Jennifer joined Watsi on August 12th, 2014. Four years ago, Jennifer became the 1712th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,328 more people have become monthly donors! Jennifer's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Rathana, a taxi driver from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Jennifer has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 9 countries.
Rathana is a 19-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He lives with his parents and three younger siblings. His parents are farmers. He usually helps his parents with the farm work, but since he was injured he cannot do that right now. Normally, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends and going out to restaurants. In February, he was in motor accident that caused a fracture in his right femur. His parents took him to a traditional Khmer healer but his bone did not heal properly and he is now unable to walk without severe pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On July 8th, Rathana will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will repair his fracture through the fixation of a nail, allowing him to heal effectively and walk again. Rathana said, "I hope this surgery fixes my fracture quickly so I can work again and help support my parents well."
Thoeun is a 37-year-old monk from Cambodia. He is the oldest of eight siblings who are all married and live elsewhere. He normally lives with other monks, but his parents are taking care of him while he is injured. He reads books every day, prays and does house work. Two months ago, Thoeun fell from a hammock, resulting in a compression of his spine. He soon began to feel weakness and numbness in his legs. Now he cannot stand or walk, and occasionally feels acute pain in his lower back. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. Doctors will perform a laminectomy, a surgical procedure that removes a portion of the vertebral bone called the lamina in order to relieve pressure on his spine. Once he has recovered from the procedure, his nerves will function normally and he will be able to walk. Our medical partner is now asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of his surgery. Thoeun shared, "I hope that I can soon return to my duties as a monk. I can't stay with my parents and make them take care of me anymore. When I get better I want to thank them and take care of them in return."
12-year-old Joy Nyagathu is in the hospital. Joy came accompanied by her father. She is a polite girl and likes playing with other friends at school. She shared that reading storybooks is her favorite hobby. Joy is the oldest in a family of 3 children and a seventh grader at Ol Donyo Sabuk Academy. Her family hails from Mountain View, near Thika Town in Kiambu County, Kenya. Joy was born with clubfoot which was corrected when she was an infant. She has lived well until last year when the parents noticed an unusual curve on her back developing. Her father heard about Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center CURE Hospital and came for a consultation. Joy was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis and was scheduled to undergo an instrumented spine fusion surgery. Currently, Joy experiences a lot of pain and discomfort while at school. She sometimes needs to skip her studies as a result of pain. Surgery will be of great help to her as she will be able to continue with her studies and her life without any difficulty. Joy's father is a businessman as a greengrocer, while her mother is a housewife. The surgery is expensive for their family and they cannot raise the amount needed. “I would like to be assisted because I am not able to raise the funds on my own. My desire is to see my daughter walking and pursuing her studies like other girls without any hardship. God bless Watsi for what they are doing,” Joy’s father expressed with gratitude.
Tola is a 28-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He lives with his parents in the Takeo province. He has two sisters and four brothers. His favorite sport is football and after work he helps his parents at home. When he was a child, he began experiencing ear pain, discharge, and discomfort. When he tried cleaning the ear discharge himself with cotton at home it only made his condition worse. Tola had a serious ear infection, which caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Tola experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, and ear discharge. He has difficulty hearing clearly at work and throughout his day. Tola traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 29th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after surgery I can hear everything better, my ear infection will stop, and especially that the discharge will go away. I want to go back to working at the construction site to support my parents and family," Tola said.
Tunai is a farmer from Kenya. Her smile and her optimism about life despite the many challenges she goes through will make you appreciate every little thing about life. As a wife and a mother of 7 children, Tunai does so well taking care of her large family and especially her last born child who is physically challenged. Tunai and her husband are small-scale farmers. They plant vegetables and potatoes for consumption. Her husband does casual jobs for other people earning approximately $75 a month. Their last born child who is physically challenged and in a special school also requires a lot of care. Since 38 years ago, Tunai began to experience troubling symptoms, including a large neck mass and difficulty swallowing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Tunai receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money. Tunai says, “I am appealing to anyone to help me pay for my surgery so that I can continue taking care of my family and especially my youngest child who needs absolute care.”
Aziza is a young student from Tanzania. She is twelve year old and the second born in a family of three children. She is currently in class six and her best subjects are mathematic and Swahili. She would love to be a teacher when she grows up. Aziza is being raised by one of her aunts while her other sibling are being raised by other relatives, this after their mother past away four years ago. Their father developed a drinking problem and was not taking care of the children, so their relatives decided to help the children since they would miss meals and they didn’t have anyone to wash their clothes or provide them with other needs. When she was three years old, Aziza fell on an open fire when playing with her two siblings. She suffered wrist burns and after a hospital stay, she was discharged to continue with dressing the burn at home. Unfortunately, she healed with contractures on her left wrist. In October last year, Watsi donors funded her her wrist contracture release and skin graft. She now needs her fingers released as contractures make it impossible for her to move her fingers freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Aziza receive treatment. On February 19th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so she will be able to move her fingers and hand freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Aziza requested, “Help me have my hand fully released and be able to use it in my daily activities without challenges.”
Aung is a 34-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife, son, and daughter. Both he and his wife work as government officers. In his free time he likes to read books. Aung 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, Aung feels tired, has chest pains, and has difficulty breathing. However, he can eat and sleep well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Aung. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to go back to work [as a] healthy [person] and support my family,” said Aung.
Morris is a shy 20-year-old motorcycle (bodaboda) rider from Kenya. Morris was involved in a motorcycle accident in October 2019 sustaining a closed left tibia fracture. He had a cast applied with the hope that the fracture would heal. Unfortunately, it did not heal. Having visited different hospitals, Morris was brought to our facility by his mother. Upon review, the surgeon recommended an ORIF to fix the fracture. If not treated, Morris will be at risk of infections on the fracture or healing with a malunion. Morris completed his high school education but could not proceed to college. His single mother sustains her four children from their small retail shop in the village. The family is not able to raise the funds needed for surgery and appeals for help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 14th, Morris will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. the surgery will allow Morris heal well and resume his duties of providing for himself. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have gone through a lot of pain and still told the leg is not healing. I plead for support so that I can be able to use my leg again and go back to my job and not depend on my mother,” said Morris.
Miriam walks slowly with the aid of crutches. She was overly active until the year 2017 when she began complaining of back pain and numbness on her feet. Miriam formerly an active farmer would tire easily from her farming activities and small house chores. From the nearest hospital, pain medication was administered but with time, her condition deteriorated. She thought maybe she had gained weight and that was the reason for the back pain. Dieting did not help either and over time, she couldn’t walk without the aid of a stick. Frustrated, Miriam resigned to fate as she thought she was a burden to her young children who were building their homes. A friend recommended that they visit Kijabe hospital for specialized treatment where Miriam was diagnosed with a spine disc dislocation and a spinal fusion surgery recommended. Miriam was glad that there is a solution to her condition and she looks forward to getting treated. If treated, Miriam will regain her ability to walk, resume work and become independent again. Miriam and her husband are subsistence farmers with four grown children. She lives with her husband in Central Kenya. Miriam is appealing for financial help. “I look forward to walking again,” says Miriam.
Aung is a 30-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, daughter and sister in an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp which is close to the Chinese-Burma border town of Lweje in Momauk Township, Kachin State. Today, his wife works as a mathematics teacher at a middle school in the IDP camp. His sister is a student in the IDP camp while his daughter is still too young to go to school. He used to work as a English teacher. Later on, he stopped working in June 2019 due to his poor health. feels exhausted and he is not able to walk for longer than 30 minutes, or he feels tired. His heartbeat is rapid, he has blue lips and sometimes he feels like he is not able to get enough oxygen. He has no appetite and he is not able to sleep well, worrying over his health condition, the cost of his surgery and his inability to access it. Aung was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving his sick and short of breath. Aung is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on September 15th to correct his condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Aung's procedure and care. Aung said, "Even if I could go someplace else, I wouldn’t be able to do any hard labour due to my condition. And I can’t go to China because I can only speak a little bit of Chinese.”
Shin is a 15-year-old novice monk from Burma. He lives and studies with his brother in Aung Damar Zinyone Learning Centre Monastery in Insein Township, Yangon Division. His father is a government officer for the ministry of religious affairs and culture and his mother is a shopkeeper and sells rice and curry. Although his parents send them pocket money, they cannot always do so. Instead, Shin and his brother are supported by the monks, and he collects donations of food from the community with the other monks, during morning alms collections. In his free time Shin like to play football with his friends. Sometimes, he likes to read books and study to learn new things. Shin 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, Shin has difficulty breathing, is unable to sleep at night and sometimes he has a fever during the night. He cannot walk long distances and he has difficulty walking up stairs. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Shin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 21 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “When I grow up, I want to become a monk to help those in need as well as children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school,” said Shin. “This has been my dream since I was a child.”
Ner is a 56-year-old man from Burma. He is a subsistence farmer, and he likes to listen religious sermons in his free time. Ner has had a hernia for five years. Fortunately, on June 28, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Ner's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Ner said, “When I am completely healed, I will work on my farm again. I will continue to go to the temple and do some merit activities.”