Mary joined Watsi on September 9th, 2020. 27 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mary's most recent donation supported Thy, a rubber farm worker from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery for pterygium.
Mary has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Mary has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 3 countries.
Thy is a 63-year-old farm worker from Cambodia. She has one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. She works at a local rubber farm. Thy lives with her daughter and her grandchildren since her husband passed away seven years ago. When she is not working, she loves to take her grandchildren on walks to play outside. She is also a devout Christian, and shared that she likes to read the bible everyday. Seven years ago, Thy developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her severe irritation, burning, 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 Thy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. Thy 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 September 8th. Thy said, "I hope that after this procedure, I can see well enough to continue my job, and that I can play well with my grandchildren and enjoy being outside with them."
Vuthy is a 31-year-old construction worker from Cambodia and the youngest of three siblings. He lives with his sister near his parents' farm in Kampong Cham province. He and his sister help with their family farm work. Eight months ago, Vuthy developed tuberculosis arthritis in his left hip. He has taken medication to control the condition, but in the last four months, his condition has worsened. He has constant hip pain and must walk with crutches. His muscles in his left thigh have atrophied, and range of motion of his left leg has contracted by 60 degrees. Due to all of this, he now cannot work or do his daily activities. Fortunately, Vuthy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Vuthy of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 1st, and Vuthy needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Vuthy said, "Since I had this problem, I have not been able to work or get any money for my family, and they have to take care of me. I want to get better so I can do my part to support my parents."
Orn is a 68-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is married with two sons, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren. She lives with one of her daughters and her children. Orn enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio or in person when she joins ceremonies at the pagoda. Two years ago, and becoming noticeably worse in the past two months months, Orn developed a cataract in her left eye eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, irritation, and photophobia. When Orn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours by taxi seeking treatment. On June 1st, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "I hope I can see better so I can recognize my relatives and go to join ceremonies by myself. I want to help my daughter take care of my grandchildren and cook more at home," Orn said. Orn's daughter told us, "I worry about my mom because it is difficult for her to eat anything when she can't see well."
Joseph is a bodaboda taxi operator from Kenya. Joseph relies on his motorcycle to make a living. To supplement their limited income, his wife sells charcoal in a small makeshift kiosk. As a father of one, he is worried of not being able to meet his family’s needs. Joseph was involved in a road accident on 31st January 2020 in his hometown, few kilometers from Watsi Medical Partner Kijabe Hospital. The accident left him with multiple fractures on his face and lacerations. He cannot eat and is in constant pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 6th, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to chew his food again and no longer suffer pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Joseph says, “My hope is to recover quickly and resume my fatherly duties of provision.”
Kampire is a mother of two from rural Uganda. In 2014, she starting feeling lower abdominal pains. When her pains persisted and became severe, she went to Kabale Regional Hospital to seek medical advice. She was informed after a scan, that she had a bulky uterus and was given medication in the form of tablets to relieve her of the severe pain. This did not help her completely and she decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Rushoroza Hospital to seek additional medical attention. At Rushoroza, she was diagnosed with with pelvic inflammatory disease. If not treated, she will continue experiencing severe pain, which is keeping her from doing her normal duties. Kampire is currently staying at her Aunt's home. She has no considerable income-generating activity but earlier she was a businesswoman who dealt in selling and buying dry produce such as beans. Her husband was abroad for some time and recently separated. Kampire told us, “May God have mercy on me and I get support for my surgery. After the surgery, I would be able to restart my dry produce business by working hard and acquiring an agricultural loan.”
Angel is a 6-year-old student from Kenya. Our medical partner shared that they met Angel’s mother in the hospital corridors crying, she looked depressed and they drew in closer to inquire for more information. She showed our team her invoice and explained that she cannot raise the estimated bill. Angel is 6yrs old, the second and last born in her family. She is a nursery school pupil and likes the company of small kids. Their family hails from Gilgil in Nakuru county. Angel's mother is a single parent and she is a waitress at a small hotel. They live in a one-roomed rental house. Angel has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Angel traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,347 to fund Angel's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and hopefully enjoy a full, active life. “Any kind of support to make my daughter walk well is highly appreciated,” Angel’s mother told us.