Jacob joined Watsi on July 11th, 2015. Six years ago, Jacob joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jacob's most recent donation supported Kuthea, a 23-year-old woman from Cambodia, to fund an amputation so she has greater mobility and independence.
Jacob has funded healthcare for 82 patients in 11 countries.
Jacob has funded healthcare for 82 patients in 11 countries.
Kuthea is a 23-year-old woman who lives with her parents and her brother and sister. Her parents are seasonal farmers, while her younger siblings are still in school. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV, reading books, helping her siblings study, and talking with neighbors. Kuthea was born with a form of spina bifida which has caused neurological dysfunction in her legs and lower back. She has never been able to walk and has no sensation below her knees. This has limited her independence in her daily life. Kuthea visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) hoping for treatment. At CSC, doctors will perform an amputation of her right foot to prepare her to use prosthetics that will increase her mobility. This procedure will also reduce her chronic discomfort and pain. Once she has fully recovered, she will undergo a physiotherapy course and practice using a prosthetic that will allow her to walk more easily. Kuthea shared, "I am thankful for this chance to get this procedure. I hope that I can recover soon, and walk easily when I am back home."
Tugumisirize is a 22-year-old university student completing a certificate in accounts. She has one brother who helps support her and works as a a small scale farmer. He grows tomatoes for sale in order to maintain his family and afford his sister's school fees. For the last four years, Tugumisirize has had an umbilicus swelling that has become painful. She has been diagnosed with an incisional hernia. The hernia feels especially painful when she strains to move around. Tugumisirize was slated for surgery in 2020 to treat her condition, but her surgery was postponed when she developed fascites, also known as fluid accumulation in the abdominal area. Tugumisirize is unable to afford the cost of her care. Her brother works very hard to help pay for any school or medical bills she may have, but is unable to support the full cost of her surgery. She appeals for financial help. Fortunately, on April 6th, Tugumisirize will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Tugumisirize's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently, and she will be able to continue her studies in good health. Tugumisirize shared, "My only hope of regaining my health back is undergoing surgery and with your support, I think it will be possible for me to continue with my education well.”
Siphan is a 66-year-old father with two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Siphan lives with his wife and their youngest daughter. He used to work as a laborer but now his vision prevents him from working. Siphan's wife and daughter both go into the city near their home to work. Five years ago, Siphan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience blurry vision, photophobia, tearing, and itchiness. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Siphan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for one hour with his wife to seek treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Siphan shared with us, "I hope I can see clearly again so I can drive my motorbike and get around easily outside."
Elvin is a one-year-old baby boy and the youngest in a family of two children. His mother shared that he is usually a smiley and happy baby. Elvin's mother sells goods at a shop, while his father is a welder. Elvin has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Elvin has been experiencing pain and is at risk of brain damage. His condition has made him irritable and he experiences regular fevers and vomiting whenever he eats. Without treatment, Elvin will experience physical and developmental delays. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) can help. AMH is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery to treat Elvin's hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 10th and will drain the excess fluid from Elvin's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Elvin will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Elvin’s mother shared, "my son’s head keeps increasing in size and his health keeps worsening each day, please help."
Gyi is an agricultural day labourer from Thailand. He lives with his wife, who also works as a day labourer. However, both Gyi and his wife struggle to find work and often have to borrow money to make ends meet. On January 12, 2021, Gyi started to experience difficulty urinating. His abdomen became distended, and he felt uncomfortable as if he had severe gas. For the next two days, Gyi was able to pass urine without difficulty, but he started developing pain on the right side of his abdomen. Four days later, he was unable to pass neither urine nor stool. Gyi and his wife went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where a medic assessed him and thought he might be suffering from partial obstruction of his bowel. Doctors want Gyi to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Gyi's CT scan and care, scheduled for January 20th. In the future, Gyi shared, "I want to continue working in the fields. Also, I would like to move back to Burma one day."
Shoh is a 47-year-old man who lives with his wife, two sons, daughter-in-law and two daughters in Nu Poe Refugee Camp in Thailand. In the camp, Shoh and his oldest son are teachers who teach about the Quran for other refugees. They each earn 1,200 baht (approx. 40 USD) per month. His wife is often sick, and his eldest daughter has to look after her at home. His daughter-in-law is a homemaker while his youngest daughter and son are students. Shoh’s household receives 1,110 baht (approx. 37 USD) every month on a cash card to purchase rations in the camp. Their monthly household income is just enough to cover their daily expenses as they also receive free basic health care and education in the camp. Since February 2020, Shoh has had umbilical hearnia. Currently, Shoh’s abdomen pain is not severe but his hernia is still increasing in size. He feels uncomfortable when he walks because of his swollen abdomen. He cannot sleep well and is increasingly worried about his diagnosis. The pain in his abdomen increases when he feels cold, especially at night. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Shoh's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 9th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Shoh said, “I do not want to stop being a teacher. I love teaching the Quran to young children. Also, if I do not teach, I do not earn an income and my family does not have enough income to cover our household expenses.”
Chheut is a 62-year-old home renovator and his wife sells groceries. They have two daughters, five sons, and eight grandchildren. Chheut likes to listen to the radio at home. Chheut has developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chheut learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his daughter seeking treatment. On December 24th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Chheut said, "I hope after surgery I can see clear again so I can go outside by myself and help my wife sell her groceries."
Nganizi is a 57-year-old farmer from Uganda. He came to Nyakibale hospital with complaints of swelling around his inguinal area over the past two years. This is painful especially when he strains, coughs, or bends. Being a farmer, most of the time he is doing strenuous work and it becomes painful for him. Nganizi had not sought treatment before but when he heard of the surgical program in the hospital, he opted to be seen by the surgeon. He was diagnosed with a bilateral inguinal hernia after a scan was done and herniorrhaphy surgery is recommended. This surgery will help reduce instances of hernia strangulation and even intestinal obstruction which may be fatal. His other hurdle is financing the surgery. As a father of 7, he relies on farming to pay fees for his children who are still in school. His wife joins him on the farm to make ends meet. Their family is not able to meet the cost of surgery and appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, on October 13th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Nganizi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Nganizi says, “I am hopeful that the surgery will go on well and I will thereafter continue with farming so I can continue sustaining my family.”
James is a very playful and jovial boy. He loves to play with his friends and, his grandmother shared, they would play with anything because toys are hard to come by. One day James and his friends found a calabash and chose to play with it. While they were playing, one of them took the calabash and threw it to James. The calabash hit James at his right hip and he fell down. He struggled to stand up and immediately started limping and crying out of pain. He was rushed home to his grandmother where she took him to a nearby facility. James was given some pain medication and then sent home. His grandmother shared that a few days down the line his situation was not getting any better and he could not walk. James's grandmother sourced some funds and brought him to Kijabe Hospital for examination. Upon review, the doctor requested scans to develop a treatment plan, but due to lack of money to pay for the scan, his grandmother decided to go back home and look for money. While at home, it was took her a long time to raise the required amount for the scans. One day their church pastor visited to check on how they are adapting to life after the death of James’s mother. During the visit, he noticed that James was barely moving. He was concerned and asked his grandmother what was wrong. James's grandmother explained what happened and the current situation they are in. The pastor brought James back to Kijabe Hospital for the scans. When the doctor reviewed the scans, they immediately admitted James as an emergency case and a surgery was done helping to save his leg. During a regular clinic follow-up yesterday, his doctor noticed that the wound was oozing and was concerned about an infection. An x-ray was done and showed that his leg again needs emergency surgery to treat his condition. James is the youngest of four children. His father separated with his mother, and left James and his siblings to his mother. A few years later, James's mother died and his grandmother has taken full responsibility of the four children. To earn a living, his grandmother does laundry and ploughs farms for their neighbors. She does not have another source of income. James's first surgery was supported by Friends of Kijabe Hospital, but his grandmother is appealing for financial help for the surgery that is now needed for James. James’ grandmother shared, “At home after the first surgery, I was very happy to see James slowly trying to play with his friends again. Those were happy moments that I never thought James would experience again. I am requesting for financial help to put back a smile on his face."
Ahimbisibwe is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to four children: two boys, one operates a small-scale retail shop and the other is in third grade. Her daughters are also still in school. Ahimbisibwe and her husband earn a living from small-scale farming where they grow food crops for home consumption and sell off the surplus. Five years ago, Ahimbisibwe began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, pain when swallowing and coughing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ahimbisibwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 14 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Ahimbisibwe shared, “I hope to recover from this long-standing condition, and expect that I will have a new, better life and be able to continue with farming after I have fully recovered.”
Sonita is a four-year-old preschool student from Cambodia. She is the only child in her family, her parents are Khmer teachers. In her free time she enjoys playing with toys and reading books. One year ago, Sonita had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sonita experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, bad odor, and pain. It is difficult for her to communicate with others, and she often misses school due to the ear discharge. Sonita traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 9th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sonita's mother said, "I hope after surgery her ear pain will be gone, the discharge will finally stop, and her hearing will improve."
Bunthoeun is a 36-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son and he farms rice with his wife. After work, he usually helps his wife with cooking and watching their son. In November 2019 Bunthoeun was in a motorbike accident that caused a fracture in his left leg. It is still difficult for him to walk, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 27th, Bunthoeun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him walk easily again and move in any direction. "I hope that I will be able to walk well, so I can go back to return to the rice field," Bunthoeun said.