Lun is an 82-year-old man from Cambodia. He is married and has four children and eight grandchildren. He likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, read books on Buddhism, and meditate at the pagoda. Recently, Lun developed cataracts in both eyes, causing blurred vision, tearing, cloudy lenses, and photophobia, an extreme sensitivity to light. He now has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing the faces of family and friends, and reading. He has also been unable to perform work around the house or go outside by himself. Lun heard about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, from a neighbor in his village who had surgery there before. Lun traveled with his grandson, reaching the center in hopes of receiving treatment. "I hope my eyes can see everything more clearly than now,” Lun says, “so that I can recognize the faces of everyone, read, and do any kind of work easily." Lun is scheduled to undergo cataract surgery on January 17. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to cover the cost of the operation, lens implants for each eye, and medication. After surgery, Lun will be able to see clearly again.
Moeun is a 70-year-old housewife from Cambodia with five sons and two daughters. She likes to stay at home, look after her grandchildren, and cook for her family. In 2011, Moeun fell, resulting in a fracture in her right femur. In 2012, she first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal her fracture. She traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Later that year, she returned to remove the hardware from the procedure. However, a few days later, she fractured her femur once again, and surgeons performed another ORIF procedure and bone graft to heal her injury. Moeun recently returned to CSC because it is difficult for her to walk, and she is in pain. Surgeons at CSC will remove the hardware from her second ORIF procedure to allow Moeun to feel comfortable again. The surgery is scheduled for January 17, and our medical partner is requesting $411 to fund the treatment.
Phanny is a married mother with two sons and one daughter. She enjoys cooking and looking after her children. As a result of multiple falls in the past, Phanny now experiences hip and radicular pain. Radicular pain refers to pain-related symptoms in the lower leg that are often associated with inflammation of a spinal root nerve in the spinal column. Phanny has stress fractures in her spine. She also has spondylolisthesis, which occurs when one vertebra slips out of place onto the vertebrae below. She experiences back pain, and it is difficult for her to walk. Together with her husband, Phanny traveled to see surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Phanny will undergo spinal surgery on January 16. Surgeons will perform a decompression surgery to remove parts of her spine that are pressing on her nerves. Then, they will stabilize her spine with hardware. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $450 to fund this surgery so that Phanny can walk more easily and without pain.
Youseline lives with her parents, two brothers, and extended family in Cap-Haitien, a city in northern Haiti. She is currently in the fourth grade and wishes to become either a teacher or a doctor. Youseline was born with an atrial septal defect, meaning that she has a hole between the two upper chambers of her heart. The hole results in increased blood flow through the lungs. Over time, this may cause damage to the blood vessels in the lungs. Youseline's condition leaves her short of breath and weak. Youseline needs to undergo open-heart surgery, during which surgeons will sew a patch onto her heart to close the hole. First, she will undergo a full cardiac assessment on January 16. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Youseline also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $3,500 to cover additional costs associated with Youseline's surgical care. Youseline is excited to return to school and play with her friends!
Meet Im, a 57-year-old married mother from Cambodia. Im has four sons and two daughters. She enjoys watching TV and looking after her grandchildren. 20 years ago, Im developed a tumor on the middle finger of her right hand. The mass has been growing in size over the past two years. It is extremely difficult for Im to use her finger, and she is in pain. Im visited our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. She is scheduled for surgery to remove the tumor on January 17. For $224, we can help fund Im's surgery, so that she will be pain-free and able to play with her grandchildren!
Nhor is a 52-year-old rice farmer who is married and has four sons, three daughters, and four grandchildren. She enjoys watching the comedy program and the news on TV. She also enjoys going to the pagoda to listen to monks pray. About ten years ago, Nhor began to develop a pterygium, a benign growth of tissue, in each eye. Because of her eye condition, she has difficulty in seeing clearly, which impacts her independence and ability to work. Her daily symptoms of blurred vision, burning, and itchiness cause her to worry about going blind. Nhor learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from her sister. She traveled three hours with her husband to reach CSC. On January 16, surgeons will remove the pterygium from each of her eyes. After recovery, Nhor will be able to see clearly again and return to work. CSC is requesting $148 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I feel more comfortable than I do now so that I can easily plant rice or plant some vegetables around my home," says Nhor.
Brightness is a joyful nine-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of five children in her family. Brightness enjoys learning in school. Recently, however, she has been unable to attend. Her condition, genu varus, makes it difficult for her to walk to school. Genu varus is a medical condition that causes an inward angulation of the bones in the leg. Brightness has undergone one corrective surgery already. Her doctors have suggested a second corrective surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 to fund her x-rays, corrective surgery, medication, casting, physiotherapy, and hospital stay. Her surgery is scheduled for January 12. Brightness's mother says, "Currently, my child cannot go to school, so I hope that after surgery she will be able to return to school."
George is an 80-year-old man. He and his wife, Peace, live in a small town in Uganda. They have nine children and 20 grandchildren. George has worked hard all his life and still does a bit of digging in the garden. He likes to weave mats, which he sells to help buy supplies, like soap and sugar. George and his wife enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and sharing stories about the early days in their villages. For the past four months, George has experienced pain from a swollen prostate gland, which has made passing urine very difficult. His doctor recommends removing the gland. George is scheduled to receive treatment on January 12, and our medical partner is requesting $314 to help fund his hospital stay and his surgery. “If I could, I would write to the donors to say thank you very much for their help," says George. "I will ask God to bless them.”
Luzi is a 73-year-old wife and mother of four girls and three boys who lives in Uganda. Her children are all married and taking care of their own families. To earn money for her household, she grows food and sells the surplus. A month ago, Luzi developed a swelling in her left breast that continues to increase in size. She went to a clinic, where she was given painkillers, but they were not of any help. She resorted to using herbs, but they did not help either. Luzi came to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a fibroadenoma and was advised to have surgery to excise the mass. Without treatment, the mass is likely to continue growing and causing her pain and discomfort. A fibroadenoma is a benign, solid breast tumor that most commonly occurs in women between the ages of 15 and 35. While the cause of fibroadenomas is unknown, hormones are likely contributors given their prevalence during women's reproductive years. Most women with fibroadenomas are not at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. Initially, Luzi was very concerned that she might lose her breast. "I am afraid for my life," she shared. However, after she learned that the surgeon will remove the mass only, she was relieved. Luzi will undergo surgery to excise the mass from her breast on January 18. She needs help to raise $196 to pay for three nights in the hospital, lab tests, a biopsy, and medicine to reduce her pain and prevent infection. After surgery, Luzi hopes to continue working in her gardens and taking care of her husband. Let's help make that happen!
“I want to be able to work so that I can provide for my husband,” 68-year-old Jane shares. A native of Kenya, Jane supports her spouse and their two youngest children by farming. However, she has not been able to work since December of 2016, when she fell and broke her left tibia and ankle. Although a splint was applied to her leg after the accident, the injury continues to make it difficult for Jane to walk. As a result, she has had to rely on her husband and children to complete basic daily tasks. Jane’s doctors have told her that in order for her leg to heal completely, she needs to undergo a surgical procedure known as an open reduction internal fixation. Doctors will reposition her bones and secure them with screws, plates, or other devices to ensure that the bones heal properly. Without treatment, Jane is at risk of arthritis and permanent disability. Jane will undergo treatment on January 12. Jane’s family—including her six working-age children—have been able to raise $208 to contribute to the costs of her operation, hospital stay, and medications. They need our help raising an additional $1,451 to fully fund her healthcare.
Myint is a 21-year-old man from Burma. His family farms beans and radishes in their village, and his parents also work periodically picking fruit. Myint aspires to become a police officer. When Myint was 17 years old, his peripheral vision started to fail. Over the subsequent two years, his vision continued to deteriorate. After an initial diagnosis of nerve inflammation, a CT scan revealed a benign mass on his pituitary gland. Following surgery, his condition improved. However, his vision problems returned six months ago. Now, he can only see shadows. He also experiences memory difficulties. These symptoms prevent him from living independently, studying, or working. Myint traveled to visit our medical partner's care center. On January 11, Myint will undergo an MRI scan, which will enable his doctor to plan further treatment. Myint’s mother is hopeful for her son's recovery, saying, "When my son was healthy, he enjoyed reading. Unlike now, he was very talkative. I hope that he will recover from this medical condition. I want him to graduate from university studies, and then he wants to become a senior police officer."
Keila is a fifteen-month old girl from Guatemala. She is the youngest in a family of four children. Keila likes playing with toys and watching television. Her favorite food is pasta. Keila was born with several birth defects. She has already received funding from Watsi for [malnutrition](https://watsi.org/profile/5c42dda9c889-keila). Now, she needs treatment for hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. On January 17, Keila will undergo a shunt insertion surgery at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Roosevelt. The procedure will drain the fluid from Keila's brain. Keila’s family wants her to get well but can’t afford her treatment. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,445 in funds to cover the cost of Keila's surgery, labs, medication, family lodging, and followup treatments. Keila's mother says, "My hope is for Keila to have a normal life, and for all the people who supported her to see that she was a success." Keila's mother is looking forward to seeing her daughter get back to eating pasta, watching television, and playing with her brother!