Lib is a 79-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two daughters, one son, and five grandchildren. Her husband passed away twenty years ago. Now she is living with her niece, and she helps take care of her grandchildren. In her free time she likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. Seven years ago, Lib developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lib learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three-and-a-half hours seeking treatment. On August 4th, 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. Lib said, "I hope after surgery I can see enough to get around the house easily, and recognize my family members. I want to be able to cook and help with housework too."
Joseph is a 19-year-old joyful boy who hails from the Mount Elgon area in Kenya. He shared that he is known around the village as the guy with the large mass due to his protruding hernia on his abdomen. In February 2019, Joseph was involved in a road traffic accident when he was headed home from his daily labor. He sustained injuries in his stomach where he was rushed to a hospital and an exploratory laparotomy was done. A few days later, Joseph was discharged from hospital and as his wounds were healing he started developing a mass on his stomach. Joseph feared to go to the hospital again because he didn’t want to be in pain. As the mass grew bigger, Joseph started worrying about his life. He went to his church pastor where the church raised money to send him to the capital city to get it removed but they were told he needed a specialist who demanded a lot of money which they could not afford. Joseph had given up on the possibility of getting treated. It was not until a friend asked his pastor to bring him to our hospital, where he was diagnosed with an incisional hernia that he was happy to be told that his condition can be treated. Joseph's father died of illness while he was young. He dropped out of school in Grade 4 because his mother re-married and she didn't have money to send him to school, so he began to work in farms to help get money for his daily needs like food. Joseph works in the farms and gardens and enjoys planting and farming. He wants to be able to have a big farm and grow lots of vegetables, corn, and millet. Joseph has gone to other doctors to help with his mass but everyone said it wasn’t operable. He is most disturbed by the way people who stare at him. Joseph is a very practical man and looks forward to going back to his farm and working hard to have a good crop and harvest and have a good life. Joseph is worried that he might not get a wife due to his condition. He is also facing stigma by people talking about his condition and has been denied work. If he is not treated, his condition will continue to worsen and his future plans feel bleak to him if he does not get treatment. Joseph told us, “I just want to be able to find a girl to marry and have a family.”
Nshemereirwe is a mother of 9, and shared with us that she lost her first born at 14 years. Her youngest is now 20 years old and in primary school class seven, even at that age she shared. Her third born is the only one who reached the highest class, secondary school class four and is currently a casual laborer in their village. Nshemereirwe gets only a little support from her children and relatives. She is a small-scale farmer along with her husband. They own a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. During her free time, she enjoys visiting her relatives. About 20 years ago, Nshemereirwe began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and high blood pressure. She was diagnosed with a goitre and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Nshemereirwe receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on September 3rd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $293, and Nshemereirwe and her family need your support. Nshemereirwe told us, “I pray that I may be considered for treatment. After treatment, I believe I will be able to comfortably continue with farming and be able to sustain and take good care of my family as before, through hard work.”
Tun is a 33-year-old man from Burma. He used to work as a day laborer at a construction site until he fell sick. During his free time, he enjoys playing billiards with his friends. Tun was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Tun is experiencing tiredness, fast heartbeats, sharp chest pains, and he is unable to sleep well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Tun. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 16th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Tun said, "I am very happy that I received this chance of getting treatment. It is impossible if I must fund my own treatment. Thank you very much for your support.”
Saratt is a 39-year-old cook from Cambodia. She and her husband have four daughters together, all of whom are in school. Her husband is taxi driver. Saratt works at a local restaurant, and in her free time she does housework, prepares food for her daughters, and grows vegetables in her garden. Since she was 10 years old, Saratt has had a persistent ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both of her ears to perforate. As a result, Saratt experiences ear discharge, hearing loss and pain on both sides. She has taken a range of medications as treatment including antibiotics, but they have had little effect. In daily life, it is difficult for her to communicate clearly with others. Saratt traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 13th, 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 $913 to fund this procedure. This amount covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Saratt shared, "I hope after surgery that my ear will feel better, and that there will be no infection or discharge. I hope that I can talk normally with my family."
Sean is a 64-year-old farmer who makes a living selling her crops locally. Her husband died four years ago from heart disease, but she has nine children in the area. She lives with one of her daughters, and together they help take care of her nine grandchildren. In her free time she loves to visit the local pagodas and take part in celebrations and ceremonies. 2 years ago, Sean started to experience back pain. She was able to work despite this pain, but the condition got worse over time. She was able to obtain painkillers which helped her continue to function. However, she recently has felt her pain increasing again. She experiences too much pain to be able to walk or stand for longer than a few minutes, and has difficulty sleeping. Luckily, Sean has come to Children's Surgical Centre, for help and doctors will be able to perform a laminectomy to relieve pressure on the nerves in her spinal cord. She will feel immediate pain relief and will have a much easier time doing all of her daily activities. She will also be able to return to her work and take care of her grandchildren.
Sophon is a 63-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. He likes driving his motorbike and listening to the news on the radio. One year ago, Sophon developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and loss of vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sophon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 6th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and 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. "I hope that I can see things clearly after my surgery. I want to take care of my grandchildren and be able to to drive them all to school," Sophon said.
Peter is a 46-year-old man from Kiambu County in Kenya. He works mostly in construction sites as a manual laborer. Peter is the second born in a family of eight. He was hit by a motorbike while crossing the road on July 27th, 2020. He was taken to a nearby hospital where an x-ray confirmed he had sustained a fracture of his left femur. An ORIF surgery was recommended but he could not afford the cost of surgery. Peter had been on traction to help treat his fracture since his admission at a government hospital. A recent standoff between the county government and health workers led to a go-slow, which has prompted patients like Peter to seek treatment elsewhere since they cannot access care currently. Peter came to our medical partner's facility and saw the surgeon who again also recommended an ORIF procedure. Peter hopes that he finally has the life-changing surgery that will restore full functionality of his leg and enable him to go back to work. If not treated Peter’s fracture may fail to unite or mal-unite leading to loss of function of his left lower limb. He is not able to personally raise the amount required for surgery given that he is a casual laborer with minimal income. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 19th, Peter will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow him to walk with ease and reduce the instance of complications. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. “I have been in hospital and unable to provide for myself since the accident in July. I hope that the operation will enable me to walk again so that I can fend for myself once more,” Peter said.
Sophat is a 70-year-old grocery seller from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago. Her daughter lives nearby, and Sophat often visits her. She likes to do exercise and go for a walk at the public garden every evening. Six years ago, Sophat developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation, and eye pain. These symptoms have worsened recently. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sophat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 3rd, 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. Sophat shared, "Lately, it has been hard for me to go out and enjoy my walks in the local public garden. I hope that after my surgery I can see well enough to enjoy the natural beauty of the garden again."
Leak is a 17-year-old student from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings. Her father is a motorcycle taxi driver and her mother is a cleaner. She is in grade eleven at school and enjoys studying math. She wants to be a teacher in the future. Leak has had dysplastic nevi syndrome since birth. This means that she has many small moles all over her skin. Some grow larger than others. One appeared on her left waist area. This mass has grown large and makes it difficult for her to sit or lie down comfortably. Leak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 9th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leak needs help to raise $231 to fund this procedure. Leak shared, "I hope that the mass will be gone forever and that my leg will feel good and look good."
Sopheap is a 67-year-old clothing tailor from Cambodia. She has two sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren. Sopheap's husband died eight years ago in a motor accident, so she now lives with her daughter. When she is not tailoring clothes, she enjoys watching Khmer and Thai dramas on TV. However, life has become more difficult as five years ago, Sopheap developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sopheap learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled by tuk tuk with her son seeking treatment. On September 30th, doctors will perform small incision cataract surgery (SICS) 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. Sopheap said, "I hope I can see clearly again so I can take care of my grandchildren and be more independent."
Phearum is a 36-year-old man from Cambodia. He has one son and three daughters. When he is not busy helping around at home he enjoys exercising, reading books, and listening to music on the radio. His family runs a laundry business from their home. In 2008, Phearum was in a motor accident that caused a fracture on his left humerus. He went to a local hospital where doctors fixated hardware to heal his fractured humerus. After a long recovery time, the bone healed. The remaining hardware prevents him from having full function of his arm. It is hard for him to move his shoulder in any direction and makes working for his family difficult. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 22nd, Phearum will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. With this procedure, he will be able to move his arm easily again. The surgery will remove the plate and screws in his arm that are no longer necessary. "I hope that I am able to use my arm better and then I will look for a job to support my family. My wife is worried for me to have another surgery but I believe the surgeon will help," Phearum said.