Second joined Watsi on September 9th, 2019. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Second's most recent donation supported Vuth, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Second has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 3 countries.
Second has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 3 countries.
Vuth is a 58-year-old farmer with four sons and one daughter, all of whom are married and living elsewhere. She and her husband work seasonally, so she is able to have time to visit her children and grandchildren. She loves to make special cakes to bring for her grandchildren to eat. In 2019, Vuth was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her right leg. She visited a local NGO hospital, where doctors implanted hardware in her leg to heal the fracture. Due to complications from diabetes, her leg did not heal well and eventually became infected. Vuth is now experiencing difficulty walking, and the hardware may become exposed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 25th, Vuth will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will finally heal her fracture, remove the infected hardware, and help her walk with ease again. Vuth is excited for her treatment, "I hope this surgery will help me become strong again, so that I can keep traveling to see my children and grandchildren."
Simon is a ten-year-old boy and is the fifth of seven children. Simon and his siblings are being raised by their widowed mother. Though they do not have a farm, Simon's mother has received some support from their village church and has been able to start a small business of selling sugar, tea leaves, salt, and little snacks like doughnuts to be able to support and provide for her children. Recently, Simon was diagnosed with a bone condition called right valgus. During year seven at school, he fell ill from a bacterial infection and was bedridden for a long time. His mother tried to use traditional herbal medication which didn't help with the condition. Simon's infection continued to get worse, and as his mother began to worry he might die, the church helped to pay for medical treatment so he could recover fully. When he was strong enough to get out of bed and walk, his mother noticed his leg was not straight, but she thought it was because of the long period he had been in bed not walking. Over time, his leg has worsened, making walking difficult for him. As a result, Simon is unable to get around or attend to his normal daily activities with ease. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Simon. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Simon's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Simon’s mother asks, "Please help my son."
Theara is a six-year-old student in primary school. She lives with her parents and her younger brother. Her father is a farmer. Theara's favorite subject at school is reading and when she is at home, she loves watching Tom and Jerry on TV. She told us her favorite food is chicken soup! Theara started to experience tonsillitis a month ago. Her mother bought medicine from a pharmacy, but it did nothing to help Theara's condition. During this time she has had difficulty breathing and swallowing and is experiencing throat pain and hoarseness. Her parents are worried that she will develop a more serious condition and that they will not be able to afford further treatment. Theara has come to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC in order to get a tonsillectomy. Once she recovers from this procedure, she will no longer experience throat pain, hoarseness, or snoring. Her mother said, "My daughter's throat pain has become very bad, and she can't eat much food. I hope that this surgery can make her throat feel better so we don't have to worry anymore. She wants to grow up strong so she can become a doctor herself."
Srey Muy is an eleven-year-old girl from Cambodia who enjoys studying Khmer and science. She has one older brother, and she enjoys playing games, reading books, and watching television. Since she was five years old, she has had difficulty sleeping at night and, for the last year, she has trouble swallowing and experiences hearing loss. Srey Muy traveled with her mother for over an hour by motorcycle for her treatment. Surgery will help to remove the infection and relieve Srey Muy of her symptoms, allowing her to sleep easily again and eat and hear without any difficulty. She will be able to return comfortably to her studies and family in the village. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will go well and she will be able to feel better again." -Srey Muy's Mother
Woodmylens is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father on a farm in the mountains of central Haiti; he likes playing with toy cars and listening to music. Woodmylens has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart was severely damaged due to a fever he suffered earlier in childhood, and cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Woodmylens will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On July 29, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will first attempt to repair the damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Mitral Foundation, is contributing $6,000 to pay for surgery. Woodmylens's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Woodmylens's family overseas. His mother says, "We are looking forward to this surgery so that our son can start school as a healthy boy."
Many is a 67-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, three grandchildren, and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on television. One year ago, Many developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Many learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 1, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that after my operation I will be able to recognize things and return to planting my crops."
Sona is a 27-year-old food seller from Cambodia. She has three older brothers and enjoys playing on social media in her free time. One week ago, Sona developed a chalazion in her right eye, causing her vision obstruction and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. She has a loss in confidence and her eye is often swollen which distracts her from her work. Sona traveled for half an hour to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On July 8, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sona's symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $175 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery I will look and feel better and won't have to worry about my eyes and can go back to my work."