Patrick joined Watsi on January 21st, 2014. Three years ago, Patrick joined the Universal Fund and became the 463rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,648 more people have joined! Patrick's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Samath, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund the removal of a mass.
Patrick has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 10 countries.
Samath is a 65-year-old farmer and village chief. He is married with three daughters and two sons. In his free time, Samath likes to read magazines, listen to the news on the radio, and visit people in his village in his free time. Samath has developed a growth on the right side of his back called a granuloma. It is difficult for him to lie down, and he experiences chronic pain. Samath traveled for two hours with his wife to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. On June 9, surgeons will remove the growth from Samath's back. With just $224 we can help Samath to feel comfortable again!
Alex is a 13-month-old baby boy who lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He is a smiley, friendly child who loves to eat his favorite foods, which are beans and eggs. Alex is underweight and small for his age. He has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Alex recover. He will gain weight, and his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Treatment will give Alex’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Alex a chance to grow healthily. Alex’s father works in the local countryside as a day laborer, and his mother takes cares of the family’s household needs and weaves traditional Mayan textiles in her free time. They cannot afford the hospital and treatment fees. She needs $492 to fund this treatment. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, Alex will begin his malnutrition treatment on May 25. Alex’s mother says, “I am grateful to the donors and the organization for worrying about children in this community, and especially for Alex, because we do not have the resources and education to give our children all that they need. I will do all I can so that my son recovers his growth.”
Veneranda is an 80-year-old widow from Uganda. She lives with her grandson and grows crops for their consumption. Veneranda also has a small plot of land dedicated to tea plants, the leaves of which provide a small income. When she is not farming, Veneranda enjoys keeping busy by weaving mats and baskets from local grasses. Veneranda enjoys visiting with family members who live nearby, especially her children and grandchildren. Recently, Veneranda has experienced a great deal of pain. After seeking help, physicians discovered a cervical sebaceous cyst. The cyst prevents her from sitting and moving comfortably. Her doctors have recommended a cyst removal procedure. Our medical partner, The Kellerman Foundation, has requested $196 to fund her surgery, which is scheduled for April 1. The surgery should relieve her pain. She is excited and thankful to be receiving the surgery. “I thank the donors for supporting me," she says. "May God bless them.”
Princess is a playful four-year-old girl who loves to sing and dance. She lives her parents, who work on a small rubber plantation. Princess is malnourished and has thin arms and legs. Malnutrition threatens Princess's growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Princess will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter recovers from malnutrition and finishes her studies."
Chem is a 78-year-old woman from Cambodia. She and her husband have two sons, four daughters, and 20 grandchildren. Chem likes to plant vegetables around her home and listen to monks pray on the radio. About one year ago, Chem developed a cataract in each eye. 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. Because of the cataracts, Chem is experiencing partial blindness, eye pain, and headaches. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any kind of work, or go anywhere on her own. Chem learned about Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor. Chem and her daughter traveled eight hours to reach CSC's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, for evaluation and treatment. Chem is scheduled to undergo small incision cataract surgery on March 20. A surgeon will remove the cloudy lenses from her eyes and replace them with intraocular lens implants. $292 covers the cost of the surgery, as well as four days of hospital care, eye drops and ointments, medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection, and pre- and post-operative consultations. After surgery, Chem will be able to see everything clearly again. Let's help fund surgery for Chem!
Y Mey is nine years old and in the second grade. She has two sisters and two brothers. She likes to play with other children and watch TV. In February 2010, Y Mey was burned in a fire, sustaining severe burns on the right side of her face, both hands, both arms, right armpit, right side of her chest, and stomach. She developed contractures that tightened the skin around her burns, making it difficult for her to use her hands and arms. Y Mey's parents first heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from their relative. Y Mey has undergone a series of procedures at CSC in order to gradually treat her contractures. Now, on February 3, surgeons at CSC will perform a contracture release procedure in her right elbow and left thumb. Her family cannot afford this procedure, so CSC is requesting $378 to fund the surgery. After recovery, she will feel more comfortable.
Meet Gloria, a mother from a village in Uganda. She visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was expecting her second child. Because she delivered her first child by C-section, her doctors decided that she should undergo another C-section. On November 14, Gloria checked into the hospital to await delivery. Gloria works as a farmer with her husband, Wilber. They own their own land, but they also work on other farms. Wilber picks tea in the community to earn money to buy necessities, such as soap and salt. When she is not working, Gloria enjoys playing with her three-year-old son and watching him play with his friends in the community. Gloria has contributed $4 to her treatment costs. She needs help to raise an additional $241, which will fund antenatal and postpartum care, in addition to assistance while she is in labor. Gloria told our medical partner that she was looking forward to raising her new baby daughter and eventually sending her to school. “Thank you so much for the help with my safe delivery," she says. "It means we will not have to sell the little land we have for this service. God bless you."
Mai is eight years old and in the first grade. He has two brothers and one sister. He likes to play around his home with his cousins and watch animated films on TV. In September of 2013, a two-wheel tractor ran over Mai's right foot. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It became difficult for Mai to walk, and he was in pain. Over time, Mai's foot enlarged due to hyperplasia, which means the reproduction rate of the cells in his foot increased. The foot also became deformed, making him unable to walk comfortably. Mai was embarrassed by his foot, so he did not want to go to school. Mai's parents brought him to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Unfortunately, his foot was beyond repair. On December 23, surgeons at CSC amputated Mai's foot to allow him to feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $446 to fund this procedure.
Songra is a 27-year-old food seller who has five sisters. In her free time, she likes to watch Thai movies on TV and chat with her relatives and friends. Songra was born with multiple joint abnormalities, and her knee is severely deformed. She has already undergone several surgeries with our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), including surgery to realign her left leg and a cyst removal from her right thigh. Songra visited CSC again because she was experiencing pain in her hip and right knee. She had difficulty walking on her own. On October 24, Songra underwent orthopedic surgery. Surgeons realigned her bones, allowing her to walk normally and relieving her of pain. For $411, we can fund this important procedure. Songra says, "I hope that I can walk better than before."
Kim Seng is a 7-year-old second grader from Cambodia with two sisters. He likes to stay at home, watch movies on TV, and draw pictures. Kim Seng's mother heard about CSC from people in their village. He traveled with his mother for three hours to reach CSC for treatment. Kim Seng received a poorly administered injection in his left thigh about four years ago. This caused his thigh muscles to contract and the tissue to scar. Now Kim Seng cannot bend his leg. Surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure on his left leg to release the contracted muscle tissue and allow him to walk easily. Kim Seng says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk properly and without pain."
Two-year-old Ou lives in Cambodia and enjoys watching TV, playing in the field, and listening to the radio with her family. When she was eight months old, Ou received a poorly administered injection in each thigh. This caused her thigh muscles to contract and scar, leaving her unable to bend her legs. Ou and her mother traveled three hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre for evaluation and treatment. For $425, surgeons will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure on her left leg to release the contracted muscle tissue and allow her to walk easily. Once that side heals, she will have the same surgery on her right leg. Funding for Ou also includes 10 days of hospital care—including X-rays, lab tests, and physical therapy—and four follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery. Let's help fund surgery for Ou!
Pablo's vision has been slowly deteriorating for several years. He was told by a doctor that he likely had cataracts, which are complicating his vision and could make him blind if he does not receive surgery. He lives in an incredibly rural Guatemalan community - 12 hours away from the only hospital in the country capable of giving him the specialized care he needs. 54-year-old Pablo is a friendly and hardworking father - he drives a pickup truck transporting wood from the fields into the city to support his four children. He lives with his family in a one-room house with a tin roof in the northern jungle of Guatemala. He makes only a couple dollars per day and, until his evaluation with the eye specialist, had never been out of his home community. His favorite thing to do when he is not working is to go out and visit his neighbors. Recently, because his vision has gotten so bad, Pablo has been having a hard time at work is worried that he will have an accident if he does not get surgery soon. This surgery, which costs $1500 and will be done with doctors from Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will give Pablo clear lenses so he will be capable of seeing, giving him the ability to work safely without fear of accidents. This surgery will prevent him from becoming blind, and allow him to live a full and happy life in which he is able to provide for his family. "I have been looking for support for one year and so I am so appreciative for the help that I will now get," shares Pablo.