Aloke joined Watsi on December 22nd, 2014. 64 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aloke's most recent donation traveled 7,400 miles to support Suy, a man from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Aloke has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 11 countries.
Suy is a 37-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music, watch television, and help his family with the housework. Three years ago, Suy started experiencing chronic arthritis in his right knee. It causes him pain and it is difficult for him to rotate his knee. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 5, Suy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help secure the knee bone and allow Suy to walk without any pain or difficulty. He says, "I hope that I no longer suffer from any pain and I will be able to walk normally again."
Chan is a 36-year-old woman who lives with her husband and father-in-law in Shwepyithar Town, Yangon Division. Chan’s husband works as a day labourer on a construction site, while Chan is a seamstress who works from home. In 2010, Chan started to feel tired, had a rapid heartbeat and developed joint pain. She went to the clinic in Thaton, where she lived at that time, and received an an echocardiogram (echo) and x-ray. The doctor also told her that, if her heart became too enlarged, she would not be able to control her condition with oral medication and she would not be able to have a baby. She then received oral medication for a week which made her feel better for a while. In September 2019, when she went back for her follow-up appointment, she received another echo. Following this, the doctor explained to her that her condition could no longer be stabilized with medication. As he knew that Chan could not afford to pay for her surgery, he referred her to Pinlon Hospital. On 17th September 2019, she met the staff at Pin Long Hospital and who then referred her to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, Chan suffers from chest pain, has difficulty breathing, has a rapid heartbeat and has lost weight. In her free times Chan likes to sew, cook and do housework. “When I’m fully recovered, I will continue to work as a seamstress, save money and live happily with family,” said Chan. “Once I have enough money, my husband and I have decided to adopt one child. And I want to do charity work and help poor people as much as I can.”
Two weeks ago, Elizabeth sustained a fracture of the tibia fibula after a fall on her right leg. She was taken to county referral hospital where she was admitted and a back slab was fixed to stabilize her fracture as she waits to be operated. Ten days later, there were no signs of her being treated because the family didn’t have money needed for the surgery. The fracture site developed blisters which later ruptured and formed wounds. Elizabeth's family requested to be referred to AIC Kapsowar hospital hoping they will receive help because they were worried about her condition. Elizabeth was brought to our hospital accompanied by a few family members. An X-ray was done on arrival which confirmed the fracture of the proximal tibia fibula. After a social worker's assessment, Elizabeth was admitted as she waits to be operated. Elizabeth is a mother of four girls. Her daughters are all married and they live with their husbands in the upcountry. Elizabeth's husband Joseph is old and he cannot perform any duties at home such as farming. Elizabeth is the breadwinner of the family since she tends to the farm. She feels his husband is now suffering because they don’t have enough food in the home and they only depend on farming. Elizabeth requires urgent surgery to fix her fracture but she cannot afford medical treatment due to lack of funds. $968.00 is needed for her to continue with treatment. The family is requesting for financial support to help Elizabeth get treatment required. Elizabeth’s daughter says, “Mum is sleeping helplessly in bed, we have nothing to offer for her surgery. I hope she gets treated, she really deserves a good life.”
Sarah has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia, in which one of the four valves of the heart is missing, and blood cannot adequately reach the lungs. Last year, she underwent a procedure called a cardiac catheterization to confirm that her condition can be fixed; now, she is ready to proceed with the surgery. Sarah lives with her parents and older brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; she likes playing with her cousins and her neighborhood friends. Sarah's mother said, "We know this is a very big surgery for Sarah but are hopeful that when it is done her heart will be normal."
Prince is a four-year-old boy from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with genu varus. His 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, he has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Prince. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 21. Treatment will hopefully restore Prince's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Prince’s mother says, “We would like to see our son walking normally like his sister but we are unable to afford the treatment cost please help us.”
Emmanuel is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and younger sister in a small village in the mountains of southwest Haiti. He enjoys going to school and would like to be an engineer. Emmanuel has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart is damaged due to an infection he suffered earlier in childhood; as a result, it cannot circulate blood through his body effectively. Emmanuel will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 28, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Emmanuel's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Emmanuel's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that I can start school again!"
Julius is a man from Kenya. A while ago, Julius developed a cataract in his right cataract, causing him blurry vision. A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes opaque, blurring vision. He has difficulty seeing his children. Fortunately, Julius is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove and replace the blurred lens. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $220 procedure. Julius says, “I want to regain my eyesight and continue providing for my wife."
Srey Nin is a vegetable vendor from Cambodia. She has one daughter. She likes to watch TV and listen to classical music. Nine months ago, Srey Nin was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her right tibia. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 10, Srey Nin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "After the operation, I hope I can walk well and have no more pain."
Sorn is a grandfather of fifteen from Cambodia. He has three daughters, four sons, and fifteen grandchildren. He likes to watch boxing and soccer matches on TV. A year ago, Sorn developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision and clouded lenses. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On October 16, doctors will perform an extra-capsular cataract extraction surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. His wife says, "I hope my husband's surgery goes well so he doesn't become blind and can see easily again."
Lebahati is a 16-year-old from Tanzania. He is the third child in a family of seven. He loves playing football. After Lebahati was born, he began to experience unpleasant symptoms. The family walked a long distance to visit the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bowel malformation. The family learned that he would need to undergo several procedures to correct the condition. Lebahati's father borrowed money from friends to pay for the first procedure, but his parents were unable to raise enough money to pay for further treatment. Fortunately, the family learned about our medical partner's care center and came seeking help. Now, Lebahati is scheduled to undergo another corrective surgery on July 11. This treatment will cost $1,500, and his family needs help raising these funds. He says, "Help me because I also want to go to school too."
Nadia is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of two children. Nadia’s parents live in a rented house with their two children. Her father works as a construction worker, and her mother is a stay-at-home mother. Nadia was diagnosed with genu varus. Her legs bow outward so that her knees do not touch. 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 feels a lot of pain and cannot walk comfortably. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Nadia. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 12. Treatment will hopefully restore Nadia's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Nadia’s mother says, “I will be so happy to see my daughter walking and able to run, play, and go to school. Please help us get her this treatment she needs.”
Chan is a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has a brother and a sister. She likes to play with toys at home. Seven months ago, she received a poorly administered injection, causing a flexion contracture of her right knee. She is unable to fully straighten her knee. When Chan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 12, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of her right leg to help her walk again and improve her mobility. Now, Chan needs help to fund this $413 procedure. Her father says, "I hope my daughter can bend her knee again and walk normally after surgery."