sanda joined Watsi on December 3rd, 2013. 32 other people also joined Watsi on that day! sanda's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Oudam, a 6-year-old from Cambodia, to remove a mass from his ear so he can hear again.
sanda has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 5 countries.
sanda has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 5 countries.
Oudam is a 6-year-old student and the only child in his family. Oudam's father works as a driver, while his mother is a corn farmer. His parents live far away for their jobs in order to be able to send money home to Oudam and his grandmother, who takes care of him. Oudam likes watching funny movies with his grandmother and helping her sell fish in the local villages. When Oudam recently lost a tooth, he placed it inside his ear and the tooth accidentally fell inside his ear canal. Within two days, he was experiencing pain, hearing loss, discharge, and tension in his right ear. Oudam needs to have the object removed in order to heal the discomfort he is feeling and regain his hearing. Oudam and his grandmother traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, will remove the mass from his ear. Now, Oudam's family needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Oudam's grandmother shared, "We hope the tooth can be removed so his pain will stop."
Sam is a 12-year-old student from Cambodia, and the third of four siblings in her family. Her mom sells food at the local market and her dad is a tuk tuk driver. She is in grade 6 at her primary school. Sam's best subjects are Khmer and English literature and she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. In her free time she enjoys playing games and watching TV. Five years ago, Sam had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Sam experiences pain, ear discharge, and hearing loss. She has difficulty communicating with others and the ear infection occasionally causes her a high fever. She is no longer attending school because of her worsening condition. Sam traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 30th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my daughter's surgery will be successful so she can go back to school," Sam's mother said.
Samrong lives in Phnom Penh with his mother and father. His father is a tuk tuk driver, and his mother is a farmer. He is an only child, but has many good friends in school. He is in the second grade and his favorite subject is mathematics. When he is not playing with his friends, he likes to draw cartoons in his sketchbook. Samrong has had several throat and respiratory infections in the past three years. Last week, he started to have severe throat pain and a mild fever. He has difficulty swallowing and eating. His parents brought him to Watsi's Medical Partner CSC, where it was determined he would need a tonsillectomy. Once he recovers from this procedure, Samrong will no longer experience chronic throat pain or tonsillitis, and he will have an easier time sleeping and eating. Sarong's parents said, "We feel worried about his throat, and it has had a big effect on our family, because when he is sick we cannot work. I hope that he recovers quickly from this surgery and goes back to school to enjoy learning."
Karen is a student from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of three children. For five years, Karen has been experiencing frequent fevers and illness. This has caused her to often miss school and is affecting her academic performance. Karen was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Karen, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Karen of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Karen’s mother says, “Supporting my three children by myself has not been easy. Please help my daughter get the needed surgery I have no means of raising up the money needed to cover the cost.”
Uk is a 63-year-old rice farmer from a village in Cambodia. She is married and has one daughter and three grandchildren. She enjoys doing farm work and housework, cooking, and taking care of her grandchildren. About seven years ago, Uk developed a cataract in each eye that led to burning, tearing, cloudy lenses, extreme sensitivity to light, and partial blindness. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, and go anywhere on her own. Uk learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor in her village. She traveled for three hours with her sister to reach CSC for treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a small incision cataract surgery and an intracoular lens implant implant on January 9. During these procedures, doctors will remove her clouded lenses and replace them. CSC is requesting $292 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I can see more clearly ," says Uk, "so that I can help my daughter do some work on the farm, do housework easily, and go to the pagoda or anywhere else outside by myself."
“Thea developed a cataract in each eye four years ago," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. "This causes her to be partially blind and experience tearing and irritation. She can't see everything clearly, do work well, or go anywhere outside." Thea is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She is married with one son. She spends her free time working around her home and visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. A cataract is a medical condition where the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision. Thea needs surgery in order to restore her sight. For $225, CSC doctors will remove the cloudy lenses from Thea’s eyes and replace them with clear implants. “I hope my eyes will be able to see clearer so I can do things like work on the farm or do housework," Thea shares. "I will also be able to go outside by myself to the market or the farm fields."
Joseph was born in Tanzania just four days ago! Joseph's family works as small-scale farmers, selling maize and beans. Joseph’s mother also sells bananas at the local open market for supplemental income. Joseph was born with myelomeningocele, a type of spina bifida, as well as hydrocephalus, which involves cerebrospinal fluid buildup within the brain. Myelomeningocele is a defect in which a part of the spinal cord protrudes out of the body through an opening in the back. Thus, Joseph is currently living with a lesion on his lower back that is continuously leaking cerebrospinal fluids into various part of his body, including his brain. If left untreated, this leakage can lead to infection, muscle weakness, or paralysis. If the fluid reaches the brain, it can eventually cause blindness, seizures, or brain damage. Often times myelomeningocele can also result in a loss of sensation, particularly in the feet or legs, because the nerves in the spinal column fail to function properly. For only $1,100, doctors will be able to move Joseph’s exposed spinal cord back inside of his body and cover it with muscle and skin. This procedure will prevent the cerebrospinal fluid leakage, reduce Joseph’s risk of infection or any further complications, and allow him to live a healthy newborn life. Joseph’s mother was scared when she became aware of Joseph’s condition. Her family’s small agricultural business does not make enough money to pay for a spina bifida treatment and her third child, born only a year earlier, had the same condition as Joseph and passed away after birth. “I just pray that my son will survive and grow like the rest of my children,” says Joseph’s mother.
Meet 66-year-old Mahamud, a father of eight from Kenya. “In 2008, Mahamud’s neighbors were attacked by robbers while in their home,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Hearing their screams, people from the neighborhood rushed to their aid. Among them was Mahamud.” “As they drove out the thieves, Mahamud sustained severe cuts and an injury to his right arm. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was informed that his right hand was in need of surgery,” continues AMHF. “Mahamud didn’t have the money required to get surgery. He has been in and out of different hospitals, one in which he was mismanaged.” Mahamud’s injuries have resulted in severe pain and an inability to use his right hand, harming Mahamud’s ability to provide for his family. “He has a camel named George that he uses to give tourists rides on the beach for a fee. Before Mahamud got hurt, he had 15 camels,” explains AMHF. “His trips to the hospital have left him with only one camel. His sons help him with business because he cannot use his hand to work.” For $1410, Mahamud will receive an open reduction and internal fixation surgery that will realign his severe fracture, and place an internal fixation device on the bone. This cost covers the procedure, hospital stay, medication, follow-up lab work, imaging, and physiotherapy. “This treatment will enable him to get back to work to support his family,” says AMHF. Mahamud hopes to return to his daily life as soon as possible. “I can work! I love my business and I love my camel George,” he tells us. “Once my hand is healed, I shall go back to being active in my business. Maybe I shall be able to get more camels.”
“I love my twins and I pray that Eliashibu will get well and continue with normal growth,” says the mother of Eliashibu, who, along with his twin sister, was born in Tanzania less than two months ago. Eliashibu has a congenital disorder known as hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. “Eliashibu’s head circumference has started to increase due to increased intracranial pressure,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Eliashibu is experiencing some seizures which can affect the brain. If not treated, Eliashibu may lose his vision and become dependent.” Eliashibu and his twin sister have two older siblings. His mother, a homemaker, and his father, a small-scale farmer, have already spent a lot of money on hospital care for Eliashibu and his mother. As a result, they have no funds for the required operation, which involves the placement of cerebral shunts to drain the excess CSF from Eliashibu’s brain to other body cavities where it can be resorbed. For $690, Eliashibu can receive surgery, a five-day hospital stay, and two weeks of post-operative care. AMHF expects that Eliashibu’s head circumference will no longer increase abnormally. “He will not lose his vision and he will not become dependent.” Let's help make it happen!
“Blessings is really a blessing to me. I love him so much that I would be a more blessed mother if I ever see him responding to treatment and growing just like any normal child,” shares Blessings' mother. Meet Blessings, a newborn baby boy from Malawi. He has a condition known as hydrocephalus, which is caused by a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain. Blessings has difficulty feeding as a result of the pressure in his head. “He is malnourished, cannot sit, and is experiencing sight problems,” explains our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM). $992 will fund Blessings’ procedure and post-operative medication, including antibiotics. After surgery to insert a shunt in his head and drain the fluid, "the pressure in the head will normalize and his head will return to normal size,” adds WAM. With your help, this treatment will allow Blessings to develop into a healthy young boy who can play and interact with other children his age.
“My wish is to be able to walk again so that I can at least visit my neighbors, children, grandchildren and have the ability to do a few chores at home and not become completely dependent on other people to look after me,” says Sabas. Sabas is a seventy-year-old man from Tanzania. He is a husband, father of four, and a grandfather. Sabas used to be a farmer. Sabas has difficulty walking without pain, due to osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease, in his right knee. The pain on Sabas’s right knee started ten years ago and has been increasing since then. Now, the osteoarthritis has advanced so far that his right knee has bent inwards making it painful to walk. "It has become very difficult for Sabas to walk even a short distance due to excruciating pain on his right knee. It is especially difficult to stand up from a sitting position. If not treated, Sabas will end up becoming a bedridden person and completely dependent on other people," reports our medical partner, the African Mission Healthcare Foundation. A total knee replacement will allow Sabas to walk without pain. He is covered by the national health insurance fund, but this does not cover the whole cost of total knee replacement. Let's raise $960 and help Sabas be the active man he wants to be!
“My wish is to see my baby sister able to walk properly like the rest of us, so that when she gets an opportunity to go to school she will not be limited by the condition of her legs,” shares Paulina’s brother. Paulina is a quiet, three-year-old girl who likes to play with her dolls and hum songs. The fourth of five children, Paulina lives with her parents and siblings in Tanzania. After her father experienced some mental health issues, Paulina’s oldest brother had to step in and support the family by working as a guard at the local school. The wages he earns provide for the family’s necessities, but the family cannot afford medical treatment for conditions like Paulina’s bilateral genu valgus. “Paulina knocks her knees when walking, causing her to feel pain and failing to walk or run as fast as she wishes,” explain our medical partners at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “If not treated, Paulina will be at high risk of developing osteoarthritis of the knees at an early age.” For $940 we can fund proper corrective treatment and follow-up care for Paulina’s legs, which will help to improve her gait and decrease the risk of developing osteoarthritis in her knees. Let’s help Paulina enjoy an active childhood and make her brother’s wishes for Paulina to have a school experience free from physical limitations come true!