Joe joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Six years ago, Joe became the 397th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,654 more people have become monthly donors! Joe's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Rithy, a kindergartner from Cambodia, to fund a mastoidectomy to restore his hearing.
Joe has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 12 countries.
Rithy is a 5-year-old student from Cambodia. He began kindergarten this year, and is excited to join Grade One next year. He has three siblings. Rithy's mother sells fruit at a local market, and his father is a tuk tuk driver. He and his older sister love to paint pictures together, and he is currently learning writing. Three years ago, Rithy had a serious 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, Rithy experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, and fever. It is difficult for him to hear what the teachers say at school, and he is often absent from class due to his ear discharge and fever. Rithy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 6th, 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. His parents said, "This problem has been bad for his hearing in both ears, so we worry about his ability to go to school in the future. We hope that after surgery, he can start his first full year at school with all his hearing."
Buntin is a six-year-old student in grade two. He lives with his parents and his younger brother. His father has been blind for ten years and is not able to work. His mother supports the family working as a noodle seller at their local market. Buntin likes reading books to his brother and watching TV cartoons. He shared that he wants to be a police officer when he grows up. Since he was born, Buntin has had a condition called torticollis in which his head has been tilted due to contracture on the left side of his neck. Since the left side of his neck is shorter than the right, he cannot tilt it normally and has trouble rotating his head. He has difficulty doing normal everyday tasks and experiences occasional ostracization from other kids due to his condition. Surgeons at our partner CSC will perform a tenotomy procedure to release tension in the muscles of his neck. Once the surgery is completed, Buntin will have increased range of motion and will be able to enjoy increased confidence. Buntin's mother said, "I hope my son will have an easier time playing once his surgery is successful, and his neck will be stronger."
Angel is a 6-year-old student from Kenya. Our medical partner shared that they met Angel’s mother in the hospital corridors crying, she looked depressed and they drew in closer to inquire for more information. She showed our team her invoice and explained that she cannot raise the estimated bill. Angel is 6yrs old, the second and last born in her family. She is a nursery school pupil and likes the company of small kids. Their family hails from Gilgil in Nakuru county. Angel's mother is a single parent and she is a waitress at a small hotel. They live in a one-roomed rental house. Angel has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Angel traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 8th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,347 to fund Angel's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and hopefully enjoy a full, active life. “Any kind of support to make my daughter walk well is highly appreciated,” Angel’s mother told us.
Kendrick is a 6-month old boy from Kenya. He is a chubby, quiet child who was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia, a condition that develops when fatty or intestinal tissues push through a weakness in the abdominal wall near the right or left inguinal canal. When he was four months old, Kendrick’s mother noticed a slight swelling on his groin. He was crying as if he was in pain. After some time the swelling retracted. A few days later, the same thing reoccurred but this time, they rushed him to the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Due to lack of a specialist, they were referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids where surgery has been recommended. If not treated, Kendrick is at a risk of suffering strangulation which can potentially restrict blood flow to his tissues. Kendrick is the youngest in a family of three children. They live together in a two-room rental house in Kikuyu in Central Kenya. Kendrick’s mother is a housewife. His father is employed casually in a computer shop. With a very limited income, Kendrick’s parents are not in a position to raise the funds needed and but they have raise Kes. 10,000. Fortunately, on May 13th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Kendrick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. "I will appreciate help accorded towards my son’s surgical care,” says Kendrick’s mother.
Toeur is the sixth of seven children in his family, including four brothers and three sisters. He likes to stay home and help around the house and cook, as well as watch television and listen to music. Toeur was born with a hump on his spine and, at the age of two, he fell down the stairs and has since had a curve in his spine. He has pain in his right knee and experiences paraparesis, where he has partial paralysis in his legs and requires crutches when he walks. He cannot do any heavy work and stays near his house most days. Spinal surgery will correct Toeur's spine position and relieve his symptoms. He will be able to walk comfortably again, and will be able to take on daily activities with greater ease. He shared, "My family worries about my pain a lot, and they hope that I will be able to work again and help provide for the family. I hope that my spine will be straight and will no longer have a curve, and I won't have anymore pain in my knee so I can return to work."
Mya Mya is a 40-year-old-woman who lives and work with her elder sister for a herbal medicine production workshop in Sanchaung Township, Yangon Division in Burma. They are originally from Bago Division and moved a few years ago. Since Mya Mya was 18 years old she has felt bronchial asthma and suffered from difficulty breathing. Sometimes she feels severely tired. She went to a health worker at her village and the health worker told her to go and see heart specialist in Yangon. However, at that time she did not have money to go to Yangon, so she did not go. She has only used herbal medicine for treating difficulty breathing since she was 18-year-old, which did help her feel better. For the last four months at night she has severe difficulty breathing, so she woke her sister up and asked her sister to send her to a private clinic called Yaung Chi Oo in Yangon. After the doctor's examination, she was told her that she needs to go and see heart specialist doctor. Then the doctor gave her an injection and some oral medication. Then, she went to Thiri Sandar Private Hospital on January 31, 2020 where she received an echocardiogram. The doctor told her that she has heart disease and she needs surgery. On February 5, Mya Mya went to Kan Thar Yar Hospital (KTYH) as suggested by the doctor at Thiri Sandar Hospital. The doctor at KTYH performed another echo before diagnosing her with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). The doctor at KTYH also told her that she needs surgery. Unfortunately, Mya Mya and her family cannot afford to pay for the surgery. After talking to the nurses and doctor about her problem, the nurses who know Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) refered her to BCMF. Mya May needs to stop working because of her tiredness. She is worried about her parents because if she cannot work. She shared, "If I recover from my disease, I need to work for my parents, to support them.”
Kyaw Myat is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Sagaing Division. Kyaw Myat’s father is a subsistence farmer and sometimes he also works as a day laborer on other villagers’ farms. His mother is a homemaker and takes care of Kyaw Myat’s brother at home. When he was two, Kyaw Myat started to walk. But the following year, his limbs became weak and he could no longer walk properly. Kyaw Myat’s head had also gradually increased in size and he could not control his urine. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and Arnold-Chiari syndrome and received treatment for it in 2019. He now needs to undergo further monitoring and a check-up to make sure he is progressing well in his treatment. Doctors want Kyaw Myat to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors monitor his condition and adjust his treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Kyaw Myat's MRI and care, scheduled for January 28th. "If everything is ok with my son, I won't need to worry as much about his future," said Kyaw Myat's father. "I will feel relieved."
Srey Srors is a 19-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one older brother, and in her spare time she enjoys watching television and helping around the house with the cooking and cleaning. In June 2019, Srey Sors was in a severe motorcycle accident that resulted in damaging nerve injuries to her upper left arm. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on her left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. She is unable to move her left arm and cannot return to her work on the rice farm. Srey Srors traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 10th, she will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, she will be able to use her arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, can use my arm again and return to my work at the rice fields," shared Srey Srors.
Miriam walks slowly with the aid of crutches. She was overly active until the year 2017 when she began complaining of back pain and numbness on her feet. Miriam formerly an active farmer would tire easily from her farming activities and small house chores. From the nearest hospital, pain medication was administered but with time, her condition deteriorated. She thought maybe she had gained weight and that was the reason for the back pain. Dieting did not help either and over time, she couldn’t walk without the aid of a stick. Frustrated, Miriam resigned to fate as she thought she was a burden to her young children who were building their homes. A friend recommended that they visit Kijabe hospital for specialized treatment where Miriam was diagnosed with a spine disc dislocation and a spinal fusion surgery recommended. Miriam was glad that there is a solution to her condition and she looks forward to getting treated. If treated, Miriam will regain her ability to walk, resume work and become independent again. Miriam and her husband are subsistence farmers with four grown children. She lives with her husband in Central Kenya. Miriam is appealing for financial help. “I look forward to walking again,” says Miriam.
Chantha is a 4th grade student from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing with her toys, watching television, and going for walks around the village with the family. When she was two years old, Chantha accidentally came into contact with an open flame and burned three of her fingers on her left hand. The burn has since healed, but the skin has tightened around the fingers, making it difficult for her to flex her hand. When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to release the skin around her fingers and allow her to move her fingers and hand without difficulty. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope that my daughter will be able to move her hand normally and her hand will look better than before." -Chantha's Mother
Patrick is a young student from Kenya. Patrick is the 2nd born in a family of 3 children. He is a class 1 pupil and he likes reading, drawing and playing with other kids at school and at home. The father is a farmer while the mother is a housewife. Patrick has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Patrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Patrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “We are kindly appealing for help of the 2nd surgery. Any kind of assistance will be appreciated." said Patrick’s father.
Yun is a mother of three from Cambodia. She is 33 years old and has three daughters, and enjoys cooking food and watching romantic movies on television. When she was nine years old, Yun 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, Yun experiences ear drainage, hearing loss, and itchiness. She is unable to hear clearly and struggles to find work. Yun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my wife'ss surgery will go well so she can feel better and I won't have to worry about her condition anymore." - Yun's Husband