Since she was five years old, Sas has been dealing with the painful aftermath of a serious ear infection. Sas is a married 30-year-old woman from Cambodia who has two sons and farms to make ends meet. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), explains that her childhood ear infection "caused hearing loss, a perforated tympanic membrane, discharge, and pain. The infection developed into a cholesteatoma and she still experiences these symptoms." A cholesteatoma is an abnormal skin growth in the middle ear which causes unpleasant symptoms like the ones Sas is experiencing. Removing it requires surgery, which Sas cannot afford. "I am unhappy that I have daily ear pain and it is difficult to communicate with other people. Sometimes I can't do anything because of the pain," Sas says. In hopes of receiving care, Sas traveled for five hours with her mother to reach CSC for surgery. With our help and $809, Sas will receive surgery to remove the growth and treat the underlying ear infection. As a result of this surgery, CSC says, "her pain and discharge will stop and over time her hearing can improve."
Sary, a 54-year-old woman from Cambodia, enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. She is married and has two sons, four daughters, and eight grandchildren. Two years ago, Sary developed a pterygium-- a growth of pink, fleshy tissue on the white of the eye-- in each eye. The condition causes her tearing, blurred vision, pain, burning, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing clearly and experiences discomfort. Sary traveled three hours with her husband to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. She requires a pterygium excision surgery in each eye, during which doctors will remove the growths and relieve her pain, tearing, and irritation. Sary's income from selling sugar cane is not enough to cover the $150 procedure that will allow her to see clearly again. Let's help fund this simple procedure and get Sary back to work, to her family, and to the activities she enjoys.
Beth's body tells you that she is well-nourished, but her head isn't proportional to the rest of her body. Her head is larger than that of the average three-month-old baby because she has hydrocephalus, a condition associated with excessive fluid buildup in the head. This puts little Beth at risk of increased intra- cranial pressure and subsequent brain stem compression. Beth’s head began increasing in size at the age of one month. Her family took her to a local hospital where they were referred to someone else for specialized treatment. The situation was complicated further by the issue of money; the funds required for Beth's treatment were beyond what her parents had anticipated. Beth, her parents, and her four siblings live in a two-room house in eastern Kenya. Beth’s siblings are enrolled in school and doing well. Her mother is a housewife while her father, the sole breadwinner, is a security guard at a company near their home. The family managed to subsidize $52 of the treatment, but are not able to raise the rest of the funds required for Beth to get a shunt insertion. For $615, the shunt insertion will be possible. The shunt will drain excess cerebrospinal fluid from Beth's brain cavities into other areas of her body and thus will reduce the health risks associated with hydrocephalus. “I can’t even begin to express how depressing this is for our family," shares Beth's mother. "I just wish I can get someone to contribute towards Beth’s treatment and have it all behind us. She is such a jewel and giving up on her is not and will never be an option."
37-year-old Sarun lives in Cambodia with his wife and their three daughters and one son. He is a farmer and enjoys watching TV and listening to the radio in his spare time. One year ago, Sarun developed a chronic open wound on his right shin from an accident. It became difficult for him to walk and he is currently in pain. Sarun and his wife traveled for three hours to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Watsi's medical partner, where they were informed that surgery is required to treat the wound. Surgeons at CSC will perform an excision of granulation and skin around the wound followed by a flap surgery. Flap surgery is a technique in plastic and reconstructive surgery where tissue is lifted from a donor site and moved to a recipient site with an intact blood supply. The excision and flap surgery cost $392 and will allow the wound to heal so Sarun can walk easily again.
Two-week-old Peter is the first born son to his parents who live in a single-rental house in Kenya. His mother is a housewife and his father is a public transport driver. Peter was diagnosed with a condition called hyrdocephalus. This blockage of the pathways of cerebrospinal fluid causes water accumulation within the brain, resulting in increased pressure in the head. Although the term was new to Peter's parents, on the news they had seen other children who have large heads-- the primary symptom of hydrocephalus. They never thought that this would happen to their first and only child. Peter needs surgery in order to prevent the pressure in his head from continuing to build up and causing his head to grow. Unfortunately, despite attempts to raise enough money for the operation, the costs of treatment are more than Peter's family's income can support. The little income they have is just sufficient to cater for the few basic needs of the family. Furthermore, conditions like Peter's are often associated with witchcraft in the culture of their village. His parents are worried that if he does not receive treatment, they will be ostracized and alienated within their community. Let's help Peter's parents raise $615 to cover the costs of his surgery where doctors will use a shunt to divert the excess fluid in his head to his abdomen. There the fluids can be easily reabsorbed, which will relieve the pressure in Peter's brain and prevent future swelling. “Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better. That is something I have learnt from Watsi," Peter's mother shares. "I am comforted to know that all will be well and we are in the right place for this to happen.”
46-year-old Dao lives in Cambodia with her husband and their five sons. She is a farmer and enjoys watching TV and cooking in her spare time. In 2009, Dao was in a bad motor accident which caused fractures and trauma injuries through her left leg, ankle, and foot. She traveled seven hours for medical assistance to Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), with her son. She has been receiving surgical care at CSC since 2009. She has recently returned for a quadricepsplasty surgery, which will release the contracted thigh muscle of her left leg as well as remove of a pin from her knee. The quadricepsplasty surgery, which costs $378, will make it easier for Dao to flex her leg and walk.
“I want to get well and be there for my children," shares Miriam, a 40-year-old mother of two children. Miriam and her children, a boy in grade three and a girl in grade two, live in urban Kenya. She works at a small grocery shop while her partner operates a taxi cab. Together, Miriam and her partner split the rent for a two-roomed house and Miriam is able to meet her son's school fees. In January 2016, Miriam felt a lump on her left breast and began to complain of pain on her left hand. At the original hospital she visited, the x-ray images did not present a clear diagnosis. In May, Miriam visited Watsi's medical partner. After several examinations, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and was told that she needed a mastectomy, a surgery to remove all breast tissue from a breast as a way to treat or prevent breast cancer. Without treatment, Miriam's cancer might spread to other parts of her body which would further complicate her health life and result in premature death. Despite her sister and parents being out of work, Miriam's family and friends were able to subsidize $208 of the cost of her surgery. The remaining $740 will be funded by the generous support of Watsi donors. Surgery will allow Miriam to regain her health, return to work, and continue providing for her children.
Mario is a nine-month-old baby living in Guatemala with his parents and older brother. His mother cooks, cleans, and cares for Mario and his brother at home. His father works as a laborer, collecting wood to sell. Mario loves to play with the ball that he shares with his older brother. Mario's mother has noticed that he has not gained weight or grown in height as expected. She sought out further evaluation, and he has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. He has not been receiving the calories and protein he needs, stunting his growth and weakening his immune system. He is at high risk for diarrhea, fevers, and coughs, all of which could contribute to his lethargy and decreased appetite. Without treatment, Mario could face long-term consequences such as low IQ, increased risk of chronic diseases, and lower earning potential as an adult. For $512, Mario can receive the treatment he needs to resolve his malnutrition. His treatment cost covers growth monitoring visits, food supplements, and medication to help him gain weight and develop properly. "I dream that my son can grow well and have good development," shares Mario's mother. "He may even then become a doctor for our community," she adds. Mario's treatment will strengthen his immune system, increase his overall caloric intake, and make it so he has more energy to play and learn. His mother will also receive nutritional education to help her optimize the diet he needs.
Sor is a 72-year-old married woman from Cambodia who has four sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading books and looking after her grandchildren. Three years ago, Sor developed a cataract in each eye. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye and account for 50 percent of all cases of blindness worldwide. Sor is experiencing blurred vision, tearing, and sensitivity to light due to her cataracts. She cannot see clearly or get around easily on her own. Sor traveled three hours with her nephew to reach Watsi’s medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, for treatment of her cataracts. For $292, Sor will undergo small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from her eyes and replace them with intraocular lens implants. Funding for Sor's treatment also includes two days of hospital care, eye drops and ointments, medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection, and one post-operative consultation. After surgery, Sor will be able to see clearly again.
Six-year-old Kabi lives in Nepal with his parents and siblings. His family sustains themselves by farming, and the yield from working the field is enough to support them for about six months of the year. One day when Kabi was playing with his friends, he was pushed to the ground and fell on a rock, breaking his left hand. Since then it has been causing him a significant amount of pain, and has gotten considerably swollen as well. He needs help with his everyday tasks-- even just eating and getting dressed. After being taken to the local health post near his village, Kabi was referred to Possible for a surgical treatment. He traveled nearly seven hours walking with his family to reach the hospital from his house. For $541, doctors will perform surgery to reposition the bones in his wrist and hand. Then his arm will be kept fixed in a cast for several weeks while the bones heal in their proper place. After surgery, Kalbi will also receive physiotherapy sessions where his parents will learn exercises to help him regain full function in his arm. Even though it may be difficult for him in the beginning, these exercises are important for him to have a full and speedy recovery. Kalbi's family is very excited for him to receive surgery. "I'm so glad that Kabi is getting his treatment soon," shares his father.
Ru is a 69-year-old husband, father, and grandfather who lives in Cambodia. He enjoys watching sports and news on TV and looking after his six grandchildren. One year ago, Ru developed a cataract in each eye. A cataract occurs when there is a buildup of proteins in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Cataracts typically occur in both eyes, and they are the leading cause of blindness in Cambodia. Ru experiences blurred vision, tearing, and light sensitivity due to his cataracts. As a result, he has difficulty seeing clearly or getting around easily on his own. Ru traveled one hour with his daughter-in-law to reach Children's Surgical Centre for treatment. For $292, he will undergo small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from his eyes and replace them with intraocular lens implants. Funding for Ru's treatment also includes two days of hospital care, eye drops and ointments, medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection, and one post-operative consultation. After surgery, Ru will be able to see clearly again.
Winfred is a three-month-old baby living in Kenya with her parents. About one month ago, her mother noticed that her head was growing at a faster rate compared to the rest of her body. Very soon after, during a regular pediatric visit, Winfred's doctor recognized that Winfred’s head was abnormal and recommended a scan for further evaluation. The scan revealed that Winfred has hydrocephalus, a congenital condition where there is excessive accumulation cerebral fluid in the head that causes increasing pressure and swelling. A shunt is required to drain the excess fluid and minimize the pressure exerted on the brain. Winfred's father provides the only income of the family as a construction worker, and is unable to afford such a procedure. If not treated, accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid may cause brain damage. For $615, Winfred can receive the procedure she needs to reduce risk of brain damage. The total cost also covers the medications, supplies, imaging, and five days of inpatient care. “Raising money for Winfred surgery is now the big challenge," shares Winfred's mother. "We have just started our young family, unaware of what awaited us. Please help us give our daughter treatment.”