Farshad joined Watsi on May 11th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Farshad's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Julius, a construction worker from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair procedure so he can walk and work again.
Farshad has funded healthcare for 175 patients in 13 countries.
Farshad has funded healthcare for 175 patients in 13 countries.
Julius is a 44-year-old man with two children. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Julius used to buy old clothes to sell, but the business was so greatly affected by the pandemic that he has had to search for other work to survive. He now takes on labor jobs at construction sites. Julius was in a hit-and-run accident where a driver lost control of the vehicle and hit him while walking along the side path. Julius was thrown over the car and sustained an open fracture on his left leg. As a result, he is experiencing pain and is at risk of developing an infection or malunion, which occurs when a fractured bone heals in an abnormal position. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Julius heal. On February 7th, he will undergo a fracture repair procedure known as an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery, Julius will no longer be in pain, and he will be able to walk and work again. AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Julius shared, “I depend on my legs because, for construction work, you have to climb. However, I thank God I am alive. I kindly request help so that my leg can get well. I can then go back to my hustles and sustain myself."
Soeun is a 67-year-old retired rice farmer who is married and has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Soeun's husband works as a security guard, and all of their children work as farmers. Soeun favorite activities are sewing and listening to the monks praying on the radio or in person at the local pagoda. One year ago, Soeun developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places independently any more. When Soeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 4th, surgeons will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to help fund this procedure. Soeun says, "I hope my eye can see clearly again so I can sew pillows for income and get around well by myself."
Dalis is a three-month-old baby and the only child in her family. She was born with clubfoot, a condition in which her feet are twisted out of shape. Dalis's family traveled across Cambodia for eight hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she could undergo clubfoot treatment. On February 18th, surgeons will perform a bilateral tendon achilles lengthening (TAL) and casting. Upon recovery, Dalis's legs will be straight and she will be able to walk and run as she grows older. CSC is requesting $385 to fund this procedure Dalis's mother shared, "I hope her legs can be corrected, and she will recover well."
Mathayo is a 13-year-old and the 5th born in his family of seven children. They are being raised by their mother after Mathayo's father remarried. When Mathayo was a one-year-old he was involved in a fire accident. The mattress he was sleeping in caught on fire. He was taken to hospital for treatment, but he lost his feet and some fingers. His wounds healed completely but after three years, he started to develop an infection. Now he cannot walk without support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mathayo finally receive treatment. On March 17th, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help him heal well and be able to walk without support. Now, Mathayo's family needs help to fund this $747 procedure. Mathayo says, “I had lost hope of this wound ever healing but now I see a glimmer of hope.”
Scola is a 60-year-old farmer. She is married and has one child who is twenty years old. Scola and her husband work as farmers to support themselves. For a few years now, Scola has been experiencing post-menopausal bleeding. She visited a local hospital for examination and was diagnosed with a premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Scola receive treatment. On November 4th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Scola will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Now, she and her family need help raising $219 to fund Scola's procedure and care. Scola shared, "it is my hope that the donors will consider sponsoring my surgery. My wish is to regain my health."
U Hla is a 43-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, three sons and a three-year-old daughter in Mon State. His sons go to school, while he and his wife collect recyclable plastic items and sell it to a recycling plant to earn a living. In his free time, U Hla enjoys growing vegetables in their garden. In October, U Hla was walking around his hut barefoot when he stepped on a piece of glass that cut his right toe. He could not afford to go to a clinic or a hospital and, over time, the injury became infected. His right toe is swollen and has turned blue. He cannot put any weight on his toe and has to use a wheelchair. Due to the pain, he cannot work as much as he needs to and he shared that since the end of November, he had to take his sons out of school to help him earn enough income for them to survive. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping U Hla receive treatment. On December 16th, surgeons will perform a debridement to help his infection heal so that he can go back to work and his sons can go back to school. Now, U Hla needs help to fund this $694 procedure. “I really miss my children and I want to see them,” said U Hla. "After I recover, I will go back to work and plant more vegetables. My garden is small, but I want to grow more vegetables and sell it to earn more money. I want to support my family as much as I can."
Jonathan is a 23-month-old boy—the last born with three older brothers. The family lives in a single roomed rental house. His mother is a farmer while his father operates a Boda Boda taxi business. Their income is limited to make ends meet and cover the surgery costs that Jonathan needs. Since birth, Jonathan has had inguinal hernia. The hernia presents as a swell around his inguinal area and gives him restlessness and pain especially when the swell is visible. He requires an inguinal hernia repair, which his parents are not able to pay for and requests 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 Jonathan's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Jonathan's family shared that Jonathan has been suffering for a long time and they wish to see him grow up happy, healthy, and able to play with other children.
Pov is a 52-year-old farmer with one son and three daughters. Her husband died seven years ago so she is raising her children on her own. In her free time, Pov likes to make desserts for her children and grow vegetables. About one year ago, Pov had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. She cannot communicate clearly with others and she is in chronic pain. Pov traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Pov said, "I hope my hearing can improve and my health will be good after surgery."
Saitabau is a fifteen-year-old student. He's the second born out of four children from their mother who passed away three years ago. Saitabau is a hard-working boy who is currently in class three and his best subject is mathematics. Saitabau was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His knees tilt inward and his ankles are far apart. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Saitabau's legs have worsened, making walking exhausting, painful and difficult for him. He has trouble walking to school and playing sports, which he loves to do. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Saitabau. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Saitabau's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Saitabau says “Walking to school has now become very difficult because I feel pain on my knees and I get tired easily."
Nem is a 63-year-old rice farmer. He has two sons, three daughters, and three grandchildren. All of his children work as farmers too. Nem lives with his wife and enjoy listening to the news on the radio in his free time. Three years ago, Nem 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 Nem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Nem shared, "I hope after my surgery I can see clearly again so I can see my grandchildren's faces well and help my children in the rice field."
Evans works hard as a motorcycle taxi driver. He's the second-born in a family of five and had to drop out of school in grade 8 after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. He opted to take a “Boda boda” (motorcycle taxi) job so that he could support his siblings and his children. Evans has two children that he works hard to provide for and he hopes to get married in the future. Now, he worries about not walking again. He is a hardworking and industrious man who makes ends meet for his young children. Two days ago, Evans sustained a traumatic right femur and tibia fracture after he was involved in a road traffic accident. He was rushed to the hospital for x-rays. Because he had an open wound on his femur, Evans was taken to the operating room for emergency washout surgery. A cast was placed and he was admitted to the surgical ward as doctors plan for his care. Evans is unable to walk or lift his right leg due to the fractures. He is worried that he'll continue lying in the hospital bed in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Evans will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Evans will heal and be able to work. He'll be able to fend for himself and help out his family and children. AMH is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure. Being single and without a proper job, Evans has very little to help him undergo this surgery. He has come out to ask well-wishers to help him raise money for his surgery so that he can walk again and continue supporting his family. Evans says, “If I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."
Roeung is a 70-year-old farmer with four sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter who is also a farmer. Due to his vision, he cannot work in the rice fields anymore. He used to enjoy reading books, but now he listens to the news and the monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Roeung 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 Roeung learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 16th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification 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. Roeung shared, "I hope my eye can see clearly after surgery, I want to help my family and raise chickens to support my living."