Grace joined Watsi on March 10th, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Grace's most recent donation supported Seang, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery so she can see clearly.
Grace has funded healthcare for 47 patients in 9 countries.
Grace has funded healthcare for 47 patients in 9 countries.
Seang is a 58-year-old woman. She and her husband work as rice farmers and have two daughters, four sons, and ten grandchildren. In her free time, Seang enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Three years ago, Seang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own. When Seang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 19th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure. Seang says, "After surgery, I want to be able to plant rice more easily."
Lun is a 62-year-old farmer with one daughter, five sons, and seven grandchildren. Lun and his wife are rice farmers which keeps them very busy throughout the year. At the end of a long day at work, Lun likes to listen to the news on the radio and shared that he always enjoys his wife's cooking. One year ago, Lun developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. Lun has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on his own. When Lun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On April 20th doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, Lun will be able to see clearly. Now, CSC is helping Lun raise $253 to fund the procedure. Lun shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well again. I would like to continue to plant rice and vegetables to sell at our local market and earn money to support our living."
Jackline is farmer who is helping raise her grandson after her daughter died in a road traffic accident last year. She plants maize and beans to earn a living for herself and her grandson. For the past six months, Jackline has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and other worrying symptoms. Doctors have diagnosed her with uterine myomas. She needs surgery but is unable to raise the money needed for surgery and has asked for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is raising $219 to fund Jackline's surgery. On April 5th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Jackline will be able to resume her daily activities and caring for her grandson free of pain. Jackline said: “I will really be glad to have my health restored and will be able to continue farming to provide for my grandson.”
San is a 41-year-old woman who lives with her husband, daughter, and son in Burma. Her children are students, but the schools are closed due to a COVID-19 outbreak and teachers' strike against the military coup earlier this year. San and her husband rent land and grow sesame and sunflowers. They shared that their income last year from selling their harvest was about 1,500,000 kyat (approx. $1,500 USD) for the year, which is only enough to cover their daily expenses and basic health care. Unfortunately, the rainy season was late this year, and they could not grow any sesame as a result. San's family is worried about the impact this will have on their income and their family. Starting in May, San felt tired and developed a fever, so she visited the local clinic and received medication for her symptoms. While her fever reduced, she still felt tired, and her heartbeat increased. Three days later, her son developed a fever and also went to the local clinic. While there, San was able to share more about her condition with the clinicians. The doctor listened to her heart, gave her an injection and medication, and told her to come back if she continued to feel unwell. That night, San experienced heart palpitations and could not sit or lie down for long periods. On May 29th, she visited the Magway General Hospital, where she received oxygen, an injection, a blood test, and an electrocardiogram (ECG). Doctors also recommended an echocardiogram and a chest x-ray, which she received in follow-up care on May 31st. After reviewing the results of her tests, the doctors shared that San's heart valve does not work well and suggested meeting with a cardiologist for further testing. While the military coup made it challenging to find a cardiologist, San visited her brother's town for treatment. After further testing, a cardiologist diagnosed San with mitral valve stenosis and told her that she needed surgery to replace a damaged heart valve. Currently, San feels tired and suffers from heart palpitations when she walks short distances and cannot lie down for long periods. Fortunately, San was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), to help afford her surgery. On October 3rd, San will receive treatment, and BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help directly fund her procedure. San said, “I would like to get better soon because my family had to try hard to borrow enough money for my treatment. This year, we will not be able to earn a profit from our farm. This year is very difficult for everyone. I would like my daughter and son to finish their studies. I would like to work hard for my family’s future. After I recover from my operation, I want to open a shop in my village to earn more money. I will try to send my daughter and son to school until they graduate. Thank you so much for supporting the cost of my surgery.”
Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."
Channy is a 63-year-old rice farmer who is married and has four daughters and seven grandchildren. She lives with her husband and her youngest daughter who also works as a farmer. Five years ago, Channy developed a pterygium in her right eye causing her itchiness, tearing, and irritation. 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 not worked in the rice field for the past few years because of her condition. When Channy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 8th, Channy will undergo 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. Channy shared, "I hope after surgery my eye will be better. I can help my husband at the rice field and also help my daughter to take care of my grandchildren."
Joyline is a humble 9-year-old girl. She's the only child in her family and was born with a bilateral clubfoot condition. Her father is a farmer while her mother is a housewife. Together their family lives in a rural area of Kenya. Joyline has clubfoot of both legs. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Joyline cannot put on shoes, walk or play with her friends. Her situation makes her lead a lonely life as her father put it. She underwent foot surgery in 2020 and her condition was partially corrected. Joyline is now scheduled to undergo a corrective osteotomy surgery. The family is not in a financial position to cater for the surgery and is appealing for financial assistance. Fortunately, Joyline's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 22nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Joyline's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Joyline will be able to put on both shoes, walk comfortably, play with other children and continue with her education uninterrupted. Joyline's father says, “Being our firstborn child, we would love to see her grow well, join school and excel in life. Any help to make her foot look and feel better would be highly appreciated.”
Chy is a 58-year-old farmer. He's married and has two sons, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. Chy's wife is also a farmer along his side. In September 2021, Chy felt itching on his left thigh after a day fishing on a lake. He took some herbal medicine but after eight days his leg developed a blistered and infected wound. The necrotic wound is now infected and growing. When Chy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On October 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to heal his infected wound. Now, Chy needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Chy said, "I really hope my wound will heal soon."
Karungi is a local primary school teacher and a mother of three daughters, with her eldest daughter being a university student. Karungi's husband operates a bodaboda business (bike and motorcycle taxis), but with the current lockdown in Uganda, the business has been negative impacted. Therefore, their family has limited income to support their children's education, daily upkeep, and hospital costs. For about 20 years, Karungi has been experiencing lower abdominal pains, backaches, bleeding, and weight loss. She had been to different hospitals and were treated for a urinary tract infection. She tried managing the pain with medication but as the discomfort failed to subside, Karungi sought treatment at our medical partner's care center, Nyakibale Hospital. She was diagnosed with multiple uterine myomas. Karungi had a scan done and surgery was recommended to prevent her condition from becoming malignant. Karungi needs to undergo is a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Karungi's surgery. On July 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Karungi will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Karungi shares her worries, “Since we are on lockdown, we are not earning thus getting money for treatment is hard. I hope to be supported, treated and resume my usual duties with little pain and less worry."
Chantha is a 65-year-old food seller at a school. He has three daughters and five grandchildren. Chantha lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. These days, Chantha does not go to the school with his wife to sell food because of his poor vision. He stays at home and watches his grandchildren. Chantha enjoys watching the news and Khmer boxing on TV and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Chantha developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him sensitivity to light, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On May 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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. Chantha shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see ok again so I can help my wife sell food at the school again."
Samson is a 26-year-old minibus conductor. He shared with us that he was orphaned in 2008 and currently lives with a relative in a rented two room house. He has relied on his older sister to help with his medical bills, but unfortunately, his sister lost her job due to the pandemic. Two months ago, Samson was struck by a motorcycle on his way home. He fractured his left tibia and was seen at a hospital in Nairobi where his leg was casted. However, after removing the cast, re-examining his leg and doing an x-ray, surgery was recommended as he had not healed. Samson currently moves around with crutches due to difficulty walking and he continues to experience leg pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On August 10th, Samson will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will help his fractures fully heal and allow him to walk comfortably again. Now, AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Samson shared, "I am struggling to walk and my leg is so painful. I cannot work in this condition and unless I get the treatment I'm worried I might end up crippled.”
Thunchey is am 11th grade student and the youngest of five children in his family. At school, Thunchey's favorite subject is mathematics. Outside of school, he loves to play football and wants to start a Youtube channel to share about life in Cambodia. One year ago, Thunchey had a severe ear infection, causing his eardrums in both ears to perforate. Thunchey experiences pain, pus discharge, and hearing loss. He cannot communicate clearly with others and often has to miss school. Thunchey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 13th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears so that the surgeons can repair his eardrums. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Thunchey is eager to recover, "I hope that I can hear well after this surgery and understand my friends better. I can become a better friend and soccer player."