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 Sa, a woman from Burma, to fund foot surgery so she can keep her independence.
Jacob has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Jacob has funded healthcare for 86 patients in 12 countries.
Sa lives with her husband, daughter, and two granddaughters in Burma. She is a homemaker, and her daughter and husband are day laborers. However, due to constantly changing regulations regarding the number of people who can gather, they have difficulty finding work. Sa's granddaughters are students, though their schools are currently closed. Their family shared that they were only able to earn 100,000 kyat (approx. $100 USD) last month, which is not enough to cover their daily needs. A few years ago, Sa was diagnosed with diabetes. This September, she had an injury on her right toe. Her toe became itchy and infected, so she visited a local clinic twice. After her symptoms did not subside, she visited a private clinic, where the doctor diagnosed her with an ulcer and told her she would need to undergo surgery to clean and remove the necrotic tissue. On September 24th, she underwent this procedure. A few days later, the toe continued to worsen, and a second surgery is now required to amputate Sa's right toe and keep her infection from worsening. To help with the cost, Sa was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help fund the costs of this surgery. Sa is currently experiencing swelling and pain in her foot, especially when the weather is cool during the night and morning. As a result, Sa cannot do her daily household chores. She shared, "Even though I cannot meet my donors, I want to thank them. If you [BCMF and donors] had not helped me during this difficult time, I do not know who else I could have turned to for help."
Ashford is a jovial, 46-year-old farmer from the western part of Kenya. He enjoys playing music on his nyatiti (an eight-stringed plucked bowl yoke lute). Apart from farming, Ashford played the nyatiti to earn a living until he had an accident in December 2020. Ashford was in an accident in Nairobi, where he had moved to earn his living and sustained bilateral tibia fractures on his legs. This has caused Ashford pain and difficulty in walking, and he is now unable to earn a living as he cannot play the nyatiti without his mobility. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Ashford will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). The treatment will accelerate his healing process and enable him to walk again. AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Ashford says, “I used to walk far and wide to entertain people while playing the nyatiti but now I am immobile and homeless. I rely on the church for survival and care. I need this surgery to be able to walk again.”
Noemi is a cheerful three-year-old girl from Venezuela. Her family moved to Colombia two years ago, and she will start school soon. Noemi loves playing with dolls and painting. Noemi has clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Noemi's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 28th. Now, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1,500 to fund Noemi's bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk more easily and wear shoes. Her mother shared, "it breaks my heart when she tells me she wants to walk and I see that she is not able to... she is starting school soon and I would love to see her walk and play with her new friends."
Sambon is a 65-year-old proud grandfather. He has been married for 40 years and has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Sambon's wife is a cook at a small organization in Phnom Penh. Sambon is retired now, but used to be a government worker building roads. On May 9th, Sambon was burned by hot water on both legs. His family took him to an NGO hospital where the wounds were dressed and treated. Then, they referred him to Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for further evaluation and treatment. It is difficult for him to bend his legs and he is in pain. On May 17th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove the dead skin and apply a skin graft so can regain use of his legs. Now, he needs help to fund this $787 procedure. Sambon shared, "I am so thankful that I can return home soon after I am healed."
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.”