Kaitlyn joined Watsi on October 2nd, 2016. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kaitlyn's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Friday, a mom from Uganda, to fund ovarian surgery.
Kaitlyn has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 8 countries.
Kaitlyn has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 8 countries.
Friday is a widow and a mother of three. She arrived at the hospital with two months’ history of pelvic pain associated with difficulty in movement and loss of weight. She is in severe pain with right and left iliac masses of different measurements. Doctors completed scans/tests and she was diagnosed with ovarian masses. If not treated through curative laparotomy, Friday will not be able to do her work due to severe pain, and her pelvic masses may develop into carcinomas. Friday is a small-scale farmer who grows beans and potatoes for home consumption. Her husband died in 2011 and left her with two children. One is now 15 years old and in primary school class six and another one who is 9 years old is in primary school class five. She later had another child who is 5 years old and in preschool. Friday managed to construct a two-room semi-permanent house to shelter her family, and is on her own to raise her children. She gets their school fees through selling part of what she produces from farming, but cannot afford additional surgery charges. Friday shared with us, “I had planned to stop my children from going to school because I cannot afford their school fees in my condition. Given the opportunity with the surgery, I look forward to resuming farming to be able to take care of my children.”
Htike is 40-year-old father from Thailand. He is a daily laborer who works in construction. In his free time he enjoys playing football and cane ball. He also likes to watch Manchester United play soccer. On December 18th, 2019, while working at a construction site, Htike fell from the roof of a 2nd story building. During the fall, not only did he break both his ankles, unfortunately he also slammed his face against nails, which caused bruising and several deep cuts all over his face. He is in severe pain all the time, he cannot walk or move his ankles, nor can he sleep. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htike will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 25th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will stop the pain, allow him to walk again, and provide for his family. "After receiving treatment, I am looking forward to working again in construction," Htike said.
Saron is a 63-year-old vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and four grandchildren. When she has free time, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Saron developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. "I hope that I will be able to see again and can return to taking care of and selling my vegetables," she said.
Khim is a 74-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, with one daughter, one son, and eight grandchildren. She lives with her eldest daughter in Phnom Penh. Khim takes care of her grandchildren at home while her daughter goes to work in a garment factory. One year ago, Khim developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On May 15th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Her daughter said, "I feel sad that my mom cannot see clearly. I hope after surgery that she can recognize the faces of all her grandchildren well. I will not let her do that much work at home again, I just hope that she can see clearly."
Jean is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the eight grade, and before becoming sick he enjoyed playing soccer regularly. Jean has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves of his heart were severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered in childhood, and can no longer adequately pump blood through his body. Jean will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 28th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair his two damaged valves; if they are unable to do so, they will implant artificial replacements. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $7500 to pay for surgery. Jean'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 Jean's family overseas. Jean said, "I am very excited to have this chance to get my heart fixed!"
Yet is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. His favorite subjects is school are Khmer literature and math, and he enjoys playing soccer and watching television in his spare time. In March 2019, Yet suffered from injuries to his lower left leg when playing on the playground at school. He cannot walk without support, and often experiences pain in his leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 02, Yet will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will ensure that his injuries will heal and he will be able to walk on his own again. "I hope that my son's surgery will go well and that he will be able to walk and go to school without any problems." -Yet's Mother
Liheng is a ten-year-old boy from Cambodia. His favorite subjects in school are Khmer and English, and he wants to be a teacher when he grows up. One year ago, Liheng had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Liheng experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, tinnitus, and headaches. It is often difficult for him to hear while he is in the classroom and he finds it difficult to focus in school. Liheng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 4, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His mother says, "I hope that after surgery, my son will be able to hear clearly and will no longer have any chronic ear infections."
Yabesera is a baby from Ethiopia. His parents are from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Yabsira has a twin sister named Tseganesh. Yabesera 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, Yabesera is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yabsira’s mother says, "We come here by the support of an organization. We are here with a hope of getting the treatment for our boy.”
George is a young man from Kenya. He works as a mason. A few days ago, George was hit by a speeding vehicle. He sustained fractures on his legs. He is not able to walk and experiences chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 15, George will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to walk and work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. “I have nobody to seek help from. Please help us if you can,” says George.
Soe is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and youngest son in Mae Sot, Tak Province. Soe has a bile duct stone. Currently, she experiences from back pain as well as lower abdominal pain. Soe has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Soe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Soe is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on February 13. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Soe's procedure and care. Soe says, “I want to be healthy and stay happy with my family in my own house.”
Kakazi is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with four children. Kakazi has had a swelling on her right knee for a long time. She traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 9, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kakazi needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kakazi says, “I hope to get better quality of life and continue with cultivation after surgery.”
Sok Heang is a vegetable farmer with three children and four grandchildren from Cambodia. She likes to read magazines and watch Thai TV dramas. One year ago, Sok Heang developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, burning, tearing, photophobia, and cloudy lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sok Heang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On January 21, 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 that my eye surgery is successful so I can see everything more clearly than now and so I can help my family."