David joined Watsi on December 29th, 2015. 42 other people also joined Watsi on that day! David's most recent donation supported Hol, a man from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
David has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 10 countries.
David has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 10 countries.
Hol is a rice farmer with six children from Cambodia. He likes to listen to the radio and social news. Two years ago, Hol developed a cataract in each eye, causing him tearing, itchiness, and cloudy lenses. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hol learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On January 22, doctors will perform a small incision cataract 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. He says, "I hope my eye surgery is successful so that I can see everything clearly and so that I can help my family to do some work at the farm field. I want to plant some crops like melon, cucumber, and corn for selling."
Jeanslyn is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and brother in a small fishing village on the coast of northern Haiti. He enjoys going to school and helping his family around the house. Jeanslyn has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with tricuspid atresia. This is a fairly complex heart condition, including an absence of one of the heart's four valves, a muscular blockage of a second valve, and a hole between two chambers of the heart. To determine if Jeanslyn's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On December 17, he will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Jeanslyn's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His mother says, "We are very happy that our son can finally have this test, and are praying for a good result!"
Judah is a boy from Kenya. He is the only child in his family. Judah’s mother is a full-time mother, while his father works as a salesperson in an insurance firm. At a recent check-up, Judah was found to have impaired hearing. For this reason, his speech development is delayed. Fortunately, Judah is scheduled to receive hearing aids on October 1. His family needs help raising $929 to pay for the devices. Judah’s mother says, “I am hoping to see my child helped and I believe this will improve his talking and understanding of things."
Saw Wah is a three-year old boy from Burma. He lives in Htee Moo Hta Village in Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma with his parents, aunt, and great-grandmother. In January 2018, Saw Wah’s mother noticed a small bump in a sensitive area. It was small and did not cause him any pain at first. However, the bump grew over time. He was eventually diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia with hydrocele. Fortunately, on September 12, 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 Saw Wah's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. "When he grows up I want him to be a doctor or medic, but he wants to be a pilot,” said Saw Wah's mother.
Emmanuel is a baby from Kenya. He was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Emmanuel is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Emmanuel's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 24. This procedure will hopefully spare Emmanuel from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I am truly happy that we may get help for Emmanuel’s treatment,” says Emmanuel’s guardian.
Hong is a man from Cambodia. He has two sons and three daughters. He enjoys tending to his vegetable garden. One month ago, he had an accident at work and he fell from a scaffolding and lost consciousness for 10 minutes. He dislocated his right elbow. He needs to undergo a reduction procedure to help his elbow to regain mobility and to allow him to live without chronic pain. Surgery is scheduled for July 9. Now, he needs help funding this $390 procedure. He says, "I hope better after the operation I am feeling better, and I can move without pain."
Kasimi is a man from Kenya. He works on a plantation and is a father of five children. His wife also works as a laborer. Recently, Kasimi sustained a spinal injury. Without treatment, it could result in total paralysis. Currently, he is wearing a brace for support. Fortunately, Kasimi is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion surgery at our medical partner's care center on June 5. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund the treatment. Kasimi says, “I wish to be treated and resume my fatherly duties."
Bryton is a baby from Tanzania. Both his parents work in the textile industry as casual laborers. Bryton 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, Bryton has been experiencing an increasing head circumference, irritability and vomiting. Without treatment, Bryton will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Bryton that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16 and will drain the excess fluid from Bryton's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Bryton will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Bryton’s mother says, “I would love to see my boy grow up and have a happy normal life like other children, be able to play and go to school and not be looked at as a disabled child.”
Princess is a baby from Kenya. She lives with her family in a two-room rental house. Princess’s parents operate a retail shop. Princess has been diagnosed with encephalocoele, a type of neural tube defect in which brain tissues and overlying membranes protrude through openings in the skull. Encephalocoele usually results from a failure of the neural tube to completely close during fetal development. Without treatment, Princess is at risk of developmental delays, brain damage, or premature death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $929 to fund encephalocoele repair surgery for Princess. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 23. Hopefully, the repair of this condition will allow Princess to grow up healthy. “I look forward to the day we will get back home with Princess treated,” shares Princess’s mother.
Eh is a one-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his mother, father, and grandmother. His parents work as farmers on a villager’s farm, and receive a share of the crop as payment. When he was one month old, Eh’s mother noticed his left eye was tearing up more than usual. At ten months old, both his pupils became white. Eh suffers from severe discomfort from bright lights and when the wind blows into his eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Eh. On March 23, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Eh'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. "I want him to become a medic as there are many patients in my village and I want him to return home to help them when he is grow up," says his mother.
Leat is a lotus farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons and two daughters. He likes spending time with his six grandchildren and watching boxing matches. Two years ago, Leat developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, irritation, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Leat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On February 2, doctors will perform a small incision cataract 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. He says, "I hope I can see everything clearly so I can continue to work as a farmer and support my family."
Simba is rice farmer from Malawi. Simba lives with his wife. and they operate a small rice farm. Simba also fishes to supplement the family income. In his free time, he likes to play with his many grandchildren Since 2012, Simba has been experiencing difficulty urinating. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Simba's surgery. On October 3, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Simba is very happy to finally get his surgery after waiting for five years for treatment. He says, "I am so happy—I will finally get my surgery!"