Lise joined Watsi on December 19th, 2014. 52 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lise's most recent donation supported Srey Mom, a drink seller from Cambodia, to fund a bilateral myringoplasty ear surgery so she can hear well.
Lise has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 7 countries.
Lise has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 7 countries.
Srey Mom is a 39-year-old drink seller. Srey Mom lives with her mother, who is a fruit seller, and her sister. Since Srey Mom was eight years old, she has had persistent ear infections. These infections caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. As a result, Srey Mom experiences recurrent ear discharge, tinnitus, and frequent infections with accompanying high fevers. For the past few years, the infections have exacerbated her loss of hearing. Antibiotics were not successful in treating this, and she is unable to communicate well with customers because she cannot hear. Srey Mom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 13th, she 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. Srey Mom shared, "I hope my ear infections will clear up, I will hear better, and communicate with my family and neighbors."
Yon is a mother of three from Cambodia. Her husband had died during the Khmer Rouge regime, so she now lives with her eldest daughter who is a rice farmer. Yon enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and visiting the pagoda. Four years ago, Yon 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 Yon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On June 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Yon shares, "After surgery I hope I am comfortable and can see clearly so I can go places on my own and take care of my grandchildren."
Maxwell is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. Maxwell’s mother works casually in construction sites. His father left them when he learned of his son’s condition. Maxwell is an only child and lives with his mother in a single-rental house in Kiharo Village in Central Kenya. Maxwell 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, Maxwell is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 25th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Life is very tough. I earn very little from helping out on construction sites and it cannot cater for the surgery my son needs. Please help me,” says Maxwell’s mother.
Mary is a girl from Kenya. She is the only child in the family. In 2017, Mary sustained severe burns on her right hand and stomach. She developed a burn contracture on her hand, which limits her range of motion and use of her hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. On February 21, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her hand easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. Her father says, “We are humbly requesting support. Any help will be highly appreciated.”
Meet Draditza, a 34-year-old mother to three young children from Guatemala's rural highlands. Draditza is a homemaker, and she supports her family by selling cosmetic products. Draditza has struggled with her eyesight for many years but could not afford to get her eyes checked. Draditza recently visited a free clinic, where she was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. This means Draditza has difficulty seeing faraway objects. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, has arranged for Draditza to be fitted with prescription glasses on June 8. These glasses will cost $552 and will enable Draditza to see clearly and comfortably again. "I am very grateful to you all. You are angels for helping me," says Draditza.
Loveness is a warm 11-year-old student from Tanzania. She is the third child in her family of five, and she lives with her mother. Her mother supports their family selling clothing in their town. Loveness enjoys school and is eager to learn. Loveness was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which the feet grow inward instead of out, making it difficult to walk. On August 4, Loveness will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), to correct her clubfeet. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $890 to cover the cost of her treatment. After treatment, Loveness is expected to walk, play, and go to school without any difficulty!
Mirlande is a 50-year-old woman who is from a commune in Haiti and resides there with her husband. She enjoys going to church and participates in the activities put on by her church regularly. To support herself, Mirlande has always sold alimentary products as a street merchant. In April 2016, Mirlande started to feel pain in her right arm that eventually moved to the top of her chest. She immediately went to the hospital. She was referred to another facility in Port-au-Prince, the capital, to have a sonogram and mammogram. Nothing abnormal was found in her breast. For three months, Mirlande had exams and multiple follow-up visits but she never received any results about the mass. After a lot of frustration and money spent, she finally went to a private doctor, where she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer and was referred to our medical partner's care center. In January, she started her chemotherapy, a treatment that decreases the cancerous cells in the body. After four sessions of chemotherapy, Mirlande will be having a mastectomy on August 4. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund her care. She says, “We are human and we do get sick but you have to take care of yourself and be strong.”
Ruth is a 23-year-old young woman from Kenya. She is the first-born child in her family. She is a dedicated student who loves reading. Ruth wants to excel at school so she can provide a better life for her mother and younger brother. Since she was a young girl, Ruth has experienced pain in her ear. She had a choleastatoma surgery done, a procedure in which a non-cancerous growth is removed from the middle ear. However, her condition returned in 2010, and she has been managing it with ear drops. Earlier this year, Ruth was referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. There she was recommended for surgery to cure her condition once and for all. On August 15, Ruth will undergo surgery at AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $591 to cover the cost of her procedure. “I want to excel in my studies and a correction in my ear will go a long way in improving the ability to excel," says Ruth.
Dennis is a 23-year-old father to one son. He is a hardworking man and a loving husband to his wife. Dennis and his family live in a small bamboo house in the Philippines. His wife stays at home with their son while he works as a contractual laborer, making about $80 a month. Three years ago, Dennis felt pain in his inguinal area but did not have any consultation because of financial issues. The pain worsened while he was working as a laborer because he was lifting heavy objects at work. Dennis was unable to stop working as his income was the only financial means for his family. Dennis verbalized that he wants to be a reliable provider for his family and now that he is already a father, his first priority is their welfare, even though it means sacrificing his own comforts. Dennis really desires to give his best to provide the needs of their family. Dennis was screened at International Care Ministries, one of Watsi's medical partners. He underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. The doctor strongly suggested that he undergo an emergency operation because Dennis' condition is getting worse. However, Dennis and his family cannot afford the treatment because Dennis' income is only enough for their daily needs. $1,437 will fund Dennis' hernia repair. After the surgery, he is looking forward to seeking a more stable job and to spend time with his family. "I did not expect that my condition would be given attention," shared Dennis. "Now that I have my own family, they are my number one priority and I thought I would have this condition forever. A fellow father may know how I feel. I am thankful that there are still people who are willing to help me. Thank you so much, it means a lot."
Chou is a 20 year old farmer from Cambodia, married without children. Chou enjoys cooking and growing plants around her home. Unfortunately, Chou began having ear discharge and hearing loss from both ears when she was 10 years old. This caused her tympanic membrane to perforate on both sides. Chou traveled three hours to CSC with her oldest sister to properly ascertain the cause of her ear-related pain. Chou shares, "I am unhappy because I can't hear anything and it is difficult to communicate with other people." $399 in funds will allow Chou to receive the medical attention she needs. After a myringoplasty surgery on each side, the ear discharge will stop, and her hearing can improve. After small incisions on the tympanic membrane, epithelial grafts will cover the perforations, and antibiotics will be packed in both ears. With a successful surgery, Chou will be able to easily join in conversations again. Chou's sister says, "I hope my sister's ear discharge stops and that she returns to good hearing and health."
"Chisomo is my last born son. I love him so much that I would be the happiest mother in the world if his condition could be treated,” says Chisomo’s mother. Chisomo is a very happy one-year-old boy from Malawi who likes to laugh with his brothers. Chisomo was born with hydrocephalus, an increase in the amount of fluid around the brain. This has resulted in a large head and delayed development milestones for Chisomo, who has yet to start crawling. If left untreated, this condition can lead to brain damage, a loss in mental and physical abilities, and even death. Watsi donors, $990 will fund surgery to drain the excess fluid from around Chisomo’s brain. “The pressure in the head will normalize and his head will return to normal size. This treatment will enable him to develop normally and participate in all the activities boys at his age enjoy,” reports our medical partner, World Altering Medicine. Let's help young Chisomo grow up to play with his big brothers!