Nay is an eight-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and two older sister in in a village in Tak Province. Nay’s mother and his eldest sister work at a sock factory. They receive food and accommodation in addition to a combined monthly income of around 7,000 baht (approx. $234 USD) per month. Nay and his other older sister are students at one of the migrant learning centers in their area, while his father is homemaker. This morning at around 11:00 am, Nay had finished writing his exam at school and was ready to go home. When he saw the school car that had come to bring the students back to their homes, he and some of the other students became excited about going back home. They rushed into the car before the car had come to a full stop. In the chaos, Nay fell out of the car and cried out that his leg is hurt. His teacher ran to help him up, but Nay told the teacher that he could not stand up and that his right leg was in pain. His teacher then arranged for a car to take him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where upon arrival the medic examined his leg and informed his teacher that Nay had broken his right femur. The medic also told the teacher that he would need to receive surgery at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) to help his leg heal properly. Currently, Nay is in pain and he cannot move or lift his right leg. He can only lay down and complains that his leg is in pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Nay will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 3rd and will cost $1,500. He will be able to move his leg and walk again after surgery. He will also no longer be in pain.
Ky is a 65-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has five sons and enjoys looking after her eleven grandchildren when she has free time. One year ago, Ky developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ky learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 3rd, 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. "I hope that I will be able to help look after my grandchildren again," Ky shared.
Celab is a trader from Uganda who came to our facility with complaints of back swelling that has gradually become painful. For the past nine years, he has felt painful pricks on his back. He is not able to lift heavy loads on his back. Celab has tried traditional medications but been unsuccessful. Celab was diagnosed with lipoma and an excision is recommended for better health and quality of life. Celab is a father of five children who are students. He trades in bananas while his wife is a peasant farmer. Due to the school fees requirement, his income is often insufficient. He requires the surgery to excise the lipoma and continue providing for his children. Celab traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 7th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Celab needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Celab says, “I pray that I get well after surgery so that I can continue hustling for my family.”
Kemigisha is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother of seven children. She has two sons and two daughters who are still in school. Her other three daughters are married and also work as small scale farmers. She and her husband operate a banana and coffee plantation. Ten years ago, Kemigisha began to experience troubling symptoms, including pain while swallowing, persistent headaches and fatigue. She was diagnosed with a goitre, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kemigisha receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on June 23 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $264, and she and her family need help raising money. Kemigisha shared, “I am hopeful for a better life after surgery as I will be relieved from this condition. I will continue farming and hope to age well.”
Chanthou is a two-year-old child from Cambodia. She lives with her parents and her older brother. Her mother takes her everywhere, and she enjoys going for walks outside, listening to the radio, and playing with dolls. She is excited to start school someday. At birth, Chanthou developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blindness and irritation. When Chanthou's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled there by taxi seeking treatment. On August 7th, doctors will perform lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Chanthou's mother said, "I have been so worried that my daughter will be blind for her whole life, so I am really happy to find this hospital that can help us with no cost. I think she will be so happy when she can see better."
Nyakamaga is a farmer from Uganda. She is a married mother with six children, three boys and three girls. Two of her boys are construction workers and the other is currently unemployed. Her three daughters are all married and are small-scale farmers. Nyakamaga and her husband earn a living from their coffee and banana planation. For sometime now, Nyakamaga has been experiencing a severe backache. She has been diagnosed with cervical lesions. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Nyakamaga's surgery. On July 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once she recovers, Nyakamaga will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Nyakamaga shared, “I hope to get much better and that my health will improve after surgery so that I can continue operating my farm.”
Kyobutungi is a student from Uganda. She is the third born in a family of four children. Her mother operates a ladies’ hair dressing salon, which she says is located deep in the village. Because of the location, she gets few customers thus earning little profit. Her father is a private primary school teacher who teaches in a small nearby school and his salary can only enable him to sustain a living for the family. Kyobutingi lives in a family-owned three roomed semi-permanent house in which she stays together with her parents, two brothers, and one baby sister. She came to the hospital with her mother. She has a mass over her right eye for the past two years. The mass is painful on touch and causes her eye to itch. Kyobutungi traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 14th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kyobutungi needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kyobutungi's mother shared, “I hope that my daughter will be well after her surgery is done.”
Makara is a 27-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, with his wife is taking care of them at home. He likes playing football, listening to radio, and taking his wife and kids to travel when he can. In January 2020, Makara was in a motorcycle accident that caused a fracture on his right femur. He went to a one military hospital where a plate and screws were fixated on his femur to heal the fracture but it is still not well. Now, the hardware is rotated and infected. It is difficult for him to walk, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 5th, Makara will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will help him walk easily again. "I hope that I will be able to walk without pain after my operation, I want to work to make income and support my family," Makara said.
Twamubona is a 50-year-old mother of four, and her husband passed away in February 2019. Her children have not been able to continue with schooling so as they are now older, they still earn limited income. Twamubona developed a small, painless, movable (under the skin) swelling 10 years ago that has progressively increased in size over time. She worries to cover her head 24/7, especially when she is in public places or public and communal gatherings. She shared that she feels uncomfortable and inferior most of the time and has come to Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. Twamubona is a small-scale farmer who produces enough vegetables for home consumption. She said, “The swelling greatly affects my social life. After the treatment, I will be able to comfortably interact with others in our village and therefore I will be able to learn new ideas that may help me to develop personally; including physically, mentally, and financially.”
Adrian is a 6-year-old from Kenya. Adrian’s mother performs manual labor. Due to the financial instability she is experiencing, Adrian's grandparents are also helping take care of him. His grandparents make a living by performing manual labor and by farming. Adrian was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Adrian is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 16. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “When Adrian receives the required treatment, it will be a great relief and bring us joy,” shared Adrian's grandmother.
Phylis is a 34 year old housewife from Kenya. She is married, has four children aged between 14 years and 18 months, and her husband works as a mechanic. Three months ago, Phylis began to experience troubling symptoms, including shortness of breath and heart palpitations. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Phylis receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 19th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “I look forward to raising my children and especially my baby without my family having to worry about my health,” says Phylis.
Khorn is a 65-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and four grandchildren. Her favorite activity is to visit the local pagoda with her friends. Two years ago, Khorn developed entropion of the eyelids. This means that her eyelids are always drooping and turned inwards. It is difficult for her to see clearly and she experiences constant irritation. Khorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 10th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair her eyelids. Now, Khorn needs help to raise $225 to fund this procedure. She said, "I hope that the irritation, tearing, and burning in my eyes will stop and I can help around the house again."