Scott joined Watsi on December 7th, 2016. Twelve months ago, Scott joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Scott's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Elvin, a one-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund hydrocephalus treatment.
Scott has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 6 countries.
Scott has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 6 countries.
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."
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.”
Ku is an 11-year-old student from Thailand. Ku lives with his mother, four brothers and a sister in a refugee camp. All of his siblings also go to school, except for his oldest brother, who used to work with their mother as agricultural day labourers. However, since the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020, they have not been able to leave the camp easily to find work. Ku's father works as a day labourer outside of the camp, but has also been unable to find consistent work due to the pandemic. Ku's family receives some financial support from an external organisation, but it is not enough to cover their expenses, and they shared that they often borrow rice or money from their neighbors. In March 2021, Ku and his friends were playing tag that led him to have a bad fall. Ku had taken off his sandals and left them at the top of a hill. When he ran up the rocky hill to fetch his sandals, he slipped and stuck out his left hand to break his fall, breaking his wrist. Currently, Ku’s left hand and forearm are very painful. He cannot bend his wrist and can only move his fingers slightly. Before his accident, Ku was able to prepare his own meals and set up his mosquito net at night. But now, he needs someone to help him do these tasks. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ku will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 10th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Ku use his left hand again and live pain-free. He will be able to cook his own meals again and set up his mosquito net by himself. Now, he and his family need help raising money for this procedure. Ku's mother shared, "After he receives treatment, I want Ku to continue his studies until he graduates and becomes a medic."
Su is a 16-year-old girl from Burma. She has three siblings. Su’s mother is a home maker, and her older brother works as a day labourer. Su and her youngest sister are students and this year Su is in grade seven. Her family's combined monthly income is around 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) per month, which is just enough for their daily expenses, but not enough to pay for basic healthcare. When she has free time, Su loves to play football with her friends at school and she likes to be the goalkeeper. She also loves to read books and watch movies. Su plans to continue her studies as soon as she finishes her treatment. Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Su still feels tired, but not as much as before she started taking her medication. When she feels more tired, her breath quickens. Su has stopped attending school since she got sick. Although she wants to go back to school, her mother worries for her as her school is a little far and she normally walks there. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12nd and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su's mother shared, “Su really wants to go to school but I worry that the long walking distance from our house to her school will make her tired and worsen her condition. So, I asked her to stay home for a while until she can get treated.”
Chanthou is a 34-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has one son and one daughter, who are both in primary school. Chanthou's wife is a factory worker. In his free time, Chanthou enjoys looking after his children, watching TV, and listening to the radio. Ten years ago, Chanthou 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, Chanthou experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, ear discharge, and headache. This makes it difficult for him to communicate with others. Chanthou traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 14th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his left 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. Chanthou said, "I hope this surgery makes the ear discharge stop and my hearing will improve."
Asiimwe is a 28-year-old mother from Uganda. She is married and has two children who are both still in school. When she was younger, she studied and completed senior four, but never proceeded due to lack of school fees. Asiimwe stays at home to take care of her children, while her husband is the main breadwinner and works as a primary school teacher. Since they live in town and do not have enough land to do proper farming, she and her husband do some small planting around their rental house. Three years ago, Asiimwe began to experience troubling symptoms, including an irritant cough, shortness of breath, and difficulty breathing at night. Upon seeking care, she was diagnosed with a goiter. Asiimwe needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Asiimwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 12th 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. Asiimwe shared, "Once I recover, I want to look for a job so that I can help my husband take care of our family."
Sophy is a 42-year-old noodle seller from Cambodia. She and her husband have been married for 19 years and have two children together, one son and one daughter, both in elementary school. Her husband is a farmer and sells his vegetables at the same market where Sophy works. She spends much of her time looking after their two young children, and taking them to play outside in nature. In March 2020, she dislocated her left elbow in an accidental fall. A neighbor made a splint out of bamboo for her, which she wore for three weeks. However, her elbow soon became swollen and stiff. She is unable to use her left arm, and she feels a constant mild pain in her elbow. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On July 13th, Sophy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will allow Sophy to regain movement of her arm and reduce the pain. Sophy said, "I am looking forward to picking my kids up in my arms and playing with them again once my elbow feels no pain."
Tumuhairwe is a small-scale farmer from Uganda and is a widow since 2000. She was left with nine children; all are now married and self-employed but unable to help out financially for her surgery. Since six months ago, Tumuhairwe has had a supraumbilical hernia on the anterior rectus abdominus. The hernia causes her pain and discomfort and she is not able to work on her farm as she used to. Fortunately, on August 11th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Tumuhairwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Tumuhairwe shared: “I have pain and discomfort. If I can be treated, I will be grateful and resume cultivation since it’s where I earn my living.”
Yorn is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three daughters, three sons, and eighteen grandchildren. She enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. One month ago, Yorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her vision loss. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 28th, 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. "I hope to see everything clearly again, to recognize faces of all my relatives, and go outside, especially I can have rice and do something on my own," Yorn said.
Joseph is a brave 8-year-old boy from Karanjee Village in Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of 3 children and he is in seventh grade. He and his siblings live with their mother who is a casual laborer working in neighbor’s farms to earn an income for their family. Joseph was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Joseph has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Joseph will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 11th. AMH is requesting $506 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "My boy is now getting big and I would not like to risk his future with infertility. Kindly support us as I am the breadwinner with no one to turn to. I hope my son will have successful corrective treatment so that he can be like other boys,” said Josephs’ mother.
Nget is a 27-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He and his wife work together, and have one young son. He enjoys playing with his son outside, and taking him on walks by the river. He also likes to cook for his family. Ten years ago, Nget 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, Nget experiences hearing loss, ear discharge and pain. He has experienced chronic tinnitus, a ringing in the ears, and it is difficult for him to hear his coworkers and communicate with his family. Nget traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 5th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his 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. Nget said, "I have spent a lot of money on medicine for my ear, so I hope that this surgery stops my pain for good and I can use that money to help my family."
Sunday is a business lady from Uganda. She is a married mother with four children all of who are still studying, two daughters at university and two sons in secondary school. She earns a living by selling dry cereal crops like maize and millet but since the COVID-19 lockdown, her business has been closed. Her husband is an elementary school teacher by profession but he developed a heart problem and is currently at home and does not work. Two years ago, Sunday began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing and headaches. 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 Sunday receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 7th 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. Sunday shared, “I hope to get relieved from those symptoms once I have received my surgery and resume with my business when the COVID-19 lockdown is over to create a future for my children."