the only one supporting her financially, works as a cleaner at a shopping mall. In her free time, she likes to read Burmese novels. Three years ago, when Yin Yin worked as a cleaner in Bangkok, she felt tired, had no appetite, had memory loss and frequent urination. She was brought to a hospital where she was told she has a blood clot in the back of her head. She had it removed surgically, which her employer lent her money for. On December 6th and 8th, Yin Yin had two seizures. She and her husband sought treatment at Mae Tao Clinic, where she was admitted. She does not remember what happened but was given medication and told to come back if she felt unwell. On January 14th, however, she came back to the clinic, complaining of soreness in the back of her head where her first surgery took place. She also reported continued blurry vision, memory loss and fatigue. When the weather gets cold, she feels stiff and sore in her neck and hands. MTC thought she might have encephalitis but needed a CT scan to confirm her diagnosis. Unable to pay, MTC referred her to Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing further treatment. Doctors want Yin Yin to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Yin Yin's CT scan and care, scheduled for January 28th. “It has been very difficult for me, but my husband gives me encouragement,” said Yin Yin.
Meet Jeff a one-year-old boy from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is a jovial and friendly boy, the only child of Shadrack and Catherine, a young couple. His father operates a Boda Boda taxi along the village, while his mother is a housewife. Jeff was born through a c-section at Kenyatta National Hospital and was discovered to have multiple birth deformities including spina bifida, hydrocephalus, clubfoot, and a hip condition. He stayed in the hospital for more than 2 months in the nursery and where the spina bifida and hydrocephalus conditions were treated. He has undergone hip surgery at Watsi Medical Partner care center CURE Hospital, where an x-ray reflected that he has healed. He is now scheduled to undergo a Rt hip open reduction and pelvic osteotomy treatment which will enhance his ability to stand and later walk like other children. He will later undergo surgery to correct his clubfoot. His family is a young couple who recently got married, they cannot afford the estimated bill at the hospital and thus requested for help. “The only challenge we have is the hospital bill. We are pleading for help so that our son can walk like other children,” Shadrack and Catherine, Jeff’s parents pleaded.