David joined Watsi on December 24th, 2015. 66 other people also joined Watsi on that day! David's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Halima, a charming two-year-old girl from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery for her legs.
David has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
David has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Halima is a charming two-year-old girl and the youngest child of two children in her family. Halima's mother sells fruits while her father works as a mechanic. Halima was diagnosed with bilateral Genu Varus, meaning that her legs bow outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has difficulty walking and experiences pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Halima to receive treatment. On September 14th, she will undergo corrective surgery at AMH's care center. Treatment will hopefully restore Halima's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Now, her family needs help raising $880 to fund her procedure and care. Halima’s mother shared, "money has been our biggest challenge in seeking treatment for our daughter. Please help us."
Sam Orn is a 33-year-old factory worker with one son and one daughter. In her free time, she likes to cook for her family and listen to music. In April 2015, Sam Orn was the victim of an acid attack. Ten percent of her body was burned, including the right side of her face, neck, chest, back, right arm, and right knee. Over time, her wounds became infected. Sam Orn first visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), after the attack. There, surgeons performed a skin graft procedure on her neck. Recently, Sam Orn returned to CSC for further treatment. A scar contracture had developed on her neck, pulling the right side of her face downward. She was uncomfortable and unable to work. On December 7, surgeons performed a contracture release procedure on Sam Orn's neck. After recovery, Sam Orn will feel comfortable again. Now, CSC is requesting $194 to fund her treatment.
Kasangaki is a 67-year-old father of seventeen children. Two of his children are in primary school, and the rest are adults. Kasangaki works as a tailor. He often sews school uniforms for children. In 2001, Kasangaki developed a painful swelling in a sensitive area. He was referred to our medical partner's hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia and was advised to have surgery. Due to pain, Kasangaki was unable to lift heavy items. He could not use his manual sewing machine, so he could not earn money to support his family. Without treatment, he risked intestine damage and worsening pain. On November 2, Kasangaki underwent hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. After recovery, Kasangaki hopes to return to work. He also plans to support his two children as they finish school. “I have hope that I will be well, since there are people willing to help me," shares Kasangaki.
Rosemarie is a 38-year-old woman with two children. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her children. Eleven years ago, Rosemarie began to experience uncomfortable symptoms. She had difficulty swallowing and felt tightness around her neck. When she worked, she experienced shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. Over time, her symptoms have worsened and grown more frequent. There are times when she cannot perform simple household chores. Rosemarie's husband is a construction worker. Recently, her oldest son left school to begin working. Despite his help, they do not earn enough to support the family. Though Rosemarie wanted to seek medical treatment, the family could not afford hospital expenses. Finally, Rosemarie visited our medical partner, International Care Ministries. She underwent a series of laboratory tests and was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. She will undergo a thyroidectomy surgery on December 9. Now, Rosemarie needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. She looks forward to recovery. She will return to work and spend time with her family. "I was praying fervently that I will be healed from this condition," says Rosemarie. "Now, it will be answered. Thank you, because you will help me for this surgery. My family and myself are grateful for this wonderful early Christmas gift to us. After the treatment, I will cook a very nice meal for my family and friends. Though we are not rich, we are thankful still that this life is worth living. Thank you so much."
Sa Roeun is a 68-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married with three sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray and look after her grandchildren. Two years ago, Sa Roeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sa Roeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 30, doctors performed a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Sa Roeun will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope that I can see more clearly," she says, "so that I can recognize people and go places by myself without needing to bother others to come with me."
Seh is a 75-year-old woman who lives in Cambodia with her husband. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us Seh has four sons, seven daughters, and 20 grandchildren. She spends her time playing with her many grandchildren and doing work around the house. “Four years ago, Seh developed a cataract in each eye,” CSC says. Cataracts occur when a filmy layer develops over the eye lens. CSC explains, “This causes blurred vision, tearing, and cloudy lenses. Seh cannot work very well, see clearly, travel outside alone, or recognize people’s faces.” Accounting for 75% of all eye impairment cases across the country, cataracts are the most common cause of partial blindness in Cambodia. To access medical support, Seh and her daughter traveled four hours to reach CSC’s clinic. For $225, Seh will receive cataract surgery in both of her eyes. During this 30-minute operation, the cloudy lens in each eye will be removed and replaced with a sheer implant. Shortly afterwards, Seh will be able to see clearly again--allowing her to return to a healthy, active lifestyle. The grandmother of twenty shares, “I hope my eyes can see everything clearer now. I want to help my family do housework, take care of my grandchildren, and easily go walking outside by myself.”