Sokhun is a 50-year-old food seller who is married and has one son and one daughter. Sokhun lives with his wife, who also works as a food seller at a school. In his free time, Sokhun enjoys spending time with his children, watching news on his smartphone, and listening to the radio. Two years ago, Sokhun developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurred vision, irritation, and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokhun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On April 5th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Sokhun shared, "I hope my eye can see well after surgery so I can go outside and help my wife sell food to support ourselves."
Lucas is a playful four-month-old baby boy and the youngest child in a family of five children from his mother. His parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their food and they also keep livestock for a living, which allows them to get milk. Given the remoteness of their village, they shared that life is very difficult; meeting basic needs and access to health services are big challenges. Lucas has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lucas traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $935 to fund Lucas's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and wear shoes when he grows up. Lucas’s father shared, "we have no means of raising money to afford our son’s treatment cost. We will be very grateful if you can help correct his feet."
Hiek is a mother of four with two sons, two daughters, and now many grandchildren. She sells roast beef sticks from a mobile cart, but now she cannot go outside to sell due to her vision problems. She lives with her older son who is a motor-taxi driver. Her husband passed away ten years ago due to hypertension. She likes to visit her neighborhood pagoda and help to care for her grandchildren. One year ago, Hiek developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her cloudy vision, sensitivity to light and glare. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hiek learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she and her son traveled there seeking treatment. On February 1st, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. "After surgery I hope I can see well, I will be able to take care of myself, and help my son to look after my grandchildren. I look forward to visiting my pagoda and having more independence," Hiek said.
Sarah is a 73-year-old woman who is currently living with one of her four children. She used to run a green grocery shop that she closed down almost a year ago. She doesn’t have a source of income now and relies on her children for survival. Although they are supportive, she shared that all of her children don’t have stable jobs and income. In February, Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, which is a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been recommended to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $857 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Sarah. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 9th. After treatment, Sarah will hopefully be cancer free. Sarah shared, “my happiness is gone, I feel sad and demoralized. I have no reason to smile or to be jovial since I will be losing one of my breasts. I know this surgery is important but sadly I cannot afford the entire cost. I hope to get the surgery and be fine again.”
Reaksmey is an 9-year-old girl from Cambodia. She is a very bright student who enjoys math and Khmer classes. Her parents work as rice farmers. Since she was one year old, Reaksmey has had a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Reaksmey experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, fever, and hearing loss. She also cannot communicate clearly with friends and cannot attend school classes whenever this issue recurs. Reaksmey and her family traveled to our Medical Partner, Children's Surgical Centre, to receive treatment. On March 2nd, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation in her left ear. Our medical partner is requesting $464 to fund Reaksmey's procedure. These funds will cover the medications, supplies, and inpatient care necessary for her procedure. Reaksmey parents are very concerned and hope that their daughter's hearing can finally be improved with this procedure.
Varn is a 60-year-old farmer with one son, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Varn lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer. She enjoys staying home to look after her grandchildren, watching Khmer movies on TV, and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Five years ago, Varn developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her tearing, irritation, burning, and discomfort with her appearance. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Varn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. Varn needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for March 15th. Varn said, "I hope after surgery my eye feels better so I can return to planting rice. I'm also looking forward to being able to help take care of my grandchildren."
Sineth is a 30-year-old woman who sells boiled corn to earn a living and support her family. She is married and has one daughter and two sons. All of her children are in school. Sineth's husband is a garment worker, but is currently at home since his factory is closed due to COVID-19. Sineth shared that she enjoys listening to music on her phone in her free time. When she was 27, Sineth developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, tearing, and discomfort with her appearance. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Sineth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her sister seeking treatment. Sineth needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 6th. Sineth shared, "I hope I can get back to selling corn again without worrying about my eye hurting me."
Sammuel is an 11-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He is very outgoing and happy, and loves cycling and playing football. Sammuel is in grade five and his favorite subject is mathematics. He attends a government-run school, where his school uniform and meals at schools are supported. Sammuel's mom is a single mom, and works to support herself and her son by washing clothes in their community. Sammuel's dad is a guard in a church and earns limited income, so he cannot support Sammuel and his mom consistently. Since his birth, Sammuel has had a right inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and weakness in his lower abdominal area. He will need to have surgery in order to allow him to be more active and without pain. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $512 to fund Sammuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently and resume more of his favorite hobbies. His mom shared, “Sammuel is my only child and I struggled a lot to raise him. Now I don’t need any other life but to raise him well and to educate him. I always dream of him getting older and becoming somebody.”
Touch is an 53-year-old nurse with one son and three daughters. Touch used to work as a volunteer nurse in a health center but retired after her husband passed away. She enjoys listening to the news and the monks praying on the radio. Five years ago, Touch developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia, blurry vision, and itchiness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. Surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and implant an intraocular lens in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and perform daily activities again. Touch said, "I hope after surgery I can see better so I can help my daughter cook, do housework, and take care of myself well."
Ponna is a 63-year-old woman with two daughters, three sons, and many grandchildren. Ponna's husband is a retired policeman and Ponna sells groceries outside their home. She enjoys looking after her grandchildren and listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Ponna developed a cataract in her right eye, which now makes things hard to recognize and has caused blurry vision and photophobia. When Ponna learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. On March 11th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ponna said, "I hope after surgery I can see better so I can go outside by myself and do my activities more easily."
Kome is a 15-year-old student and his parents fish to earn a living for their family. In December of 2020, Kome's left leg became swollen and later ruptured exposing the bone. He has since developed a severely infected wound. He is in pain, unable to walk, and has since stopped walking to school. He was undergoing treatment and wound cleaning in his hometown, but unfortunately, his condition has worsened. After being examined by both general and orthopedic surgeons, he is now scheduled for surgery as an urgent case. Kome requires debridement and a possible sequescretomy to avoid amputation of his infected leg. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Kome receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. After treatment, Kome will no longer be at risk for a severe bone infection and possible amputation. Now, Kome's family needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Kome's father shared, “Kome has not been going to school or playing because of the wound. The best we could do is the herbal treatment, but it seems it wasn’t working. He can lose the leg if it is not treated, and that is very sad.”
Nivan is a social and very friendly boy, the youngest in his family of three children. Currently, he attends a small kindergarten, which is close to their home. His parents had previously enrolled him at a government school, but he had to change schools due to the distance he had to walk to get there, which was difficult for him. Nivan's father is a small scale farmer, and also owns a small kiosk where they sell basics like sugar, flour and vegetables. Nivan was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, or knock knees. As a result, his legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Nivan is not able to walk long distances due to pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Nivan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 16th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nivan's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Nivan’s mother shared, "We have tried to seek treatment for our son with no success. We even used our saving to get medical insurance for him but it turned out it cannot cover his treatment cost. Please help us."