Rakith is a 22-year-old man from Cambodia who loves to play music and sing songs. In fact, Rakith has shaped his life around this passion—he is a professional DJ. Having a job that relies so heavily on listening has made Rakith’s current medical condition especially difficult. When he was five years old, Rakith had an infection in his left ear that went untreated. He developed a cholesteatoma, an atypical skin growth in the bone behind the eardrum. Although non-cancerous, the cholesteatoma has caused Rakith significant problems. He now experiences hearing loss and ringing or buzzing in the ear. Rakith traveled two hours to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where he was told his hearing problems can be fixed with a mastoidectomy. When Rakith undergoes this operation on February 8, surgeons will remove part of his ear’s mastoid bone so that they can remove the cholesteatoma. When the growth is gone, Rakith’s hearing will improve. Rakith and his wife cannot afford to pay for this treatment on their own. For $842, we can fund the procedure he needs, as well as the lab tests and two-day hospital stay necessary to ensure he recovers safely.
Keo Mony is a 38-year-old soldier who is married with one son and four daughters. He likes to watch TV, read magazines, and go fishing in his free time. Keo Mony has been diagnosed with bilateral hip avascular necrosis (AVN), which causes his bone tissue to break down. He experiences pain in both of his hips. In December, Keo Mony traveled for two hours with his wife to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Surgeons successfully performed a total hip replacement on his right side. His right side feels better, but he still experiences pain on his left side. Therefore, surgeons at CSC will perform a total hip replacement on Keo Mony's left side to relieve him of this pain. His surgery is scheduled for February 9. Keo Mony's family cannot afford to pay for this treatment, so CSC is requesting $781 in funding.
Saw Ku is an 18-year-old student. Four years ago, he developed a tiny growth on his cheek that was not painful or sore. However, the growth grew more serious with time. After investigative testing, he was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, the mass on his cheek is itchy and uncomfortable. It prevents him from washing his face and sleeping on his side. Furthermore, it also causes him to feel social anxiety. Fortunately, Saw Ku will undergo a mass removal procedure on February 14. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. Saw Ku says, "I want to finish my Bible school and become a pastor."
42-year-old Koeun works as a farmer and construction worker in Cambodia. When not working, he chats with his friends, and looks after his daughter. Since he was ten years old, Koeun has had a persistent infection in his left ear. For decades, he has experienced left ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus, which make it difficult for him to communicate with his colleagues. When Koeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled over an hour to receive treatment. On February 14, surgeons at CSC will perform a mastoidectomy procedure on Koeun's left ear to stop the discharge and pain. Watsi is asking for $842 to fund the procedure. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon, nurses, anesthesiologists, laboratory tests, medication, and two nights stay in the hospital.
Meet Julia, a stay-at-home mother of nine children from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After the birth of her ninth child, Julia noticed that a large mass had developed in her left breast and formed a ball under her armpit. Julia experienced extreme pain, resulting in loss of sleep and limited function of her left arm. After a consultation at a local hospital, Julia was diagnosed with breast cancer. Julia was referred to our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital, where she received four sessions of chemotherapy. On February 15, Julia will undergo a mastectomy to remove all the breast tissue and cancerous cells. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is asking for $1,085 to fund Julia's surgery. Julia says that her husband is her biggest supporter and that their family encourages her to keep fighting.
John is a 66-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife. Together, they have ten children and twelve grandchildren. He works as a maize farmer and also keeps chickens. When not working, John likes to spend time at his church and with his friends. For the past three months John has been experiencing urinary dysfunction. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, a condition in which the prostate gland is enlarged and blocks the urethra, making it difficult to go to the restroom. On February 16, John will undergo a prostatectomy—a procedure in which part of the prostate is removed—at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $733 to fund John's hospital stay, physician's fees, and medication. When told about the Watsi program, John and his family were overjoyed. "When I get better I can farm again and enjoy my time in church!" says John.
Ramon is 55 years old and a father of four. He lives with his wife and children in a humble home in Guatemala. His favorite sport is soccer, and his favorite food is watermelon. Ramon was diagnosed with diabetes eight years ago. He used to have government-sponsored health insurance working as a day laborer, but after Ramon retired three years ago, he lost his health benefits. Now, with uncontrolled diabetes, Ramon's family cannot afford to pay for treatment. Diabetes causes frequent urination, weight loss, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. If left untreated, it can also cause cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, foot damage and amputation, and an early death. Funding of $1,500 will give Ramon the support he needs to finally manage his diabetes. On February 13, he will begin to receive the medicines and education he needs to adequately manage his condition in the future. Once his glucose levels normalize, he will no longer be at risk of dangerous blood sugar highs, and his energy will improve. The treatment will give him energy to participate in family life. “I want to be able to do all the things I used to, like playing soccer," he says. "I want to be better so that I can work without worrying about health complications.”
Ariel is a 13-year-old boy from the Dominican Republic who lives with his parents and three brothers. He is currently in the seventh grade and aspires to become a farmer, just like both of his parents. Ariel was born with a heart condition called coarctation of the aorta. His aorta is abnormally narrow, making it difficult for blood to pass through it. This causes his heart to pump harder to push the blood through, which leads to heart failure. Although Ariel is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Ariel will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 15. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Ariel also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Ariel's surgical care. "I am excited to get my heart fixed so that I can play baseball with the kids in my neighborhood!" says Ariel.
Carlos is a one-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. His lives with his parents and eight older siblings. His father works as a day laborer, and his mother is a homemaker. Carlos is experiencing lactational failure. He does not receive proper nutrients due to his mother's inability to produce sufficient breast milk. To stabilize his condition, Carlos was given a preliminary supply of formula, but his parents cannot afford to buy a continuous supply. On February 16, Carlos will begin treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,107 to cover the cost of Carlos's nutritional supplements. Funds will also go toward a nutrition education program for his mother. "I want to thank you for the help Carlos will receive," says Carlos's mother. "God bless you for what you do."
Randy is a 29-year-old man who is married with a son. He likes to read magazines and watch TV in his free time. On December 14, 2016, Randy was in a motorcycle accident that caused a closed fracture in his left clavicle and complete paralysis in his left upper limb. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh, but his symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for Randy to move his hand, and he is in pain. Fortunately, Randy visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On February 20, surgeons at CSC will perform a nerve and tendon repair procedure to allow Randy to move his hand easily again. He needs help to fund this $450 care.
Synet is an 86-year-old man from the village of Mawadenga in Malawi. Synet lives with his wife, and together they have six children and twenty grandchildren. Synet and his family have a small farm. When not busy with his farm, Synet likes to spend time with his grandchildren. For the past year, Synet has been having difficulty urinating. This problem has caused him weakness and pain and has prevented him from working. He was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. On February 15, Synet will undergo prostate surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund his care. Synet and his family were very happy to learn about Watsi. Synet says, "I am very thankful to Watsi."
Savy is a 53-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has a daughter and a son. Savy enjoys visiting his farms, fishing, and looking after his children. When he was seven years old, Savy developed an ear infection in his right ear. The infection perforated the tympanic membrane in his ear. He received treatment from a medical organization, but his symptoms did not improve. Savy experiences discomfort, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear). On February 16, ENT surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a myringoplasty surgery on Savy's right ear. The surgery will repair the perforated tympanic membrane and stop the discomfort and pain. Over time, Savy's hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $423 to fund Savy's ear surgery.