John joined Watsi on March 2nd, 2015. Six years ago, John joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. John's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Benjamin, a farmer and father of six from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair surgery so he can walk and farm again.
John has funded healthcare for 72 patients in 10 countries.
John has funded healthcare for 72 patients in 10 countries.
Benjamin is a farmer from a small village in Kenya where most of his neighbors also farm for a living. He plants maize and potatoes in communal land. He feels blessed to have six children with his wife. Their family lives in a house made of mud on the farm given by their parents. Benjamin shared that his employment options are limited because his family was only able to send him to school until grade eight, at which point he left school and became married. Over a week ago, Benjamin suffered an injury on his right knee after he fell on the way home from the farm. Benjamin is unable to stand on his right foot nor to flex his knee. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 30th, Benjamin is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the surgery, Benjamin will be able to walk and farm to provide for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,016 to fund this procedure. Benjamin has a strong protectiveness and sense of responsibility for his family. Smiling, he states, “My hope is to receive treatment, be well, and continue supporting my family."
Roeun is a 46-year-old farmer and is married with one son. She enjoys cooking for her family and taking care of her house. Since September 2020, Roeun has experienced left ankle pain and swelling. She has been diagnosed with osteochondrolysis. The pain and swelling make it hard for her to walk. When Roeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 24th, surgeons at CSC will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse her right ankle joint and to help her walk again. Now, Roeun needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Roeun said, "I hope I can walk without any pain and heal so I can support my family."
Dylan is a bright 12-year-old student who enjoys reading and playing football. He is the only child in his family and his mother is a single mom who works for the county government part-time. In 2015, Dylan's left foot began to bend slightly. As Dylan has grown, the leg has worsened, affecting his mobility. When playing with friends and running around during football, he often falls. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 6th, Dylan is scheduled to undergo angular deformity correction surgery. After the surgery, he will be able to walk well and play again without any difficulty. Now, AMH is requesting $1,224 to fund Dylan's surgery. Dylan's mother shared,“ I am appealing for support to help my son undergo surgery, thank you so much."
Him is a 71-year-old clay potter from Cambodia. He has two sons, four daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his youngest daughter and his wife who is also a potter. They take their pots to the market to sell to support their family. In his free time, Him likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio. Five months ago, Him developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and sometimes tearing. It is hard for him to make pots or travel to the market. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Him learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for an hour and a half with his wife seeking treatment. On March 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Him shared, "I hope after surgery I can see clearly so I can make more pots, go to the market to sell my products, and support my living well."
Jane is a 53-year-old woman who works as a street vendor in Kenya. Her husband was a hotelier, but she shared with us that he has been jobless for over ten years since he suffered a stroke. She shared that he has been in and out of the hospital seeking treatment and the family has been relying on friends and relatives to settle bills and cover medical trips. Jane herself has now been diagnosed with breast cancer. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been recommended to rid her body of the cancer and to prevent it from metastasizing. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jane to receive treatment. On May 3rd, she will undergo a mastectomy at AMH's care center. After treatment, Jane will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Now, AMH is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Jane. Jane shared that she is feeling, “I have nothing to smile about, the cancer is threatening my health and we have been treating my husband who had a stroke. I hope I will be able to get help.”
Chivong is a 28-year-old man with two daughters in primary school. His daughters and his wife stay home in their province, while Chivong works in the capital Phnom Penh to earn money to support his family. In his spare time, he likes to play football, watch TV, and talk to his daughters on the phone. Chivong describes his health as poor most of the time, as he has been experiencing chronic nasal obstruction, postnasal drip, and constant headaches. His symptoms worsen when the weather is cold. Chivong tried medication to treat these symptoms, but had no improvement. He also feels chronically tired due to exposure to dust and odors at work. Doctors diagnosed Chivong with a nasal polyp, which will need to be removed through a nose reduction procedure. Chivong will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo a procedure on February 3rd. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $289 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will hopefully be free of nose discomfort and headaches and can return to work as normal. Chivong shared, "I hope that my health will improve after surgery and I will have no more infections. I also hope I can eventually work more regularly to support my family."
Komson is a 35-year-old cane juice seller from Cambodia. He has been married for 11 years and lives with his wife and two daughters. The oldest child is nine years old in grade 3, while his younger child is not yet in school. When Komson is not working, he likes listening to the radio, watching TV, and helping around the house with cleaning, cooking, and caring for his daughters. On January 3rd, 2021, Komson was involved in a motor vehicle crash involving a dog. This accident caused him to fracture his right femur. His family decided on a Khmer traditional treatment, where a bamboo stalk is placed on the affected leg to support the femur. He took some medications and went home. After a few days, his family took him to the provincial hospital near their home for an X-ray, where he was referred to Children's Surgical Centre. There, they assessed his fracture and saw that his broken leg is much shorter than his other leg. His leg is swollen and very painful, and it is difficult for him to walk. Surgeons decided to put him in traction for 5 days and then conduct an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) of his right femur. On January 18th, Komson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him walk again so that he can continue to work and support his family. He wants to make sure he has enough money to send his daughters to school. Komson shared, "I hope that after surgery, my right femur will be repaired and I will no longer have pain or swelling. I am anxious to get back to my job and supporting my family."
Kakurucu is a 67-year-old man from Uganda who came to the hospital with a neck swelling that has been prevalent for the past one year. The swelling causes him headaches, difficulty in breathing and profuse sweating at night. He had sought treatment in different hospitals after being diagnosed with a goitre but has not been fortunate enough to receive surgery. He came to Nyakibale Hospital in western Uganda and surgeons recommend that he have a thyroidectomy surgery. However, he is not financially able to pay the cost of surgery. Kakurucu is a retired teacher who does subsistence farming to make ends meet. The father of 7 is not able to raise sufficient money for his planned surgery and he is appealing for support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kakurucu receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 15th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of his thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and he and his family need help raising money. Kakurucu says: “I hope that I will be fine once my surgery goes on successfully. I hope to get a better and happier life after I have recovered.”
Horn is a 78-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Horn was married with three daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter now. Horn's husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime. She shared that she really enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Ten years ago, Horn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Horn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her niece seeking treatment. On September 21st, doctors will perform phacoemulsification (phaco) and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Horn said, "I hope my eye gets better so I can do my work well and take care of my myself."
Sun is a 58-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 37 years. Sun has three daughters, two sons, and 13 grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, taking care of his grandchildren, doing house work, and listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Sun was in an accident and fell to the ground. As a result, he developed pain in his right hip. Sun is constantly in a lot of pain and takes pain medication to get through the day and be able to walk. He has been diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the right hip, which mean the bone tissue in the area is dead due to lack of blood supply. Fortunately, Sun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sun of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for December 17th, and Sun needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Sun shared, "I hope I am able to walk again without pain after getting this treatment."
Htun is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his aunt, uncle, three cousins, and a cousin-in-law in a town in Tak Province. Htun is in eighth grade and goes to a Burmese migrant school. Htun has two older brothers who work in a factory in Bangkok. They support Htun occasionally by sending money to Htun's aunt. His aunt, his older pregnant cousin, and his cousin-in-law are homemakers. His two other cousins are students at a Thai school, while his uncle is a farmer who grows rice and corn. Htun's uncle earns a living as a farmer and delivery driver. In his free time, Htun likes to draw cartoons and play cane ball with his friends. On June 8th 2020, Htun was driving back home on his motorbike after visiting his friend. While driving home it began to rain and he fell, landing on his left wrist. Currently, Htun cannot move his wrist and it is swollen and painful. Although he took pain medication, it has not helped him. At night, he feels uncomfortable and cannot sleep well because of the pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htun will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 3 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Htun will be able to move his wrist and will no longer be in pain. Htun and his family need your help to fund the cost of this surgery. Htun shared, “I am very sad and worry that my hand will not be normal after surgery. In the future, I want to become a famous can ball player."
Gabriel is a 46-year-old refugee from South Sudan. He is a father of six children aged between 2-19 years old. Currently, Gabriel and his family are staying in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya fleeing civil conflict in their home country. In June 2020, Gabriel had an accident and broke his arm. He underwent surgery in his hometown of Juba in the same month and was discharged home from the hospital. However, his left arm started developing further complications, and he was forced to seek treatment in Kenya after his family left Sudan. Gabriel has chronic osteomyelitis of the left humerus and infected hardware in his arm. Gabriel has undergone 3 surgeries, including humeral debridement, hardware removal, and bone cementing. Doctors recommend another urgent sequestrectomy surgery on his left humerus to remove the infected hardware. If left untreated, he risks impediment of blood circulation within the bone leading to bone death and even amputation. Unfortunately, this procedure is costly for Gabriel and his family. He does not currently have a job, nor any medical coverage. Due to the support of well-wishers, friends, and family, Gabriel has been able to raise some money for his earlier medical and surgical concerns. However, he was forced to postpone his surgery due to lack of funds. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gabriel receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a sequestrectomy on December 2nd at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $1,500, and he appeals for financial help to fund the cost of his care. Gabriel shared, “I am in so much pain and there have been so many surgeries for me. I need assistance on this one.”