Tracy joined Watsi on October 24th, 2016. Five years ago, Tracy joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Tracy's most recent donation traveled 7,400 miles to support Chanthou, a fifth grade student from Cambodia, to fund surgery on her hand.
Tracy has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Tracy has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.
Chanthou is an 11-year-old student living in Cambodia with her two sisters and brother. She is in fifth grade and enjoys reading, studying English with her uncle, and watching the music channel. When Chanthou was one-year-old she burned her hand with hot water. Over time, the scars from the burning have caused the skin between her fingers to contract, limiting her ability to use her left hand. On May 24, Chanthou will undergo surgery through our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, to loosen the skin around her fingers, allowing her to use her hand freely. The $194 will cover the procedure, medications, and hospital costs.
Roeun is a 51-year-old farmer who is married with four sons and three daughters. In his free time, he likes to plant potatoes in his garden, listen to the news on the radio, and go fishing. In January 2017, Roeun fractured his right knee during a fall. He went to a traditional Khmer healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for Roeun to bend his knee, and he is in pain. With his wife, Roeun traveled for eight hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. On March 20, surgeons will perform an open reduction and internal fixation to realign the fracture back into the normal position. With $411, we can help Roeun walk easily again!
Ashiraf is a 17-year-old boy from Kambuga in rural Uganda. He is currently in school. In his free time, Ashiraf enjoys playing soccer in the community and gathering sand from the roadside, which he then sells for construction to raise money for his school materials. Ashiraf's mother is a widow who farms their small piece of land. She also works as a cleaner at a local school. In addition to having five children of her own, she takes care of two orphans. Ashiraf recently sustained an ankle fracture from playing soccer. While playing with the other boys in the community, he was tackled and broke both his tibia and fibula bones. His teammates immediately carried him home. His mother rushed him to a health facility. She was then referred to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, where Ashiraf is scheduled to undergo fracture repair treatment on February 16. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $133 to treat Ashiraf's fracture. Upon recovery, Ashiraf hopes to go back to school and complete his primary school training. He hopes to be a banker when he graduates. "I want to thank the donors for the support they are rendering toward my son, to have his fracture fixed. I also thank the team at Bwindi for welcoming us and counseling us, giving us hope which we needed,” says Ashiraf's mother.
“I am worried about my child’s health," says Kyenyana's mother. Meet Kyenyana, a five-year-old girl from Uganda. She is a nursery school student who likes her teachers very much. She hopes to be a nun in the future. Kyenyana has an umbilical hernia, which causes her pain and discomfort. An umbilical hernia occurs when a piece of the intestine pushes through the abdominal muscles around the navel. Without treatment, Kyeyana's hernia could lead to strangulation of the intestines. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on December 12. Kyenyana lives with her single mother and one sibling. Her mother runs a secondhand shoe store and uses her income to pay for her children's education. She needs help to pay for this $249 treatment. She hopes that her daughter will grow up healthy and study well in school.
Levi is a 17-month-old boy from Guatemala. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Levi began malnutrition treatment on November 14, 2016. Levi lives with his parents and brother in rural Guatemala. He likes to play cars with his brother. His father works hard as a day laborer in the fields, but his income is small and unsteady. While Levi's parents want the best for their son, their resources are already stretched thin. They cannot afford to pay for his $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Levi recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Levi a chance to grow healthy and strong. "My son always gets sick, and it worries me because he stops eating," says Levi's mother. "He stops wanting to play with his brother and only cries. We––my husband and I––try to give him what he needs, but we do not always have the resources. I am thankful for the help you all will give my son. God bless you. When my son is bigger, I hope that he will be a doctor."
Songra is a 27-year-old food seller who has five sisters. In her free time, she likes to watch Thai movies on TV and chat with her relatives and friends. Songra was born with multiple joint abnormalities, and her knee is severely deformed. She has already undergone several surgeries with our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), including surgery to realign her left leg and a cyst removal from her right thigh. Songra visited CSC again because she was experiencing pain in her hip and right knee. She had difficulty walking on her own. On October 24, Songra underwent orthopedic surgery. Surgeons realigned her bones, allowing her to walk normally and relieving her of pain. For $411, we can fund this important procedure. Songra says, "I hope that I can walk better than before."
60-year-old Florence is a farmer from Uganda who grows beans, cassava, potatoes, and millet. During her free time, she likes to meet with other women in the community and sing in her church choir. Florence has experienced steadily worsening abdominal pain for the past several years. About four years ago, the pain became so unbearable that it even began to affect her work. She sought treatment from various clinics, but her condition did not improve. Florence was diagnosed with an ovarian tumor by doctors at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. On October 27, she underwent a hysterectomy to remove the cancerous growth and relieve her pain. Florence is a widow who lives by herself. She needs help to raise $321 for this operation. When she recovers, Florence hopes to return to her community and start a small corn flour store. “I give glory to God for the help Watsi gives us," says Florence, "I hope to go back to my home a healed and free lady. Apoyo matek (thank you so much)."
Aneti is a 30-year-old woman from Uganda who enjoys chatting with her friends. She is a subsistence farmer, renting land to grow crops for food. During the delivery of her first child, Aneti developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. She has experienced pain and urinary dysfunction for ten years. On October 26, Aneti underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 procedure. After recovery, Aneti hopes to return to her former job as a cook at a local primary school. “Thanks very much to the donors, and may God enrich their helping hands," says Aneti.
Gloria is a 28-year-old woman from Uganda. She lives with her parents in a rural village. Gloria farms on a small piece of land, where she grows beans, groundnuts, maize, and cassava. She enjoys visiting friends, walking around her gardens, and listening to radio programs on health and development. During the delivery of her first child, Gloria developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. She experiences discomfort and urinary dysfunction. On October 27, Gloria underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 procedure. After recovery, Gloria plans to start a small business selling tomatoes, onions, salt, and millet flour. She will use the money to support her parents. "I thank donors so much for having a helping heart," says Gloria. "I would not be able to support my treatment if it were not because of your support."
Archie is a three-year-old child living in the Philippines with his parents and six siblings. His father is a construction worker, and he earns the only income for the family. Archie has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. Archie began malnutrition treatment on October 19. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. The total cost of the support and resources Archie needs is $184, and his family is unable to afford this cost on their own. Following his treatment, Archie's nutrition will improve, and his risk of complications and fatality will significantly decrease. "I hope that Archie will be able to go to school and finish his studies" shares Archie's mother.
John is a five-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives in a simple bamboo house without electricity. John loves to sing, and his parents hope that he becomes a singer. They are street vendors, but they don't make enough money to feed their children. John has malnutrition, a condition that can cause serious mental and physical disabilities as he grows. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In the remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add potentially fatal risks to childhood diseases. Fortunately, on October 18, 2016, John began a malnutrition treatment program provided by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program will provide nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure he regains normal weight and achieves optimum physical and mental development. Staff and community volunteers will make weekly visits to monitor his progress. To help sustain John's long-term health, ICM's professional staff will educate his family about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. Now, his family needs our help to pay for this $184 treatment.
Masereka is a 22-year-old man from Uganda. He has no parents and he never went to school. He earns a living from motorcycle transport. Masereka wishes he could work hard and get money to buy a piece of land so that he can build a house and even start a family. He likes eating fish and playing soccer. Masereka had surgery on his abdomen a year ago, but weeks later he developed a swelling in the incision. When he visited a hospital he was diagnosed with an incisional hernia. A hernia occurs when part of the intestine protrudes through the inner abdominal wall - in this case, due to the surgical wound that did not heal completely. Surgery was advised, but Masereka couldn’t afford to pay for his surgery or to buy a mesh. Due to the pain, Masereka is unable to lift heavy items or to do any straining. Masereka can’t even ride a motorcycle for work. If not treated, the incisional hernia could become stuck, leading to damage to the intestine or even the stomach. $249 will cover the cost of the surgery and care Maereka needs. After surgery he hopes to be able to ride his motorcycle again and get money to support himself.