Pina joined Watsi on November 18th, 2018. Four months ago, Pina joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Pina's most recent donation supported Richard, a four-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Pina has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 7 countries.
Pina has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 7 countries.
Richard is four year old boy and the third born in a family of four children. He has not yet started school and enjoys looking after his father's cattle alongside his siblings. Richard's parents are small-scale farmers who grow maize, beans, and vegetables for their own consumption and they also have a few cattle for milk. Since he was a baby, Richard has had an inguinal hernia, a condition in which soft tissue protrudes through a weak place in the abdominal muscles. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Richard to receive treatment. On July 4th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Richard's surgery and once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Richard’s mother shared, "if my son is able to get this treatment it will help stop the suffering he is going through especially this cold season."
Nabimanya is a student in secondary school, and shared that he prefers sciences to arts and dreams of becoming a doctor. He also loves playing football. His father is a teacher and his mother is a small scale farmer. His parents are separated and he's an only child in his family. Nabimanya stays with his grandmother, who is a small scale farmer earning a living from her banana plantation to support his education. For eight years, Nabimanya has had a painful hernia in his lower left abdomen. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort, especially when he plays football. This is also affecting his studies. Fortunately, on May 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Nabimanya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Nabimanya says, “I hope to resume with school in good health once I have fully recovered.”
Beatrice is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of five children. She is an outgoing and friendly girl who loves to play with other children. Beatrice and her siblings are being raised by their mother, who sells vegetables and fruits to make a living. She also practices small scale farming and the family grows most of the food they need at home. Beatrice went to play with a neighbor's child who is around the same age. While at her neighbor’s house, a fire had been started to prepare food. As the children were playing, Beatrice accidentally fell onto the fire. She has open wounds and a contracture behind her knee. She is at risk of infection and is not able to move her leg freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Beatrice receive treatment. On May 4th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk easily again. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Beatrice’s mother shared, "my daughter cannot stand nor walk due to the contracture. She used to walk and go out playing with other children which is something she can’t do any more. Please help my daughter."
Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their food and they also keep livestock for a living, which allows them to get milk. Given the remoteness of their village, they shared that life is very difficult; meeting basic needs and access to health services are big challenges. Lucas has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lucas traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Lucas's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up. Lucas’s father shared, "we have no means of raising money to afford our son’s treatment cost. We will be very grateful if you can help correct his feet."
Seang is a 74-year-old mother of four from Cambodia. She is a vegetable farmer who has four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago. Seang lives with one of her daughters, who is also a farmer. She no longer goes to the fields, and instead spends her time at home watching her grandchildren. When Seang has time, she likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio and going to the pagoda on holy days. She self-describes her health as fair and hopes to feel better when she can see well. Two years ago, Seang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and poor night vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Seang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On February 8th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Seang shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly, I can go to the pagoda by myself, and that I can take care myself and my grandchildren."
Daw Mya is a 59-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter, granddaughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Yangon, Burma. Daw Mya is currently too ill to work, but her daughter works as a seamstress in a factory. Her granddaughter goes to school, her son is a taxi driver, her daughter-in-law looks after their son at home. Her daughter and her son both help look after Daw Mya and try to support her as best they can. Daw Mya 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, Daw Mya feels tired and experiences heart palpitations with chest pain. She has no appetite and cannot sleep well at night, and both of her legs are swollen. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Mya. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 21st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Mya said, “I want to get better soon so that I can help my family. I want to help them because my daughter-in-law is always looking after me and her child [my grandson], so she cannot work. If I can look after the household chores and take care of the family, they can go to work and earn more income for our family. I cannot go anywhere because of my condition. They always take care of me and they spend too much of their money on me.”
Sarun is a 63-year-old mother of four from Cambodia, with one son and three daughters. Sarun is a farmer and lives with her children since her husband passed away in a traffic accident 20 years ago. One year ago, Sarun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has increasing difficulty doing the day-to-day things of her life. When Sarun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled with her sister seeking treatment. On January 5th, 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. Sarun said, "I hope after surgery I can go outside easily and see clearly so I can help my daughter around the house and take care of my grandchildren."
Arineitwe is a farmer and mother of two, aged 24 and 21 years respectively. Both of her children were not able to finish school due to a lack of school fees. Arineitwe's husband left their family many years ago, so Arineitwe is the sole breadwinner. For the last one year, Arineitwe has been experiencing lower abdominal pains and other symptoms. She has been diagnosed with fibroids plus chronic pelvic inflammatory disease. Arineitwe will need to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Arineitwe's surgery. On January 8th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Arineitwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Arineitwe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. Thank you for your support.”
Pendo is a twenty-one-year-old mother from Tanzania. She has two children aged two and a half years and one and a half years. In 2018, Pendo was involved in a fire accident. She had boiled water to give her two children warm baths. As she was bathing the youngest child close to the fire, she had an epileptic attack and fell down on the fire, leaving her unconscious and her right hand burned badly. Her firstborn child ran for help, and the neighbors rushed her to the hospital. There, Pendo had her burns cleaned and was advised to have them regularly dressed to help the wounds heal. However, after returning home, she never came back for more dressings due to financial challenges. Pendo sought treatment via herbal medicines instead, and her healing process was very slow. Eventually, Pendo's parents came to help take care of her and her children. She heard about our medical partner's care center from them, and sought treatment to correct her hand. Through Watsi donor support, Pendo was able to successfully undergo treatment to have her wrist contractures released and pins inserted in her hand. Because of how her wounds are healing, doctors recommend she have another surgery to help cover up her post-surgical wound with a skin graft. Pendo appeals for financial help for the care she needs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Pendo receive treatment. On January 15th, surgeons at their care center will perform a split-thickness skin graft burn surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to use her hand much more easily and return to taking care of her children. Now, she needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Pendo shared, “My hand is now much better than before, though this wound is not healing well. This surgery will help in my healing, but I cannot afford it so I appreciate any help you can provide."
Rith is a mother of five with two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. She and her husband are farmers but they do not go to the rice field anymore because of their age; they stay at home to look after their grandchildren. She lives with her son who is a farmer too. Three year ago, Rith developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and frequent tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rith learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her son seeking treatment. On January 11th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. She told us, "I hope after surgery I will see well, help my son take care of our grandchildren, cook, and will be able to go to the pagoda near our home."
Khom is a 77-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren. Khom lives with her daughter, who is also a farmer, and shared that her husband passed away five years ago. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Khom developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On October 13th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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. Khom shared, "I hope that when my surgery is done, I can see everything much better, and soon I can be more independent."
Koemhong is 8 years old and in the second grade. He is the only child of his parents, who are both farmers in Cambodia. When Koemhong was three, he received a poorly administered injection in his right thigh which has caused a severe contraction of his quadricep muscle. He is unable to fully straighten his knee which now makes it hard for him to walk. When Koemhong's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On September 22nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of right knee to help him walk again. Now, Koemhong needs help to fund this $430 procedure. Koemhong's parents said, "After surgery we hope our son will be able to walk easily with no pain."