Ron joined Watsi on January 3rd, 2014. Six years ago, Ron joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Ron's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chenda, a three-year-old from Cambodia, for surgery to repair her hip dysplasia.
Ron has funded healthcare for 77 patients in 12 countries.
Ron has funded healthcare for 77 patients in 12 countries.
Chenda is a three-year-old girl, who lives with her parents and her two-year-old sister. Chenda's father works in construction. When Chenda was one year old her mother noticed she had difficulty walking and her gait has remained abnormal for the last two years. Her neighbors told her to come to our Medical Partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) where an x-ray shows dysplasia of her left hip. To repair this dysplasia, surgeons will perform an open reduction and pelvis osteotomy on the left side. She will be able to walk normally once she recovers and grow up as a healthy girl. Chenda's mother said, "I hope my daughter will get well soon and she will be able to walk easily and well after her surgery."
Robert is a 37-year-old matatu taxi driver with two children. Recently, Robert was involved in a traffic accident where he sustained multiple fractures in his legs. He has difficulty walking and can no longer work as a driver. Fortunately, with the support of Watsi donors he was able to have his first surgery and now surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), are able to help with his final repair. On August 5th, Robert will undergo a second fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow Robert to walk with more ease. AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I am hopeful I will be able to walk again. I am halfway there. I know with this surgery, I will be able to use my legs and get back to working again,” shared Robert.
Nuriya is 2-year-old toddler from Ethiopia who loves his mom and dad very much and always wants to be with them. Nuriya enjoys chatting and playing with his parents. Now he also has a three-month-old baby sister. His parents are working hard to raise them both. They shared that they went through a lot as a previous immigrant in Saudi Arabia and their family now decided to stay in their home country to raise a family and support it from their homeland. Nuriya's grandparents gave his parents a small piece of land that they are now farming. However, the fruit that they farm is only enough to maintain the daily needs of the family. Nuriya was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Nuriya is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Nuriya was also born with another birth condition that Watsi donors supported for treatment and his family is tremendously grateful for support. Nuriya's mother is inspired by the care he is receiving, “I hope he will be a doctor in the future. Just as the doctor who treated him and changed his health in the past, I want him to grow and treat so many kids with sickness and disability.”
Glory is a charming four-year-old girl and the firstborn child in a family of two children. Glory’s mother is house mother, while her father provides for the family through his work at construction sites. Glory was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, which means that her legs bow inwards and her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Glory has difficulty walking and experiences pain after playing all day. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Glory. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4th and treatment will hopefully restore Glory's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Glory’s mother shared, "we have tried medication, but it has not helped. Our daughter now needs surgery but the cost of treatment is too high for us to afford. Please help."
Emmanuel is a newborn baby and the second child in his family. His mother used to sell maize in a market near their home before she gave birth to Emmanuel. After giving birth, she hasn't yet returned to her business since she has been taking care of Emmanuel. They shared that his father works on a construction site and the daily work is hard to come by. Since birth, Emmanuel has had a left inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or even death. Fortunately, on May 8th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund Emmanuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Emmanuel’s mother says, “As a family, it is very hard for us to raise money for Emmanuel’s surgery due to our poor financial capabilities. Any financial help offered to us will be highly appreciated.”
Mary is a 46-year-old mother with two children aged 28 and 25 years old. Mary takes care of her family, while her husband is a casual laborer at construction sites. Mary was generally in good health until a few years ago, when she started having upper abdominal pain. To treat her condition, Mary visited many hospitals that provided her with pain medication. She also underwent a scan that showed she had gallstones, but was told treatment would not remove them. Fortunately, Mary's pastor and other friends advised her to come to Nazareth Hospital for another opinion, where a surgeon confirmed she had gallstones and advised that she undergo a cholecystectomy procedure for treatment. If not treated, Mary will continue to experience pain, and her condition could develop into bladder inflammation and bile duct inflammation. Mary will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo a laparotomy to start treatment for her gallstones on April 1st, and the procedure will cost $788. Once recovered, she will hopefully be free of pain and able to return to her daily life activities. Mary shared, “I have had a lot of pain and have gone to very many places seeking treatment for the last four years. I kindly hope and plead for help so that I can be well and regain my normal life."
Phay is a loving grandmother from Cambodia. She had one daughter and four sons. Sadly, she and her husband lost all their children during the Khmer Rouge regime. Now she lives with her grandson who is a car mechanic. Phay enjoys listening to the monks preaching on the radio. Two years ago, Phay developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, photophobia, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phay learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her grandson seeking treatment. On January 20th, 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. Phay said, "I hope I can see well after my surgery so I can take care of my great-grandchildren, do some housework to help out, and get around more by myself."
Pun Theary is a 59-year-old mother of four, with three sons, one daughter, and four grandchildren. Pun Theary sells fruit and her husband is a tailor. In her free time she enjoys watching Khmer movies on TV. Her days have become more challenging since one year ago. The retina of Pun Theary's left eye detached, causing her blurry vision, photophobia and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing friends, and going places on her own. When Pun Theary learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled by motorcycle with her husband seeking treatment. On December 24th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in her left eye. After her recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Pun Theary shared with us, "For my business I need to have good vision. I want to see well again so I can sell my fruit and take good care of my children."
Kyomukama is a 51-year-old woman from Uganda. Kyomukama is a mother of seven and is a small-scale farmer while her husband is a primary school teacher. Their firstborn is now 31 years old and is married already. All their other six children are in school and the cost of their school fees is a major challenge for the family. Kyomukama started having backaches about five years ago. She visited different clinics and could only get tablets to relieve her pain. This pain has persisted over time and has now spread to her legs, abdomen and joints. She came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza, she presented with chronic pelvic pain and scan results show she has intra-uterine fibroids. If not treated, pain could stop her from doing her day to day survival activities and her quality of life will continue to be be affected negatively. Kyomukama can no longer do heavy work and has no peace at all due to her pains; her production in agriculture has been reduced. During her free time, she likes making handcrafts but has now started making them full time since she can’t go to the fields to practice farming. She is seeking financial support for the surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Kyomukama's surgery. On October 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyomukama will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Kyomukama says, “My family cannot afford the surgery charges and I am in a lot of pain. I will resume farming as soon as possible once given treatment.”
Sambo is a 56-year-old rice and mango farmer from Cambodia with four daughters and eight grandchildren. She lives and works with her husband, but also spends time outside of planting season working at the market selling her fruit. In her free time she chats with neighbors, visits her daughters, and watches news on TV. Two years ago, Sambo developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. In the last six months her symptoms have worsened. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sambo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one and a half hours by taxi seeking treatment. On July 13, 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. Sambo shared, "I hope after surgery I can see everything clearly, so I can travel by myself to visit my children and grandchildren because I like to do things independently."
Ly is a 58-year-old garment factory worker from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and nine grandchildren. She enjoys listening to news and music on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Ly developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and difficulty working under too much light. 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 Ly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. Ly 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 $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 23rd. "I hope that my mother will not have any pain, and her eye irritation will go away. I hope she will able to go outside after surgery," Ly's daughter said.
Sarun is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five children, ten grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio and joining in ceremonies at the local pagoda. Two years ago, Sarun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sarun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On January 13th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to see clearly so I can recognize my relatives' faces and go outside easily again," she hoped.