Keo Mony is a 38-year-old soldier who is married with one son and four daughters. He likes to watch TV, read magazines, and go fishing in his free time. Keo Mony has been diagnosed with bilateral hip avascular necrosis (AVN), which causes his bone tissue to break down. He experiences pain in both of his hips. In December, Keo Mony traveled for two hours with his wife to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Surgeons successfully performed a total hip replacement on his right side. His right side feels better, but he still experiences pain on his left side. Therefore, surgeons at CSC will perform a total hip replacement on Keo Mony's left side to relieve him of this pain. His surgery is scheduled for February 9. Keo Mony's family cannot afford to pay for this treatment, so CSC is requesting $781 in funding.
Saw Ku is an 18-year-old student. Four years ago, he developed a tiny growth on his cheek that was not painful or sore. However, the growth grew more serious with time. After investigative testing, he was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, the mass on his cheek is itchy and uncomfortable. It prevents him from washing his face and sleeping on his side. Furthermore, it also causes him to feel social anxiety. Fortunately, Saw Ku will undergo a mass removal procedure on February 14. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. Saw Ku says, "I want to finish my Bible school and become a pastor."
42-year-old Koeun works as a farmer and construction worker in Cambodia. When not working, he chats with his friends, and looks after his daughter. Since he was ten years old, Koeun has had a persistent infection in his left ear. For decades, he has experienced left ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus, which make it difficult for him to communicate with his colleagues. When Koeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled over an hour to receive treatment. On February 14, surgeons at CSC will perform a mastoidectomy procedure on Koeun's left ear to stop the discharge and pain. Watsi is asking for $842 to fund the procedure. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon, nurses, anesthesiologists, laboratory tests, medication, and two nights stay in the hospital.
Ramon is 55 years old and a father of four. He lives with his wife and children in a humble home in Guatemala. His favorite sport is soccer, and his favorite food is watermelon. Ramon was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago. He used to have government-sponsored health insurance working as a day laborer, but after Ramon retired three years ago, he lost his health benefits. Now, with uncontrolled diabetes, Ramon's family cannot afford to pay for treatment. Diabetes causes frequent urination, weight loss, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. If left untreated, it can also cause cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage and amputation, and an early death. Funding of $1,500 will give Ramon the support he needs to finally manage his diabetes. On February 13, he will begin to receive the medicines and education he needs to adequately manage his condition in the future. Once his glucose levels normalize, he will no longer be at risk of dangerous blood sugar highs, and his energy will improve. The treatment will give him energy to participate in family life. “I want to be able to do all the things I used to, like playing soccer," he says. "I want to be better so that I can work without worrying about health complications.”
Synet is an 86-year-old man from the village of Mawadenga in Malawi. Synet lives with his wife, and together they have six children and twenty grandchildren. Synet and his family have a small farm. When not busy with his farm, Synet likes to spend time with his grandchildren. For the past year, Synet has been having difficulty urinating. This problem has caused him weakness and pain and has prevented him from working. He was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. On February 15, Synet will undergo prostate surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund his care. Synet and his family were very happy to learn about Watsi. Synet says, "I am very thankful to Watsi."
Savy is a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has a daughter and a son. Savy enjoys visiting his farms, fishing, and looking after his children. When he was seven years old, Savy developed an ear infection in his right ear. The infection perforated the tympanic membrane in his ear. He received treatment from a medical organization, but his symptoms did not improve. Savy experiences discomfort, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear). On February 16, ENT surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a myringoplasty surgery on Savy's right ear. The surgery will repair the perforated tympanic membrane and stop the discomfort and pain. Over time, Savy's hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $423 to fund Savy's ear surgery.
Vanna is a 42-year-old farmer and factory worker from Cambodia. He is married with two sons and three daughters. He enjoys watching TV and visiting his rice fields in his free time. For the past four months, Vanna has had severe hip pain and has not been able to work. Both of his legs are atrophied, preventing him from walking. He first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) on October 21, 2016. Surgeons successfully performed a total hip replacement on his left hip. His left side feels better, but he still experiences pain on his right side. On February 16, surgeons at CSC will perform a total hip replacement on Vanna's right side to relieve him of pain and allow him to feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $781 to fund the hip replacement surgery.
Ten-year-old Victor was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him fatigued. Victor lives in a small town in central Dominican Republic with his parents, five sisters, and two brothers. He is in the fourth grade, and his favorite subjects are mathematics and social studies. Although Victor is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Victor will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 15. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Victor also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Victor's surgical care. "I am excited to learn how to play soccer after my surgery," says Victor. "I have always been too weak to play."
Kyaw Thet is a 14-year-old boy from Burma, where he currently attends school. While riding on his motorbike, he got into an accident. Kyaw Thet sustained a broken leg, external wounds on his legs and the back of his head, and internal injuries. He underwent surgery and followup treatment in two hospitals in Burma. After he was discharged from the hospital, Kyaw Thet still experienced urinary dysfunction. With support from Watsi, Kyaw Thet has undergone several helpful [procedures](https://watsi.org/profile/3890954ea99b-kyaw-thet) to treat his urological condition. However, he is once again experiencing difficulty urinating. Kyaw Thet has been diagnosed with bladder trauma. His doctor has decided to dilate his urethra through a urethrotomy procedure. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Kyaw Thet's procedure on January 25. Kyaw Thet says, "I thought I would not need any more surgeries. I am very sad because it keeps on coming back. I hope this will be the last time. I can't wait to get back to normal life."
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.”
“I am very worried for my son because he is not growing,” Eduardo’s mother, a native of Guatemala, shares. At seven months old, Eduardo is already malnourished. His mother cannot produce breastmilk, so he and his twin brother Miguel are underweight for their age. Eduardo often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet has dangerous implications for Eduardo’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration and can provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, putting Eduardo at risk of long-term damage. Eduardo’s father is a day laborer, while his mother takes care of their four children. Because of the family’s lack of resources, they need financial assistance to afford treatment for Eduardo’s malnutrition. For $1,107, we can provide them with the help they need. To stabilize his condition, Eduardo has been given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment on February 14. One-on-one education between a community health worker and Eduardo’s mother will teach her how to provide a healthy but inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Eduardo’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. “I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher,” Eduardo’s mother says.
Saw Kaw is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He is a soldier for the Karen National Union (KNU) and moves around frequently. In December 2016, Saw Kaw was helping people repair parts of the road around their village by clearing trees for road work. He was cutting a tree when it fell on his upper leg. He was admitted to a local clinic for treatment, but after two months, his leg did not feel any better. The clinic sent him for an X-ray, which showed a broken femur. He was referred to Watsi's medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for evaluation and treatment. At the time of his interview with BCMF, Saw Kaw’s entire leg was swollen. He shared that he had been unable to walk since the injury occurred and was often in a lot of pain, especially at night. Saw Kaw needs help raising $1,500 to pay for an operation to repair his broken femur. During the operation, an orthopedic surgeon will insert a metal rod through the hollow center of the femur and secure it with screws. The rod will stabilize the broken bone until it is strong enough to support Saw Kaw's weight. Saw Kaw is scheduled to undergo surgery on February 17. Funding for Saw Kaw also covers the costs of seven nights in the hospital, lab tests, X-rays, physical therapy, surgical supplies, and crutches. "I really want to work for my community and the KNU, but I cannot do it right now," shares Saw Kaw. "I hope to recover fully so I can return to my village to work on the plantation with my family again."