United States • Born on December 27th
Lucy joined Watsi on January 23rd, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lucy's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chantha, is bright 9-year-old student from Cambodia, to fund a myringoplasty procedure to heal a perforation in his left ear.
Lucy has funded healthcare for 129 patients in 14 countries.
Lucy has funded healthcare for 129 patients in 14 countries.
Chantha is a bright 9-year-old student. He is currently in grade two in a public school and has two brothers and two sisters. His parents are both construction workers. At home, he likes to read and play football with his friends. Eight months ago, Chantha had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane (the ear drum) in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Chantha experiences serosanguinous discharge and pain in his left ear. His hearing has deteriorated, which makes it difficult for him to stay involved in conversations. Chantha's parents bought eardrops from the pharmacy, but could not afford to take him to a clinic. He cannot communicate clearly with others and doesn't want to attend school because he feels ashamed he doesn't understand the teacher. Chantha's family traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 19th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $487 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Chantha's mother said: "I hope that my son's hearing will improve after the operation and he will not suffer from more ear infections."
Maribeth is a caring mother from the Philippines. She's a full-time mom to her three children, while her husband works as a grinder. In May 2022, Maribeth began to experience troubling symptoms, including fatigue, trembling hands, and masses on her neck that were growing in size. These symptoms prevent her from being able to take care of her children and do her daily chores. Maribeth sought a medical checkup, where doctors told her to undergo a neck ultrasound and biopsy. Her results indicated that she is experiencing a multiple colloid adenomatous goiter. This condition occurs when tumor formation occurs, caused by an overgrowth of thyroid tissue cells. Maribeth needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Maribeth receive treatment. On November 11th, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at WSFP's hospital. During this procedure, surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation is supporting a portion of the cost of her treatment, and WSFP is raising $890 to cover the remaining cost of Maribeth's procedure and care. Maribeth says, "This free surgery is a big help for me because we don't have enough money to pay for my bills. To all the hospital staff who are helping me, to WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, thank you! May God bless you, and may you help more people in need."
Sarom is a 77-year-old Buddhist nun living in Cambodia. She has two daughters, five sons, and 13 grandchildren. She lives alone in the pagoda, as her husband passed away many years ago. She enjoys reading religious texts, meditating, and mentoring the younger nuns. Two years ago, Sarom developed a cataract in her right eye. Because of the tearing and blurry vision caused by the cataract, she can no longer read her beloved texts, the activity that used to fill her days in the pagoda. And, because she cannot see clearly, she is reluctant to go out on her own. After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, Sarom made the trip to see their doctors, in order to be evaluated. As a result of her visit, she is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery - and the implantation of an intraocular lens - on October 3rd, at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. After she has recovered from the surgery, Sarom should be able to return to her reading, which is so important to her. Now, she needs your help to fund this $253 procedure. Sarom said: "I hope after surgery my eye can see better and I can travel to visit my family."
Phal Rika is a 12-year-old student. She is an only child and is in grade seven in a public school. Her mother works in a local garment factory; her father passed away several years ago from hypertension. She likes to do her homework, help her mother around the house, and read books. Phal Rika developed a chalazion in her right eye, causing her redness, irritation, and swelling of the eyelid. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. It is very itchy and she cannot see well from her eye due to swelling. This makes it difficult for her to concentrate on her schoolwork. Phal Rika traveled for one and a half hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On September 15th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Phal Rika's symptoms should improve. She needs help raising $210 to fund this procedure. Her mother shared: "I hope the operation will be easy for my daughter so she can see well again and not miss any school."
Sorn is a 54-year-old rice farmer with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Sorn's husband also works as a farmer, and they live with their youngest daughter. When she is not working in the fields, Sorn enjoys listening to the news on the radio and visiting her local pagoda. Three years ago, Sorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Sorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 1st, surgeons will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to find this procedure. Sorn shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better. I can go to the rice fields to help my family more and do housework again."
On is a 59-year-old rice farmer. She has three sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. On lives with her eldest daughter, who also works as a farmer. In her free time, On likes to watch TV and listen to the monks pray on the radio. Over the past year, On developed a cataract in her left eye causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When On learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On October 14th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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. On shared, "I hope my eye can see well so I can go back to the rice field and do some housework well."
Tindibakira, who is in need of thyroid surgery, told us, “I pray for a successful surgery. Farming is major for our survival and I will resume it as soon as possible.” Tindibakira is a 68-year-old woman and a married mother of four children. She and her husband are small scale farmers and they own a four-room semi-permanent house. During her free time, Tindibakira enjoys being out in the fields farming. Over two years ago, Tindibakira began experiencing troubling symptoms, including anterior neck swelling and difficulty breathing. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. If not treated, she will be at risk of airway obstruction. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $293 to fund Tindibakira's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on April 6th at AMH's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland so she can finally feel healthy again.
Kyarikora is a 52-year-old farmer from Uganda. She is married and a mother to seven children; one son and six daughters. Her son is a motorbike taxi driver; her two eldest daughters are married and small scale farmers; while her other four children are still in school. Kyarikora and her husband both earn a living from small scale farming. For the last year, Kyarikora has been experiencing persistent pain, backache, and other troubling symptoms. She has been diagnosed with premalignant cervical lesion. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyarikora's surgery. On January 26th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyarikora will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyarikora shared, “I have been living a miserable life because of this condition, and I haven’t been able to go for treatment because my income is small. I hope to regain my strength after surgery.”
Friday is a 31-year-old small-scale farmer and a single mother of three children, having separated from her husband in 2015. Her firstborn is now 12 years old and in primary school class seven, and her second and last born are 9 and 6 years old respectively. She proudly shared that her children are all in school and that they live together with her parents. She works hard as a farmer to make ends meet and pay for her children's school fees. In her free time, Friday enjoys making hand crafts like handmade mats. For the last four months, Friday has been experiencing discomfort in her chest area due to a mass that has been increasing in size. Upon seeking care with our medical partner, she was diagnosed with a mass on her right breast that needs to be removed. Friday traveled to our medical partner's care center hoping to receive treatment. On January 13th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Friday needs help raising $145 to fund this procedure. Friday shared, “I will resume farming once I recover. I appreciate any support you can provide."
Leak is a 17-year-old student from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings. Her father is a motorcycle taxi driver and her mother is a cleaner. She is in grade eleven at school and enjoys studying math. She wants to be a teacher in the future. Leak has had dysplastic nevi syndrome since birth. This means that she has many small moles all over her skin. Some grow larger than others. One appeared on her left waist and leg area. This mass has grown large and makes it difficult for her to sit or lie down comfortably. Leak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 9th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leak needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Leak shared, "I hope that the mass will be gone forever and that my leg will feel good and look good."
Ry is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. She lives with her husband and all of her grandchildren. Her husband does not work currently, so they spend most of their time taking care of the house and of their grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks praying on the radio. Six years ago, Ry developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and photophobia. These symptoms have worsened in the past five months. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ry learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 5th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ry said, "I hope after surgery it will be easier for me to see where I am going and what my grandchildren are doing, so that I can keep them safe."
Gift is 6-month-old baby from Kenya. We met Gift at Watsi's Partner Care Center with her mother Silvia. She was sleepy and looked tired after traveling for over 6 hours from their home just to get a doctor's check-up. She is youngest in their family of two kids. Her mother is a housewife, while her father is a farmer and a casual laborer in construction sites. Gift has clubfoot of both feet. She has been on casting since birth and tenotomy was done when she was two months old however the deformity has never corrected. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes as she grows up. Fortunately, Gift traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Gift's clubfoot repair. After treatment, the bones will realign so that her feet can face in the right direction and she will be able to put on shoes and walk uprightly when she is older. “My joy would be to see my daughter walking well like other children and I would request you to help my daughter undergo surgery,” Gift’s mother told us.