Duncan joined Watsi on November 26th, 2014. 79 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Duncan's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Srey Khuoch, a food seller from Cambodia, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Duncan has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
Duncan has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 7 countries.
Srey Khuoch is a 38-year-old food seller who is married with one daughter. She likes to watch TV in her free time. In September, Srey Khuoch slipped and fell, dislocating her right elbow. It grew swollen and painful, and she had difficulty moving her arm. Srey Khouch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, on the radio, and she traveled four hours with her husband seeking care. On October 24, she underwent a repair surgery. This procedure, which realigned the bones in her right arm, should relieve her pain. Now, Srey Khouch needs help to fund this $411 procedure. After recovery, she will be able to continue selling food to help her family.
Florence is a 36-year-old woman from Kenya. She is a single mother of two children––one is in high school, and the other is in college. Florence washes clothes for a living. One year ago, Florence began to experience uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. After an MRI and a biopsy, she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She underwent a hysterectomy surgery on November 10. Florence has been unable to work due to pain, and her aunt has been supporting her. She needs help to fund this $756 procedure. "I want to be well," she says, "and provide for my children to lead better lives than me."
Meet Neema, a one-week-old baby girl. When she was born, her doctor noticed an opening on her back. He referred her family to a bigger hospital, where she received a diagnosis of hydrocephalus and myelomeningocoele––birth defects affecting the brain and the spinal cord. Treatment was required immediately to limit the risk of infection and spinal cord damage. On November 7, 2016, Neema underwent surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. Surgeons planned to close the opening on her back and to insert a device to limit pressure on her brain. Neema is the first born to her mother. They live in a remote part of Tanzania where herding is the main economic activity. Neema's mother and grandmother traveled for three hours to reach the hospital. They need help to pay for her $1,200 treatment. "We have traveled very far after hearing she could get treated here," says Neema's mother. "We hope she will be okay."
40-year-old Kali lives in Nepal with her husband and eight children. She looks after their cattle and farm to make a living, making enough to support their family for about three months. Her husband usually goes to India to work as a laborer. He only returns home once he has made enough money to support them for the rest of the year. About five years ago, Kali began to have pain on the left side of her abdomen. It has been painful whenever she walks or lifts heavy weight, but when she had shared this with her family they used to just ignore it-- Kali couldn't afford to stop working. When Kali was unable to tolerate the pain any longer, she took a five hour bus ride to reach Possible for treatment. There she was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. This is a protrusion of intestinal tissue through a tear in the abdominal wall near the groin, and requires surgery to fix. If left untreated, she is at risk of cutting off blood circulation to the bulging tissue, or bowel obstruction. For $451, doctors will perform surgery to reposition the bulging tissue and repair the tear in her abdominal wall. This will relieve the pressure that caused Kali pain while walking and working. "I will be happy if my treatment happens soon," Kali shares.
Julian is 43-years-old and lives with his three children and wife in a humble house made of adobe and tin. Julian works as a farmer, waking up before sunrise to go work on the small plot of corn that they rent. Due to complications of his diabetes, he often has a hard time working, meaning his sons have had to stop their education to be able to work and support the family's basic necessities. Julian has been a diabetes patient of Wuqu’ Kawoq, a Watsi medical partner, since 2014, and was previously funded on Watsi for his diabetes care. Unfortunately, diabetes increases the risk of developing cataracts and retinopathy, which severely limit vision. Since we were able to catch his cataracts relatively quickly, surgery will likely restore his vision, preventing him from becoming blind down the road. Surgery will remove the cataracts that are blurring Julian's vision. This will restore his vision, giving him the ability to see just as well as he could before he started to suffer from acute diabetes. This will give him improved vision for many years to come. Julian said, "I would like to improve my vision, so I can help my sons continue to study, and they can improve their quality of life."
Roger is a seven-year-old, thin boy living in a remote community in the Philippines. Roger, his parents, and five siblings live in a small handmade house, made of bamboo. His father works as utility personnel for a local news agency, but struggles to make enough income to provide for his family. Roger is suffering from malnutrition. He needs treatment to regain his health and strength, as well as prevent future complications. Watsi medical partner International Care Ministries' (ICM) Home-Based Feeding program will provide Roger with nutrient enriched food packs to ensure he gets additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. Staff and community volunteers will make weekly visits to monitor Rogers progress. To help sustain his health, ICM's professional staff will educate his parents about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. $268 will cover the costs of the care Roger needs. Let's help raise the funds! Roger's mother says, "I hope my son will finish schooling someday."
Marbella is one year old, and is the second daughter in her family. She lives with her parents and older brother in an adobe house in Guatemala. Her mother works at home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Marbella. Her father is a day laborer in the fields, who often does not have work. While her mother is working, Marbella loves to play with plastic dishes and pretend to make food. Although her parents work hard, they do not have the resources for her to reach a healthy height and weight. Marbella is suffering from malnutrition, meaning that she is much too small for her age. Not only has her physical growth been stunted, but she also has a weak immune system—in the past two weeks alone she has suffered from a cough and a high fever. Unfortunately, malnutrition also decreases her appetite--Marbella's mother says that she almost never finishes the food she gives her, and that she gets tired quickly when she plays. If Marbella does not receive treatment, she could face the consequences of stunted mental and physical growth for the her the rest of her life, making it more likely that she will have lower-paying jobs as an adult and have children who are also malnourished. Marbella will receive growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication which will help her grow, develop healthily both mentally and physically, and overcome malnutrition. Her parents will receive nutrition education so they can learn how to best feed Marbella, even with the little resources they have. If she receives treatment now, she will be able to have normal mental and physical development. This treatment will give Marbella a better chance of escaping the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that she is caught in. Her parents share, "We dream that our daughter can go to university."
Miriam is a 66-year-old woman from a remote region of Kenya. She lives with her husband in a grass-thatched house, and they sell charcoal to support themselves. Four of her five children have families and live in the same village, and her youngest child is in high school. In 2011, Miriam injured her eye injury and received eye drops from a local dispensary. However, she noticed a gradual change in her vision as she developed a cataract in one of her eyes. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye and account for 50 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide. Early symptoms include blurred vision and tearing. Miriam says she is not able to walk comfortably as she has problems with her vision. She has not been able to access medical care. In June 2016, at an eye camp organized by Kijabe hospital, doctors recommended cataract surgery for Miriam, but she is not able to raise the amount needed. For $230, Miriam will undergo small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens from her eye and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. Funding for her treatment also includes an overnight hospital stay, eye drops, and medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection. “I want to be able to see clearly again and be able to provide for myself," shares Miriam.
Sim is 65 years old and married with one son, five daughters, and eight grandchildren. Sim developed a cataract in each eye seven months ago. This causes him blurred vision, itchiness, cloudy lenses, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). He can't recognize people easily or get around on his own. After traveling for two hours with his wife to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Sim will receive cataract repair surgery. A phaco procedure and intraocular lens (IOL) implant in each eye will allow Sim to see clearly again. The phaco procedure will remove the cloudy lenses and replace them with clear, IOL lens implants. The treatment will cost $225. Sim enjoys listening to social news on the radio in his free time. "I hope I can see clearly so I can help my family work on the farm," Sim shares of his hopes for after surgery.
Issack is an 18-year-old student from Garissa County in Kenya. He is the last born child in a family of five siblings. His mother is the sole provider for the family and sells farm products in the market. Issack’s father lost his sight in 2007 and later, he was affected by stroke, making it difficult for him to support the family. Issack started complaining of pain in his ankle in 2012 and he later fell and broke his right leg. He has since not been able to go to school because he cannot bend his right leg and experiences pain and numbness. Issack had previous surgeries on this leg, supported by crowdfunding, but now he requires an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery. If not treated, Issack will not be able to walk comfortably with his right leg. Chances of the condition developing further infections are possible. For $1,410, AIC Kijabe Hospital will be performing an ORIF surgery to correct his fractured right femur. Issack says, “Once I get well I want to go back to school and study hard to be an engineer."
Meet Lucy, a 46-year-old woman from Kenya. Lucy is a mother of four children and a grandmother of four more. Since separating with her husband in 2005, she has taken up the role of breadwinner in her family. Lucy washes clothes along with two of her daughters to earn a living. She was unable to continue educating these two daughters. Her other two children are in primary school. Lucy lives in a municipally provided house where she struggles to live a comfortable life with the burden of rent and education costs. In August 2013, Lucy began to experience headaches and swollen feet. She was diagnosed with artery blockage and was given medication in addition to attending clinics between 2013 and 2015. In April 2016, she fell unconscious and was brought to Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. There, Lucy was diagnosed with fibroids, or abnormal growths in the uterus and cervix. Lucy was hospitalized for nine days and accumulated a bill that was paid through a ‘harambee’ (fundraising). Her father, who used to follow up on her treatment, was killed in May 2016, leaving Lucy struggling. Lucy continues to combat pain and swelling in her legs, as well as fatigue and migraines. She requires an $800 total abdominal hysterectomy-- a surgical removal of the uterus and cervix. Lucy's family and friends have contributed $104 towards the procedure, but she still cannot access medical care due to her financial constraints. "I want to be well to continue providing for my family and live a healthy life," Lucy says. Let's help her get the medical attention she needs.
Seraphin is a 36-year-old woman from Kenya who has two children—one in nursery school and the other in high school. In July 2015, Seraphin started complaining of diminishing eyesight in both eyes. She sought medical care that month, and doctors recommended a CT scan. Because she was not able to raise the amount of money needed for the scan, she did not obtain the scan until May 2016, when her nephew took her to the hospital. After the CT scan, she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. As a result of the tumor, Seraphin has lost completely lost her vision in one eye and has partial vision in the other. She complains of migraines and loss of balance. A former domestic worker, Seraphin has been unable to work to provide for her children. Since January 2016, she and her children have lived with her parents. To remove the tumor from Seraphin's brain, doctors plan to perform a craniotomy to remove a portion of her skull to access the tumor. Seraphin cannot afford to pay for the surgery, but if not treated, she may become completely blind and unable to take care of her children. $1,205 pays for surgery for Seraphin as well as six days of hospital care—two days in intensive care and four days in the general ward—after surgery. Funding also covers the costs of medicine, blood work, and pathology. Seraphin's family and friends are contributing $313 to pay for additional costs associated with her care. “My hope is to have my eyesight restored to be able to provide for my children," shares Seraphin. "I want the best for them."