Sandra joined Watsi on February 20th, 2017. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sandra's most recent donation supported Mary, a 21-year-old woman from Uganda, to fund a C-Section to safely deliver her baby.
Sandra has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Sandra has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Mary is a small businesswoman from Uganda who runs a retail shop with her husband. When she was younger, Mary had to leave school after secondary school year two due to limited financial support. She got married in 2020 and she and her husband work hard to make enough to meet their daily needs. During her free time, Mary enjoys listening to music on her radio as she runs their small shop. Mary is currently expecting her first child, and doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section (C-Section) because of previous complications. This way, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mary raise $214 to undergo a C-Section on May 23rd. Mary shared, “I really hope for a positive outcome. I will continue to run my family’s retail shop after I am well again.”
Yam is a 50-year-old vendor of traditional Khmer cakes. She has three daughters and five grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. When not cooking or selling cakes, she likes to play with her grandchildren and listen to the news on the radio. One year ago, Yam developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her photophobia, difficulty seeing in low or bright lights, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Yam learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled far across the country for eight hours seeking treatment. On May 3rd, 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 again. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. "I hope after surgery I can see better. I want to be able to sell Khmer cakes to help support my daughter's family as I did before," says Yam.
Sarin is a 77-year-old mother of four. She has two sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. Sarin's husband passed away some time ago so she now lives her eldest daughter who works as a cleaner. Sarin likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Sarin developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. Sarin has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Sarin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 7th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and lens implant in Sarin's left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is helping Sarin raise $229 to fund this procedure. Sarin says, "I hope I can see well again so I can walk around to do things on my own and do my housework well."
Srim is a 61-year-old farmer with one son and now three grandchildren. Her son is also a farmer. She lives with him they work in the fields together. Her husband passed away during the time of the Khmer Rouge. She loves being around her family, taking care of her grandchildren, and providing meals for the monks at the pagoda nearby her house. Three years ago, Srim developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Srim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On July 28th, 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. Srim said, "I hope that I can see well after this surgery, so that I can work more often and start a vegetable garden to make extra money for my family. I also want to go back to my favorite pagoda again."
Komugisha is a small business woman from Uganda. She is a 41-year-old mother of three children, and she lives with them in a single-room rental house. After separation from her husband, Komugisha assumed the role as the sole breadwinner of her family. To earn a living, she trades in dry cereals to pay for the fees and expenses for her children, but faces difficulty when farming harvests are not productive. Six years ago, Komugisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling, difficulty breathing, and persistent pain. She was diagnosed with nodular goitre, or an enlarged thyroid gland. Initially, she had visited a different facility which gave her an oral medication, but her condition did not improve. Komugisha was also advised to undergo surgery, but she opted to use local herbs as medicine due to the costs. In the end, Komugisha was referred by a friend to our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital, where she had a scan diagnosing the goitre, and doctors suggest surgery to prevent worsening symptoms. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is helping Komugisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 22nd at our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252. Komugisha shared, “I can no longer walk for longer distances yet my job requires much walking to look for the cereals. My children are still in need of daily upkeep. Please help me."
Elijah is a child from Kenya. Elijah’s father is employed casually as a tile technician, while his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Elijah is the firstborn of two children. Since one year ago, Elijah has had a hydrocele. Elijah has been complaining of abdominal pain. Fortunately, on February 14th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Elijah's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I will appreciate if you help aid my son’s treatment,” says Elijah’s father.
Rin is a 67-year-old assistant commune worker from Cambodia. He has two sons, one daughter, and seven grandchildren. His favorite activity is listening to the monks pray on the radio in the eveningtime. One year ago, Rin developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract 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 $229 procedure. Rin said, "I hope that I will be able to go outside easily again and can recognize my relatives' faces and be able to read."
Mussah is a 49-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. He is married and lives with his wife. When he is not busy working on his farm, Mussah enjoys talking with friends. In November, Watsi funded a [prostate removal surgery](https://watsi.org/profile/06620eb3675a-mussah) for Mussah. The procedure was successful. Two weeks ago, Mussah developed a noticeable hernia that began causing him a great deal of pain. Again, he visited our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. There, he will undergo a hernia repair surgery on February 7. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund his care. Mussah says, “I am in a lot of pain and need to have this surgery.”