gary joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! gary's most recent donation traveled 7,000 miles to support Twesigye, a man from Uganda, to fund a mass removal procedure.
gary has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 9 countries.
gary has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 9 countries.
Twesigye is a farmer from Uganda. He is married with five children. Ten years ago, Twesige developed an epigastric mass that is increasing in size. This mass causes him pain and discomfort. Twesigye traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 21, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Twesigye needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Twesigye says, “I will celebrate when this condition is relieved and I resume with cultivation to support my family.”
Kataribabo is a retired tailor from Uganda. He is married with ten children. Now, he helps his wife with farming. Six months ago, Kataribabo developed an inguinal hernia. This causes him pain and discomfort. If not treated, it may result in hernia twisting and blocking. Fortunately, on July 24, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kataribabo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Kataribabo says, “I hope to get fine after surgery for good health.”
Choeun is a food vendor from Cambodia. She has four sons, three daughters, and 15 grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Choeun developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her clouded vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Choeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for an hour and a half seeking treatment. On September 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I want see better and I look forward to taking care of my grandchildren, and recognizing their faces once again."
Sambo is a farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons. She likes to watch Thai films on TV. Two years ago, Sambo developed a pterygium in his left eye, causing her irritation and burning. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous 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. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sambo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. Sambo 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 $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for September 10. She says, "I hope my vision improves so I can return to work."
Ream is a six-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one brother. He likes drinking coca cola and playing with his friends outside. Two years ago, he received a poorly administered injection, causing a flexion contracture of his right knee. He is unable to fully bend and move his right knee. When Ream learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 5, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his right leg to help him walk again. Now, Ream needs help to fund this $413 procedure. His mother says, "I hope my son can bend his leg again and start school soon."
Margaret is a farmer from Kenya. She is 56 years old and a mother of six. She plants maize and beans for domestic use. Margaret lost her husband in 1992. Two weeks ago, Margaret tripped and fractured her left hand. She has currently lost function of her hand and cannot perform routine tasks. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 19, Margaret will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. We hope that with treatment, Margaret will be able to return home and work normally. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure.
Kimheang is a factory worker from Cambodia. She has one daughter and two sons. She likes to bake and sell her baked goods. Three years ago, Kimheang was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her right knee. She went to an emergency clinic and doctors fixated hardware to heal her fracture. Now, the hardware is causing her pain and needs to be removed. It is difficult for her to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 27, Kimheang will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "I hope I am feeling better after the operation and can walk without pain."
Chhay is a baker from Cambodia. He has two sons, six daughters, and twelve grandchildren. He likes to watch music videos and boxing matches. He likes to make desserts. Four years ago, Chhay developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, clouded lenses, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chhay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 26, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I think my vision is improved so I can continue my business selling desserts and recognize faces of my loved ones."
Wendy is a 14-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her family cannot afford to give her a nutritious diet filled with protein, calories, and nutrients. She has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Wendy began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Wendy lives with her father, aunt, and cousins in an adobe home with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, and her aunt takes care of her. Even though they want the best for Wendy, they cannot afford this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Wendy recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Wendy a chance to grow healthy and strong.
Sophal is a 50-year-old farmer with two sisters and one brother. She likes to do housework and work on her farm. Since she was a child, Sophal has experienced ear discharge in both ears, hearing loss, and otitis media, an inflammatory disease of the middle ear. She also developed a cholesteatoma, an abnormal skin growth, in her left ear. She is in pain and has difficulty communicating with others. Sophal was referred to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from an organization in Phnom Penh that provides ear healthcare services. She traveled for two hours with her husband to seek treatment. On November 23, CSC surgeons performed a mastoidectomy procedure in Sophal's left ear to remove the cholesteatoma. After recovery, her ear discharge should stop, and her hearing should improve. Now, she needs help to fund this $842 procedure. "I hope to have good hearing," she says. "I want to be able to communicate with people easily."
Sophean is a 22-year-old farmer who has two sisters and three brothers. He likes to watch TV and listen to music on the radio. Two years ago, Sophean was bitten by a Malayan pit viper. The injury caused a Volkmann contracture, permanently shortening the forearm muscles of his left arm. He was treated by a Khmer traditional healer, but his symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for him to flex and extend his left wrist and hand. When Sophean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for six hours to seek treatment. On November 2, CSC surgeons performed a tendon repair surgery. After recovery, Sophean will be able to use his left wrist and hand easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $450 surgery.
Emmarie is an 18-year-old college student who is studying criminology. Her dream is to protect and maintain peace in her country. She believes that serving the country is not only "a man's job," but a "responsibility of all citizens." Watsi's medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), describes her as "a woman of courage." Last September, Emmarie began to experience abdominal pain and swelling. For this reason, she began to have difficulty at school, eventually deciding to postpone her education. After undergoing diagnostic testing, Emmarie learned that she had a cyst on her ovary. Without treatment, Emmarie was at risk of the cyst bursting. Fortunately, on December 21, she underwent an ovarian cystectomy to remove the cyst. Emmarie's father works as a driver to provide for the family. He cannot afford this treatment, so ICM is requesting $890 in funding. After recovery, Emmarie plans to continue her education and training to become a policewoman. "When I learned about my condition, I felt downcast," says Emmarie. "I stopped schooling because of the pain I felt, especially during field training...I knew my parents could not afford to pay for treatment." She continues, "I was grateful to learn that I could be helped through your organization, and donors could sponsor my surgery. I give my heartfelt thanks to you in advance. Hopefully, after this surgery, I will live a normal life and return to school."