Michael joined Watsi on January 5th, 2015. Five years ago, Michael became the 788th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,800 more people have become monthly donors! Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Robert, a casual laborer from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair.
Michael has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 11 countries.
Robert is casual worker from Kenya. He is married and they have two children. Robert is the bread-winner and works as a casual laborer at a quarry. His wife does not work and takes care of their small farm. Robert has been busy and actively working to support his family, until the 5th of November when a stone at the quarry accidentally fell on his leg. He sustained open comminuted fracture (a fracture where there are more than two bone fragments) of the right tibia/fibula. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 27th, Robert will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him heal well and be able to work again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I am very desperate; my family is needy and I have to get my health back to continue earning for my family survival. Please help me and God will bless you,” said Robert.
Sopheak is a 43-year-old housewife from Cambodia. She has three children and enjoys cooking and taking care of her kids in her free time. When she was three years old, Sopheak had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sopheak experiences discharge, smelliness, itchiness, hearing loss, and headaches. She suffers from hearing loss and worries about her condition every day. Sopheak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 6th, 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. "I hope that after my operation, the infection will go away and my hearing will improve."
A few years back, Duncan displayed difficulties hearing though mild. As time went by, it intensified and people had to yell for him to respond. He would routinely turn up the volume on television and radio. It was quite strenuous for Duncan and people close to him. He began to miss gatherings of all sorts including church because he could barely hear a word. It has affected his interactions with people and he keeps asking what people are saying. Duncan’s son decided to bring him to Kijabe hospital where an audiogram test was done and severe to moderate hearing aids recommended. Duncan the father of three lives with his wife at their home in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. They both depend on their lastborn son who is a motorcycle driver and thriving better than their other two children. Duncan’s wife is diabetic and also restrains from working much. His son has raised 10,000 Kenyan Shillings towards his father’s treatment and cannot raise the entire funds needed. They are therefore appealing for help.
Sue is a 10-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his mother, his great-uncle, his grate-aunt and his uncle in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. father works at an ice factory in Bangkok, while his mother looks after him in their village. Sue has cataract in both of his eyes. He cannot see clearly with both of his eyes. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Sue. On August 28, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Sue's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Sue’s mother said, “I feel very stressed and upset that I don’t have money to treat my son. I also feel bad that my husband doesn’t care about us, even though I told him that my son has to receive surgery. He still doesn’t believe me and doesn’t provide us with any money since we found out his diagnosis.”
David is a farmer from Kenya. Two weeks ago, David was involved in a road accident and sustained severe injuries on his left leg and left hand. He is not able to use his hand and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 2, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him work easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. David says, “Help me stabilize my family economically."
Umaimana is a baby from Tanzania. Her parents are farmers. Umaimana 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, Umaimana traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Umaimana's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and wear shoes. Her aunt says, “I would really love to see my neice living a normal life please help her get this treatment.”
Channy is a construction worker from Cambodia. She likes listening to music, watching Thai movies, cooking, and doing housework in her free time. In November 2018, Channy was in a moto accident, fracturing her right forearm. She has limited use of her arm, and sometimes experiences pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 3, Channy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will help to realign her bones so they can heal properly and she can regain movement in her arm. She says, "I hope that after my treatment, I will be able to move my arm like normal and can return to my work."
Marlene is a mother of two from Haiti. She sells kitchen supplies at a local market stall, and sings in her church choir. Marlene has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. This makes her heart unable to circulate blood properly, leaving her weak and short of breath. Marlene will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On April 27, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair or replace her damaged valve. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery. Marlene'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 Marlene's family overseas. She says, "I am so glad that my prayers for surgery are about to be answered."
Michael is a teenager from Kenya. He has five siblings. He hopes to become a teacher in the future. Michael was born with the hearing loss and has not been able to access medical care. He was brought by a neighbor to our medical partner's facility after learning about thei audiology services. Upon testing, he had hearing aids recommended. Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929. Michael says, “My prayer is to complete school and become a teacher. I am hopeful that the hearing aids will help me improve on my studies."
Aye is a seven-year-old girl from Burma. She is a first grade student, and she lives with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, and four cousins while her parents work in Bangkok, Thailand. Aye was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in her brain, after a CT scan. The scan also showed a small mass in her brain. Doctors want Aye to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Aye's MRI and care, scheduled for March 5. Her grandmother says, "I am very worried for my granddaughter especially that they find a mass in her brain."
Ronald is a farmer from Kenya. He is a husband and father of three who is working as a motorcycle driver to support his young family. Recently, Ronald was involved in a road traffic accident. His injuries were severe, and he lost consciousness. He suffered a hip fracture and is now not able to walk or work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24, Ronald will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This condition causes him pain and discomfort, and this is making it difficult for him to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to fund this procedure. “At first I thought I was going to lose my leg. I really thought about my young family. Thanks to the doctor for giving me hope. I am ready to undergo this surgery," says Ronald.
Htet Pel is a 50-year-old man who lives with his family in Mae Tha Lar Village, Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State, Burma. His main income comes from working as a lottery ticket seller, and he also works as a daily laborer. Ten years ago, Htet Pel severely burned his left hand when he was refilling an oil lamp with diesel near an open fire. His injuries healed, but scars developed. Eventually, the thickness of the scars made his fingers rigid and limited the movement of his fingers, until he could no longer grip anything. Htet Pel will undergo contracture release surgery to treat his condition and help him use his hands again. The procedure is scheduled for January 15 and will cost $1,500. He says, "After surgery, if my hand gets better I will work more to increase my family’s income."