Nick joined Watsi on June 8th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nick's most recent donation supported Pai Lin, a 14-year-old teenager from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Nick has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 9 countries.
Nick has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 9 countries.
Meet Pai Lin, a 14-year-old girl in the sixth grade. She is the youngest child in her family. Pai Lin was a child when she developed an ear infection in both of her ears, causing both eardrums to rupture. She experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and ringing in the ears. This makes it difficult for Pai Lin to hear and study. Pai Lin recently sought treatment from doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On January 7, surgeons at CSC successfully performed a [myringoplasty](https://watsi.org/profile/ee0c1c0ba559-pai-lin) on her right ear to repair the perforated ear drum. Surgeons will now perform another myringoplasty on Pai Lin's left ear. CSC is asking for $423 to cover the costs of Pai Lin's surgery. After this surgery, Pai Lin's hearing is expected to improve.
Phan is a 75-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married and has three sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. In his free time, Phan likes to listen to music on the radio and watch TV. About two years ago, Phan developed a cataract in each of his eyes, causing him blurred vision, itching, and extreme sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing clearly, and he now worries that his eye condition will worsen. Phan learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), from his neighbor. He traveled for eight hours with his daughter to reach CSC for treatment. On April 3, Phan will undergo small incision cataract surgery (SICS) and intraocular lens implantation in each eye. After recovery, Phan will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 to fund this procedure.
Youbendjy is a four-month-old baby who lives in a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince with his mother, father, and older sister. Neither parent is employed full-time, but both of them work as day laborers when they can. Youbendjy was born with a cardiac condition called total anomalous pulmonary vein return, in which the pulmonary veins connect to the right atrium of the heart. Typically, these veins should connect to the left atrium. This condition deprives his body of oxygen and leads to heart failure. Youbendjy will undergo a surgery in which the veins are disconnected from the heart and reconnected in the appropriate location. First, he will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 9. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Youbendjy also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and his family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Youbendjy's surgical care. "I thought from the time my baby was born that we would lose him," says his mother. "It is like a dream for me that we have a chance for surgery."
Milton is a 49-year-old technical school teacher and father of five. For the past six years, Milton has experienced discomfort caused by a hernia. Over the years, the pain has only grown worse, forcing him to go to the hospital. Fortunately, Milton will receive treatment from our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, on January 19. The repair surgery will cost $229. Milton has contributed $4 of his own money. Being pain-free will make Milton's day-to-day activities, like teaching and playing with his children, much easier. He is also looking forward to being able to play football, one of his favorite pastimes. Milton is very grateful to the donors who are paying for his treatment. He says he had never imagined people with the heart to help strangers who they have never met.
Akugizibwe is a single mother of three daughters and one son. She lives with her children in Uganda. Akugizibwe sells secondhand clothing to support her family. Akugizibwe lived with a painful abdominal swelling for 20 years. Three years ago, she visited a hospital, where she was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Part of her intestine was protruding through her abdominal muscles. She was advised to undergo surgery, but she could not pay for treatment. Akugizibwe's pain grew, preventing her from bending over, lifting heavy items, and walking long distances. Her condition affected her ability to work, because she needed to lift heavy luggage. Fortunately, Akugizibwe visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. On December 7, she underwent a hernia repair surgery. $249 will fund the cost of the procedure, including three nights in the hospital. After recovery, Akugizibwe hopes to resume her business, so that she can support her family. She wants to pay for her children's education.
Meet Molly, a farmer from Uganda who grows groundnuts. She supports her family and pays tuition for her three grandchildren. During her free time, Molly enjoys singing as the lead in her community's church choir. About a year ago, Molly began to experience backaches and general weakness. She visited several clinics, but none of the medications she received alleviated her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse, a painful gynecological condition. Recently, this condition has limited her ability to work. On October 24, surgeons performed a hysterectomy. After recovery, Molly will return to her family and friends in good health. Now, she needs help to fund this $321 procedure. "I appreciate the support that Watsi is giving to people in need," she says. "I wish the donors will continue in the spirit of giving. I thank God that we have this hospital, giving us hope through the life-saving surgeries they do."
Janak is a five-year-old boy in first grade from Nepal. He lives with his parents and siblings. His father works in the factory and his mother works on a farm to make their living. The yield from the field keeps them going for about six months of the year. Janak fell and fractured hi right hand while playing with friends. Janak has been hurting since he fell, and his hand has swollen considerably. Janak needs help with his everyday work like eating and getting dressed. He was taken to the health post near his village but was referred to Bayalpata hospital for treatment. For $195, Janak will receive the fracture treatment he needs to use his hand again. Janak's father says, "I would really thankful to the doctors if Janak's treatment happens soon."
Lucky is a seven-month-old boy who lives with his parents and siblings in Nepal. His family struggles to make a living; they farm and sell firewood and the produce is not enough to last them even for three months of the year. It's been five days since Lucky fell from the porch of his house and fractured his right femur. He has been crying in pain and the leg has swollen. He has been taking medication to control it. They finally decided to seek medical help, and took one and half days to come to Possible's hub - Bayalpata hospital. His father shares, "Due to the long distance from our home to Bayalpata, it took time and my son cried so much while we were traveling." For $195, doctors at Bayalpata hospital will fit Lucky with a cast to heal his fracture. His father shares, "I hope my son will be free of pain after getting treated."
This is Kan, a 60-year-old farmer who is married with three sons and two daughters. He enjoys working on his farm field, relaxing at home, and watching news on TV. Kan came to Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC), complaining of severe right hip pain. He traveled three hours with his son in search of treatment. Doctors discovered a right hip fracture and arthritis. Because of his pain, Kan cannot walk. For $430, surgeons at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Center will perform a right hip replacement. The arthritic hip joint will replaced with an artificial one, reinforced with metal rods. After a recovery period, Kan will be able to walk easily again and without pain. After treatment, Kan will be able to care for his family in good health.
Srorn, a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia, was in a moto accident on May 30, 2016. His accident left him with a chronic wound on his lower right leg. The wound is open and infected, causing him pain and difficulty walking. Srorn is married with two sons and three daughters. He enjoys helping his wife with housework. In order to seek treatment for his leg, Srorn traveled three hours with his wife to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). For $392, Srorn will undergo a procedure to mend his leg wound. Surgeons at CSC will perform an excision and flap surgery, during which they will remove the dead and infected tissue in Srorn's leg and utilize a skin graft to repair the site. Once Srorn's wound heals he will be able to walk easily again, allowing him to tend his farm and help his wife around the house.
Tah is a ten-year old boy who lives with his parents and three siblings in Burma. Tah’s family has lived in Burma for their whole lives, living on a small farm where they grow food for their own consumption. His father, U Kyaw Poe, is the only member of the family who earns an income and works as works as an agricultural day labourer. Of his three siblings, Tah is the only one who attends school. He is currently enrolled in third grade, and enjoys his studies very much. His siblings do not attend school, but rather help their mother with farm work and occasionally accompany their father to his job as an agricultural day labourer. On May 18th, Tah was riding in the back of a vehicle transporting a large water jug through his village when the vehicle hit a bump and Tah tumbled out onto the road. The heavy jug of water that had been in the back of the truck also fell out, landing on top of him. He sustained a serious shoulder injury as a result of the incident, and when the pain did not subside in a matter of days his father decided to travel to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) to seek medical treatment. Tah and his father had to walk a few hours out of their village in order to catch a car that would take them to Mae Sot. The journey by car then took between 3 and 4 hours, When they arrived at MTC, clinic staff performed an x-ray of Tah’s shoulder, which revealed that it had been broken in two places. The trauma unit at MTC then referred Tah to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) in order to receive support for the reparative surgery he will need. Currently, Tah is unable to move his injured arm whatsoever. He is in severe pain at all times, and has had to miss school in order to travel to MTC for treatment. Before his accident, Tah loved to play soccer with his friends and brothers, but he can no longer enjoy this pastime due to his injury. His father wants him to be able to return to school and get a good education so that he can have a career more fulfilling than working as physical labourer. "I want to feel better and return to school without pain," Tah said.
Staniel is a 56-year-old father of seven. He works as a groundnut and maize farmer to support his family in Malawi. He has been experiencing symptoms related to his enlarged prostate for two years, but has been unable to access surgical treatment until now. For $742 our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM), will be able to perform a surgery to remove part of Staniel's prostate gland. This will help treat some of Staniel's symptoms and allow for a better flow of the urinary tract. His symptoms have prevented him from being able to accomplish some of his farming tasks, and he is excited to return to his work. "I am happy I can receive the operation, and feel like I can have a healthy life now," shared Staniel.