Benson joined Watsi on September 13th, 2013. One year ago, Benson joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Benson's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Dah, a young man from Thailand, to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.
Benson has funded healthcare for 79 patients in 12 countries.
Benson has funded healthcare for 79 patients in 12 countries.
Dah is a 28-year-old man who lives with his mother and sister in Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Originally, Dah’s family moved to Thailand 10 years ago due to the armed conflict in their home area. Dah is unemployed and his mother is a homemaker. They are supported by Dah’s sister who works as an agriculture day labourer. Currently, Dah needs someone to hold his hand and guide him when he walks. His mother helps to feed him because it is difficult for him to do on his own without his eyesight. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund eye surgery for Dah. On December 21, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Dah's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, their family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Dah’s sister said, “Sometime Dah will shout. He seems like he has a short temper since he cannot see. Our mother and I feel so sad when we see Dah using his hands to feel his way and objects. When I give him food, he can’t put the food into his mouth. It makes me feel sad seeing him suffer.”
Eneti is a 49-year-old woman with one son. She is a part-time nursery teacher while her husband is a carpenter. Their family has a rented house and does not own land for farming, which means the income from their jobs is very important for their family. For the last year, Eneti has been experiencing very difficult abdominal pains. She visited a clinic in her home area where she was referred for an ultrasound scan. The scan showed that she had fibroids and a cystic mass in her uterus. Uterine fibroids are growths in the uterus often made up of muscular and connective tissues. They are often non-cancerous but can cause uncomfortable symptoms. Eneti came to Partners in Hope Hospital to request a review as the abdominal pains and bleeding are significantly affecting the quality of her life. After consultation with the gynecologist, he confirmed the diagnosis and recommended a total abdominal hysterectomy. A total abdominal hysterectomy is the removal of the whole uterus and cervix as a treatment for the condition. Eneti hopes to have a safe surgery that will enable her to return to her normal activities. However, she is requesting financial assistance as she is not in a financial position to afford the surgery. Luckily, our partner African Mission Healthcare can help. Eneti is scheduled to undergo surgery on November 20th. The medical center is requesting $1,363 to cover Eneti's treatment and care. "I hope after the surgery I will be able to work and do the things that I haven’t been able to do because of the pain,” says Eneti.
Ryan is a very active and jovial 5-year-old boy. He's the only child in his family. His mother works at a local dry cleaner and his father is a matatu driver in their area. Ryan's family lives in a small rented house in a town within Nairobi, Kenya. His parents’ income is very limited and they are not able to afford the second surgery he needs, as they are also paying off his first surgery that was unsuccessful in fully treating his birth condition. Ryan was diagnosed with a condition called cryptorchidism. If left untreated, Ryan has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Ryan will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 14th. AMHF is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ryan’s mother says, “It has been a tough time for us after we realized Ryan's first surgery was not successful, but we still trusted in God.”
Ma Nwe is a 33-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two daughters in Burma. Her eldest daughter goes to school, while she looks after the youngest daughter at home. Her husband is a day laborer, but unfortunately, due to economic difficulties brought on by COVID-19 and the military coup in Burma, her husband cannot find work every day. The income he earns is not enough to cover the family's daily expenses or pay for basic health care. Two weeks ago, Ma Nwe was boiling water and sitting near the stove while her daughter played nearby. Her daughter accidentally bumped into the pot on the stove, causing it to spill the boiling water on Ma Nwe's left foot. Right away, Ma Nwe ran cold water over her foot and applied chicken fat to her burnt skin. The next day, she went to see a traditional healer who applied medicine to her foot. However, her foot has become infected and she has developed an ulcer. She is in pain and has difficulty sleeping. Due to her injury, she cannot look after her daughters or do household chores. Ma Nwe's husband’s grandmother recommended that she visit our medical partner's care center. On September 2nd, Ma Nwe visited the care center of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for treatment. There, the doctor examined her foot, drained her ulcer, and ordered a blood test. Since her foot is badly infected, the doctor recommended that she undergo a wound debridement as soon as possible. Ma Nwe will have the procedure on September 9th. Now, she needs help to raise $694 to fund her procedure and care. Ma Nwe shared, "I want to recover as quickly as possible so that I can be with my daughters again. I want to play with them."
Suraiya is a young three-year-old girl and the last born child in a family of two. Her parents depend on small scale farming of maize and vegetables to feed their family and they sell the surplus to make ends meet. Suraiya's mother also sells food at a local food joint commonly known as Mama Ntilie to supplement their income. Suraiya was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. She is currently having a hard time walking due to her legs bending outwardly. Her mother noticed the condition when Suraiya learned to stand and walk. They tried to seek treatment for her at the district hospital but the cost was too high for them to afford. They were advised to get national health insurance for her but due to financial challenges, they could not afford to get the insurance. During a medical outreach program organized by Plaster House, Suraiya's parents were advised to take her to ALMC Hospital for review. Her condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Over the years Suraiya's legs have worsened making walking more difficult and painful for her. Suraiya and her family are appealing for help for her to be treated. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Suraiya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 19th. Treatment will hopefully restore Suraiya's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Suraiya’s mother says, "Money to cover our daughter’s treatment cost has been our biggest challenge because the cost is too high for us to afford. Please help treat our daughter.”
Stuwart is a playful and friendly boy and the only child so far in his family. He is currently in the first grade and he loves counting numbers and drawing. Stuwart’s father works as a bodaboda taxi driver to be able to support and care for his family. They shared that his income is not much but it helps them make ends meet. Stuwart was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch and rub against each other when he walks. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is having a hard time walking and is experiencing pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Stuwart. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Stuwart's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Stuwart’s mother says "We've tried to seek treatment for our son but all our efforts have not been successful despite trying to get national insurance. We are either to pay with what we don't have or wait for one year. Please help."
Onesmus is a playful student who is almost five years old. Onesmus is one of three children. He was born with hypospadias along with his brother. His father works as a public transit driver to provide for the family while his mother earns wages from a grocery business to support their family's earnings. The family lives in a two-roomed iron-built rental house. Onesmus was born with a congenital abnormality called hypospadias that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility in the future. Fortunately, Onesmus is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $631 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Onesmus' mother says, “My biggest prayer is to see him well.”
Nhang is a 37-year-old married father of three children, including two daughters and one son. He and his wife have been married for ten years. In his free time, Nhang enjoys playing football, watching TV, and taking his children to the garden. Five months ago, Nhang fell from construction scaffolding and injured his left elbow. His elbow is dislocated, overextended, and he cannot flex his arm. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On May 20th, they will perform an open reduction surgery on Nhang's left elbow so that his arm will heal. Nhang shared, "I hope I can use my arm again. I want to return to work soon and support my family."
Myo is a 16-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four brothers in northern Rakhine State. Myo is a student in grade nine and his four brothers also go to school. However, they have been unable to study since the Covid-19 pandemic shut all schools. Myo’s parents are day laborers, and their family's combined income is just enough to cover their daily expenses since Myo and his brothers’ schooling is free. To survive with limited income, they forage for vegetables and fish. If they fall ill, they use traditional medicine, which is more affordable then going to a clinic or a hospital. Myo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, which is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Myo cannot walk long distances or climb stairs because of his tiredness. Sometimes, he cannot breathe very well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Myo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 7th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Myo shared, “I am worried about my health and I feel sorry for my parents. Because of my health problems, my father had to work more days to earn more money. Also, my mother cannot work because she accompanies me and has to take care of me. I hope my school will reopen soon so that I can go back to school. One day I hope that I can become a teacher. I want to teach because there are not enough teachers in my village.”
Chhean is a 26-year-old vegetable seller, with four siblings: three brothers and one sister. He is the second child in his family. Chhean lives with both of his parents, who are farmers. In his free time, he likes playing football, listening to music, drinking coffee with his friends, going for walks, and playing games on his phone. In 2018, Chhean was in a motor accident that left him with a painful femur fracture on his right leg. After the accident, he went to a hospital, where doctors conducted an open reduction internal fixation of his femur. They used plate screws to stabilize his fracture. Now, the bone has healed and the hardware needs to be removed to eliminate any problems that could be caused by the implants, such as pain or infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 7th, Chhean will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware, preventing future complications. Chhean shared, "I hope that the hardware will be easily removed and the wound will heal quickly."
Florence an 11-year-old girl from Kenya, and she is the firstborn in a family of three children. Florence was born with cerebral palsy, which is a condition that affects her muscles, primarily her legs. In addition, Florence also has clubfoot, and as a result she is not able to independently walk from one place to another by herself, so she currently uses a wheelchair to get around. The team from our Medical Partner's Care Center AIC Cure International Hospital met Florence at one of their mobile clinics near her home village. Florence needs to undergo triple arthrodesis surgery, which will relieve pain in her foot and provide her with more stability. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Florence to receive treatment and needs help raising $1,224 for her surgery. Florence's mother is excited that after the surgery, Florence will "be able to walk and continue with her life like other children." She added, “We are appealing to people of goodwill to help our daughter undergo surgery."
Saroeun is a mother of three from Cambodia. She's married and has one daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. She lives with her husband who a farmer, while Saroeun is a server at a restaurant. In her free time she enjoys watching Khmer shows and movies. Saroeun developed a pterygium in her left eye about five years ago, causing her itching, irritation, pain, and tearing. 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 Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her son seeking treatment. Saroeun 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 November 19th. Saroeun said, "I hope my eye gets well soon so I can earn some money to support my family."