David joined Watsi on April 16th, 2021. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! David's most recent donation traveled 6,400 miles to support Saran, a devoted grandfather from Cambodia, to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.
David has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 4 countries.
David has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 4 countries.
Saran is a 64-year-old retired government worker. He lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His wife is a cook at a restaurant and together they have two daughters, three sons, and five grandchildren. They recently moved in with one of their daughters to help take care of their grandchildren. He loves to go for walks, listen to the radio, and cook meals for his grandchildren. Three years ago, Saran developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saran learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there seeking treatment. On August 17th, doctors will perform a small incision 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. Saran said, "I hope after surgery my eyesight is good again, so I can go on walks and take my grandchildren to nice places."
Saroeun is a 56-year-old fisherman with two daughters, three sons, and three grandchildren. He and his wife go to a local market each day to sell their catch. In his free time he loves to listen to the radio or play with his grandchildren. He also loves to ride his motorbike, however, recent changes in his vision have made this difficult. Two years ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 30th, 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. Saroeun shared, "I hope I can return to work after my vision improves, and work more than before. I want to be able to make more money for my family."
Dinavensi is a 48-year-old mother from Uganda. She shared with us that sadly five of Dinavensi's children have passed away and her living children have special needs and rely on Dinavensi daily. Dhinavensi works hard as a laborer whenever she can find the work. Recently, Dinavensi was working on a banana plantation and collapsed. She was soon transported to a local clinic where she was transferred to our medical partner African Mission Healthcare's (AMH) care center. Her neighbors pooled money to ensure she was able to be transported to the hospital. She had been experiencing heavy bleeding, a backache and general body weakness for some weeks now. Dinavensi has been diagnosed with menorrghagia and uterine myoma. If not treated, Dinavensi is at risk of suffering from severe anaemia and future complications. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy. AMH is requesting $219 to fund Dinavensi's surgery. Once recovered, Dinavensi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and go back to taking good care of her children. Dinavensi shared, "I am afraid that without treatment, bleeding will continue and my health will deteriorate. I am the only one my children rely on. Please help me to be treated."
Heng is a 31-year-old nurse at a government hospital in Cambodia. His wife works as an accountant and together they have a young son who is five-years-old. When Heng himself was five-years-old, he had a severe ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in his ear. Due to the abnormal growth, he experiences ear discharge, pain, and hearing loss. It is difficult for him to hear and communicate with others Fortunately, Heng has now traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 28th, he will undergo a procedure to surgically remove the cholesteatoma in his right ear. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Heng is excited about the prospect of hearing again, "I hope the infection will go away so I can regain hearing and my ear drum will heal."
Yon is a 62-year-old grocery seller with one brother and one sister. Yon lives with her nephew who is a garment worker and in her free time, she enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio or at the pagoda. Three years ago, Yon developed a cataract in her left eye causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. 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 five hours with her nephew seeking treatment. On June 10th, 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. Yon shared, "I hope I can go outside on my own after surgery and help my nephew take care of my grandchildren."
Thoeun is a 63-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter, three sons, and eight grandchildren. Sadly, Thoeun's wife passed away years ago from diabetes, and now he lives with his son who is also a farmer. In his free time, Thoeun enjoys watching Khmer boxing on TV, planting vegetables, and spending time with his relatives. Five years ago, Thoeun developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, and burning. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucus 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 Thoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his son seeking treatment. Thoeun 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 his procedure is $216 and this covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for May 21st. Thoeun shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well and feel comfortable. I want to go to the rice field and plant more vegetables."
Pov is a 45-year-old watermelon farmer who lives with her son who is a server in a restaurant. Pov enjoys watching Chinese dramas on TV and listening to the radio. Three years ago, Pov developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, itching, and discomfort with her appearance. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucus 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. When Pov learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. Pov 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 April 6. Pov shared, "I hope after surgery my eye will feel comfortable and without irritation or tearing. I want to start planting watermelon again when I am better."
Beatrice is a three-year-old girl and the youngest in a family of five children. She is an outgoing and friendly girl who loves to play with other children. Beatrice and her siblings are being raised by their mother, who sells vegetables and fruits to make a living. She also practices small scale farming and the family grows most of the food they need at home. Beatrice went to play with a neighbor's child who is around the same age. While at her neighbor’s house, a fire had been started to prepare food. As the children were playing, Beatrice accidentally fell onto the fire. She has open wounds and a contracture behind her knee. She is at risk of infection and is not able to move her leg freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Beatrice receive treatment. On May 4th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her walk easily again. Now, her family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Beatrice’s mother shared, "my daughter cannot stand nor walk due to the contracture. She used to walk and go out playing with other children which is something she can’t do any more. Please help my daughter."
Joseph is a 28-year-old gardener from Western Kenya. He is married and has two young children including one who is four years old and another who is five months old. His wife takes care of their home and children, and he is the breadwinner of the family. On April 4th, Joseph was involved in a road accident on his way home from work. He was knocked down by a speeding motorbike and fractured his right tibia/fibula. Joseph cannot walk on his own. He is ambulating using crutches and experiences a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 6th, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily. Now, AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Joseph shared, “I am the breadwinner of the family and this accident is affecting my work and life. I, sadly, am unable to raise the amount required for the surgery and treatment.“
Sorann is a 35-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She teaches elementary school students, and loves her work very much. She has four siblings, and her parents are farmers who live outside Phnom Penh. Outside of school, she loves to walk in nature and to take photos on her phone. Three months ago, Sorann developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. As a result, she experiences nasal obstruction, loss of smell, and sometimes headaches. It is difficult for her to breathe and sleep. When Sorann learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, she will be able to breathe more easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $291 procedure. Sorann shared, "I have a hard time sleeping and it makes it more difficult to do my job well. I hope that I can get better so I can be the best teacher I can be again."