Juliana joined Watsi on October 22nd, 2016. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Juliana's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Yang, a 46-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund sight-restoring pterygium eye surgery.
Juliana has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 8 countries.
Juliana has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 8 countries.
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."
Kyomukama is a mother of six and she is working hard to support them in their school and higher education. Her husband is a truck driver and transports goods across different districts in Uganda when he can get the work. They own a four-room permanent house for shelter. She shared that during her free time, she enjoys taking care of her family. Ten years ago Kyomukama began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty breathing and frequent headaches. She was diagnosed with a nodular thyroid. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kyomukama receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 7th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Kyomukama and her family need your support. Kyomukama told us, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I believe I will be able to resume my usual farming duties and be able to further support my family.”
Sophal is a father of nine from Cambodia. He works as a motor taxi driver to earn income for their family. Sophal has four sons, five daughters, and now seven grandchildren. He lives with his wife and their daughter, who is currently unemployed due to the closure of her work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sophal enjoys listening to the news on the radio every day. One year ago, Sophal developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sophal learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled by motorbike with his daughter seeking treatment. On December 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sophal shared, "I want to see well so I can drive my motorbike and earn money for my family who needs my support right now."
Lyly is a second grade student from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters. She likes to read, watch TV, and go for walks. Four years ago, Lyly developed a hemangioma (a small benign tumor) on her upper lip. She traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 6, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Lyly needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter is not shy anymore after the operation and feels good about her looks."
Aung is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his mother and younger brother in Mae Sot, Tak Province. His mother works as a greengrocer at her own stall in the market, and his younger brother studies at the same school with Aung. In his free time, he likes to play football and cane ball with his friends. In 2017, Aung started to experience blurry vision. He had his eyes checked and received a new pair of glasses. However, in 2018, his left eye became cloudy. He now has a headache and cannot see clearly with his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Aung. On December 19, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Aung's natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Aung’s teacher says, “His mother is worried that Aung’s condition will worsen, and she is also afraid that he will go blind.”
Joseph is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest child in his family. Joseph has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Joseph has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Joseph will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Joseph that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 13 and will drain the excess fluid from Joseph's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joseph will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Joseph’s mother says, “My prayer is to have my son grow as a normal child with fewer health-related problems."
Maria Ulario is a hardworking woman from Guatemala. She lives with her four children in rural Guatemala. Maria Ulario underwent a pap smear test with the nurses in our medical partner's women's health program, and the results of her pap came back positive. Though Maria Ulario does not currently have symptoms, she still needs to undergo a colposcopy, which is a guided biopsy procedure that removes affected areas of the cervix. A colposcopy is often curative for cancerous or precancerous lesions of the cervix, and it is therefore is the best way to prevent the spread of cervical cancer. With $218 in funding, Maria Ulario will consult with a specialist who will perform the colposcopy. Even if cancer or pre-cancer is found in her biopsy results, this procedure is often curative. She will be able to continue to work and sustain her family. The procedure is scheduled for September 7. She says, "I hope this is something treatable. I want to remain healthy for the sake of my children."
Gonzaga is a young woman from Uganda. She is a midwife and works in a pharmacy. Five months ago, Gonzaga noticed a swelling on her right breast. She underwent a scan and was diagnosed with fibroadenoma. She is currently not in any pain but should the mass be left untreated, she may experience pain and discomfort. Gonzaga traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 12, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Gonzaga needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. She says, “After surgery I will have peace of mind and look for a job and work as a midwife.”
Juliana is 31-year-old mother from Kenya. She has seven children who go to a local primary school. Her husband is a livestock herder. Juliana has epilepsy. In 2002, she had an epileptic episode and fell into hot water. In 2011, Juliana was feeding her young child near the fireplace when she had another epileptic episode. She fell into the fire and burned her arm. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was hospitalized for eight months. In 2014, Juliana burned her right hand. Now, her fingers cannot unfold anymore. Juliana feels pain when she is working and using her hands. She needs a skin graft and flap surgery to restore function to her right hand. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,063 to fund Juliana’s procedure, scheduled for June 26. “Before I got burned, I was a hardworking mother," Juliana says. "The community recognized my hard work. Now, I can’t even fetch firewood for my house because of the pain. My prayer is to get healed, so that I can work for my children."
Sopheap is a 55-year-old farmer from Cambodia who is married and has three daughters and two sons. In her free time, she likes to watch TV and plant vegetables behind her home. In April 2017, Sopheap fell off of a chair, which caused her to dislocate her right shoulder. She went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. Since she fell, Sopheap has been unable to use her shoulder and she is in pain. Sopheap heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from her neighbor who had been to CSC before. She traveled for four hours with her sister to reach CSC for treatment. On July 13, surgeons at CSC will perform a reduction procedure to restore Sopheap's dislocation to the correct alignment and relieve her of pain. The $390 requested to fund Sopheap's treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a hospital stay, labs, radiology, supplies, and surgeon time.