farshad joined Watsi on May 11th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! farshad's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Thoeun, a 63-year-old farmer from Cambodia, to fund pterygium eye surgery.
farshad has funded healthcare for 159 patients in 13 countries.
farshad has funded healthcare for 159 patients in 13 countries.
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."
Turinawe shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will work harder so as to be able to develop myself and my family; I will live to help others where possible.” Turinawe is a 43-year-old woman and a married mother of six children. Her oldest child is now 30 years old, while her youngest is 16. She and her husband are small scale farmers, and they own a three-room semi-permanent house. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family. Ten years ago, Turinawe began experiencing troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling that has been progressively worsening. She was diagnosed with multinodular goiter, and she needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Turinawe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on May 4th at AMH's care center where surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. Now, AMH is requesting $293 to fund Turinawe's surgery.
Sut is a 30-year-old who lives with his family in a refugee camp. His mother is a shop vendor who sells snacks in front of their home. Sut and his brother-in-law used to work as agriculture day laborers, but can no longer leave the camp to find work since the camp is on lockdown after the outbreak of COVID-19. Since then, Sut has been helping out with household chores and looks after his nephew. The income they receive from selling snacks in addition to the food card they receive from a support organization is just enough to cover their daily needs. He and his family receive free basic health care in the camp. Since April 2020, Sut has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain in the right side of his groin and he feels a burning sensation when he urinates. If he walks for a longer period of time, he will experience pain in the right side of his groin. Occasionally, when the pain worsens, he is not able to help out with household chores. Fortunately, on April 29th, Sut will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Sut's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 29th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Sut shared, "Sometimes I experience such severe pain that I cannot bear it anymore. I cannot do anything and I cannot help my family with anything due to my condition. My wife left me because of my condition and I do not have anyone that can help me. When I learned that a donor could help pay for my surgery, I felt like they had saved me from death."
Twinomwe is a 44-year-old farmer and a married father to three sons and four daughters who are all still in school. He currently earns a living through small scale farming. The majority of his income comes from growing tomatoes, which has allowed him to afford school fees for his children. His wife is also a small scale farmer. For two years, Twinomwe has had a right inguinal hernia. He experiences a sharp pain whenever he coughs or laughs, and when he is urinating. Fortunately, on April 6th, Twinomwe will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund his surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Twinomwe shared, “I hope that I will be able to undergo my surgery and regain my health to continue with farming so I can educate my children, because I don’t want them to lack education like I do.”
Roza is a 45-year-old moto-taxi driver from Cambodia. He is married and has one daughter and two sons. All of his children are in school. When he has time off from work, Roza enjoys watching the news and Khmer boxing on TV. One month ago, Roza developed a chalazion in his right eye, causing him pain, swelling, burning, tearing, and itchiness. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. It is difficult for him to see clearly and drive his motorbike. Roza traveled with his wife to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On April 29th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Roza's symptoms should improve. He needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Roza shared, "I hope after surgery my eye feels comfortable and I can return to my driving to support my family."
Ny is a 48-year-old farmer. Ny lives with his wife, who is also a farmer, and together they have one son and one daughter. Every morning Ny takes his children to school before he goes to work on the rice field. When he is at home he enjoys listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Ny developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience photophobia, tearing and blurry vision. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours with his wife seeking treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ny shared with us, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can go to the rice field easily and earn more money for my family."
Zipporah is jovial and keeps smiling the whole time we are talking, shared our local Watsi rep. She delivered a happy baby one month ago and she says that her child is her source of encouragement. For almost four years now she has not been able to use her right ear, a condition that has greatly affected her Mitumba business (second-hand clothes vending). She needs a hearing aid to boost hearing on her right side. She remembers it starting while she was working one day in June. She started hearing echoes on the right ear as she negotiated with her customers. It was slight at first but gradually worsened over time. She visited several health facilities seeking treatment but she never improved. She finally opted to visit our Medical Partner's Care Center Kijabe Hospital in December 2018 after being referred by a friend. She has been following-up for treatment, and recently doctors recommended that she gets fitted with a hearing aid. Her last visit to the hospital was in December last year and she has not been able to get the treatment and device due to financial strain. Zipporah currently doesn’t have a source of income and is home taking care of her one-month-old baby. She had to stop her clothes business after she started having problems with her ear. Her husband works as a data entry clerk whose income is just enough to cover basics for their family. They live in a rental house costing $50 a month. They have national insurance for health but unfortunately it will not cover this treatment and hearing aid fitting.
Abigael is a 14-month-old baby girl and the youngest in her family of three children. Her mother does household work washing clothes and cleaning houses for their nearby homes. Her father separated from the family many years ago. Abigael was born with an amniotic band on her right foot, and a webspace on her left foot and right hand. If these deformities are not corrected, they will make it more difficult for her to walk and hold things using her right hand in future. Doctors recommend Abigael undergo surgery to help correct her condition. However, Abigael's family cannot afford the cost of her care. Fortunately, Abigael will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo her treatment on May 9th. African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. The surgery will be of great benefit to Abigael at this age because she will be able to heal more quickly and be able to walk like other children even sooner. Abigael's mother shared, “I am appealing for support for my daughter to undergo surgery so that she can live like other children.”
Deborah works as a helper at a house and for a family in Kenya. Her husband passed away 11 years ago and she has been raising their three children on her own. Her children are now adults and, although they are supportive, they don’t yet have stable jobs. One year ago, Deborah began experiencing severe lower abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. She needs to have a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $794 to fund Deborah's surgery. On March 18th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Deborah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Deborah shared, “I am in so much pain and the discomfort has made me unable to work. My savings cannot cover the required cost of surgery.”
Phanith is a 31-year-old photography assistant from Cambodia. He currently lives with his father and his three siblings, and he is the second child in his family. His mother passed away ten years ago. Phanith has been unable to work since his injury. On November 3rd, 2020, Phanith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused injury and paralysis of his right arm. He was taken to a provincial hospital, then transferred due to the seriousness of his injuries. Phanith was released after a month but is still unable to move his right shoulder or lift his arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. As a result, Phanith is unable to lift his hand or flex his elbow, and has no movement in his fingers. Although his arm has no movement, he has paresthesia (burning or prickly sensations) of the hand and forearm, which are often quite painful. Phanith traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 4th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use this hand again and be physically able to find work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Phanith shared, "I hope after surgery, my right shoulder will return to full function as soon as possible."
Leak is a mother of three from Cambodia. She has two sons, one daughter, and one grandchild. Leak lives with her husband and her daughter who is a rice farmer. Due to her vision, Leak does not farm anymore, she mostly stays at home to look after her grandchild. Leak enjoys watching Khmer and Chinese dramas on TV. About one year ago, Leak developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Leak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours with her niece seeking treatment. On February 17th, 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. Leak's niece said, "I hope my aunt can see better so she can get around outside easily and return to planting rice and crops."
Sok Leap is a 12-year-old student from Cambodia who is in the 6th grade. He lives in Phnom Penh City with his parents and brother. His father is a car repairman and his mother is a homemaker who looks after Sok Leap and his younger brother. Since Sok Leap was three, he has developed ear infections as a result of having a small hole in his ear, which is easily infected. His mom would buy an antibiotic from the local pharmacy to help him recover. This would help him for a while, but the infection would reoccur. Recently, he had this infection reoccur and he developed a fever, so his mother took him to a local clinic. After diagnosing Sok Leap with a skin pit infection, the clinic referred Sok Leap to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for surgery. On March 9th, surgeons at CSC will remove the pit that created the whole in his ear, helping him fully heal from this condition. Now, Sok Leap's family needs help to raise $296 to fund his procedure.