Wonjun joined Watsi on October 8th, 2016. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Wonjun's most recent donation supported Sokly, a woman from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Wonjun has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 10 countries.
Wonjun has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 10 countries.
Sokly is a tailor from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She likes to spend time with her family. When she was six years old, Sokly had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sokly experiences discharge, hearing loss, and recurrent infection. She cannot hear and worries that she will have permanent hearing loss. Sokly traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 1, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope the surgery will stop the recurrent infection and improve my hearing."
Paulo is a child from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Paulo’s parents are subsistence farmers who grow vegetables for food and selling. Paulo’s two siblings are both in school, and Paulo’s parents hope to enroll Paulo in school soon. Paulo was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs bow outwards. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, walking is painful and difficult for him. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Paulo. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 13. Treatment will hopefully restore Paulo's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Paulo’s farther says, “I will be very happy to see my son walk without discomfort or difficulty. God bless you all for wanting to help my son. Thank you so much.”
Phal is a 28-year-old man from Cambodia. He has two brothers. He enjoys tending to his vegetable garden and spending time with his friends. Six months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a brachial plexus injury to his left shoulder and arm. He is in chronic pain and cannot use or move his left hand. He is unable to complete his work and support his family. He needs to have a nerve and tendon procedure to restore the mobility in his left arm and hand. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 5. Now, he needs help to fund this $497 procedure. He says, "I hope I feel better after the operation and am able to move my arm without pain."
Paulo is a farmer from Tanzania. He lives with his parents and siblings. His parents are farmers, cultivating maize and groundnuts. Paulo has keloid growths on his neck, back, and right hand. They cause him discomfort and pain. Doctors plan to surgically remove the keloids and follow up with steroid injections to ensure that they do not return. Paulo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will remove the keloids. Now, Paulo needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. “I would like to continue with my farming and one day get married,” Paulo says.
Josophati is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have five grown children. Jospophati spends his days tending his goats, and he likes to spend quiet time chatting with his wife. Since October 2017, Josophati has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Josophati's surgery. On February 8, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Josophati was thrilled to learn his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to no longer dealing with the pain associated with his condition He says, "Thank you Watsi for this support."
Dorcus is a child from Tanzania. She is the first born in her family. Dorcus’s mother is a small businesswoman, and her father is a motorcycle taxi driver. Since she was five months old, Dorcus has been experiencing regular fevers, difficulty breathing, and sleep apnea. Frequent illness has lead to several hospital admissions. Dorcus was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Dorcus, which is scheduled to take place on January 4. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Dorcus of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Dorcus’s parents say, “Please help our daughter get this treatment. She is not eating or sleeping well, and she keeps loosing weight.”
Franceska is a 15-year-old young woman who lives with her older brother and mother in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is in eight grade, and her favorite subject is physics because she finds it easy to understand. In the future, Franceska would like to become a pediatrician. She loves kids and would love to work with them and take care of people. In October of 2016, Franceska noticed a small mass in her right breast that was causing her discomfort. A few weeks later, she went to the hospital and had a mammogram. Because Franceska is so young, her aunt did not agree with having the mass removed. In the meantime, the mass continued to increase in size and itch. If left untreated, the mass could develop malignancy and cause extensive harm. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to cover the cost of having the tumor removed from Franceska's breast. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Franceska to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys.
Dah is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She retired from farming, and now her adopted son supports her. For over two months, Dah has been experiencing urinary difficulty and discomfort while walking or sitting. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Dah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Dah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 8. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able sit or walk without discomfort. Dah says, “I would like to stay at home and just rest for a while.”
Mpapa is a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents and five siblings in a small town north of Nairobi. His father is a motorcycle taxi driver who also raises goats. Recently, Mpapa was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in the amputation of the fingers of his right hand. His father rushed him to a local hospital, where he was referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Doctors recommended a debridement procedure and a skin graft in order to prevent infection of the bones and of the exposed tissue. Mpapa's father immediately sold eight of the family goats in order to pay for Mpapa's hospital admission, however the money is still not enough to cover the recommended treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,129, on top of the $206 subsidized by Mpapa's family, to cover the cost of Mpapa's operation. The procedures are scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully protect Mpapa's hand from infection. “I would like to see my son doing okay and being able to utilize his hand," says Mpapa's father.
Mya is a 52-year-old woman who lives with her husband and grandson in Thailand. Originally she lived in Burma, but after her family’s house and land were washed away during a flood in 2002, she moved to Mae Sot with her family. Currently, Mya’s husband is the only one who supports the family, as Mya lost her job because of her condition. In 2016, Mya started to experience discomfort in her abdomen. In March 2017, Mya felt excruciating pain on her right side. That same night, she was rushed to a private clinic by her daughter. She received an ultrasound and was diagnosed with gallstones. Mya finally was referred to our medical partner's are center, Mae Sot Hospital, for surgery. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Mya is scheduled to receive her treatment on August 3. Now, she needs help raising $1,500.
28-year-old Merida lives with her parents and eight-year-old son in Guatemala’s rural highlands. After a recent visit to a free clinic, Merida was diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness. This means that Merida struggles to see objects that are far away. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Merida is scheduled to have an eye evaluation and get fitted for prescription lenses on June 12. She is asking for $552 to cover the total cost of her treatment. Merida shares that her greatest dream is to support her son so that he can grow up happy and have the opportunity to pursue his dreams and goals.
Yun is a 72-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married with four sons and six grandchildren. Yun likes to go to the nearby pagoda to listen to monks pray in his free time. He developed a cataract in each eye about one year ago, which caused him blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do any kind of work, and walk on his own. Yun heard about medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his daughter. He traveled for three hours with his son for treatment. After a small incision cataract surgery and a lens implant in each eye, Yun will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 for the procedure, which is scheduled for May 26.