Michael joined Watsi on April 19th, 2013. Two years ago, Michael joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Hiram, a studious boy from Kenya, to fund clubfoot treatment so he can run and play.
Michael has funded healthcare for 90 patients in 12 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 90 patients in 12 countries.
Hiram is a student from Mombasa county in Kenya. He is a lastborn in a family of three and the only boy. He has no father and his mother sells fish to make a living. Hiram is in class five at school. He was born with clubfeet and has never been to any hospital for correction until his family heard about the CURE Hospital mobile clinic in Mombasa. His condition has greatly affected Hiram's mobility. He feels pain on his feet as he walks, so he cannot put on his shoes or play with his friends. This has affected his studies. Fortunately, Hiram's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 20th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Hiram's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to put on shoes, walk comfortably and improve his self-esteem. “I would like to be treated so that I can walk like my friends, play with them and continue with my studies,” Hiram told us.
Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the refugee camp while her mother weaves traditional indigenous Karen shirts to earn extra income for their household. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she will play with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school in the future. In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks from a shop. On the way to the shop, she slipped and fell on the muddy road. When she fell she hurt her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and only gave her pain medication. On 19 August 2021, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down in a chair and fell down. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. At that hospital, the doctor told Naw Eh's brother that they want to do an MRI of her leg to check if she has any underlying conditions that caused her to break her femur so easily. With support from Watsi, the MRI was possible and now the surgeon has determined that surgery is required to help her leg heal properly. Currently, Naw Eh suffers from pain in her left leg and she cannot move or put weight on that leg. If she moves her leg, the pain increases. Her brother needs to help her use the bedpan as she cannot walk to the toilet. He also needs to help her get dressed. She is taking pain medication to help her sleep at night. She is worried that if her condition is not treated properly, she will never be able to walk again. She misses going to school and wants to continue her studies in grade four once her school reopens. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Eh will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Eh will no longer experience pain in her leg and she will be able to get herself dress and be able to walk to the toilet. Naw Eh said, "I am worried that if I do not receive surgery and receive proper treatment, I will not be able to walk again."
Ann is a social, jovial, and bright young girl. Ann is in currently in grade six; she likes reading and aspires to become a surgeon in the future. Ann was born with a congenital musculoskeletal malformation in her legs and started therapy when she was two years old, but eventually had to stop due to a lack of finances. As Ann has grown, her condition has continued to worsen and is now affecting her mobility, her studies, and her self-esteem. Ann was recently seen at the Cure Hospital Mobile Clinic in Embu, Kenya, and recommended for surgery. Ann's mother is a single mom who makes her living selling samosas in their hometown. Ann's mother also has from a similar untreated congenital malformation and cannot walk for long distances. On August 8th, Ann is scheduled to undergo multiple osteotomy surgery to correct the bowing in her legs. The treatment will have a great impact on her life, allowing her to walk freely again, engage with her peers, and continue her schooling. “I want my daughter to be treated so that she can be able to walk like other girls,” says Ann’s mother.
Susan is a seven-year-old girl in the first grade and the second child in her family. Unfortunately, Susan was involved in a grisly road traffic accident when a vehicle lost control on March 8th, 2021. Five children and the teachers were hit, and one child unfortunately passed away. Susan survived despite sustaining fractures on her right hand and leg. She was brought to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, and had a fracture repair surgery on her hand and leg. One week ago the plates were removed. Susan's hand has healed well but she has started having severe pain on her leg. When Susan's parents brought her back to the hospital, a X-Ray showed the fracture has reoccurred, and the surgeon recommended a repeat surgery. Without treatment, Susan will continue experiencing the pain, she may never be able to use her leg again, or her leg may eventually heal with a deformity. Fortunately, the surgeons at Nazareth can help. On July 1st, Susan is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Afterward, Susan will freed from pain and will be able to use her leg to walk to school and play again. Susan’s father works temporarily as a welder and her mother is a housewife. Their income is limited and their health insurance can no longer cover for another surgery after supporting the previous one. Therefore, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure for Susan. “We thank God that our child is alive as one child died during the accident. We are hoping her surgery can be successful so that we can see her happy again and not in pain. We plead for her surgery sponsorship, ” Susan’s father wishes for her daughter's full recovery.
Lo is a 41-year-old rice farmer and married with one son and one daughter. Lo's daughter is in 7th grade, and her son has just finished school and works as a farmer. In her free time, Lo enjoys watching TV, sewing, cooking, and taking care of her children. On March 3rd, Lo slipped and fell, fracturing her left elbow. At first, she received traditional Khmer treatment in the form of a bamboo splint, but her arm did not heal. Now, it is difficult for her to use her arm and she experiences swelling and chronic pain when she attempts to move or flex it. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 27th, Lo will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help her use her arm easily again. Lo shared, "I am thankful that I can return home and be healed after surgery. This will allow me to farm again and feed the chickens."
Zipporah is jovial and keeps smiling the whole time we are talking, shared our local Watsi rep. She delivered a happy baby one month ago and she says that her child is her source of encouragement. For almost four years now she has not been able to use her right ear, a condition that has greatly affected her Mitumba business (second-hand clothes vending). She needs a hearing aid to boost hearing on her right side. She remembers it starting while she was working one day in June. She started hearing echoes on the right ear as she negotiated with her customers. It was slight at first but gradually worsened over time. She visited several health facilities seeking treatment but she never improved. She finally opted to visit our Medical Partner's Care Center Kijabe Hospital in December 2018 after being referred by a friend. She has been following-up for treatment, and recently doctors recommended that she gets fitted with a hearing aid. Her last visit to the hospital was in December last year and she has not been able to get the treatment and device due to financial strain. Zipporah currently doesn’t have a source of income and is home taking care of her one-month-old baby. She had to stop her clothes business after she started having problems with her ear. Her husband works as a data entry clerk whose income is just enough to cover basics for their family. They live in a rental house costing $50 a month. They have national insurance for health but unfortunately it will not cover this treatment and hearing aid fitting.
Stephanie is a seven-year-old student from Haiti. She lives with her aunt, uncle, and three cousins in a rural area in far southwestern Haiti. She enjoys going to school and church. Stephanie has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Stephanie will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On April 9th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in Stephanie's heart with a patch and remove the blockage from her valve. Another organization, Akron Children's Hospital, is contributing $17,000 to pay for surgery. Stephanie's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Stephanie's family overseas. Stephanie's aunt shared, "we have been waiting a very long time for this surgery and are relieved it can finally happen!"
Hom is a 70-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He lives with his wife and his youngest daughter. Hom has three sons, three daughters and is a devoted grandfather to his many grandchildren. His daughter is a garment worker and his wife takes care of the house. Due to his vision, Hom no longer works in the rice field. He and his wife plant vegetables around the house to sell. In his free time, Hom likes to listen to the local monks preaching and local news on the radio. Five years ago, Hom developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him photophobia, itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place 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. Hom shared, "I want to see clearly to help my wife around the house, and plant more vegetables to support my family."
Ra Sa is a 67-year-old woman who lives with her nephew in Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. Ra Sa is a homemaker and her nephew is a student. Ra Sa’s daughter, who also lives in the camp with her husband, supports Ra Sa with food and visits several times a week. Ra Sa’s daughter works as a domestic worker in the camp, and her son-in-law works as a porter unloading supplies from delivery trucks, but the support they are able to provide for Ra Sa does not always cover her expenses. In her free time, Ra Sa likes to teach children at the local mosque. However, since a hernia appeared last year, she has not been able to teach in the same way. Once she has recovered, she wants to live happily with her nephew and to continue teaching. Since the 7th of March 2020, Ra Sa has had an umbilical hernia. She experiences a lot of pain in her lower abdomen and has three lumps that are increasing in size every day. She can no longer sit for more than 10 minutes before she is in pain, feeling more comfortable when she lies down. Sometimes she cannot breathe well and is having other troubling symptoms. Fortunately, on March 5th, 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 Ra Sa's hernia repair surgery, which will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably again. Ra Sa said, “I prayed every day that I would get a donor to cover the cost of my surgery and I feel like my prayers have been answered. I am so happy! I would like to say thank you so much to all of the donors. I will never forget what you have done for me and I hope that you will continue to help more patients in the future.”
Ret is a 64-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is a Khmer noodle seller and has two sons and two daughters. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Ret developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing people, and being outside on her own. When Ret learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her husband seeking treatment. On December 18th, doctors will perform a small incision 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 $229 procedure. Ret said, "I want to sell noodles again to earn money to support myself and my family. When my vision improves I will also help my son and husband plant rice and go tom the pagoda on my own."
Sok is a 73-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sok is married with three sons, six daughters, and 16 grandchildren. He lives with his wife and one of their daughters. Sok enjoys listening to the monks praying and reading the Buddhist book. Six years ago, Sok developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, tearing, photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours with his daughter seeking treatment. On September 25th, doctors will perform 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. Sok said, "I hope my eye surgery is successful so I can help my family and be able to read my books. I also want to be able to drive my motorbike anywhere on my own."
Naomi is a single mother of three, all of which are still in school. Naomi earns a living through casual jobs, like washing clothes for her neighbors. In 2018, she started experiencing pain on the right side of her abdomen. She was diagnosed with gallstones and her surgeon has shared that she needs a laparotomy. Unfortunately, she could not afford the surgery until a neighbor, who is one of our supportive staff, told her about the Watsi program. If not treated Naomi will continue to experience pain and may develop an infection or inflammation. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, they are asking for your help to fund this $788 surgery. “When I did not have this condition I was able to provide for my children, but now I have difficulties so I plead for help. I hope to get well so that I can take care of my family,” shared Naomi.