Faraz joined Watsi on November 9th, 2014. Two years ago, Faraz joined the Universal Fund and became the 643rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,318 more people have joined! Faraz's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Oun, a cook from Cambodia, to fund removal of a lipoma.
Faraz has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 10 countries.
Oun is a 54-year-old cook from Cambodia. She is married with three sons and two daughters. She loves going to the market to sell and buy produce. Oun has developed a small and soft mass, known as a lipoma, on her upper right arm. Although it is painless, it causes Oun discomfort. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, has scheduled Oun for surgery on April 27 to remove her lipoma. We can help Oun feel comfortable again by helping to pay for her $224 medical bill.
Kim Su is 18 years old. He has three sisters and four brothers. In his free time, Kim Su likes to play football and sing songs. One year ago, Kim Su developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and cloudy lenses. Kim Su has trouble seeing things clearly, going anywhere on his own, and playing football. When Kim Su learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On March 29, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Kim Su will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Baby Ana is seven months old. She is the first child in her family. Her mother is a housewife, and her father works as a shopkeeper. Ana has been diagnosed with malnutrition. Her mother is unable to produce breastmilk and cannot afford to purchase baby formula for her daughter. Due to a lack of nutrients in her diet, Ana is small and underdeveloped for her age. Malnutrition can lead to compromised brain development. Fortunately, malnutrition is also easy to treat. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), will supply Ana with a supply of baby formula and other micronutrient supplements. They have also arranged for a nutritionist to treat Ana by creating a personalized nutrition plan for her. Further, Ana's mother will be taught how to create nutrient-rich meals for her daughter. Ana's treatment program will begin on March 28. Ana's parents are very worried about their daughter, but they are unable to pay for her treatment themselves. Let's help raise $1,162 for Ana's recovery so that she can grow up into a healthy young girl. Ana’s mother says, "I hope for my daughter to grow up well so that she can study."
Cindy is a one-year-old child from the Philippines. She lives with her family in a semi-concrete house. Her father is a tricycle driver, and her mother is a housewife. Cindy loves dancing. Cindy has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Cindy will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Her mother says, "I want her to finish her studies for a better future."
Kabugho is 49 years old, a widow, and a mother to two boys and a girl. Hailing from Uganda, she works as a secretary at a local high school and supports her entire family with the money she earns. Two years ago, Kabugho began to feel lower abdominal pain and backaches. She tried using painkillers, but the pain did not go away. In 2016, she was admitted to the hospital twice and diagnosed with chronic pelvic pain and endometriosis, a condition in which the uterine lining grows outside the uterus. Kabugho continues to feel pain and is unable to bend or sit for long periods of time. “I have used various medications, but the pain has persisted," Kabugho shares. Fortunately, Kabugho visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where she will undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy on December 15. Surgeons will remove her uterus and cervix to alleviate her symptoms. She cannot afford the surgery because of her limited income. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $268 to fund her care. After her surgery, Kabugho hopes to continue her work as a high school secretary and begin to trade in used clothing to earn more money for her family.
Osman is a 26-year-old man from a village in Malawi. He lives with his parents and helps to work their farm. He is also a student. Osman likes to cook and read his Bible and novels. In September, Osman developed a painful umbilical hernia that hindered his ability to work and live his life normally. Fortunately, on December 20, he underwent a hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $327 to fund this procedure. Osman is expected to make a complete recovery. He looks forward to returning to his studies. Osman shares, "I am ready to be feeling better!"
Wilson is a 15-month-old boy from Guatemala. His parents have had trouble affording foods rich in calories, protein, and nutrients. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Wilson began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Wilson's favorite activity is playing soccer with his older brother. His favorite foods are soup, rice, and watermelon. He lives with his family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. Wilson's father works as a day laborer on a local plantation, harvesting fava beans and corn. He cannot afford this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Wilson recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Wilson a chance to grow healthy and strong.
Three-month-old Joshua was born with an open mass on his back, and diagnosed with spina bifida. Unfortunately, he has also been diagnosed with a tethered cord - a common complication of spina bifida. He currently experiences pain and may develop dysfunctional lower limbs if not treated. Joshua and his mother reside at his grandparents' place in a one–room house in Kenya. His mother was only in class five when she got pregnant by her fellow pupil. She therefore relies on Joshua’s grandparents who are subsistence farmers, and unable to help with funding Joshua's surgery. Joshua’s family wants the best for him -- that he will grow up with no complications and hopefully when he is well, his mother plans to proceed with her education. “I don’t want to think of losing him," Joshua's mother shared. "I hope that Joshua will get the treatment he so requires despite our financial hardships right now and one day we will give back to someone in the same situation."
35-year-old Emmanuel has had a hernia for four years. A hernia occurs when part of an organ shifts from its usual placement and protrudes from the wall of whatever cavity in which it is located. The pain has kept Emmanuel from working full time, and he has not been able to participate fully in daily activities. Emmanuel lives in a village in Uganda about 30km from the hospital. He is married with four children, three of whom are in school; the fourth is still young. When he is feeling well he does farm labour, but he has not been able to afford surgery because he has been unable to work full time. He also occasionally picks tea on the community plantation in exchange for food. Emmanuel is subsidizing eight dollars of his treatment expenses, but still needs $227 to make his hernia repair possible. With this funding, the hole in Emmanuel's abdominal wall will be sewn closed, most likely with surgical mesh, and the displaced organ will thus be pushed back into its proper place. When he is not working, Emmanuel enjoys listening to the radio, especially discussion programs. What makes him happy is listening to his children discuss about what they learned at school. Once his operation is completed, not only will Emmanuel be relieved of his pain, but he will be able to return to work and the activities he enjoys.
Bumo is a 10-year-old boy from Ethiopia who enjoys playing with his friends. Bumo was born with a congenital anomaly called epispadias, or an abnormal placement of the urethral opening. The condition affects both Bumo and his parents psychologically and socially. His parents worry that he is different from other kids and are concerned that, without treatment, Bumo may not be able to have children. Treatment for Bumo is epispadias repair, a procedure that will ultimately enable normal urination and prevent urinary tract infections. Bumo’s parents are farmers whose income is insufficient to feed the family. Unfortunately, this year’s harvest is low due to last year's rainfall shortage, worsening their financial status. As a result, they cannot afford to pay for the surgery that Bumo needs. $1,105 pays for Bumo's surgery as well as his hospital stay, lab tests, medicine, and imaging. “I always worried about his condition but because of my financial problem," shares Bumo's father, "Because I can’t afford the bill for the treatment required, he could not get the treatment until now. I hope now this problem will be gone.”
Andrea is a five-month-old girl from Guatemala, who was born 13 weeks early because her mother had preeclampsia. She had to be on a ventilator the first two and a half months of her life. She has struggled to grow since then, and doctors have been puzzled with her case. First it was believed that she had sepsis, then lactose intolerance, but now her diagnosis is clearer. She has a rare genetic condition called Isovaleric Acidemia. This means that she cannot metabolize certain amino acids, meaning they accumulate in her body, reaching toxic levels. The public health care system in Guatemala in unequipped to handle her case, since her condition is so rare. If she does not receive treatment, she will likely pass away. Andrea is the youngest of two children. Her older brother, Diego, loves her a lot and often plays with her, showing her toys. Andrea's mother says that Andrea is a fighter--in her few months of life, she has spent half of it in intensive care, and has received 7 blood transfusions. Although her parents work hard to give her the best they can, her mother is unable to work because of Andrea, and her father cannot make enough money to purchase the extremely expensive formula that Andrea needs to consume to survive. This treatment, which costs $1016, will save Andrea's life. Right now, she is far too small for her age, and is struggling to gain weight. Not only will her physical strength improve with special formula, but her immune system will grow stronger, giving her body what it needs to fight off potentially-deadly sicknesses in her weakened state. Andrea's improvement will give her family hope that she can one day go to school, and be able to live with and manage her condition. "I hope that God allows the miracle of her recovery from this condition that she has," Andrea's mother shares. "I want her to be like a normal child her age, to be able to eat, go to parties with her friends, and not have restrictions."
Meet Bunly, a 68-year-old man from Cambodia. Bunly is married with three sons, three daughters, and 14 grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray. He also enjoys reading Buddhist texts. One year ago, Bunly developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Bunly and his wife travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Bunly’s sight. With $225, Bunly will undergo cataract surgery, during which the cloudy lenses over his eyes will be removed and replaced with clear artificial implants, allowing him to see again clearly after his operation.