Michael joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. 56 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Rath, a father from Cambodia, to fund bilateral ear surgery.
Michael has funded healthcare for 59 patients in 12 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 59 patients in 12 countries.
Rath is a 34-year-old from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for ten years, and have three children together. They live on the army base where Rath's unit is located. Rath is a good soccer player, and he plays often with others in his army unit. When he was only 15 years old, Rath had a serious ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Rath experiences severe hearing loss and constant discharge from his ears. He also experiences tinnitus. His ears are chronically infected and require a lot of medicine. His lack of hearing has made it difficult to communicate and affected his career. His family is worried that he will have this problem forever. Rath traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 3rd, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Rath said, "Once this ear infection is stopped, I will be able to hear better and maybe have an easier time in my work. Most of all I want to hear the voices of my children when they talk to me."
Catherine is a 17-year-old student from Tanzania, the youngest in her family of three children. She is currently in Form Four and hoping to graduate secondary school this year. She is a shy but bright young girl. Catherine’s father is a construction worker and her mother owns a shop at their home where she sells day-to-day household stuff. Catherine 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, Catherine has been experiencing headaches for the past two weeks continuously. She was originally taken to the hospital and was tested for a UTI and malaria but found to have nothing wrong. Her headaches got more severe, followed by vomiting and irritability and could not control her urination. Her family was told to do a CT scan test but the surgeons were not satisfied with the results and needed to do an MRI. The MRI showed that there is build up of CSF fluids causing pressure in her brain and the doctors shared that Catherine needs surgery as soon as possible. Without treatment, Catherine will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Catherine to treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 29th and will drain the excess fluid from Catherine's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Catherine will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Catherine says, “I would really like to get better and continue with school. Please help me get well.”
Ryan is a young boy from Kenya who is an only child. He lives with his mother, grandparents, uncles, and aunts in a two-room house in Central region of Kenya. His mother is a college student and they all rely on his grandmother who practices farming to fend for the family. Ryan’s father left them when Ryan was only four months old. His grandfather is sickly, thus cannot work. Ryan was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Ryan has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Ryan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 21st. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I really appreciate my neighbor for bringing us here. I wouldn’t have known or thought of a way to get help,” shared Ryan’s grandmother.
Starlex is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers in Cap Haitien, a city in northern Haiti. His father is a taxi driver. He is in the second grade and likes going to school and playing with his friends. Starlex has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Starlex will fly to Canada to receive treatment. On April 1st, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage from his valve. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $25,000 to pay for surgery. Starlex's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep and transport. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Starlex's family overseas. Starlex's father shared, "My family is looking forward to the day when our son can be healthy and normal!"
Pyae Pyae is 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters and four brothers in a village in Burma. Her father is a subsistence farmer, her mother is a homemaker and Pyae Pyae goes to school. She is currently in grade nine. Pyae Pyae 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, Pyae Pyae is taking medication which stops her from having difficulty breathing and feeling tired. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Pyae Pyae. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "When I grow up I would like to become a nurse," said Pyae Pyae. "I would like to take care of others like me who suffer from a heart disease."
Careen is a baby from Tanzania. She has been diagnosed with genu varus. Her leg is bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Careen. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 21. Treatment will hopefully restore Careen's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Careen’s mother says, “We tried to use medication to help correct her legs but nothing worked, we could afford the surgery cost we are here asking for help please help our daughter.”
Marlene is a mother of two from Haiti. She sells kitchen supplies at a local market stall, and sings in her church choir. Marlene has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. This makes her heart unable to circulate blood properly, leaving her weak and short of breath. Marlene will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On April 27, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair or replace her damaged valve. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery. Marlene's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Marlene's family overseas. She says, "I am so glad that my prayers for surgery are about to be answered."
Guertha is a mother of one from Haiti. She lives with her parents and young son on a small farm in the mountains of northern Haiti. Guertha has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body and she is weak and short of breath. Guertha will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 1, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove her damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery. Guertha's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Guertha's family overseas. She says, "I am hopeful that after this surgery I will have my health and energy back!"
Channy is a girl from Cambodia. She enjoys reading books and listening to music in her free time and her favorite subject in school is Khmer literature. She would like to become a teacher when she grows up. Since 2015, Channy has developed a deformity in her spine, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Channy is scheduled to undergo spinal surgery on March 11. Our medical partnerr needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery is over, I can go for walks in the village again with my family and also be able to take care of myself."
Khum is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six grandchildren and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Three months ago, Khum developed a cataract in each eye, causing her irritation and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 4, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see better after my surgery so I can help my sister bake cakes for her business."
Winda is a student from Haiti. She lives on an island off the west coast of Haiti with her parents and three siblings. Her father is a fisherman. She is in seventh grade and hopes to attend university one day. Winda has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves in her heart were severely damaged due to an infection earlier in childhood. As a result, her heart cannot adequately pump blood through her body. Winda will fly to India to receive treatment. On February 25, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair the damaged valves in her heart, or replace them with artificial implants. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Winda's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Winda's family overseas. She says, "I am very excited to be able to get my heart fixed so I can start feeling better!"
Baby is a baby from Ethiopia. His mother is from Addis Ababa, and she works in an insurance company as a finance officer. She is a single parent. Baby was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Baby is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 1. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I struggle financially with home rent and other expenses and my saving is limited to cover his medical bill. And I am here with a hope that he gets the surgery," his mother says.