stephen joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Nine years ago, stephen joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. stephen's most recent donation traveled 6,200 miles to support Mouykim, a rice and crop farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
stephen has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 11 countries.
stephen has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 11 countries.
Mouykim is a 53-year-old rice and crop farmer who is married with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys listening to the news on the radio and watching dramas on TV. Four months ago, Mouykim developed a cataract in both of her eyes. This has caused her blurred vision, pain, and irritation. It is difficult for Mouykim to see things clearly, do work, or go places on her own. She is worried about her deteriorating vision loss. Mouykim traveled with her son to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On March 16, surgeons at CSC will perform a phacoemulsification procedure followed by an intraocular lens implantation. With $292, we can help Mouykim to see clearly again!
Nabraj is six years old and lives with his parents and siblings. He studies in the first grade. While his father is a carpenter, his mother works in the field and grazes her cattle for their living. The yield from the field keeps them sustained for six month of the year. Recently, Nabraj fell from the porch of his house and fractured his left forearm. He has been in pain, and his hand is swollen. After trying some herbal medicines at home, his parents noticed that Nabraj still had difficulty moving his hand. They finally decided to take him to get medical help. They were referred to Bayalpata Hospital, our medical partner's care center. At the hospital, they learned that Nabraj will need a cast to help his arm heal properly. His treatment is scheduled for March 13. Nabraj's family cannot afford this treatment. Therefore, they are asking for Watsi's assistance in raising $195.
Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”
Htoo is a ten-year-old boy who lives with his parents and three siblings in a village in Burma. Htoo’s mother is a shopkeeper, while his father is truck driver who transports crops. In 2014, Htoo’s mother noticed a small growth on Htoo’s left cheek. Over time, the mass grew much larger. He was diagnosed with a benign tumor and underwent two surgeries to treat the mass. Even after treatment, the mass remained itchy and heavy. Htoo was referred to our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. On January 4, he will undergo a CT scan to give his doctors a clearer picture of the mass. Our medical partner is requesting $693 to cover the cost of this procedure. Htoo hopes to recover from his condition and return to school. He loves learning and hopes to become a teacher in the future. "I want to be a schoolteacher," says Htoo. "There are few teachers in my village."
Aisha is a nine-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is in second grade at the local primary school. She is the youngest child in her family, and her parents work as farmers. Aisha was having difficulty breathing while she slept. She also fell ill with several bouts of tonsillitis and throat infection. Her parents sought treatment at many different healthcare facilities without success. Finally, they visited our medical partner's care center, The Plaster House. Aisha was diagnosed with enlarged tonsils. On December 22, she underwent a tonsilectomy to remove her tonsils. This surgery should alleviate her symptoms. Now, her family needs help to pay for this $545 surgery. "I have been everywhere to try to help her, and you are the ones able to do it," says Aisha's mother. "I am very grateful."
Channak is a four-month-old baby boy. He has two sisters, and he likes to stay at home with his mother. Channak was born with a left clubfoot. He was treated by an organization in Phnom Penh, but his symptoms did not improve. When his parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On November 23, CSC surgeons performed a clubfoot correction surgery. This procedure will help Channak walk normally. His family needs help to pay his $304 medical bill.
Sonyta is a 5-year-old kindergartner from Cambodia with one older sister. She likes to play with toy cars. Sonyta's family knew about Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) because Sonyta's cousin had surgery here before. She spent one hour traveling with her mother to reach CSC for treatment. Sonyta developed a chalazion in each eye about one week ago causing swelling. It is difficult for her to go to school and she feels uncomfortable with how it looks when she leaves her home. For $148, Sonyta will undergo chalazion surgery. Doctors at CSC will remove the cyst from each eye, making Sonyta comfortable again.
Lorine is a two-year-old girl who is the second of two children. Her father is a teacher at a local school and her mother works as a shopkeeper. Lorine has very severely bowed legs. The bowing started when she began to walk and progressed until she can barely walk at all. Her parents therefore sought out treatment for Lorine. She requires surgery to realign and stabilize her knees and legs. $940 will cover the cost of this surgery, which will greatly improve how Lorine walks, allowing greater mobility and improve future development. Lorine's mother said, "I am so blessed to have found a place where Lorine can be treated. I hope that she will be able to walk like her peers and attend kindergarten."
13-month-old Mchandael was born with a cardiac condition called valvar pulmonic stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too narrow to allow enough blood to pass through it. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leaving him sickly and weak and causing heart failure. Mchandael lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with his mother and father; he is their first child. His mother works at a clothing store and his father sells cell phones in the street. Mchandael is a happy and curious baby who likes playing with toys and clapping to music. For $1500 in Watsi funding, in addition to a $5000 subsidy from Have a Heart Cayman Islands, Mchandael can receive the heart surgery he needs to get healthy. "We want to say thank you to everyone who is helping our son go to the hospital for his surgery," his mother shared.
Yun is an 84-year-old grandfather living with his family in Cambodia. He is married with four sons, one daughter, and five grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray in his free time. Three years ago, Yun started having blurred vision and became unable to work well or travel independently. He and his nephew traveled three hours to visit our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). He was found with a cataract in each eye and was recommended surgical treatment. Yun's doctors told him he was in need of a phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in each eye, which will replace his internal lenses and restore his vision to full clarity. In total, the procedure, supplies, drugs, and three days of inpatient care will cost $225. Yun's family needs financial assistance to complete payment. Yun will have his vision cleared after full recovery from his surgery and will be able to work independently. “I hope I will see everything clearly,” he adds, “and will be able to look after my grandchildren.” His nephew is looking forward to the relief that will come after Yun is independent again.
Japhet is a happy and active four-year-old boy, born on June 22, 2012. Japhet likes to climb on anything that he thinks he can climb on. He also enjoys playing and being around other children. He is the fourth born in a family of five children. The problem with Japhet’s legs began early last year. As time goes by, his gait keeps changing. He now knocks his knees when walking and feels pain on the knees especially when climbing up a hill. Despite of his condition, Japhet is still very active and happily mingles with other children even though some do laugh at the way he walks. Japhet’s mother is a kindergarten school teacher and his father is an Evangelist. His parents also do a little bit of farming and raise a couple of goats at home. They work hard to care for their family and take their children to school. Japhet’s parents need financial support so that their son can get proper corrective treatment to improve his gait and reduce the risk of developing early osteoarthritis.They wish that their son can walk properly again so that he can competently walk to school.
On February 2nd, 2016, Mey and her mom were in a moto accident. This caused a femur fracture and open popliteal wound for Mey. Mey's mom was 9 months pregnant at the time of the accident. After the accident, Mey and her mom went to the hospital. Mey's wound was closed without exploration and a nail was put into her femur. Mey's mom had a C-section to deliver the baby (Mey's little brother). Mey is a five-year-old from Cambodia in first grade. She enjoys playing with toys, dolls, and with her friends at school. Mey traveled 2 hours with her mom to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. When Mey arrived at CSC, she had complete palsy below her knee and a popliteal region scar. It is difficult for her to walk. For $392, we can fund the nerve suture and graft Mey needs to regain her strength. Surgeons will operate on the tibial nerve at popliteal fossa, or colloquially referred to as the kneepit, and perform a nerve suture and graft. After surgery she should regain control of her lower leg and it will be easier for her to walk. Let's help make it possible!