Daniel joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, Daniel became the 2430th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,197 more people have become monthly donors! Daniel's most recent donation traveled 6,900 miles to support Kyin, a farmer from Burma, to fund lens replacement surgery.
Daniel has funded healthcare for 65 patients in 14 countries.
Kyin is a farmer from Burma. She grows vegetable with her husband and her son on her husband’s relatives’ land for free. Their relatives own land that is available for half of the year after the rice is harvested. By selling the vegetables they grow, they earn a living. Kyin has been diagnosed with cataract and glaucoma in her right eye. She is sensitive to the light and her vision has deteriorated. She can only make out shapes and colors. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Kyin. On January 21st, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Kyin's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "In the future after I recover, I would like to continue growing vegetables," said Kyin.
Mary Wambui, a widow, is a 79-year-old retired primary school teacher who depends on her pension to earn a living. She is suffering from hearing loss and requires bilateral hearing aids to improve her hearing. Her hearing challenges began two years ago when her hearing ability dwindled and she could no longer attend church or gatherings as she could barely hear. Mary lives on her own since her husband passed on six years ago. She has no children, thus has no one to depend on. Mary can barely afford the hearing aids with just her pension as she needs funding for the fitting to be completed as well. Mary gets an average of Kes. 5,000 per month but that can barely cater for her basic needs leave alone pay for the hearing aids she so badly needs. She appeals for financial assistance.
Meet Nicodemus a 14 year-old boy. He is social and likes inventing new things. Nicodemus is the 4th born in a family of 5 children. He is class 8 candidate at Daystar Primary School in Athi River. The family hails from Athi River in Machakos County. His mother is a vendor and widowed. She sells porridge and chapatis in the construction sites. His mother noticed a sudden change in his walking style last year. Nicodemus also complained of his knees knocking each other a situation which was giving him a rough time to walk and play with her friends at school. He currently feels pain as he walks as the left knee knock the right. He is currently using crutches to walk and his condition is worsening. “I would love to walk like other people, I am not comfortable with walking using crutches and I would like to achieve my passion of becoming an engineer. Any kind of support will be highly appreciated.” Nicodemus informed us.
Wim is a 48-year-old monk from Burma. He lives in a monastery in Taungoo, Bago Division. He became a monk three years ago, after he got divorced. Wim 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, Wim feels tired and cannot walk long distance. Sometimes, he has back pain and he feels like he cannot breathe well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Wim. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 06 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Wim said, “I would to remain a monk and study Buddhism. I would really like to thank the donors, BCMF and the doctors for helping me receive surgery [in the future]. I am very happy right now.”
Nesy is a baby from Tanzania. Nesy is a first born child to her newly wed parents who were very excited for her arrival. She was born in a local dispensary near their village. Nesy’s parents are subsistence farmers who earn very little and had to sell some of their cows and goats to be able to get trnsport to the hospital. Nesy was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Nesy is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Nesy's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 09. This procedure will hopefully spare Nesy from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Nesy’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get this surgery, I am so worried about her, she is very little and she has such a big problem. Please help us.”
Sopheara is a young man from Cambodia. In his free time, Sopheara likes to watch television, listen to music, and help with the housework. Five years ago, Sopheara was in a severe motorcycle accident, resulting in the amputation of his lower right leg. Now, he currently experiences discomfort as the bone grows outwards and stretches all available skin. Sopheara will undergo a stump capping procedure which will result in the trimming of the bone to produce a more comfortable rounded end. After surgery, Sopheara will no longer have discomfort and he will be able to be fitted for a prosthetic leg. Surgery is scheduled for July 15 and will cost $327.
Toem is a 55-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He has five children and enjoys watching boxing and soccer on television. One year ago, Toem 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, Toem experiences hearing loss, pain, tinnitus, ear discharge, headaches, and vertigo. He has a difficult time communicating and understanding others. Toem traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 8, 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 $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my surgery my hearing and will improve and all my other symptoms will go away."
Kamsot is a 39-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three children, and enjoys playing with his kids and helping around the house in his free time. One year ago, Kamsot 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, Kamsot experiences discharge, headaches, pain, and hearing loss. He often experiences difficulty communicating with others due to his hearing loss. Kamsot traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 1, 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 $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly and will no longer have chronic ear infections."
Aziza is a student from Tanzania. She is the oldest child in a family of three children. She has a swelling on her left thigh that keeps growing each day, and she has been complaining of pain. Aziza traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 7, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Aziza needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Aziza’s father says, “Please help my daughter get her treatment we are not able to afford her treatment cost.”
Samson is a university student from Kenya. He was recently in a road accident that left him with facial fractures. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On June 4, Samson will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This will relieve him of pain, and he will be able to resume his studies. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. Samson says, “My hope is to get treatment and resume my studies. I really want to finish school and provide for my family."
Ksae is a 62-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four sons and nine grandchildren, and enjoys watching the news and Khmer dramas on television. Three years ago, Ksae developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ksae learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 6, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery I will be able to see clearly so that I can cook and take care of my grandchildren."
Yom is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has eight children, twenty grandchildren, and she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Two years ago, Yom developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, pain, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Yom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 18, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see better after my surgery, and I can join the ceremony at the pagoda and will be able to see my relatives' faces."