Sevastian joined Watsi on May 28th, 2015. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sevastian's most recent donation supported Chamrong, a motorcycle mechanic from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Sevastian has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 7 countries.
Sevastian has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 7 countries.
Chamrong is a 19-year-old motorcycle mechanic from Cambodia. He has three siblings and enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with his friends. Ten years ago, Chamrong 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, Chamrong experiences discharge, tinnitus, hearing loss, and headaches. He is often unable to hear or communicate with others effectively. Chamrong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 21st, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right 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. Chamrong said, "I hope that after my surgery, my ear infection will heal and my hearing will improve."
Sok Hin is a 29-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son, and enjoys playing with his kids in his free time. When he was ten years old, Sok Hin had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sok Hin experiences tinnitus, discharge, and itchiness. He finds it difficult to communicate well with others and cannot focus at work. Sok Hin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 4, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my operation, my hearing will improve and I will no longer have an infection."
Buuna is a government worker from Cambodia. She has two sons and six grandchildren. Two years ago, Buuna developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and headaches. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Buuna learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On January 8, 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. Her son says, "I worry about my mom's vision failing and that she won't be able to meditate."
Catherine is a trader from Kenya. She is a mother of six children. Catherine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Catherine. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 21. After treatment, Catherine will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Catherine says, “My prayer is to be treated and discharged from the hospital. I want to fight off this cancer."
Cherly is a young adult from Haiti. She lives with her husband and 15-year-old daughter in Port-au-Prince. She is not currently working due to her heart condition. Cherly has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the valves of her heart are damaged as a result of an infection she suffered a number of years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body, and she is in heart failure. Cherly will fly to United States to receive treatment. On November 21, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace two of the damaged valves in her heart with artificial valves. Another organization, the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $75,000 to pay for surgery. Cherly'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 Cherly's family overseas. She says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so I can spend more time doing things with my daughter."
Koem is a vegetable seller from Cambodia. She has two sons and four daughters. She likes to read and spend time with her children. Three years ago, she developed knee pain due to arthritis. She must rely on others to help her walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, Koem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total knee replacement to relieve Koem of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 18, and Koem needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "After surgery, I hope the pain will go away and I hope I can walk again soon."
Ann is a young girl from Kenya. She is the youngest of two children. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after birth. She also has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ann traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 3. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Ann's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. "If you can help my granddaughter undergo for surgery, I will be very grateful and I will praise God for the help,” Ann’s grandmother says.
Tal Tal is woman from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae La refugee camp. When Tal Tal was 13 years old, she was sick for a long time, and her mother brought her to a hospital. The doctor checked her heart and diagnosed her with congenital heart disease. She left her condition untreated until she was pregnant last year. A medic in Mae La camp took an X-ray and was worried that she might not be able to carry the pregnancy through. The medic referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), our medical partner's care center. At MSH, Tal Tal received blood and urine tests, an echocardiogram, and oral medications for her heart condition. The doctor diagnosed her with atrial septal defect and told her that she should seek surgical treatment soon after giving birth. Recently, she delivered her baby safely at Mae La camp hospital. Now, she is scheduled for heart surgery on August 2. She needs help raising $1,500. She says, “I feel stressed about this condition. Even though I have brothers and sisters, but they are unable to support my parents. And because of my condition now, I feel sad that I cannot support my parents too.”
Phen is a flower vendor from Cambodia. She has one son, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She likes to watch movies, listen to monks pray on the radio, and take care of her grandchildren. Three years ago, Phen developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, headache, irritation, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 11, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see clearly so I can continue my work as a food vendor."
Blessing is an infant from Kenya. She is the last born in a family of six children. Both of her parents are laborers. Blessing was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Blessing is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Blessing's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Blessing from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Blessing’s mother says, “My wish is to have my child receive quality healthcare as early as possible. I am hopeful she will be well."
Mary is a baby from Kenya. She lives with her four elder siblings and parents in a one–roomed house in the Nyanza region. Her father is a motorbike taxi driver, while her mother stays at home to look after their children. Mary has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Mary has been experiencing irritability and an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Mary will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Mary that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 13 and will drain the excess fluid from Mary's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Mary will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “It is difficult to come to terms with our baby’s condition but we believe God is in total control,” says Mary’s mother.
Neema is a child from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of four children. Neema’s parents are both subsistence farmers and are barely able to support the needs of their family. Neema has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Neema traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Neema's clubfoot repair. This treatment will allow Neema to walk without pain or discomfort, and she will be able to go to school when she grows up. Neema’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get treatment so she may be able to walk. I wish I knew earlier about this program, I would have brought her sooner.”