Anonymous joined Watsi on November 4th, 2015. 40 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Anonymous' most recent donation supported Haman, a barber from Kenya, to fund a skin graft.
Anonymous has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
Anonymous has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.
Haman is a 30-year-old barber from Kenya. He loves to give his clients good haircuts. About three years ago, he noticed a small pimple on his foot, which later grew into a wound. He had the wound treated in several hospitals. Last year, he had a skin graft done, and he has been dressing the wound ever since. He has continued to work as a barber, despite the pain on his left foot. He limps when walking and is unable to stand for long, which has affected his productivity. If the condition is left untreated, Haman will be at risk of developing an abscess or chronic osteomyelitis. “I want to be treated and be able to work harder," says Haman. "If not for this wound, I'd be more productive and able to do much more than I have been doing." Haman visited our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, after moving to Nairobi. Surgeons there recommended a skin graft and have scheduled the surgery for April 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has requested $1,129 to fund the procedure.
Nancy is a newborn baby from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and brother in the country's rural highlands. Her father works as a laborer in the local countryside, and her mother weaves traditional Mayan textiles to help support the family. Nancy was born with a cleft lip, making it very difficult for her to breastfeed. Her limited diet does not provide her with sufficient nutrients, and she may soon begin to experience dehydration as well. Nutrition is incredibly important in the early stages of life, and Nancy has been given a preliminary supply of formula to boost her intake. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to cover the cost of nutritional counseling, food, and formula for Nancy and her mother. She is scheduled to begin treatment on May 15 at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Tecpán. With proper nutrition, Nancy will be able to grow healthy and strong.
Nai is a 43-year-old woman who lives in a village in Burma with her husband, two daughters, and extended family. Her son lives in another town, where he is studying at a computer learning center. In early February of this year, Nai cut the bottom of her foot while walking around her village. The cut was not cleaned properly and eventually began causing pain, swelling, and discoloration. Nai visited a clinic, where she learned that the blood supply to her toes had been cut off. On February 22, Nai’s big and small toes had to be amputated. Unfortunately, five days after the amputation, a wound started to form on the top of her foot. The wound was rapidly getting worse. Because she was out of money, Nai traveled to receive additional care at our medical partner's hospital. On March 29, Nai will have the dead and infected tissue removed via amputation at our medical partner's care center, Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital. The procedure will cost $1,500. Nai and her family are grateful for the help. Nai's husband says, “We are upset for her, but we cannot do anything but get this treatment."
Sien is a 54-year-old farmer who is married with three sons and one daughter. She likes to cook, look after her children, and wash her clothes. In December 2016, Sien fell down the stairs, causing a fracture in a joint of her right foot. It is difficult for Sien to walk, and she is in pain. She went to both a traditional healer and a private clinic for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. When Sien learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. She is scheduled for fracture treatment on February 3. CSC is requesting help to raise $411 for her care. Surgeons at CSC will perform a procedure in Sien's right foot to heal her fracture and allow her to walk easily again.
Angela is three-year-old girl from the Philippines. Angela likes to play with her dolls and enjoys watching television. She lives with her parents in a bamboo house that has electricity. They get their water from a deep well. Her father works as a laborer. Angela has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens Angela growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Angela will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately 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. 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. "I hope she recovers from malnutrition and becomes healthy" her mother says.
Tapesh is a nine-year-old student who lives with his grandparents. His parents live in India, and his father sends home money for Tapesh's schooling. Tapesh enjoys listening to music and singing. Tapesh was swinging on the branch of a tree when the branch snapped, and he fell to the ground and landed on his left hand. He has been in constant pain since then. He has difficulty writing in school, and he also cannot eat or dress on his own. Tapesh's uncle took a three-hour jeep ride to bring him to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. On February 19, Tapesh will be fitted with a cast to align the bones in his wrist. Now, Tapesh needs assistance in funding this $195 treatment.
Chhen is 60 years old. He is married with three sons, one daughter, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to read books about Buddhism, listen to monks pray on the radio, and go to ceremonies at the pagoda. Chhen heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for five hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Three years ago, Chhen developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, and go anywhere outside by himself. Chhen says, "I hope my eyes can see more clearly than now so that I can recognize the faces of everyone, do any kind of work, and go anywhere by myself. I want to help my family do some housework, like cook, clean, and take care of my grandchildren." Chhen will undergo treatment on January 16 to help him see clearly again and improve his quality of life. Doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to fund his treatment.
Chong is a nine-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his mother, who works as an agricultural day laborer, planting and harvesting corn and beans for a plantation owner. They live in a hut on the plantation owner’s land. Chong’s mother supports the family as a single parent. She cannot afford to send any of her children to school. Chong helps his mother with household chores, cooking meals or collecting water from a nearby pond. Some days, he accompanies his mother to work, where he helps her carry bags. A year after Chong was born, his mother noticed an abnormal condition in a sensitive area of his body. Chong complained of pain, so his mother brought him to the hospital. There, the family learned about our medical partner. Chong was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia and hydrocele. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 4, 2017. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Chong loves to play games of marbles with his friends. He also loves to cook. His mother says that his best dishes are fish paste salad, stir fried dishes, and soup. Even when he is not feeling well, Chong always wants to help his mother. In the future, Chong hopes to stay in Thailand to support his mother. “I would like to find a job here,” he says, “so that I can help my mother.”
Srey Leak is 21 years old and works in a sock factory. She has three sisters and three brothers. In her free time, she likes to watch TV and cook. When she was ten years old, Srey Leak fell from a mango tree and fractured her right wrist. Since then, she has experienced wrist pain, which makes it difficult for her to write. When Srey Leak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On November 1, CSC surgeons performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure on her wrist to heal her fracture. After recovery, Srey Leak should be able to go back to work. Now, she needs help to fund this $411 procedure.
Yi is a 56-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married and has one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. She enjoys listening to monks praying and joining ceremonies at the pagoda. For about six months, Yi has had cataracts in both eyes that cause her blurry vision, and make it difficult to do any type of work or to go outside. For $292, Yi will undergo cataract surgery in both eyes. After surgeries, she will be able to see clearly agin. Yi says, "I hope I can see clearly again so I can easily look after my grandchildren."
Meet Nathan. Nathan is 66-years-old and lives in Rwerere which is about 53Km from Bwindi Community Hospital. Nathan is a retired church minister and lives with two of his twelve children. The rest have their own families. Nathan has had a hernia for two years. When the hernia started, he tried to go to the local clinics to get medicine to relieve the pain, but the medicine did not work. The hernia has become painful and keeps him from working full time as a farmer to support his family. He has not been able to afford surgery because he has been unable to work for the last seven months. Nathan enjoys listening to his grandchildren share about what they have learned at school and he likes to live at peace with his neighbors. On Sunday, he like to worship at the local church. For $208, Nathan will undergo hernia repair surgery. He was able to co-pay $4 of his surgical cost. When he gets well, he is looking forward to return to growing food to support his family. He thanks all the people donating to his hospital care.
Soa enjoys watching TV news and listening to the monks pray. The 74-year-old Cambodian woman is married with five sons, two daughters, and ten grandchildren. Soa has difficulty doing work and getting around on her own due to cataracts that she developed in each eye ten years ago. The cataracts cause her blurred vision, tearing, headaches, and photophobia (an extreme sensitivity to light). In order to restore her vision and relieve her pain and discomfort, Soa requires phacoemulsification surgery. During this $225 procedure, doctors at Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will break apart Soa's clouded lenses and replace them with clear implant lenses. Soa traveled three hours with her daughter to reach CSC. Let's help fund her important treatment.