Tim joined Watsi on January 2nd, 2015. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tim's most recent donation supported Merida, a mother from Guatemala, to fund glasses.
Tim has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
28-year-old Merida lives with her parents and eight-year-old son in Guatemala’s rural highlands. After a recent visit to a free clinic, Merida was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. This means that Merida struggles to see objects that are far away. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Merida is scheduled to have an eye evaluation and get fitted for prescription lenses on June 12. She is asking for $552 to cover the total cost of her treatment. Merida shares that her greatest dream is to support her son so that he can grow up happy and have the opportunity to pursue his dreams and goals.
Samoeun is a 72-year-old woman with four sons, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda. Three years ago, Samoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, irritation, itchiness, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. She has difficulty seeing things and people clearly, going anywhere on her own, and doing any work. After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Samoeun traveled for three hours to seek treatment. On October 11, she underwent a cataract surgery and intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she should be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly," she says, "so that I can help my daughter do housework, like cook food and clean the home. I want to easily go to the pagoda or go anywhere else outside by myself."
Meet Adrienne, a 78-year-old mother and grandmother who lives with her sister in Haiti. According to our medical partner, Project Medishare, Adrienne worked as a business woman prior to her retirement, “traveling to the countryside to buy products cheaply and then selling them in the city for a profit. She has one son and several grandchildren.” “Adrienne found a small tumor in her right breast a year ago,” Project Medishare explains. “She had no pain and came to the hospital only after her nephew, who works there as an EMT, suggested she get checked out. She had a suspicious breast ultrasound and the biopsy showed breast cancer and now she needs surgery to remove the tumor. This will be her first operation ever in her life.” Adrienne’s mastectomy, which will remove the tumor, costs $1,500. This amount will also fund her stay in the hospital and the following chemotherapy. “She’d like to have the operation to get the cancer out of her body and live peacefully with her family,” says Project Medishare.
“Helena makes everyone at home smile because of her activeness and cheerfulness," her mother says. "We want her to continue to be cheerful when she grows up and not look at herself as different from everyone else." Helena has congenital deformity of both feet called clubfoot. This condition will cause her to use the sides of her feet when she starts to walk; leading to a pain and early osteoarthritis if not treated now. "Helena is a happy five-month-old baby girl," her doctors write. "She is very friendly and likes to be carried around. She is the fourth born in the family and her parents are small scale farmers. They earn their money from selling maize and beans. With two children going to school, what they are earning is not enough to cover the cost of their basic needs as well as the cost for treating clubfoot. They need financial support so that their little daughter can walk like the rest of the children." Let's fund Helena's care so she can grow up walking!