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 Neat, a 41-year-old construction worker from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
David has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 5 countries.
David has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 5 countries.
Neat is a 41-year old-construction worker, who is married and has a nine-year-old daughter who is in 1st grade. Neat's wife is also a construction worker, and when Neat has free time, he repairs motorcycles to earn more money. In 2021, Neat developed an ear infection, which caused the ear drum in his right ear to perforate. As a result, Neat now experiences ear pain, hearing loss, tinnitus, discharge, and headaches, and he cannot hear clearly when he is at work. Neat traveled to Children's Surgical Centre hoping to receive treatment. On May 5th, he will undergo a procedure on his right ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This will cover medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Neat says: "I hope my ear heals so the infection stops and I can hear well again."
Lita is an inquisitive 6-year-old student. She is in grade one at the local public school and loves all her subjects. She has decided she would like to teach the Khmer language when she is older. Lita has a two-year-old brother and enjoys playing with him when she is not in school. Both of her parents are farmers in their province, which is seven hours away from the capital of Phnom Penh. For the past two years, Lita has been experiencing recurrent infections with fever, sore throat, and difficulty swallowing. She does not eat well and often has a fever. She has missed school frequently because she feels so poorly. Lita was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Lita, which is scheduled to take place on March 15th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Lita of her symptoms and helping her live much more comfortably. Her mother said: "We hope after surgery Lita will be healthy again. We worry about her because she is sick so often, and doesn't sleep or eat well."
Maryann is a three-year-old girl and the second born in a family of three children. Maryann's sister Natalia had tonsil surgery one year ago with support from the Watsi community and almost immediately after her sister was home from the hospital, Maryann started having a frequent colds, swollen tonsils, and hotness of the body/fevers. She has been taken to various health facilities, with short relief, but her symptoms continue to reoccur. The ENT surgeon has advised that Maryann also undergo a tonsillectomy to fully heal her condition. Maryann's grandmother works at Nazareth Hospital to help support their family and Maryann’s parents are small business people making just enough to sustain them. Their family is seeking support from Watsi so that Maryann can grow up with fewer challenges and a bright, healthy future. If not treated, Maryann will continue to have recurrent swelling, colds, and fevers. Her condition could also become chronic tonsillitis, which can cause infection to the middle ear, a peritonsillar abscess, or rheumatic fever. “This condition seems to run in the family. It is hard to have such a small and second child having the same condition of tonsils. I hope Watsi can assist again so that my other grandchild can also get help. We really appreciate it," Maryann's grandmother told us.
Savoeun is a 61-year-old grandmother. She has one son, three daughters, and nine grandchildren. Savoeun lives with her husband who earns his income working on a rubber farm. She likes to watch the news on TV, and listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Savoeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, Savoeun is not able to go places on her own, and has lost much of her independence. When Savoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours to seek treatment. Fortunately, on February 23rd, doctors at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, will perform a small incision cataract surgery, as well as an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again, and go back to living her life fully. Our medical partner is asking for $229 to help fund Savoeun's procedure. Savoeun says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well. I would like to cook, go outside on my own, and take care of my grandchildren."
Phkay is a seven-year-old boy. He studies in the 2nd grade and has one brother in 7th grade. His mother is a beverage seller and his father is a tuk tuk driver. Last October, Phkay fell while riding his bike and fractured his right elbow. His parents brought him to a private clinic and doctors fixated hardware to heal his fracture. Now, the hardware is unstable and needs to be removed so he can fully heal. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 15th, Phkay will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow him full use of his right arm. Phkay wants to feel well again and told us: "I hope I can easily use my hand again."
Rin is a traditional Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. Her husband died during the Khmer Rouge regime many years ago. She also shared that her son and daughter have passed away. Rin lives alone and makes Khmer cakes to sell at the market. She spends her time meditating and going to the pagoda. Three years ago, Rin developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and sometimes tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Rin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 4th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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. Rin says, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can take care of myself and be independent."
Faith is a beautiful young girl and the last born in a family of three children. She recently joined kindergarten, where's she's been learning how to read English words, and picking up fast! Faith's mother sells vegetables in the village, while her father takes up casual construction labour to help make ends meet. Their family, like the majority of Ugandan citizens, does not have medical insurance coverage, which makes it difficult for them to access quality healthcare. Since birth, Faith has had an umbilical hernia. Her mother explained that Faith has a swollen umbilicus, which can become painful when she strains herself. Her parents are not able to raise the money they need for her surgery to help her heal, and appeal for help. On February 8th, Faith will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Faith's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Faith's mother says, “My daughter always wants to help me at home mostly on doing chores but her ill health is always a barrier. However, I hope that once given your support, she will regain her health and live a new life.”
Margaret's smile lights up the room. She is a 41-year-old small scale farmer who is married and has one child. Her husband worked as a taxi driver, but, unfortunately, he lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three years ago, Margaret began experiencing troubling symptoms including difficulty swallowing, throat soreness and voice changes. Over time, her symptoms worsened, so she visited a local hospital for further evaluation. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter, or an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. A thyroidectomy was recommended to treat her condition. If left untreated, the goiter will continue to grow, which could lead to troubling complications like difficulty breathing, heart problems, thyrotoxicosis, or trachea obstruction. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Margaret receive treatment. On December 28th, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center, where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, she and her family need help raising $657 to fund her procedure and care. Margaret shared, "this problem has affected my daily work and life for a long time, and now I worry I am becoming a bother even to my husband. I am therefore kindly asking for assistance to have this surgery so that I can regain my health."
Ngeke is a 17-month-old boy from a family of four children. Ngeke's father is the sole provider of their family through keeping livestock. They shared that this year has been very hard for them because of the drought that hurt the pastures. This has led to a loss of cattle and income for their family. Ngeke was born with 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. Fortunately, Ngeke's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Ngeke's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to grow up healthy and walk much more easily. Ngeke’s mother says, “I would be very happy to see my son’s feet normal.”
Samuel is a father of three. He is a businessman who trades in bananas, selling them from door to door. He did not study much but proudly desires to see his children attain the highest level of education. His eldest child is in college while the others are in primary school. For four years, Samuel has had abdominal hernia. For the last six months, the hernia has been causing him pain especially when he is straining. He is worried that without treatment, the hernia might become strangulated, affecting his output and thus his family income. He needs surgery but is not able to raise the funds needed. He appeals for help. Fortunately, on December 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Samuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Samuel says “I trust that I will get healed and continue hustling to see that I get my children where I want them to be once am operated.”
Da is a 67-year-old man who lives with his wife and son in a village on the border of Thailand. Da cannot work since his vision deteriorated three years ago. Da's wife is a homemaker, and his son works as a day laborer. In his free time, Da likes to listen to gospel songs. Starting three years ago, Da's right pupil gradually turned white. The vision in his right eye also blurred over time. Later on, the vision in his left eye also became blurred. When he went to Mae Sot Hospital, the doctor diagnosed him with cataracts in both his eyes and told him he would need surgery. However, when Da told the doctor the he had experienced seizures in the past, the doctor ordered a CT scan to check if the problem with his vision is being caused by a brain tumor. Currently, Da cannot see anything and can only perceive light. He needs someone to guide him to the toilet and help him take a shower because he cannot see. Doctors want Da to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Da's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 29th. Da says, "If my vision is restored, I will teach my son how to farm the land and grow crops. I will also volunteer at the Church as much as I can."
Sok Heng is a nine-year-old student in the third grade. She has two siblings, including a younger brother and an older sister. Her father works in construction, while her mother works in a factory. When she is not in school, she likes to read books and play games with her older sister. Her favorite subject is math, and she would like to be an engineer when she grows up. Since she was two months old, Sok Heng has had a mass on her upper lip. She was treated at a local hospital with medication, but the mass has continued to grow and she experiences discomfort. She has been diagnosed with a hemangioma, or a bump made up of extra blood vessels in the skin. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Sok Heng to receive treatment. She traveled to CSC's care center where, on December 3rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Sok Heng needs help raising $231 to fund her procedure and care. Sok Heng's mother shared, "I hope she gets better after surgery, and she can go to school and look like other children."