Martijn joined Watsi on November 19th, 2015. 35 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Martijn's most recent donation traveled 4,100 miles to support Teriki, a woman from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Martijn has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 10 countries.
Martijn has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 10 countries.
Teriki is a grandmother from Kenya. She is a mother of four. Currently, Teriki and her husband are living in their son’s home. Her son is a farmer who plants maize in order to support his parents and his children, who are still in school. In June, Teriki sustained injuries on her right arm, forearm, and scalp. She is in chronic pain and is not able to use her left hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 19, Teriki will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and be able to use her hand again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I am in a lot of pain, please help me,” Teriki says.
Kyi is a 34-year-old health worker from Thailand. He lives with his wife. Kyi feels stomach and back pain. He has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Kyi's symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Kyi is scheduled to undergo his biliary obstruction repair on June 21. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kyi's procedure and care.
Robert is a baby from Kenya. He lives with his parents in Nairobi. He is an only child. Robert was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Robert has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Robert will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 17. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “We are really worried because he is our only child and we have high hopes for him as he grows. I hope he will get help so that he can grow up like other normal boys,” says Roberts’s mother.
Ngwe is a 61-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson, and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. He is a farmer as well, but he does not live in the same village. Last month, Ngwe began to experience pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ngwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 17. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ngwe will be feel more comfortable and she will no longer experience pain and bleeding anymore. “I want to pray more at the Buddhist temple and give more offerings. I also want to be able to cook again, clean, and take care of my home. I do not want to go back to work; I feel that my body is too old to put up with physical work from now on," says Ngwe.
George is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have eight grown children who help on the family farm. To supplement the family income, George raises goats. In his free time, he likes to worship with his family at his local church. Since January 2018, George has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund George's surgery. On March 13, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. George and his family were very relived to hear that his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to no longer dealing with the pain associated with his condition. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Marko is a young boy from Tanzania. He lives in an extended family of twelve people. Marko’s father is a security guard, and his mother is a stay-at-home mother. Marko has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Marko traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Marko's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk without difficulty. Marko’s mother says, “I would really like to see Marko get treated and attend school and reach up to university level."
Zar is an 18-year-old from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae La refugee camp. He likes to play football and cane ball in his free time. Four months ago, Zar began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Zar was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Zar is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on January 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After his surgery, Zar's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably.
Nyunt is a 67-years-old woman from Burma. She lives with her children and used to work as a subsistence farmer. She also raises some chickens and pigs. In her free time, she enjoys going to the temple and listening to the monks’ sermons. Nyunt started to feel unwell in 2015, when she experienced pain in her lower abdomen. She stopped working because of her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Nyunt's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Nyunt is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on December 14. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Nyunt will no longer experience abdominal pain. She says, "“After I recover, I would like to look after my chickens and pig, and go to the temple to meditate.”
Eh is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband and children in a village in Burma. Eh works as a subsistence farmer on her family's farm, growing rice, beans, and peanuts while also managing a family-owned small shop. Eh had her first child when she was 22 years old. After she gave birth for the first time, she was in immediate pain. A birth attendant helped her to relieve this pain temporarily, but since there was no hospital nearby and Eh worried about the cost of seeking medical treatment elsewhere, she didn't address the pain that returned after each time giving birth. Finally, Eh traveled by foot, car, boat, and bus before arriving at a clinic to receive medical assistance. Eh says, "Sometimes I feel cold and have a headache. When I have a headache, I feel very weak and sometimes temporarily cannot see. My condition makes me very uncomfortable to walk or work and I want to get better soon.” Eh has been diagnosed with a utrovaginal prolapse. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy to repair the condition on September 25. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund Eh's care.
Meet Khine, a 16-year-old girl who lives with her family in Burma. She works as a cleaner at her village's nursery school to help support her family. Khine shares with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), that earlier this year she started experiencing extreme fatigue and had difficulty breathing. Results from an ultrasound indicated that Khine has a cardiac condition, a diagnosis which was eventually confirmed by doctors at a hospital affiliated with BCMF. On September 15, Khine will undergo life-saving heart surgery to repair the atrial septal defect. With $1,500 we can help Khine to get the medical treatment she needs. "I want to go back to work so I can support my family," says Khine.
Sophy is a 53-year-old man from Cambodia. Two years ago, Sophy began feeling some pain in his lower back. He visited a hospital where he was treated for tuberculosis and diagnosed with spondylodycitis, an infection of the spine. Sophy still feels pain in his lower back, which makes it difficult for him to work and walk. Seeking further treatment, Sophy was referred to our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where he was told he would undergo a spinal fusion and laminectomy procedure to treat his condition. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Sophy’s surgery.
Than is a 40-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her husband and two sons. During the rainy season, Than and her husband rent three acres of paddy fields and borrow money for seeds. In the dry season, they work as day laborers. Their sons, ages six and sixteen, attend school. Two years ago, Than gradually began losing weight. Her sister pleaded with her to get blood tests to figure out what was going on, so they went to a hospital, where she underwent testing and was diagnosed with diabetes. After the diagnosis, she went to the clinic every week for medication. Unfortunately, she had to stop working due to her condition. Last month, Than began experiencing chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, back pain, and blurred vision. She returned to the hospital for more blood tests and an X-ray. The results showed that one or more blood vessels that supply blood to her heart are blocked, so doctors referred her to Rangoon Hospital for surgery. Unfortunately, Than could not afford to pay for the surgery, so she returned home. She heard from a monk in her village that a team from Watsi's medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), was visiting a nearby village, so she and her husband made the journey there together so she could be evaluated. Than is scheduled to undergo cardiac bypass surgery on May 16 to restore normal blood flow to her heart. The family's monthly income varies greatly but is never enough to cover daily costs or save money, so they will need help raising $1,500 to pay for the surgery. "After the surgery, I will return to work," shares Than. Let's help make that happen!