Raymond joined Watsi on February 1st, 2016. Three years ago, Raymond became the 2414th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,141 more people have become monthly donors! Raymond's most recent donation supported Khin, a woman from Burma, to fund a mass removal.
Raymond has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 10 countries.
Khin is a 39-year-old woman who lives with her family in Hpa-An Township, Karen State, Burma. Both her children are in preschool. She and her husband are subsistence farmers, growing rice during the rainy season on rented land. The rest of the year, her husband collects leaves used to make roofs, works as a daily labourer or collects branches to sell. Khin was born with a scar the size of an ant bite on her upper lip. Her parents thought that it would disappear or heal on its own but the scar developed into a growth and increased in size. Her parents passed away when she was young and after that she went to live with her brother’s family. By the time she was around 20 years old, the growth had become large and soft, covering the area between her upper lips and her nose. When the pain became unbearable in 2005, her uncle dropped her off at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand, a free clinic close to where her uncle used to work. At this point, the growth had become so large that dragged her upper lip down and extended into her nostrils. At MTC, she was seen by doctors and medics, before she was diagnosed with a hemangioma. At this point, the growth had worsened, and she was bleeding from her lips. In April 2006, Khin went to Chiang Mai Hospital and had the hemangioma removed surgically. The growth later has returned. Overtime, the hemangioma has increased in size and become hard. It has now expanded into Khin’s nostrils, especially her left nostril, which causes her to have difficulty breathing at times. She feels uncomfortable but is not in pain. Sometimes she also feels like she has a blood clot in her nostrils during her nosebleeds. Because the nosebleed can start at any time and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, her life revolves around managing her nosebleeds. She is unable to work or sleep properly, and if she is about to have a nosebleed, she is unable to eat. The nosebleeds have also affected her ability to earn an income for her children and continues to impact her social life. “When I socialise, I do not feel comfortable and some people think I have a disease that I can infect them with,” said Khin. “So, I hope to get better after surgery, and I hope I will no longer have nosebleeds. I don’t want to bleed, and I want to socialise with my friends and family happily. [Right now] my friends won’t even touch me.”
Kakada is sixteen years old and enjoys reading books, playing soccer, and listening to music. Since the age of five, Kakada started showing signs of a curve in his spine. Over time, the curve has worsened, and now the spine deformity causes difficulty breathing, sleeping, walking, and an overall uncomfortable life. Surgery will help to straighten out and realign his spine, allowing him to breath without difficulty and create a less straining posture while he walks, eliminating discomfort. Kakada's favorite subject in school is Khmer literature, and he hopes to become a doctor when he grows up. "I hope that after surgery, I will not have to worry about my son's spine getting any worse and I will be happy that he can return to his normal activities again." -Kakada's Mother
Kosal is a 21-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He likes to play sports, watch television, and help his wife with the housework. In May 2019, Kosal was in a traffic accident and fell off his motorcycle, injuring his left shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He finds it difficult to lift his arm and move normally, and is unable to work due to his injuries. Kosal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to regain function in his arm. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to use my arm again and can return to work."
Bun Thong is a 48-year-old rice seller from Cambodia. He has three daughters and enjoys exercising and taking care of his children in his free time. In January 2019, he was in an accident and was thrown from his moto, causing injuries to his right shoulder and elbow. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to extend his elbow and experiences sensory loss in his shoulder. Bun Thong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 12, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will regain control of his shoulder and allow him to move his arm normally again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope that my surgery will go well and after I will be able to use my arm and return to work."
John is a young man from Kenya. In June, he was hit by a motorbike and sustained injuries on his right leg. He is in chronic pain and cannot walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 2, John will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure.
Luza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and siblings on a small farm in the mountains of central Haiti. Luza has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Luza also has Down syndrome. Luza will fly to Canada to receive treatment. On May 30, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in her heart, and will remove the muscular blockage in one of her valves. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $15,000 to pay for surgery. Luza'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 Luza's family overseas. Her father says, "We are so happy that Luza finally has this chance to have surgery!"
Stephen is a young boy from Kenya. He was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Stephen has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Stephen will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 15. AMHF is requesting $542 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help me because no matter what I do, it would take my husband and I years to raise the needed funds,” says Stephen’s mother.
Maung is a man fom Burma. Last week, Maung stepped on a hot charcoal and burned the toe on his left foot. He tried to treat himself with help from his neighbor, who cleaned the wound for him. However, his toe never healed. Maung visited a doctor, who told him that he would have to amputate his toe. The doctor referred him to our medical partner for help in accessing treatment. Currently, Maung is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, his surgery is scheduled for March 21. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, “When I recover, I will find work repairing umbrellas and shoes. That is something that I can do very well.”
Agga is a 47-year-old monk from Burma. He lives with other monks at a monastery in Kamma, Thayet Township in Magway Division. Agga 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. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Agga. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Agga said, “I am happy to receive assistance from your organization."
Rida is a girl from Cambodia. She has one brother and one sister. She likes to play with friends, watch TV, and go for walks with her family. She wants to be a banker when she grows up. Rida was born with scoliosis, 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. Spinal surgery is scheduled for January 21 and will cost $1,500. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter feels better after the operation and does not have any more difficulty sleeping."
Zayar is a 16-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his parents and two younger siblings in the town of Chanayethazan in Mandalay Division. His father works at the municipal government, while Zayar's mother works at Shining Star, an organization that helps children with disabilities around Mandalay. In his free time, Zayar enjoys reading, playing video games, and helping his mom cook. Zayar 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. He feels tired when he walks and is unable to sleep at night. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Zayar. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
Ei is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband in Mae Taung Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. She is a homemaker and her husband works at a construction site and on his landlord’s farm. Since 2013, Ei has been experiencing pain in her pelvic area as well as in her back. She has been diagnosed with endometriosis. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ei's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ei is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Ei says, “Without money it is impossible to receive treatment and there is no opportunity to get a job easily."