Susan joined Watsi on December 26th, 2019. Eleven months ago, Susan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Susan's most recent donation supported Shallet, a very special three-year-old girl from Kenya, to fund clubfoot repair surgery.
Susan has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 8 countries.
Susan has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 8 countries.
Shallet is a humble and jovial three-year-old girl. She's the third child born in a family of four children and her parents are teachers. Shallet has hydrocephalus, spina bifida, and clubfoot of both feet. She has visited local hospitals since birth for treatments, and began casting for clubfoot when she was four weeks old. Her condition causes her difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Shallet traveled to visit our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for treatment. At AMH's care center, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 18th and now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Shallet's clubfoot repair. Her parents shared that they hope that the treatment will be of great impact to Shallet because she will be able to wear shoes and walk with ease. Shallet's father shared, “we have high hopes for Shallet and it is our joy to see her excel in life and become an independent person like other girls in the society.”
Hul is a 21-year-old motorcycle mechanic. He has two brothers and one sister. Hul's parents work as farmers. In March, Hul fell hard and damaged his left shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He has no shoulder abduction or elbow flexion, and can not move his fingers. He is unable to work. Hul traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 14th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his left arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Hul said, "I hope I can regain use of my left arm and hand so I can work again to support myself."
Fenet is a 1-year-old child from Ethiopia. She is a beautiful baby girl with two older siblings and she loves to play with them and their parents. Her dad is a daily labourer with an income not large enough to meet the family's needs and medical costs. Fenet was born with an anorectal malformation, which is a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. Children with this condition have an imperforate anus, or an absence of opening where it should be. Due to this condition, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency colostomy. Post-surgery, Fenet has had multiple issues with her colostomy care and experienced associated complications. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way. Fenet's condition has taken its toll on her mom and dad, and the whole process has been very emotional and difficult for them to go through. Her family appeals for help for Fenet to be treated. Fenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on June 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Fenet's procedure and care. After her recovery, Fenet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mom shared, “I hope my child will heal and God is able.”
Chaw is a 35-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two children in Burma. Her husband is a fisherman, who earns 10,000 kyat (approx. 10 USD) per day selling his catch at the market. However, she shared that since the coup d'état in February, he cannot work because he is afraid of being taken away. Her husband has tried to find other work, but nobody wants to hire him because they also have the same problem. About a year ago, Chaw was diagnosed with diabetes. She could not always afford to pay for medication, and only able to purchase it occasionally. One day, while she was doing household chores, she accidentally injured her left foot with a knife. The wound worsened, until she sought treatment at a local clinic, where it was recommended that she seek treatment at a hospital. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) is helping Chaw to receive treatment. Chaw visited BCMF's care center where a doctor examined her foot. While examining her, the doctor diagnosed her with a diabetes-related cellulitis ulcer and recommended surgery. Currently, the skin around Chaw's ulcer is red, she has a fever and experiences severe pain in her left foot, especially at night. On May 11th, she will undergo a wound debridement procedure, and now she needs help to fund the $694 procedure. Chaw shared, "our family has low income during these difficult times and we cannot pay for treatment. Our two children are staying with their grandmother because my husband has to take care of me while I am admitted at the hospital."
William is a hardworking motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He earns $2.50 daily and lives in a one-room house in Naivasha, costing about $24 a month. His parents are elderly and live nearby on a quarter of an acre piece of land. William suffered femur and distal tibia fractures and is unable to walk and cannot work. Currently, the hospital has admitted him to the respiratory ward since he developed difficulties in breathing. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 20th, William will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. These surgeries will enable the bones to heal and he will be able to walk again normally. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. William says, “I don’t have anyone to depend on, I survive on my own through this motorbike taxi business. But with these fractures, I cannot walk or work at all. I need the surgery to normalize my life and be independent again.”
Elizabeth is 8 years old and the last born in a family of eight children. Elizabeth is a friendly girl and currently in elementary school. She loves coloring and singing at school. Her parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers. Elizabeth was involved in a fire accident in late 2017. She and her siblings had been left at home by their mother as she went out to go fetch water. With no grown-up at home, they took a matchbox and went out to start a fire so that they could play cooking games. In the process, Elizabeth's clothing caught on fire, and neighbors rescued her. She sustained severe burns that have since healed, so she has large skin contractures around her groin, elbow and axilla. She is not able to move her arm freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Elizabeth receive treatment. On March 4th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so she will able to use her hand and move it freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $639 procedure. Elizabeth’s father shared, “My daughter needs surgery to help correct her hand, but the cost is not something we can afford. Kindly help our daughter.”
Erick is a 10-month-old baby and the last born in a family of two children. He is already developing a sweet personality and is a charming young boy. Erick's parents are small scale farmers who grow maize and vegetables for their food. His father also seeks casual labouring jobs like working on other people's farms to supplement their income. Since he was three months old, Erick has had a bilateral inguinal hernia and bilateral undescended testis. Each time the hernia swelling would appear or disappear it would increase in size and make Erick very uncomfortable. As a result, Erick would cry a lot and was unable to sleep or eat well. Fortunately, on March 22nd, Erick will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $566 to fund Erick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to grow and live more comfortably and confidently. Erick’s mother shared, “My baby is usually in pain when the swelling appears making him not be able to sleep or eat well. Please help him."
Ko is a 37-year-old father of five who lives with his wife, three daughters and two sons in a refugee camp in Thailand. His family receives a cash card every month from an organization, but this is not enough to cover their expenses. Therefore, he also works as an agricultural day laborer in a nearby Thai village. In his free time, Ko enjoys playing cane ball and spending time with his friends. On December 11, 2020, Ko slipped and fell onto rocks outside of the camp. When he tried to get up, Ko could tell that his leg was broken. He went to the hospital in the refugee camp run by Malteser International (MI). He was eventually referred to a hospital where he underwent surgery to insert a metal rod into his leg on December 25, 2020. When he went back to the hospital for his follow-up appointment on February 3, 2021, the doctor observed that the surgical wound was infected and he underwent surgery to clean his wound. When the wound still did not heal, the doctor referred him to another hospital, where the doctor told him he would need an additional surgery to remove necrotic tissue and replace the rod in his leg. Currently, Ko is experiencing a lot of pain. It is difficult for him to walk and he is worried about his family in the camp. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ko will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and finally heal. This procedure will allow Ko to walk and his leg to heal properly. The procedure is scheduled for March 12th and will cost $1,500. Ko shared, “I really want to work to support my family as soon as possible. I cannot imagine what life would be like for my family if my leg never heals.”
Nyamishana is a 76-year-old farmer and mother of seven. Her firstborn child is now 52-years-old and her youngest child is 40-years-old. She is a widow, having lost her husband in 2004. When he passed away, her husband left Nyamishana a four-room semi-permanent house for their family. For some time Nyamishana has been experiencing bleeding and lower abdominal pains. Surgeons recommend she undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which they'll remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $228 to fund Nyamishana's surgery. On March 6th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Nyamishana will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Nyamishana shared, “I pray for a successful surgery. I will be happy to live longer and bless the care and love of my children and grandchildren. I will resume farming once having treatment.”
Kech Heang is a 72-year-old retired school teacher from Cambodia. She lives with her son as her husband passed away 13 years ago. Now that Kech Heang is retired, she spends her time at home with her family. She enjoys watching Thai dramas on TV. One year ago, Kech Heang developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside on her own. When Kech Heang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour by tuk tuk with her nephew seeking treatment. On November 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Kech Heang shared, "At this age, vision is the only asset I preciously need."
Mitchele is a playful three-year-old girl who hails from Mafuta in Uasin Gishu County in Kenya. She is the last born child in a family of five. On January 10th, Mitchele sustained a severe injury to her right upper limb after she fell on the ground while playing with her siblings. Her mother brought to the hospital to seek care. Doctors assessed her injury and conducted an x-ray, which revealed a fracture to her right supracondylar. Because she was in pain and could not move her hand, Mitchele was admitted to the hospital for skin traction to stabilize her fracture and realign the normal position of the bone. She will need a type of fracture repair surgery called an open reduction and external fixation to unite and heal her fracture. However, this procedure is costly for Mitchele and her family. Her mother earns wages from laundry and farm labour in their village, and her father is a boda boda taxi driver to complement her income. Mitchele and her family live in a rented two-roomed iron sheet house. Her family is in need of financial support, and appeals to anyone reading Mitchele's story to help their family raise the amount needed for her treatment. Mitchele will undergo a fracture repair procedure on her upper right arm on January 19th. Once recovered, her quality of life will significantly improve and she will be able to return to playing with her siblings. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $801 to fund this procedure. Mitchele's mother shared, “I hope my daughter gets treated and recovers well so that I can return to working and supporting our family.”
Somaly is a 54-year-old housewife from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. Her husband works as a civil servant. She supports her family at home, cooking food and taking care of her grandchildren. When she has free time, she loves to watch dramas on TV. One year ago, Somaly developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her irritation, constant tearing, and blurry vision. 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 Somaly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled to the hospital seeking treatment. Somaly 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 May 7th. Somaly said, "I always love taking my grandchildren to school in the morning, but I cannot do that right now. Once the irritation is gone, I will be back to normal and can take care of them again."