Harini joined Watsi on July 17th, 2015. Six years ago, Harini joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Harini's most recent donation supported Bo, a proud grandfather from Cambodia, to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.
Harini has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 11 countries.
Harini has funded healthcare for 83 patients in 11 countries.
Bo is a 61-year-old who is married with five sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Bo is retired from his job as an assistant to the village chief. Now, he takes care of his grandchildren who are all in school. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio in his free time. Five years ago, Bo developed a cataract in his right eye causing him blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his son seeking treatment. On June 14th, 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. Bo shared, "I hope I can see clearly after surgery so I can travel places on my own, read, write, and teach my grandchildren well."
Sokun is a 57-year-old driver and is married with three daughters and four grandchildren. Sokun works as a driver for the Ministry of Health and, in his free time, he enjoys listening to the radio. Two months ago, Sokun developed a chalazion in his left eye, causing him pain, itchiness, and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. It is difficult for him to see clearly and drive safely. Sokun traveled for two and a half hours with his wife to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On June 2nd, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sokun's symptoms should improve and he can continue working. He needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Sokun shared, "I hope my eye swelling goes away and I can see well again so I can return to work without worries."
Teltila is a lively five-month-old girl from Ethiopia and a sibling to an older brother and sister. She is sociable, loves to play with her mom, and enjoys it when her mom talks to her. Her dad is physically impaired and unable to move around easily. He sells candies and some sweets on the street for a living and her mom is a housewife raising their three kids. His income is not enough to maintain the family but fortunately, they are supported by a foundation in their town that works with people with impairments. Teltila was born with a birth condition called anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage causing pain and complications. She developed bowel obstruction because of her condition and an emergency colostomy, one of the series of procedures needed to eliminate the condition, was done for her at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Myungsung Christian Medical Centre (BKMCM). She has had multiple issues with her colostomy care and associated complications and as a result, she continues to feel significant discomfort. According to her mother, Teltila had her first surgery when she was 45-days-old and unfortunately, the second surgery was delayed due to finances. The money they saved could only cover doctor reviews and some level of surgical fees. After getting an appointment, her bag was stolen with all the money and documents at a bus stop. Teltila's mother was devastated and did not know what to do. She heard of a charitable organization that supports the poor and went there to share her story. Teltila is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on August 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Teltila's procedure and care. After her recovery, she will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Teltila's mother says, "I am now so thankful. I lost all I had and I just received it back through you all. I hope my daughter will be treated."
Sas is a 67-year-old cashew farmer with one daughter, two sons, and one grandchild. Sas and her husband live with their eldest son who is also a cashew farmer. In her free time, Sas enjoys visiting the mosque and watching Khmer and Thai dramas on TV. Six years ago, Sas developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her impaired vision and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sas learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her son seeking treatment. On May 18th, 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. Sas shared, "I hope I can see better so I can cook well and take care of myself and my husband. I also want to plant some vegetables and raise cows and chickens."
Amani is a beautiful eight-month-old baby boy and the last born child in a family of four children. Amani's parents are small scale farmers who grow maize, bean, potatoes and vegetables which they mainly use for their own food. The father also works as a night guard to be able to get money to support his family. Amani 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, Amani has been experiencing fevers and an impact on his eyes. Without treatment, Amani will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Amani that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 14th and will drain the excess fluid from Amani's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Amani will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Amani’s mother says, "It’s not been easy for us ever since we had our baby due to his health issues, he needs treatment but we cannot afford the cost. Help us if you can.”
Sokhom is a 65-year-old motor taxi driver with one son, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Sokhom lives with his wife and their daughter who is a garment factory worker. Nowadays, Sokhom does not drive his motor taxi because of his vision. Instead, he spends his time at home looking after his grandchildren, watching Khmer boxing on TV, and listening to the news on the radio. About three years ago, Sokhom developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia, tearing, irritation, and itching. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokhom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled with his son seeking treatment. On April 27th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sokhom shared, "I hope after my surgery I can see well so I can drive my motorcycle again to support my family."
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."
Phorn is a 40-year-old construction worker with three children: two sons and one daughter. They all are now in school. Phorn is not working now but his wife is a factory worker. His parents live with his family and he supports them. For over two years, he has had pain in both hips. He feels his left side is much worse than the right. He describes his current health as generally very poor because he is in such pain. When he has pain, he has traditionally been able to buy pain medication from the pharmacy, but it has lately become unbearable. Doctors diagnosed his condition as avascular necrosis (death of bone tissue due to lack of blood circulation) of both hips. Fortunately, Phorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Phorn of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for February 9th, and Phorn needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. He hopes after surgery, his left hip will not have pain, he can walk without help, and go back to work as before.
Monday is a 60-year-old farmer and mother of eight. Her firstborn is now 40 years old, while her youngest is 17 years old. Two of Monday's children have completed degrees in different programs, but she shared they do not yet have jobs. Monday generally receives limited support from her children at this point. Her husband passed away in 2003 and left her an incomplete house, which she has worked hard and struggled to complete and make a comfortable home. In addition to small scale farming, Monday buys and sells second hand clothes to earn an income. Six years ago, Monday began to experience troubling symptoms, most notably neck pain when swallowing. She was diagnosed with a multi-nodular toxic goitre. Monday needs a thyroidectomy to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Monday receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Monday and her family need your support. Monday shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I believe I will be able to resume my usual farming duties along with my business and be able to further support my family.”
Than is a 42-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, three daughters, three sons, son-in-law and granddaughter. Than and her family moved from Burma to Thailand ten years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband, her oldest daughter, one son, and her son-in-law work as day labourers on their employer’s farm, growing and harvesting tapioca, corn, and cabbage. Her two other sons go to school, while her youngest daughter and her granddaughter are too young to go to school. Than and her second oldest daughter are homemakers. On November 7th, 2020, Than discovered that she had an incisional hernia. Currently, Than experiences abdominal pain throughout the week and has to take pain medication to decrease her pain. She feels uncomfortable when she sits, and when she is in pain, she has to walk or lie down for the pain to ease. Fortunately, on January 28th, she 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 Than's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 28th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and go about her daily activities normally. Than shared, “I was so happy when I learned that I was to go to Mae Tao Clinic [and later Mae Sot Hospital] for treatment. My children are also happy that I will receive treatment with help from donors.”
Peter is a third grade student from Kenya. Peter is very active and playful like many kids his age. He is the seventh son in a family of eight children. Peter's father repairs household items including basins and jerricans, and his mother is a casual laborer who washes clothes for a living. Their family currently lives together in a two-room mud house. About 10 weeks ago, Peter fell from a tall tree and he sustained a femur shaft fracture and hip dislocation. He currently walks and gets around using crutches, and there is the risk that he may not able to walk on his own again unless he receives surgical intervention. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 17th, Peter will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund his surgery. Peter's father shared, “[Peter] has been unable to go to school since the accident. He can’t walk without the help of crutches and if he doesn’t go for surgery he might be unable to walk normally.”
Thorn is a 70-year-old woman and now retired as a laborer. She has five siblings and lives with her niece who is a farmer. Thorn enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio and at the pagoda when she is able to go. One year ago, Thorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing, recognizing neighbors, and being independent. When Thorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her niece seeking treatment. On January 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. Thorn said, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can help my niece plant crops to earn money and be able to spend more time caring for my family."