Robert joined Watsi on May 23rd, 2017. Four years ago, Robert joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Robert's most recent donation supported Tarik, a 4-month-old baby boy from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot surgery.
Robert has funded healthcare for 61 patients in 9 countries.
Robert has funded healthcare for 61 patients in 9 countries.
Tarik is four-month-old baby boy and the youngest in a family of four children. Tarik’s parents are small scale farmers and grow food mainly for their own family's consumption. Tarik was born with congenital clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes as he grows up. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Tarik receive treatment. His family visited AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 13th and now, they need help to fund the $935 procedure. After treatment, Tarik will be able to grow up with a full life ahead! Tarik’s mother shared, "it is through God’s blessings and people’s support that my baby has made it this far. He needs to start treatment for his legs. Please help correct by baby’s disability so that he can grow up like other children.”
Caren is a 17-year-old student and the oldest in a family of four children. She is a social girl who enjoys singing and reading books. In school, her best subjects are biology, chemistry and physics, and she hopes to be a doctor one day. Caren's father used to own a fish shop, but unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his business closed. Caren was diagnosed with genu valgus, which means that her legs bow inwards and her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result of this condition, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Caren. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 8th and treatment will hopefully restore Caren's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Caren shared, "my legs hurt when I walk and the pain is usually too much during the evening and the morning hours. Each day they keep bending please help correct my legs."
Va is a 73-year-old farmer with two sons, four daughters, and 13 grandchildren. Va does not go to the rice field much anymore due to his vision and age. Nowadays, he plants vegetables around his home and likes to listen to the news on the radio. Around three years ago, Va developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Va learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On May 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Va shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can plant rice and vegetables easily, and drive my motorcycle to the pagoda for the holy days."
Simon is a ten-year-old boy and is the fifth of seven children. Simon and his siblings are being raised by their widowed mother. Though they do not have a farm, Simon's mother has received some support from their village church and has been able to start a small business of selling sugar, tea leaves, salt, and little snacks like doughnuts to be able to support and provide for her children. Recently, Simon was diagnosed with a bone condition called right valgus. During year seven at school, he fell ill from a bacterial infection and was bedridden for a long time. His mother tried to use traditional herbal medication which didn't help with the condition. Simon's infection continued to get worse, and as his mother began to worry he might die, the church helped to pay for medical treatment so he could recover fully. When he was strong enough to get out of bed and walk, his mother noticed his leg was not straight, but she thought it was because of the long period he had been in bed not walking. Over time, his leg has worsened, making walking difficult for him. As a result, Simon is unable to get around or attend to his normal daily activities with ease. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Simon. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Simon's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Simon’s mother asks, "Please help my son."
Charity is a 28-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the eldest in her family and is now married and has a newborn baby who is two months old. Her husband works as a clerk at a local dairy factory, where he earns enough to feed their family. Charity was working at the same factory, but was laid off from her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is not currently working and spends her time at home taking care of her child. Since August 2020, when Charity was pregnant, she started experiencing pain in her upper abdomen that radiated to the back. Charity had visited several different health centers but showed no improvement, and later decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nazareth Hospital. She underwent a scan, which showed that she has a large gallstone. The doctor recommended that she undergo a cholecystectomy. Without treatment, Charity's condition may become more complicated and cause her gall bladder inflammation, or a blocked bile duct or pancreatic duct. However, Charity is unable to meet the cost of her care and appeals for financial support. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. is helping Charity receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on March 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove the gallbladder due to the gallstone causing pain and possibly infection. This procedure will cost $788, and she and her family need help raising money. Charity shared, "The pain is too much at times and I feel some relief when I vomit. I am hoping to get support so that I can be well and be at peace to nurse my baby."
San is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. All of her children are married. San has lived with her youngest daughter since her husband passed away six years ago. In her free time, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and visit the pagoda. One year ago, San developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When San learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours by taxi with her son seeking treatment. On November 26th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, San needs help to fund this $229 procedure. San shared, "At this age, I just want to see and take care of my grandchildren well."
Rin is a 76-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters and nine grandchildren. Her husband passed away nearly 20 years ago, and now she lives with her middle daughter. She is mostly retired now, and spends most of her time with her grandchildren, telling them stories and cooking meals for them. In her free time she likes to listen to prayers by the monks on the radio. Ten years ago, Rin developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Rin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there seeking treatment. On August 10th, 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. Rin said, "My hope is that after surgery I can see well enough to do my sewing again. I want to make some clothes for my grandchildren."
Ngin is a 75-year-old grandmother from Cambodia. She has two daughters, six sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband is a monk. Ngin lives with her youngest daughter, who is a teacher. In her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio and joining ceremonies at the pagoda. One year ago, Ngin developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ngin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her son seeking treatment. On December 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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. Ngin shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well. I want to go the pagoda and to their ceremonies. I want to be able to take care of myself and my grandchildren well."
Tushemerirwe is a farmer from Uganda. Tushemerirwe is a married mother to five children and all are still studying. She completed primary seven but never proceeded with school due to lack of school fees. She was born to a family of ten children with five boys and five girls, all are married and are small-scale farmers. Her only source of income is from farming where she grows food crops for home consumption and she sells off the surplus to generate an income to the family. Her husband is also a small scale farmer. With their income and expenditure mostly on children s school fees, she can’t afford the cost of her surgery, she appeals for support. Three years ago, Tushemerirwe began experiencing severe lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with a pre-malignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Tushemerirwe's surgery. On August 18, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Tushemerirwe will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Tushemerirwe says, "I am really glad having heard about this great support program. I hope that once recovered, I will resume with farming.”
Vireak is a 1-year-old baby boy from Cambodia. He is the first child in his family. Vireak's mother works in a factory, and his father is a farmer who also sells plastic materials. Vireak enjoys playing with toys, eating, sleeping, and watching cartoons on a phone. In May, Vireak was burned by hot water on both of his hands. He received treatment in the aftermath of the burn at a hospital for 20 days. Now, he still has scar contractures on the middle finger of his right hand and the middle and ring finger of his left hand. These burn contractures make it difficult for him to move his fingers and hands normally. A contracture release and full thickness skin graft procedure will be performed on both hands to alleviate this problem. When Vireak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), his family traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On December 2nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to allow him to use his hands again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Vireak's mother shared. "I am worried his hand will get worse if we can not fix this now. I hope he does not need any more operations."
Khaing is a 27-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and a three-year-old son in a village in Tak Province. Originally from Karen State, Burma, they moved to their current home three years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband is a day laborer and she is homemaker. Ten years ago, Khaing started feeling like her nose was blocked and that she could not breathe well. She also had a runny nose and saw a small mass in her nostril while looking at her reflection in the mirror. At the time, Khaing did not go to see a doctor because she could not afford to pay for treatment, and she thought that she would feel better over time. However, four years ago she noticed that the mass had grown. Khaing went to her local hospital in Burma, where the doctor confirmed she had a mass in her nostril and gave her medication for a week. She did not go back to her follow-up appointment as she had run out of money. She then tried to treat herself with traditional medicine unsuccessfully as the mass continued to increase in size. In the beginning of May 2020, Khaing developed a severe headache and pain in her nose. The area around her nose also became swollen. She went to Mae Tao Clinic for treatment, where the medic found large masses in both of her nasal cavities. She was then taken to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, she received an x-ray of her nose and the doctor told her that the masses were large and surrounded by a lot of pus. After a CT scan, the doctor diagnosed her with a nasal polyp and scheduled her for surgery on December 28th, 2020. Currently, the area around her nose is swollen and painful. Her nostrils feel itchy, her nose is blocked, and has to breathe through her mouth. She still has a headache, though since she received pain medication from the doctor at MSH, this has been less severe. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 28th, Khaing will undergo an endoscopic sinus surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to breathe normally again and her quality of life will significantly improve. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Khaing shared, "I really want to have surgery and feel better. I am not scared because I believe that the surgery will help me be free from headaches and breathe well again."
Im is a 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia with three daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren altogether. When she cannot visit pagodas to participate in religious ceremonies, she relaxes and listens to the monks on the radio. Two months ago, Im developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Im learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for for many hours seeking treatment. On May 18th, 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 husband said, "She cannot see anything clearly right now, and she is having a lot of trouble moving around by herself. I hope that after surgery she can be independent, and come back to work with me in the field."