Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”
Chorn is a hardworking man from Takeo province in Cambodia. He has three daughters and ten grandchildren. He lives with his wife who is a farmer. In his free time, Chorn likes to play with his grandchildren and listen to the radio. Chorn had an unfortunate electric burn on his right arm and chest last month. After the burn, his family took him to a local clinic for medication, but his wound has become infected. The skin on his right arm and chest has necrosed. Chorn has a loss of sensation on the fifth finger, the muscle has wasted away and he is in a lot of pain. He and his wife travelled two and a half hours to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for a diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, surgeons plan to do a debridement and exploration of the ulnar nerve on the right arm to help him. Chorn needs $541 to cover the surgery, inpatient care and medication. After surgery, Chorn hopes his right arm will function and his wound heal soon. He shared how important it is for him to use his hand again to be able to work and feed his family.
Jayden is a smiley, six-month-old baby and the only child in his family. His mother is a homemaker, and his father works as a clothes vendor (called “mitumba”) in town. The family shared that their income is about Ksh 500 a day and inconsistent, and their rent is Ksh. 2000 per month, so they have requested support to help cover the needs of Jayden's medical care. Jayden was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. His family visited several local health facilities but was referred to the children’s hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), for specialist review and surgery. Jayden needs to undergo reparative surgery to address his symptoms and the risk of future complications. Fortunately, Jayden is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 5th. AMH is requesting $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Jayden's mother shared, “I hope this surgery helps our kid to be normal like other kids.”
Roth is a 39-year-old construction worker with two children. His son is 14 years old, and studies in grade 5; his daughter is 17 years old, and she is a farmer. In his free time, Roth likes to go fishing with his friends. In December 2020, Roth was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right tibia. After the accident, he went to a local hospital for help. The fracture has not healed and his leg is now infected. He needs surgery so that his fracture will heal properly and he will have no more pain. It is difficult for him to walk, he feels poorly and has chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 6th, Roth will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This surgery will repair the fracture, reduce the risk of reinfection, and help him to walk easily again. Roth shared, "I hope that I can walk as soon as possible. I need to work so I can send my children to school and feed them."
Phea is a 37-year-old farmer. Together with his wife, they have five children, including one son and four daughters. In November 2021, Phea was in a motor vehicle accident where he fractured his right tibia. He visited a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but unfortunately his leg became infected. He feels very ill and is depressed that he cannot support and feed his family. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in now pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 8th, Phea will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will rid his leg of the infection and help him walk again. Phea shared, "I hope I can walk again and return to my job as soon as possible."
Sivutha is a 61-year-old egg seller with has five children (two sons and three daughters) and five grandchildren. All of his children are married except for his youngest daughter. Sivutha's wife is also a seller at their local market. In November, Sivutha fractured his right tibia in a motor vehicle accident. He received care at the government hospital but could not pay for follow-up treatment or medication. Now, his wound has split at the metal plate and is infected. As a result, Sivutha experiences pain and has difficulty walking. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On December 7th, Sivutha will undergo a fracture repair procedure. Surgeons will perform a debridement and implant antibiotic beads to speed up healing. This procedure will help him walk easily again and heal the infection. CSC is requesting $465 to fund Sivutha's surgery. Sivutha shared that he hopes his wound will heal and he will walk easily again.
William is a cheerful, fun-loving 15-year-old boy. He's a hardworking student in class four at school and enjoys reading and playing football. He is the fourth-born child in his family, and they live together in a two-room mud house in their village. William's parents work as farmers. William was born with clubfoot of his left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. As a result, he has difficulty playing football (his favorite sport!), walking, wearing shoes, and it has impacted him going to school. Fortunately, William traveled to the care center of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). On January 10th, surgeons at AMH will perform clubfoot repair surgery. After treatment, William will be able to walk easily, wear shoes, and play without any difficulty. AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund William's surgery. William shared, "I would be very happy to go to the field and play football without any problem and as well as continue with my studies."
Rorng is an elderly rice and vegetable farmer. Rorng lives in Kampon Speu province in Cambodia. He and his wife have 5 children; 3 daughters and 2 sons. All of their children are now married. In his free time, Rorng likes to watch the news and Khmer boxing on TV. In October, Rorng was in a bicycle accident that caused a fracture in his left humerus. He received a Khmer traditional treatment but his hand has not improved. He is in chronic pain; it is swollen and difficult to use now. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 25th, Rorng will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will help him to use his hand again. Rorng says, "I hope that I can use my hand without pain. I want to return to farming."
Sambath is a 46-year-old fisherman. He is married and has one daughter and two sons. Sambath's wife also fishes. In his free time, Sambath enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Sambath developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Sambath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Sambath shared, "I hope after surgery my vision will improve so I can return to fishing and working without problems."
Jane is a strong 34-year-old woman from Zambezi in Kiambu County. She is married with 3 children. Jane began having abdominal pains and vomiting about four years ago. She visited various hospitals and was treated for ulcers but her symptoms persisted. At one point she was told she had an issue with her liver and was sent to a specialist. Jane had extensive lab tests done and several scans which showed she has cholelithiasis or gallstones. These are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that form in the gallbladder. She came to Nazareth Hospital and consulted the surgeon who recommended laparotomy to finally remove the gallstones. Jane’s husband, who runs a small shop to fend for his family, has registered with the national health insurance program but their coverage has not yet been approved. On seeing his wife’s worsening pain and discomfort he decided he couldn’t wait any longer and came to the hospital to find out about the estimated cost of surgery so that he can organize a community fundraiser (Harambee). The family members are not able to raise the money required on their own and need support. Jane says, “I hope to be treated and get relieved of these symptoms so that my family can stop being in a constant state of worry and uncertainty.”
Savy is 50-year-old rice and mango farmer. She's married and has three daughters. Her children are students and her husband is a farmer too. When she is not farming or taking her produce to the market, she likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV. Three months ago, Savy developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She cannot see in low light or bright light and has difficulty walking outside by herself. When Savy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 5th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification cataract surgery and will place 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. Savy said, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well. I can go out easily and go to plant rice and can drive my motorbike well."
Mary is a farmer and the single mother of three children who are now grown. She lives in her parents’ home in Central Kenya. Mary farms on a small piece of land given to her by her parents, growing food crops for home use. She has no source of income and relies on her kids for upkeep and support. However, all her children do not have stable jobs. Her parents are elderly and don’t work either, so she is worried about how to fund the care she needs. Mary first started experiencing pain in her stomach at the beginning of October. Mary's pain has gradually increased and her stomach began swelling making her uncomfortable. She went to a health facility in Central Kenya for a check-up and review. She has been diagnosed with cancer of the ovaries. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, can help. AMH is requesting $1,260 to fund Mary's surgery. On November 24th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Mary will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Mary says, "I feel uncomfortable with a swollen stomach and I am in pain. I know this surgery will go a long way to help heal the issue and make me well again.”