Rishi joined Watsi on September 11th, 2014. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rishi's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Lai Houy, a curious student from Cambodia, for vision-restoring cataract eye surgery.
Rishi has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 4 countries.
Rishi has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 4 countries.
Lai Houy is a 7-year-old student in the second grade from Cambodia. Lai Huoy is the oldest child in her family and has three siblings. Her father is a laborer, and her mother is a housewife. At school, she likes writing. When she has free time, she likes to play with toys alongside her friends and swing on the swings. Since birth, Lai Houy has had aphakia, meaning that she is missing the lens in both eyes. This causes her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going places outside. When Lai Houy's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 6th, doctors will perform bilateral artificial lens implantation in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, Lai Houy's family needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Lai Houy said, "I want to see clearly like my friends, go to school, and study hard. When I grow up I want to be a teacher."
Jovin is a beautiful one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania and the first child born to his young parents. Jovin's parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their family's food and for their living. Since birth, Jovin has had a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia could result in intestinal tissue death or damage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jovin to receive treatment. On May 5th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Jovin's surgery. Jovin’s father shared, "the cost of treating our son’s condition is too high for us to afford and he is suffering. Please help if possible."
Saidi is a 2-year-old boy, a beautiful and charming young child and the last born of two children. Saidi's parents depend entirely on small scale farming for a living and earn a modest income. When he was two months old, Saidi's parents noticed that Saidi's head circumference was increasing, and he was experiencing regular fevers and vomiting. They sought treatment at a nearby facility, where they were told that their son had symptoms of hydrocephalus, but were advised to wait for them to recede. Unfortunately, his symptoms kept worsening. Saidi's parents borrowed money from relatives to visit our medical partner's care center for further examination. Doctors reviewed Saidi and officially diagnosed him with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. They recommended that he undergo a VP shunt insertion surgery. Without treatment, Saidi will experience persistent pain, increasing head circumference and potentially neurological disorders. Their family appeals for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Saidi that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 15th and will drain the excess fluid from Saidi's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Saidi will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Saidi’s mother shared, "My son is worsening each day, and due to a lack of money we have not been able to treat him. Please help my son as there is no way that we can afford the treatment cost."
Patrick has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, and it causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. After he was born, his parents visited the nearest dispensary in their village to take him for treatment, where he was referred to a bigger hospital that would have more resources to treat him. Because Patrick's parents are small scale farmers with minimal income, they decided to return home and save up money so that they could take him to a proper hospital to have his feet corrected. Through a neighbor, Patrick's parents got to know about Watsi's Partner ALMC Plaster House and decided to come and seek treatment for Patrick. Patrick needs to start manipulation and casting, which will help correct his feet. If Patrick does not get this treatment, his learning-to-walk process will be very challenging. It will take a long time for him to be able to stand and walk, and it may be painful. He will not be able to wear normal shoes like other children, and could potentially experience discrimination due to his disability. Fortunately, Patrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery and begin his treatment on January 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Patrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment as he grows, he will be able to walk and play with ease. Patrick’s mother shared, "We wish our son to have his feet corrected but the treatment cost is too high for us to afford. Please help our son.”
Srey Khouch is a 12-month-old girl and both of her parents are vegetable sellers. She has one brother and two sisters. Srey Khouch is the youngest child in her family and enjoys playing with toys with her sister. Since birth, Srey Khouch has had a cataract in each eye, causing her poor vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and recognizing faces, which is impacting her development. When Srey Khouch's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled there hoping to receive life-changing treatment. On December 28th, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Srey Khouch's mother said, "I want my daughter to be able to see well so she can play with her sister and when she is older she can attend school without problems."
Sokim is a newborn baby from Cambodia. She is only one month old. Her parents are farmers from Ratanakiri province and has one older sibling. Sokim has clubfoot on both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Sokim traveled 10 hours to seekcare from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). There, surgeons will perform an achilles tendon lengthening procedure on August 4th. CSC is requesting $385 to fund Sokim's clubfoot repair. After treatment, her feet will be able to develop normally, so that she will be able to walk easily. Sokim's mother shared, "I want to see my daughter walk and run and play with her friends, so I am glad that we have the opportunity for this treatment."
Manich is a six-month-old girl from Cambodia. She has one older sister who is in 7th grade. Her father is a school teacher and her mother sells Khmer cakes outside of the school. Since birth, Manich has had a cataract in her left eye, causing her obstructed vision due to a cloudy lens. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and recognizing faces. When Manich's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 1st, doctors will perform a lensectomy and place 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. Manich's father shared, "The health of my daughters is the most important thing in my life. I hope the doctors can help Manich see well like other children."
Visoth is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one older sister and one older brother. Visoth's father is a farmer and his mother works in the home. Visoth is not yet in school and he shared that he likes to play outside with his friends. Visoth has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see clearly and he feels bad when other kids call him names because of it. Visoth's family traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 18th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Visoth needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. Visoth's mother said, "I hope this surgery can help him and he can have healthy eyes like his brother."
Sok Hav is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one older brother and one older sister. Sok Hav shared that he loves to have drinks like Coke and orange juice. He also likes to play with his toy car. Two years ago, Sok Hav developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him white lens and poor vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sok Hav learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours by taxi with his parents seeking treatment. On October 13th, doctors will perform lensectomy 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. Sok Hav's mother shared, "I hope my son can see clearly after his surgery so he can start school and study with his siblings and friends."
Chheng Ly is a five-year-old girl from Cambodia. Chheng Ly has one younger brother and she has not yet started school. Her father works at a lighthouse factory to earn a living for their family. Chheng Ly enjoys playing with her toy dolls with her friends and drinking soft drinks. When she grows up she wants to be a clerk in a company. Chheng Ly has ptosis in left. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. Chheng Ly's mother said the condition makes her daughter feel shy and uncomfortable in public. Chheng Ly traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 6th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve her vision. Now, Chheng Ly needs help to raise $314 to fund this procedure. Chheng Ly's mother said, "After surgery I hope my daughter's eye can open and close normally and she can feel comfortable with her appearance, especially because she will be starting school soon. It is my wish that my daughter can be happy and confident for her first day of school."
Emmanuel is a 14-month-old baby from Kenya and the only child to his parents. They live together in a single-rental house in the Nyanza region of Kenya. His father is employed in an electronic shop as a shop attendant. His mother is a full-time mom. Since 8 months ago, Emmanuel has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on February 28th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Emmanuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “To be honest raising the amount asked is beyond us. It will take years,” says Emmanuel’s father with gratitude.
SreyDav is a three-month-old baby girl from Cambodia. She has one older brother. Since birth, SreyDav has had a cataract in each eye, causing her mother to notice white lenses and that SreyDav's eyes did not follow the actions in front of her. She has difficulty seeing things clearly and recognizing faces. When SreyDav's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. Doctors will perform a lensectomy in each eye and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. SreyDav's mom said, "I hope my daughter's eye surgery is successful so she can see everything."