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 8,800 miles to support Panna, an 11-year-old student from Cambodia, to fund a myringoplasty procedure so he can communicate clearly.
John has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 10 countries.
John has funded healthcare for 78 patients in 10 countries.
Panna is an 11-year-old student in fourth grade. He's an only child; his mother is a factory worker, and his father is a tuk-tuk driver. One year ago, Panna had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in his right ear to perforate. For this reason, Panna experiences pain, hearing loss, and ear discharge. He cannot attend school due to infections and pain. He also has difficulty hearing and communicating clearly with others. Panna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 13th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. This support will help him feel confident and participate in class once he returns to school. Panna hopes that his ear will stop the infection and improve his hearing loss.
Dolara is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince in Haiti. She has two older brothers and likes drawing and playing with her dolls. Dolara was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), in which blood leaks between the major artery and the vein connected to her heart. This leak creates heart failure, leaving Dolara sick and short of breath. Doctors have recommended that Dolara undergo interventional heart catheterization to treat this issue. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole between the artery and the vein so that blood can flow normally. Our Medical Partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance is helping her finally undergo treatment and needs $1,500. Dolara's family is seeking help to relieve her pain and enable her to grow up and play with her siblings and friends. Dolara's mother said: "We have been hoping for this chance ever since our daughter was born, and are glad it is finally here!"
Baris is a 24-year-old casino card dealer. He is single and has four brothers, and his parents are grocery sellers. Since the casino he worked at closed due to the pandemic, he has not been able to find another job. A year ago, Baris developed a pterygium in his left eye causing him poor vision, itchiness, tearing, and irritation. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Baris learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, Baris will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Baris shared, "I hope after surgery, I won't have problems with my eye. I want to find a job without being ashamed of my eye."
Seak Veng is a 68-year-old mother of eight with three daughters, five sons, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with her youngest daughter who is a teacher. At home, Seak Veng enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Seak Veng developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Seak Veng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 21st, 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. Seak Veng shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly so I can help my daughter to cook and do housework and take care of my grandchildren. Also I want to join ceremonies at the far pagoda."
Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the refugee camp while her mother weaves traditional indigenous Karen shirts to earn extra income for their household. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she will play with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school in the future. In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks from a shop. On the way to the shop, she slipped and fell on the muddy road. When she fell she hurt her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and only gave her pain medication. On 19 August 2021, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down in a chair and fell down. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. At that hospital, the doctor told Naw Eh's brother that they want to do an MRI of her leg to check if she has any underlying conditions that caused her to break her femur so easily. With support from Watsi, the MRI was possible and now the surgeon has determined that surgery is required to help her leg heal properly. Currently, Naw Eh suffers from pain in her left leg and she cannot move or put weight on that leg. If she moves her leg, the pain increases. Her brother needs to help her use the bedpan as she cannot walk to the toilet. He also needs to help her get dressed. She is taking pain medication to help her sleep at night. She is worried that if her condition is not treated properly, she will never be able to walk again. She misses going to school and wants to continue her studies in grade four once her school reopens. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Eh will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Eh will no longer experience pain in her leg and she will be able to get herself dress and be able to walk to the toilet. Naw Eh said, "I am worried that if I do not receive surgery and receive proper treatment, I will not be able to walk again."
Lay is a 42-year-old cookie seller at a local school. She has one son and her husband passed away of lung cancer two years ago. The school Lay normally sells cookies at is closed during the COVID lockdown, so she is staying at home right now. She shared that she enjoys planting flowers and gardening. Four years ago, Lay developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her tearing and irritation. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Lay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her sister seeking treatment. Lay needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 13th. Lay said, "I hope after surgery I feel comfortable and my eye looks better. Then I can look forward to selling sweets again when the school opens."
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."