Juliana joined Watsi on October 22nd, 2016. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Juliana's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Hser, a high school teacher from Thailand, to fund treatment for an ovarian mass.
Juliana has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Juliana has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Hser is a 38-year-old woman who lives with her parents in a refugee camp in Tak Province, Thailand. She and her family fled there many years ago from Karen State in Burma because of civil war. Hser is now a high school teacher in the refugee camp, and she earns 1,000 baht (approx. 33 USD) per month. Hser used to teach groups of students at their home due to Covid restrictions that closed schools in July 2021, but all home teaching was also stopped in September 2021 when Covid cases increased in the refugee camp. Since then, Hser teaches students online, but many of her students cannot afford to pay for mobile data to study from their family’s mobile phones. Since late 2019, Hser has been experiencing pain in the right side of her abdomen every day, especially at night. She says that she has lost her appetite and has lost some weight because of this. She feels like the mass is gradually increasing in size and feels more comfortable lying down then sitting. She also feels tired when she walks. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumour, and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, which involves surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Hser's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Hser is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 9th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, this treatment will help Hser to live free from pain and she has hope that she'll be able to live her life happily with her parents in the future. Hser said, “I love being a teacher and when I have recovered, I will continue to teach. My parents worry about me a lot and they want me to receive surgery as soon as possible. They are stressed about my condition, but I do not want to feel stressed because stress cannot help me feel better. So even though I cannot eat a lot, I try to eat as much as I can to stay strong.”
Peace is a farmer and a mother of five girls who are all married and practice small-scale farming to earn a living. Peace and her husband also earn their living through small-scale farming. The family is not in a financial position to cater for the surgery Peace needs and are appealing for financial assistance. Ten years ago, Peace began to experience troubling symptoms, including an anterior neck swelling, persistent headache, losing breath, drowsiness, and a lot more swelling at night. She was diagnosed with multiple nodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Peace receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 12th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Peace says, "I sometimes fail to breathe so well at night. I hope the surgery will change that."
Samuel is a shy and cautious 18-month-old boy. He is the youngest child in a family of two children. His older sibling is 13 years old and a student in primary school. His mother is a housewife, while his father is a teacher at a local primary school. In April 2020, immediately after he was born, Samuel was unable to pass stool and was admitted to a local health facility for further evaluation. Since then, he has visited the hospital often for follow-up and has had several procedures to improve his condition. However, he is still unable to pass stool and needs ileostomy surgery to treat his condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Samuel to receive treatment. On November 4th, doctors will perform a colostomy procedure and bring Samuel's intestine through his abdomen to form a stoma. This will allow Samuel to pass stool. Now, Samuel's family needs help raising $1,152 to fund his procedure and care. Samuel father shared, "our kid is straining a lot. His life is in danger if not attended to."
Saitabau is a fifteen-year-old student. He's the second born out of four children from their mother who passed away three years ago. Saitabau is a hard-working boy who is currently in class three and his best subject is mathematics. Saitabau was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His knees tilt inward and his ankles are far apart. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Saitabau's legs have worsened, making walking exhausting, painful and difficult for him. He has trouble walking to school and playing sports, which he loves to do. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Saitabau. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 9th. Treatment will hopefully restore Saitabau's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Saitabau says “Walking to school has now become very difficult because I feel pain on my knees and I get tired easily."
Nalis is an 18-year-old student in 12th grade. When he is not studying, Nalis likes to play football and play games on his phone. He lives in the main city in Cambodia with his brother, while the rest of his family lives in a different province, so he often visits his mother on weekends. Four years ago, Nalis developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the nasal passage lining. As a result, he experiences difficulty breathing, headaches, and frequent nasal infections. He feels unwell most of the time and has lost his sense of smell. Nalis tried medicine from a local pharmacy, but it has not helped relieve his symptoms. When Nalis learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there hoping to have treatment. On December 15th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe easily. CSC is requesting $291 to fund his procedure. Nalis shared, "I hope after surgery, I can breathe better and be able to concentrate on my studies."
Neang is a 38-year-old tuk-tuk driver. Neang comes from Kompong Speu Province in Cambodia. Since his father passed away ten years ago, Neang has decided to stay with his mother to take care of her. He also has five siblings that live in his area, and many nieces and nephews. When he is not working, he enjoys playing sports, cooking for his mother, and visiting his siblings. In 2008, Neang was involved in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right femur. He visited a government hospital after the accident, where doctors fixated hardware to heal the fracture. The hardware has recently become infected and exposed. It has become difficult for Neang to walk, and he is experiencing chronic pain and discomfort. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 9th, Neang will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will allow his leg to heal and help him walk easily again. Neang said, "I hope my leg can heal quickly, so that I can work again and make sure my mother is cared for."
Yvonne is a 15-year-old student and the youngest in a family of two children. She's in grade eight in primary school. Her favorite subjects in school are social studies and mathematics. She enjoys reading and would like to be a lawyer in the future. Her mother is a single mom and works as a farmer. Yvonne has clubfoot of her left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Yvonne receive treatment. She traveled to visit AMH's care center, where, on November 22nd, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. After treatment, she will be able to walk without pain, wear shoes, and her self-esteem will improve. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Yvonne's procedure and care. Yvonne shared, "please help me undergo the surgery. I hope after this, I will be able to walk normally like others with no pain. I will be very grateful."
Tea Cheng is a 16-year-old student in grade 11. He has two siblings, an older brother, and a younger sister. He lives with his father who is a fisherman. Tea Cheng's mother passed away when he was only 3-years-old. He likes to play football with his friends when they are not in school. Tea Cheng has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He feels uncomfortable going to school because his eye looks funny. His friends tease him because of his condition. Tea Cheng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 25th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision and restore his self esteem. Now, Tea Cheng's family needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. His father said, "I want to see his eyelid look like other boys and to see well, so Tea Cheng can go to school."
Kedress is a small businesswoman and the mother of five children. She was proud to share that two of her children are university students, while the rest have completed their studies. Kedress shared that she was unable to study past primary school after the loss of her father, as he was the one paying her school fees. Kedress currently operates a small eatery and farms to help make ends meet for her family. Her husband lost his job two years ago after schools were closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic in Uganda, which has added strain on their finances. For the past 23 years, Kedress has struggled with a head lipoma, a swelling she sustained after hitting her head on the edge of her bed while cleaning. The mass has gradually increased in size, and she is worried it is the cause of her frequent headaches. She needs to undergo a mass excision but cannot afford the procedure. Kedress traveled to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment. On December 21st, surgeons will remove the mass. AMH is requesting $137 to fund her surgery. Kedress shared, “I would have gone for surgery earlier, but I did not have money. I pray that you help me undergo my surgery so that I can live a comfortable life like any other.”
Yang is a 46-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She and her husband have two children and one baby grandchild. The family all live together and work on their farm. She has been busy taking care of the grandchild, but during her free time away from work she likes to listen to the radio or watch dramas on TV. Two years ago, Yang developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and constant irritation. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Yang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two-and-a-half hours by taxi seeking treatment. Yang needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for July 6th. Yang shared, "This eye problem has been with me for a long time and I wish I could feel comfortable with my eye again. I hope I can have good vision and work well and take care of my family."
Sinith is an 18-year-old 12th grade student from Cambodia. He has three brothers and one sister who are all in school. Sinith's dad is a teacher. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, reading books, making study groups with his friends, listening to music, and spending time with his family. In November 2019, Sinith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right femur and elbow. He underwent an open reduction internal fixation surgery at a local hospital to heal the fractures. There is a nail in his right femur and k-wire in his right elbow from these earlier surgeries. Now, the bones are healed and he does not have an infection. To prevent future complications like infection or pain, he must have the hardware removed. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 15th, Sinith will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the nail from his femur and hard wire from his elbow. Sinith shared, "I hope my surgery goes well and I can return home soon once healed."
Mao is a 43-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He and his wife have been married for 20 years and have five children together. His wife is a seasonal farm worker while Mao raises and sells chickens to supplement his income. He enjoys taking care of his chickens and teaches his sons about it in his free time. He also likes to go fishing and watch boxing matches on TV. In July 2020, Mao was working on his brother's house to fix the roof when he accidentally received a high voltage shock. This caused burns to both of his hands and feet. His burns are still painful and he cannot walk or use his hands. The burns on his right hand were too severe to treat and his hand had to be amputated. His left hand is treatable and shows good movement. When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, surgeons at CSC will perform a nerve graft and abdominal flap procedure to to help heal his left hand and allow him to use it again. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Mao said, "I hope that my left hand can be saved and that I can get back my strength. I can earn money to support my family with one hand, so everything will be ok."