Phil joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Phil's most recent donation traveled 6,200 miles to support Saroeun, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.
Phil has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 11 countries.
Phil has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 11 countries.
Saroeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, three sons, and five grandchildren. She likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and a clouded lens. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 7, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope my vision is clearer than now so that I can help my family do some work at home."
Sen is a potato farmer from Cambodia. He has one daughter and four sons. He enjoys watching boxing matches on TV and teaching his children. One year ago, Sen developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him partially blind and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for ten hours seeking treatment. On March 12, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 $211 procedure. He says, "I hope I can see everything more clearly. I want to continue my work as a farmer and be able to support my family."
Meet Terrence, a four-year-old boy from the Philippines who lives with his parents and three siblings. Their bamboo house does not have any electricity or a water supply. Terrence has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. He began $184 malnutrition treatment on October 21. He is being 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 acutely 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. "I hope that he will be healthy and strong so that he can fulfill his dream in becoming a policeman," shares Terrence's mother.
A few years ago, 45-year-old Juana suffered a terrible accident. She was using an electric mill to grind corn to make dough for tortillas, she slipped, and her hair got caught in the motor. Most of her scalped was ripped off her head, and since then she has not been able to close her right eye. She has been having increased secretions from her eye because of this, and has been causing her pain. Juana lives with her husband and 8 children in a humble one-room house in Guatemala. She leaves every morning before dawn to look for wood to chop and sell. During the afternoons, she weaves traditional Maya blouses which she also sells in the local market. Juana has been very sad, because she cannot afford even simple eye drops to reduce her eye inflammation, which has been making it hard for her to sleep. Sometimes, her family has so little money that they do not eat. For $489, treatment will give Juana the eye drops and medical attention she needs to resolve her eye inflammation. She will be given education on how to best care for her eye and eyelid, to prevent future infections and, lessen her pain. "I am hopeful that I will feel better soon," Juana said. "I appreciate the support."
"I wish I could get help and be well again!” shares Tumwesigye, a 65-year-old woman from Uganda. Tumwesigye was diagnosed with uterine prolapse, a condition that caused her uterus to drop out of her vagina. “It causes her back pain and she feels uncomfortable. If not treated, Tumwesigye may develop severe infection which could result in death,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “When Tumwesigye delivered her first child, she felt her lower abdomen was not stable; it was as if it was suspending. She didn’t get the same feeling after delivering the children that followed. However, after delivering her last child about 20 years ago her lower abdomen felt strange again. After some years her uterus came out. Tumwesigye was given herbs that made it go back inside again. Three months ago the uterus came out again. She came to Virika hospital for help after being advised by her neighbor,” explains AMHF. $280 funds a treatment that will restore her uterus and no longer leave her at risk for severe infection. She will be able to go back to her work in the gardens. Tumwesigye is a widow with seven living children. Let's help her get back on her feet and fund this treatment!
“Jesica loves to play with stuffed animals,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “She has one that was given to her by her mother that she likes the best.” This 14-month-old baby girl lives with her parents and older brother in a rural village in Guatemala. Jesica is acutely malnourished. With a nutrient-poor diet, Jesica is below the average height and weight for her age. “Jesica is showing signs of developmental delays--at 14 months, she still cannot say one word,” WK explains. “Although she cannot talk yet, Jessica likes to imitate her mother singing with little sounds. She will even move her hands to ‘dance’ to the music.” “Her energy is low and without intervention she will be at risk for the long-term effects of malnutrition,” continues WK. “She is frequently ill and her parents do not have the money to afford any sort of medical care.” Due to limited access to education and healthy food, acute malnutrition is a prevalent issue in Guatemala. 86% of malnutrition cases in Guatemala involve patients living in rural villages, such as Jesica’s. For $512, Jesica will receive three months of nutritional therapy. Micronutrient-rich food supplements will be added to her diet in order to boost her nutrition levels. To protect her against infection during her treatment, doctors will also provide her with deworming medication. As education is crucial to preventing malnutrition, Jesica’s mother will participate in an intensive nutrition course to gain the skills and confidence to care for the nutritional needs of both Jesica and her brother. “We anticipate over time Jesica’s immune system will improve and we will see great positive changes in her overall health and energy,” WK concludes. Jesica’s mother shares, “We are so thankful for the support you want to give us, and are so grateful for the food you want to give our family. With your help I know my Jesica will recover soon.”
Meet Phanith, a 21-year-old from Cambodia who works at a nearby water purification factory. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC), shares that besides working, Phanith enjoys listening to classical music in his free time. Since birth, Phanith has had a visual condition called esotropia where his right eye turns inward. Because of this, he is shy around others. Phanith shares, "I am shy because other people always call me 'cross eyed man'." He does not enjoy doing work at the factory or being outside for fear of being seen and mocked. This lack of coordination between Phanith's ocular muscles prevents him from having depth perception or general binocular vision. For $290, Phanith can undergo correction surgery where one of those extraocular muscles will be shortened or lengthened to align the eye properly. The cost of both surgery and recovery will be covered. CSC believes that after the surgery, Phanith's right eye will realign and he will be able to return to work with more confidence. Phanith's father hopes that his "son is good looking with a straight eye, so he isn't shy with anyone anymore and he can feel good about his work and go anywhere he wants to."
Tith is an 80-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married with one son, two daughters, and nine grandchildren. She spends her free time visiting the pagoda and listening to the monks pray. She traveled 3 hours with her son to reach our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC), after years of experiencing discomfort and pain in her eyes. “Tith has developed entropion and has a cataract in each eye,” CSC says. “The entropion causes her eyelids to turn inward so her lashes and skin scratch the surface of her eyes. The cataracts make it difficult for her to see clearly. She can't open her eyelids easily and she experiences blurred vision, itchiness, irritation, and tearing.” For $290, Tith will receive an ectropion repair procedure to correct her conditions and restore her vision. “Tith will have an entropion correction surgery for each eye, and return to CSC for a cataract removal surgery,” her doctor says. “She will be able to easily open her eyelids and her lashed will not bother the surface of her eyes anymore.” After surgery, Tith looks forward to feeling more comfortable and living without pain. Her son adds that he hopes the surgery is successful, and that his mother will no longer have to worry about her condition.
Meet 19-year-old Lay. Originally from Burma, Lay now resides in Thailand and works as a waiter. He lives with his father, a construction worker, and his mother, a homemaker. Lay's favorite sport is football. Referred to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), from the Mae Tao Clinic in Thailand, Lay has been diagnosed with a heart condition known as a ventricular-septal defect. This congenital heart defect results in a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart. As a result of Lay's condition, BBP reports, "he feels tired and has heart palpitations. He sweats a lot while he runs and plays football or caries something heavy." $1,500 will fund a complex cardiac surgery to correct the ventricular-septal defect in Lay's heart. "After surgery, Lay should be able to go back to his work and generate money for his family," BBP explains. "He should not feel tired nor have heart palpitations. He should not have fatigue when he plays and runs or carries heavy things." "I am really worried for my son’s condition after I heard the news from the doctor," Lay's mother adds. "I have only one son and one daughter so I do not want to see his condition get worse – I am afraid to lose him. I hope he will recover and I want him to stay with me in the future." "I want to recover and work again to support my family," Lay tells BBP
Meet 74-year-old Eng, a mother of five and grandmother of fifteen from Cambodia! “Eng enjoys going to the pagoda to watch the monks pray,” reports our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “Since developing a cataract in her left eye one month ago, Eng has been unable to see clearly,” continues CSC. “She is partially blind, and she cannot cook, care for her family, or visit the pagoda.” Yen has a hypermature cataract, which is the most advanced stage of a clouded eye lens, resulting in severely diminished vision. With $150 in funding, Yen can undergo surgery to remove her cataract and fully restore her vision. This cost includes the procedure, surgical supplies, medical instruments, patient food, pre and post-op consultation with medical staff, center operating costs, and medication. CSC confirms, “Eng will be able to see clearly out of her left eye again.” Eng is eager to receive treatment and return to her daily life. CSC shares, “She wants her left eye to see everything clearly and not have to worry that it will go blind so she can do work by herself, go to the pagoda, join any ceremony, and easily go anywhere outside.”
"I and my wife are working very hard so that our children can have a bright future," says Geoffrey. Meet Geoffrey, a 38-year-old husband and father from Kenya. Geoffrey is married and a father of six. His oldest son has just joined high school and his youngest child is two and a half. Geoffrey and his wife work on a tea farm and make a limited income to support their family, says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). The family rents a small one-room house near their work. “Geoffrey has had wounds on his legs for several years now,” AMHF explains. “He always visits a local hospital [for] cleaning and dressing. But over that the past few months, the infection has made it difficult for the wounds to dry. He was referred to our hospital for care.” AMHF continues, “He is not able to work well because he cannot walk or stand for a long duration of time before the wounds start bleeding. The wounds are itchy and painful.” Given Geoffrey’s financial circumstance, he has not been able to raise the money he needs for treatment. For $940, Geoffrey will receive surgery to address his infection and have the opportunity to live a more normal and pain-free life. “We expect that after treatment and recovery, Geoffrey will be able to work again and the risk of amputation would be reduced,” AMHF tells us. Let’s work together and see to it that Geoffrey receives this life-changing treatment.
“Dorn is partially blind because of the mature cataracts in both eyes,” says our medical partner Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Meet Dorn, a 67-year-old mother of four and grandmother of seven from Cambodia. “She has a hard time working on the rice farm and cooking and caring for her family,” continues CSC, “She is sad that she cannot do things for herself and go places on her own.” $150 will allow Dorn to regain her independence. Dorn’s treatment will include surgery to remove the cataract in her right eye, restoring her vision and preventing future blindness. She is also scheduled for a second surgery on her left eye the following week. Let’s come together to give Dorn this life-changing surgery!