Carson joined Watsi on January 8th, 2018. 29 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Carson's most recent donation supported Soe, a single man from Burma, to fund eye enucleation surgery.
Carson has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Carson has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Soe is a 49-year-old man from Burma. He and his wife got separated about six years ago and he has been living alone since. Soe does not have a regular job, but sometimes he drives a shared-taxi to make a living. About two weeks ago, Soe's left eye started to get irritated and the itchiness did not go away for a few days so with the advice from neighbors and friends, he soaked some betel leaves in water with salt and used the liquid as eye drops. As soon as he dropped the liquid in, he sensed a burning sensation in his left eye. In hope to get cured, he used the homemade eye drops for two days. After two days, his eye became worse and the pain even radiated to his head. He could no longer open left eye due to the pain. Soe had no money to go to the hospital, but with the help from his neighbors and friends, Soe arrived at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) on December 3rd, 2019. The medics at MTC explained that his left eye has totally been damaged and that the only option now is to remove his eye. Soe feels sad and frustrated most of the time now and he keeps blaming himself for not being careful. He feels that his neglect now has caused him an eye.
Kunthea is a 26-year-old mechanic from Cambodia. He enjoy listening to music in his free time. Kunthea has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly and he experiences a loss in confidence. Kunthea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 3, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Kunthea needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I will be able to see and return to my work at the moto shop."
Bun Thoeng is a 43-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to play with his daughter and play soccer. When he was ten years old, Bun Thoeng had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Bun Thoeng experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, drainage, and itchiness. He experiences difficulty communicating with others, and suffers from chronic ear infections. Bun Thoeng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 25, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left 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. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, my hearing will improve and my ear will no longer be infected."
Rith is a 60-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has seven children and nine grandchildren, and he enjoys listening to the news on the radio in his free time. One year ago, Rith developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him pain, headaches, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rith learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 23, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to see clearly again and be able to go anywhere I want to independently."
Da is a woman from Cambodia. In November 2018, Da suffered from a recurrent ear infection that resulted in hearing loss and tinnitus. Doctors gave her medicine in an attempt to clear the infection, but it was unsuccessful. She will now undergo surgery to clear the fluid and mucus behind her eardrum, which will allow her to hear clearly and ultimately resolve the infection. Surgery is scheduled for April 30 and will cost $127. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I can return to my daily activities, such as looking after my kids and watching television, without any difficulty."
Ar Kar is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, two brothers and sister in Htee Poe T’ Ray Village, Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. In his free times, Ar Kar loves to play football with his friends. Currently, Ar Kar’s eyes are sensitive to light, and bright lights hurt his eyes. He cannot see far, and he sometimes has a headache. Doctors want Ar Kar to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ar Kar's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 24. Ar Kar’s mother said, “I cannot work because I have to accompany him to the hospital and the clinic. I worry that he will not see like others if his condition does not improve. I want his eyes to be normal like other children.”
Meet Nyanhiel, a ten-year-old girl from South Sudan. She has six siblings. She has not yet started school. Two years ago, Nyanhiel developed a swelling on her jaw. This has been gradually increasing in size. She has been diagnosed with a mandibular mass and needs to undergo an excision surgery. If not treated, the swelling will continue to increase in size. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo surgery on December 13. Her family needs help raising $1,500 to fund this treatment. Nyanhiel says, “I want to be treated and hopefully start school someday."
Judith is a mother of five from Malawi. She spends her days with her new baby and four other children, working on the family farm. She enjoys praying and studying the Bible in her free time. Since last year, Judith has been experiencing burning pain in the abdomen. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Judith's surgery. On August 23, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is excited to receive free surgery and looks forward to increased strength after recovery. She says, "Farming will be easier once I am healthy again. Thank you for this program!"
Lomoyana is a six-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the fifth child in his family, and his parents are farmers. Lomoyana developed a wound on his lower right leg. As time went by, the wound kept getting worse; it become infected and Lomoyana could not walk. By the time his family visited the hospital, his wound and bone were infected, and doctors were forced to amputate his leg. Unfortunately, during Lomoyana's recovery, his bone was protruding through the healing wound. This raised concerns, and he returned to the hospital, where doctors have recommended a re-amputation. Now, Lomoyana is scheduled for surgery at our medical partner's care center. The procedure will cost $1,035 and will help him re-start a healthy life. His guardian says, “He lost his leg due to lack of money for treatment. We are now concerned if he does not get treatment for this it might be worse. Please help.”
Dylan is a baby from Kenya. His family of two children lives in a one-room rental house. Dylan’s father works at a wheat flour packaging company, while his mother takes care of the children. Dylan has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Dylan is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Dylan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 6. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Dylan to grow up healthy. “The questioning looks I get from people really bother me and I hope that soon that will come to an end,” shares Dylan’s mother.
Teleza is a mother of three from Malawi. She lives with her husband on their small farm, and she spends her days caring for her home and her children. In her free time, Teleza likes to sit and enjoy quality time with her husband. Since January 2018, Teleza has been experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Teleza's surgery. On April 3, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. Teleza was thrilled and relieved to find out her surgery would be funded. She is looking forward to going home cancer-free and being able to care for her family and home again. She says, "Thank you Watsi."
Gilbert is a baby from Kenya. His mother dropped out of her second year in high school, and her father is in his fourth year in high school. They therefore rely on Gilbert’s maternal grandparents. His grandparents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Gilbert has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Gilbert has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Gilbert will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Gilbert that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 8 and will drain the excess fluid from Gilbert's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Gilbert will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I hope we can soon put all this behind us,” shares Gilbert’s grandfather.