Catherine joined Watsi on November 26th, 2019. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Catherine's most recent donation supported Sorng, a driver from Cambodia, to fund mobility-restoring fracture repair surgery.
Catherine has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 4 countries.
Catherine has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 4 countries.
Sorng is a 26-year-old driver from Cambodia. He was married two years ago and his wife is a factory-worker. They live with his parents, who are farmers. In addition to driving he also occasionally works on the farm to help his parents. In his free time he loves to exercise, play soccer, and listen to music while he does chores. Sorng was in a motor vehicle accident a few weeks ago that caused a fracture of his left femur, near the hip socket. His family immediately took him to a government hospital, where he was operated on. He returned home but after 15 days the fracture showed no signs of healing. He cannot walk and is still experiencing pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 5th, Sorng will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will install a fixation device to repair the fracture, allowing his femur to heal properly. Sorng said, "I hope that I can soon heal and return to my driving work. I want to help my wife and my parents as soon as possible."
Reaksmey is an 9-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is a very bright student who enjoys math and Khmer classes. Her parents work as rice farmers. Since she was one year old, Reaksmey has had a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Reaksmey experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, fever, and hearing loss. She also cannot communicate clearly with friends and cannot attend school classes whenever this issue recurs. Reaksmey and her family traveled to our Medical Partner, Children's Surgical Centre, to receive treatment. On March 2nd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation in her left ear. Our medical partner is requesting $464 to fund Reaksmey's procedure. These funds will cover the medications, supplies, and inpatient care necessary for her procedure. Reaksmey parents are very concerned and hope that their daughter's hearing can finally be improved with this procedure.
Kabula is the fifth born child in her family and was born with Spina Bifida. Her parents were referred to a more advanced hospital for treatment but they could not afford to travel to there or the cost of treatment that would be needed. They returned home tried to raise money but months kept passing by and they still could not afford it. Kabula kept getting sick every now and then with fever and vomiting, and her family took her to the nearby clinic where they were given medications. Kabula's parents separated two months ago, her mom shared, as Kabula's father was blaming her mom for giving birth to a child with Hydrocephalus. He also felt he could not afford any treatment for her with his living as a subsistence farmer, so Kabula's mother has been caring for her alone. Kabula's mother has now returned back to her parent's house to live. Kabula has been scheduled for Spina Bifida repair surgery and a VPS insertion and her mother is requesting financial support. She said, “I have been left with no support from my husband due to our child’s condition. Please help save her life.”
Puthi is an eight-year-old boy from Cambodia. He's a student in 3rd grade and enjoys reading books. His father is a chef and his mother sells items at the local market. Puthi has one younger brother who he enjoys playing football with. In July 2020, Puthi had a relentless nosebleed. His family sought medical help and the only solution was continually packing Puthi's nose with gauze. This stopped the bleeding but a piece of gauze was left inside the nose and two days later the area began swelling from his nose to his left eye. He was referred to a government hospital to rule out a blood disease. He underwent surgery to remove the gauze, and testing ruled out blood diseases but the left side of his face is still very swollen. When Puthi's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled there hoping for treatment. On December 7th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to treat his nose and lower eyelid. Now, Puthi's family needs help to fund this $273 procedure. They are hopeful that he will be better soon.
Beteitse is a teacher from Uganda. He is married and is a father to four daughters. Upon graduating college, he became a third grade teacher. Following in his footsteps, three of his daughters are primary school teachers, and the fourth one is still studying and is in senior four. Since two years ago, Beteitse has had an umbilical hernia. The hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working and supporting his family. Unfortunately, this procedure is very costly for Beteitse and his family. His only source of income is from his job of teaching in a primary school. He also does some farming, because the money he earns from teaching alone is not enough to support his family. His wife is also a small scale farmer and has little income. They are appealing for financial help. Fortunately, on November 3rd, Beteitse will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Beteitse's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Beteitsa shared, “I hope for a new life and health after my surgery to continue with teaching after I have completely recovered.”
Jayden is a baby from Kenya. He is a twin child. Jayden’s father unfortunately suffered a stroke and is currently hospitalized. His mother owns a small shop, but due to their difficult financial state, they are unable to afford Jayden's medical care. Jayden 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, Jayden is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 18th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $735 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Jayden’s mother says, “I will be relieved and happy when my son gets treated.”
Hoy is a 40-year-old father of two from Cambodia. He is married with two young daughters. Hoy is a merchant who sells fish from his motorcycle, and his wife is a garment worker. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Hoy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, difficulty driving, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hoy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours by taxi with his brother seeking treatment. On November 25th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place 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. Hoy shared, "I hope I can see well so I can earn money to support my family."
Sambo is a 4-year-old student from Cambodia. He has recently started elementary school. He lives with both of his parents and his older brother. His parents sell goods at the local market to earn a living for their family. Sambo shared that he likes to play ball with his friends and go for walks with his family. In July 2019, a snake bit Sambo on his right hand. His mother took him to a local hospital where they performed a fasciotomy and skin graft. However, the wound did not heal properly. The fingers on his hand have contracted and he can no longer easily move them. When Sambo's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to help him regain good use of his hand and fingers. Now, Sambo's family needs help to fund this $474 procedure. His mother said, "I am worried he will miss a lot of school because he cannot write with his hand that way. I hope this surgery can make his fingers work well again."
Dorcas is a young girl from Tanzania. She is a fourth born child in a family of four children. She is still in kindergarten but hopefully will continue to class one once the COVID-19 crisis improves. Dorcas was born with a condition called Syndactyly where her fingers are fused together making it hard for her to utilize them easily. Dorcas was taken to the hospital by her mother to try to correct her fingers when she was three years old but unfortunately they were unable to correct her condition. Since her parents' passing, Dorcas has been staying with her aunt. They have not been able to seek treatment for her due to the cost of hospital fees. Dorcas' aunt has four children of her own and also looks after Dorcas full-time as her parent. Dorcas' aunt was advised by her pastor to bring her to our medical partner's clinic for treatment. Dorcas has been scheduled to have both of her little fingers released, but her aunt cannot afford the cost of treatment and they are now asking for help. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dorcas receive treatment. On October 14th, surgeons at our medical partner's care center will perform a hand surgery so that she will be able to use her fingers with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Dorcas' aunt shared, "I believe this surgery will help her have more use of her hands and reduce the challenges she is going through due to her fingers being joined together."
Phannith is fourteen years old. He is a student in the ninth grade. He has one younger sister in fifth grade. His parents are factory workers and work long hours, so he takes care of his sister everyday. His favorite subject at school is math and he wants to be a computer programmer when he grows up. Since he was born, Phannith has had torticollis. The muscles on the left side of his neck are involuntarily contracted, causing his head to tilt to that side, and he has difficulty moving his head or looking around. It can also cause recurrent neck pain and make it difficult to sleep. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) can perform a tenotomy to release the tension in those muscles and allow Phannith to gain normal movement of his head once he has recovered and completed physiotherapy. Now, Phannith needs your help to fund this $541 surgery. Phannith shared, "I hope that soon my neck will feel better and look better. I hope I can play sports with all my friends and not have to worry about neck pain."
Srey Long is a 16-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is the youngest of five siblings and enjoys listening to music. Three years ago, Srey Long had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Long experiences hearing loss, discharge, and tinnitus. She can no longer attend classes and has a difficult time communicating with others. Srey Long traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 18th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go well and she will no longer suffer from any ear infection."-Srey Long's Mother
Sopheaktra is a 2-year-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys watching cartoons on television, and playing with his toys. When he was eight months old, Sopheakra burned his left hand on hot water. He cannot use any of his fingers or carry anything in his left hand. When Sopheaktra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, his family traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his fingers and hand again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope that my son's surgery will go well and I will no longer have to worry about his condition," Sopheaktra's family shared.