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Krib is a 48-year-old farmer who is married with two sons and one daughter. When not outside on the farm with her husband, Krib likes to keep her house clean and cook for her family. On and off since she was young, Krib has experienced ear infections. These infections caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left side ear to perforate. Krib now feels ear and face pain with uncomfortable discharge and hearing loss. Krib has spent a lot of money at pharmacies for medications, but her symptoms have persisted. Krib now struggles to communicate with her family and shared that she feels embarrassed about her hearing loss. Krib traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 6th, Krib will undergo a procedure in her ear where surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is raising $487 to fund this procedure, medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Krib's husband shared, "I hope she stops having ear infections and her hearing will improve."
Doem is a 76-year-old grandmother from Cambodia who sells vegetables. She has two sons, four daughters, and nine beautiful grandchildren. Her husband has unfortunately passed away, so she currently lives with her youngest daughter, who is also a vegetable seller. In her free time, Doem enjoys listening to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Doem developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her to experience eye tearing, itchiness, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Doem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 1st, doctors will perform cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Doem says, "I hope my vision will improve after surgery so I can help my daughter take care of my grandchildren."
Nheng is a 73-year-old rice farmer with one son, four daughters, and ten grandchildren. Nheng lives with her husband and their youngest daughter, who is also a farmer. Nheng shared that she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and visit the pagoda. One year ago, Nheng developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision and tearing. As a result, she has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she cannot go places on her own. When Nheng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 14th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund this procedure. Nheng says, "After surgery, I hope my eye can see better and I can do more by myself."
Meet Peninah, a 32-year-old woman, living with her husband and two children. While Peninah worked hard to attain a degree in business management, she was unable to secure her hoped for job in banking when she graduated. Instead, she opened a small, retail store. Her husband works as a teacher in a private school, but his employer has not been paying him his full salary since the school reopened after the Covid lockdown was lifted, and now he has not been paid at all since March. Peninah is pregnant with twins. Her doctors have advised her to deliver her twins by C-section, so as not to risk a uterine rupture or a post-term hemorrhage. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is here to help Peninah access the care that she needs. They are seeking funding of $252 for Peninah's C-section, which is scheduled for June 14th, at Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. Peninah says: “Things are a bit complicated for us financially. Affording our bill will be hard, but I hope that when given your support, I will be able to deliver safely.”
John is a 12-year-old student living in a small village in northern Haiti. John lives with his parents, three brothers, and one sister, and before he fell ill, he loved to play soccer and to go to school. John has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation, which means that one of his heart valves can no longer pump blood through his body. This condition is due to an infection John suffered earlier in childhood, and it has rendered him weak and left him in late-stage heart failure. The care John needs is not available in Haiti, so John will need to fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 9th, he'll finally undergo the cardiac surgery he needs, during which surgeons will remove the severely damaged valve and implant a mechanical valve in its place. Our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance is contributing $15,000 to pay for the surgery. However, John's family also needs help to fund all the pre and postoperative costs. The $1,500 they are seeking will cover laboratory tests, medicines, checkups and follow-up appointments. It will also help John to obtain a passport, and cover the costs of the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany John's family overseas for his treatment. John shared: "I am looking forward to being strong and healthy again once my heart is fixed."
U Nyan is a 62-year-old man who lives with his wife in Mon State, Burma. He used to work as a tricycle taxi driver as well as a day labourer but since he had stroke around three months ago, he stopped working. His wife also had a stroke and cannot work. They have a daughter who works across the border in Bangkok, and she sends them some money every three or four months. However, the amount that her daughter sends is not enough for U Nyan and his wife for their daily expenses and they shared that, occasionally, their neighbor also gives them food. Recently, U Nyan noticed a small lump on his left elbow, which rapidly became enlarged and painful. Currently, U Nyan is in a lot of pain and cannot sleep. After seeking treatment at various clinics and hospitals, U Nyan was finally referred to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) where he was diagnosed with an abscess around his left elbow joint and scheduled for surgery on May 9th. When he told the doctor that he could not afford to pay for his surgery, the doctor referred him to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for financial assistance accessing surgery. He has already borrowed about $350 so far to help with his diagnosis and treatment, and people in his community have pitched in to support him financially. Our medical partner is helping him raise $760 for his surgery. “After surgery I want to go home and look after my wife. I want to listen to sermons, meditate and do good deeds,” shared U Nyan.
Channarith is a 47-year-old security guard for a local restaurant. He is married and has two sons and one daughter. His wife also works in a local clothes factory. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the radio, reading the news, watching boxing, and exercising. Last week, Channarith was in a collision with another motorbike. He did not seek any care but now he cannot work, is in pain, and cannot move his right shoulder. Fortunately, a neighbor told him about Children's Surgical Centre and the care they provide. Surgeons there have diagnosed him with a dislocated right shoulder and recommend immediate surgery. Channarith needs help with the $485 cost of closed reduction surgery on his shoulder, which will include the operation, medications, and post-operative care. Channarith shared: "I hope, after surgery, I will have full function of my shoulder, no pain, and can return to work soon."
Meet Lydia, a 25-year-old mother of three, living with her husband and children in rural Kenya. Lydia and her husband both work as farmers, and live with her husband's parents. Lydia, who has epilepsy, fainted while she was preparing food for her children. She sustained severe burns on her left hand, extending to the left forearm. Lydia was admitted to the hospital, where she was treated, but her wounds became infected, and she lost her fingers. After three weeks of medication and surgeries, Lydia’s medical costs rose to a level that her family could not sustain, so the decision was made to discharge her from the hospital, even though her condition had not improved. Lydia is worried about being able to care for her children now that she can no longer work as a farmer. Her mother-in-law is also concerned about her future, and the difficulties she may face: will she be able to do laundry and cook, will she face social problems or financial challenges? Lydia requires skin grafting to heal her burn wounds and treat her infection. Her family, who sold everything at home to raise funds for Lydia's initial treatment, cannot afford the cost of her procedure. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,089 to fund her surgery, which is scheduled to take place on May 25th, at AIC Kapsowar Hospital. Lydia shared: “It is difficult to look at my hand; I want to get better than this. Please help me improve the quality of my life.”
Yeang is a 40-year-old tailor with one daughter and two sons. When she is not working as a tailor, she is busy at home doing laundry, cleaning, and sleeping. Six months ago, Yeang had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, she experiences ear pain, discharge, and hearing difficulties. All of this makes it hard for her to communicate with others and focus at work. Fortunately, Yeang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $914 to fund this procedure. This covers supplies, treatment, and inpatient care. Yeang says, "I am hopeful my hearing will improve, the pain will stop, and I can sleep well again after this surgery."
Kun is a hardworking and caring grandfather from Cambodia. He and his wife both work as farmers, and they have two sons and three daughters. During his free time, Kun enjoys listening to the radio, watching TV, and taking care of his grandchild. When it is not rice season, Kun works doing motorcycle repairs. In 1988, Kun's leg was injured by a land mine, and he had to have a below knee amputation. The amputation site has since become infected, causing him to experience pain when using the artificial leg. Fortunately, Kun will undergo a stump revision procedure on August 2nd at our medical partner's care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $391 to fund Kun's surgery. This procedure will hopefully heal the infected area and allow him to use his prosthesis to walk again. Kun says, "I hope my right leg will not have any pain or infection and I can walk again."
Alpha is a recent graduate from her internship in medicine and surgery and is currently volunteering at Ruhija Health Centre in southwestern Uganda where her husband works as a nurse. Alpha is a mother to a four-year-old girl who is currently in preschool. Their family does not have a house of their own yet, but are able to stay in the facility's staff quarters. During her free time, Alpha enjoys spending time with her daughter. Four years ago ago, Alpha began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe lower abdominal pains. Alpha was first treated for infections twice after the delivery of her daughter. Alpha then started experiencing pain that was so severe that at times it leads to fainting. Alpha has been diagnosed with a right complex ovarian cystic mass. Alpha's day-to-day duties have been greatly impacted due to persistent abdominal pain. If not treated, Alpha could develop ovarian cancer and could fail to conceive again. Alpha needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Alpha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a surgery to remove cancerous tissue on June 7th and AMH is raising $284 to fund Alpha's procedure. Alpha shared, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment because I can no longer practice my profession comfortably due to severe pain. I hope to get well again through surgery.”
An is a loving and caring grandmother who needs hip surgery so she can walk without pain. She has one son, one daughter, and seven wonderful grandchildren. An enjoys spending her time with her grandchildren and listening to the news on the radio. In April, An slipped and fell, injuring her hip. She went to a Khmer traditional healer for four days in an attempt to heal her hip, but her condition did not improve. She then went to a hospital, where they gave her an X-ray scan. The scan showed that she has a left femur femoral neck fracture, which means she has a hip fracture located near the joint. The doctors shred with An that she would need surgery to properly heal her hip, but she could not afford the procedure. Fortunately, a neighbor told An about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, so she traveled there to receive treatment. On July 7th, An will undergo a hip hemiarthroplasty, or partial hip joint replacement surgery. This procedure will heal her fracture and allow her to walk without pain. Our medical partner is requesting $544 to fund this procedure. An says, "I really hope I can walk properly again."