Kevin joined Watsi on June 26th, 2013. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kevin's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Si Yean, a vegetable seller from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Kevin has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 12 countries.
Kevin has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 12 countries.
Si Yean is a 57-year-old vegetable seller from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and enjoys looking after her two grandchildren when she has free time. One year ago, Si Yean 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 Si Yean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On November 21, 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 $211 procedure. Si Yean said, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to see clearly again and I will be able to return to my work selling vegetables at the market."
Srey Pov is a 28-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, and enjoys watching television in her free time. When she was fourteen years old, Srey Pov had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Pov experiences discharge, pain, hearing loss, and tinnitus. She cannot communicate clearly with others and she often experiences discomfort. Srey Pov traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 19, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after surgery, my wife will be able to hear clearly again and I will not have to worry about her ears being infected." -Srey Pov's Husband
Jane is a middle-aged woman who is undergoing serious pain in her spine and waist area. In August 2019, she complained of hip-area pain and had ointment applied. Over the weeks, the pain has become severe accompanied with numbness in both legs. She hardly sits down and has to be assisted to make every move. Pain medicines have not been helpful to her. She had an MRI and was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) of the spine. She requires surgery to relieve her of the pain and regain her ability to walk. Jane used to be a peasant farmer while her husband is a driver. The mother of four children is not able to raise the full amount required for surgery. They have managed to raise $1,000 and the national insurance has committed to pay $1,300. The family is hoping to raise the remaining amount from Watsi supporters. Jane says, “I am in severe pain and my prayer is that soon I will be able to walk with ease.”
Patriciah is the second born in a family of three children. At birth, Patricia was diagnosed with spina bifida, a condition where the spine fails to close completely. A week after surgery was done and when her parents thought she was okay, little Patricia developed hydrocephalus. This is a condition where excess fluid accumulates in the skull causing the brain to swell. Surgery to insert a shunt was also done a week after the second diagnosis. Patricia has been in school in class two and fairing on well, until recently when she developed constant headaches. Painkillers have not been of much help to her. On review, a CT scan has revealed that Patriciah has a shunt malfunction and will require a shunt revision to correct the problem. If not treated, Patriciah is likely to suffer brain damage, be unable to attend school, loss of sight and potentially death. Patriciah lives with her two siblings and mother in a one-roomed rental house in the Central region of Kenya. Her mother does casual tasks such as farming and laundry in the neighborhood to give her children a good life or a close to a good life. Her father, on the other hand, abandoned them three years back due to the demands of taking care of a special needs child. With a very menial income, she is not able to raise the funds needed.
Zacharia is a baby from Tanzania. Zacharia was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Zacharia is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Zacharia's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 22. This procedure will hopefully spare Zacharia from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Zacharia’s mother says, “We are living in fear of losing our son due to his condition please help save our baby we have not been able to afford his treatment cost all this time.”
Zar is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her sister in Hpa-An Town, Karen State. Zar works as a seamstress at a shop and her sister works as a vendor in another shop that sells Karen clothes. Zar was born with encephalocele, a type of neural type defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of nervous tissue through openings in the skull. Both incomplete bone fusion in the skull and incomplete closure of the neural tube contribute to this condition. If left untreated, the lump will continue to grow, heightening the risks of developmental delays and permanent neurological impairment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of corrective cranial surgery for Zar, which is scheduled to take place on June 8. Surgeons will remove the protrusion and correct the skull defect, hopefully eliminating the risk of future neurological complications and allowing Zar to develop along a healthy trajectory. Zar says, "I feel lucky because some people have many appointments with their doctors and have to wait a long time to receive a surgery date. But in my case, I only had one appointment before I received my surgery date."
Aye is a 14-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae La Refugee Camp, Tak Province. In 2018, Aye experienced extreme pain and her mother took her to the hospital in the camp. There, the medic performed an ultrasound test and found a mass near her uterus. Currently Aye is suffering from severe lower back and lower abdominal pain. The mass is quite big and makes it uncomfortable for her to sit down. Aye sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on May 3. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.
Tha Mee is a 19-year-old wife and mother from Burma. She lives with her husband, her son, her parents, two brothers and a sister. In her free time Tha Mee likes to cook and wash. Tha Mee has a gallstone and suffers from pain in her back and waist. She 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, Tha Mee's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Tha Mee is scheduled to undergo her biliary obstruction repair on April 4. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tha Mee's procedure and care. Tha Mee says, “If I finish surgery and feel better, I will go back home and take care of my son.”
Maureen is a baby from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of three children. The family resides in the central region of Kenya. Maureen’s mother is employed casually as an hotelier, while he father is a subsistence farmer. Maureen has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Maureen has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Maureen will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Maureen that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 7 and will drain the excess fluid from Maureen's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Maureen will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I am sad to find out that my daughter has hydrocephalus. It is a good thing though that it has been discovered early enough,” says Maureen’s mother.
Chrestin is a baby from Ethiopia. His father is a civil servant, and his mother takes care of him. Chrestin was born with a congenital anomaly called bladder extrophy. This means his urinary system does not function normally and he is exposed to infections. He underwent corrective surgery three days after he was born, but the procedure was not successful. Chrestin is now scheduled to undergo another corrective bladder surgery on February 5. His family needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. His mother says, "Our income is now only from my husband's salary and this is very limited on our basic need. We are living in a rented house. Our baby had surgery before but we were informed that it failed. Now we can’t afford this medical bill for these reasons."
Latt is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He moved to Thailand with his parents and younger brother from Bago, Burma 23 years ago. Currently, Latt’s parents and his younger brother live in Chonburi, Bangkok. Nine months ago, Latt married his wife Ni Ni and moved with her to another area of Bangkok. Together with his wife, he works in a factory that prepares noodles, fried rice, and other meals for lunch boxes. Latt was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Latt experiences fatigue and chest pain. He unable to sleep well at night because of the chest pains. He is worried about his symptoms as he is no longer able to work and is unable to earn money for his family. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Latt. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Latt says, “I really want to have surgery to recover so that I can work again. Now, I can’t sleep well because I think too much about my family and my symptoms.”
Dickens is a teenager from Kenya. He is in seventh grade and is a very strong student. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also enjoys dancing and playing soccer. Dickens was born with genu varus, or bow-leggedness. He cannot walk properly and cannot run. He is scheduled to undergo a surgery that will realign his bones so that he will be able to walk normally. Surgery is scheduled for November 22 and will cost $1,165. He says, “My desire is to walk without any difficulty, that’s why we are seeking for support to undergo for surgery.”