In June 2019, Seyha suffered injuries to his left hand after improperly handling a knife. His wound has since healed, but he often feel numbness in his hand and cannot flex two of his fingers. Surgery will reconstruct and repair the damaged nerves and tendons, allowing Seyha to fully flex his fingers and regain feeling in his hand. He enjoys playing soccer and listening to music, and is looking forward to returning to his work and home so he can take care of his two daughters.
Sopheak is a 43-year-old housewife from Cambodia. She has three children and enjoys cooking and taking care of her kids in her free time. When she was three years old, Sopheak had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sopheak experiences discharge, smelliness, itchiness, hearing loss, and headaches. She suffers from hearing loss and worries about her condition every day. Sopheak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 6th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after my operation, the infection will go away and my hearing will improve."
Sron is a father of two from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to watch Khmer boxing on television and help with the housework. After a debilitating accident, Sron was treated at a referral hospital for his injuries and his big toe was amputated. Since his treatment, the wound has become infected and his ankle is very swollen. When Sron learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to ensure that the wound heals properly and allow him to walk with little difficulty. Now, Sron needs help to fund this $440 procedure. "I hope that after my treatment, my wound will heal and I will be able to walk normally again."
Sokhorn is a 64-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has five children, four grandchildren, and enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. Two years ago, Sokhorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her tearing, irritation, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sokhorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On September 10, 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 $211 procedure. "I hope that my surgery goes well so I can help take care of my grandchildren and will be able to plant vegetables"
Hajji is a small scale farmer from Uganda. He is married to two wives with thirty-two children. Some have completed studies but unemployed, others are causal laborers while others are still in school. Hajji currently survives on small scale farming but was a trader before he retired. Since Eight months ago, Hajji has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 10, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Hajji's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Bulanga says, “I pray that my condition improves and if am fine I can be able to continue hustling in order to maintain my family.”
Khin is a 58-year-old Chin woman from Burma. She moved to Yangon one year ago when her health deteriorated. She lives with her sister, daughter and two grandnephews. In her free time she likes to read the Bible and pray to God. Sometimes she helps with household chores such as ironing her daughter and grandnephews cloths. Khin 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, Khin feels tired, experiences heart palpitations and cannot walk long distances. However, she feels slightly better when she takes her medication. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on September 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Khin said, “I don’t want to feel stressed and I stay happy even though I don’t have enough money to treat myself. I am happy that my family encourages me to be strong even though they can’t help me. When I recover fully I want to help and look after orphaned children from Chin."
Phors has been diagnosed with a deviated septum. For the last year, he has experienced obstruction in both nasal passages, restricting his breathing and causing congestion, sneezing, and a runny nose. He often gets headaches and is unable to smell anything. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer with his friends and reading books. Phors will undergo a Septoplasty procedure to reconstruct and correct his nasal canal and allow for him to breathe without any constriction and alleviate congestion.
Davy is a 40-year-old mother of three from Cambodia. In her free time, she likes to watch television, and cook and take care of her children. Two months ago, Davy had an accident while working out in the rice fields, injuring her left shoulder. She can no longer work because of the pain and cannot move her left shoulder. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On September 11th, Davy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. Treatment will help to realign her shoulder and allow her bend and lift her arm with ease. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to work again and will not have any pain."
Sitha is a 44-year-old market seller from Cambodia. He enjoys gardening and spending time with his daughter in his free time. Ten years ago, Sitha developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason he experiences nasal obstruction, headaches, and bleeding. He has difficulty breathing and cannot smell anything. When Sitha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On September 12, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $267 procedure. "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to breathe clearly and will no longer have any obstruction inside my nose."
A few years back, Duncan displayed difficulties hearing though mild. As time went by, it intensified and people had to yell for him to respond. He would routinely turn up the volume on television and radio. It was quite strenuous for Duncan and people close to him. He began to miss gatherings of all sorts including church because he could barely hear a word. It has affected his interactions with people and he keeps asking what people are saying. Duncan’s son decided to bring him to Kijabe hospital where an audiogram test was done and severe to moderate hearing aids recommended. Duncan the father of three lives with his wife at their home in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. They both depend on their lastborn son who is a motorcycle driver and thriving better than their other two children. Duncan’s wife is diabetic and also restrains from working much. His son has raised 10,000 Kenyan Shillings towards his father’s treatment and cannot raise the entire funds needed. They are therefore appealing for help.
Due is a 26-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. Due is a farmer while his wife looks after their four-month-old son. In 2018, Due Bay noticed a lump the size of the tip of his thumb on his right breast. He did not seek treatment until the lump slowly increased in size. He then went to a hospital in Hpa-An in early January 2019. At the hospital, he received an x-ray and was told that he would need surgery to remove the mass. Because he had no money to pay for the surgery, he just went home. Currently, the lump on Due’s breast is itchy. Sometimes, he feels like the muscle in his right chest as well as in his armpit are tight. He is very worried about his condition and now he cannot work or carry heavy things. If he tries to carry anything heavy, he feels uncomfortable because of the tightness in his chest and armpit. Doctors want Due to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Due's CT scan and care, scheduled for September 12. He said, “I miss my son already and cannot wait to see him. I hope that I can receive surgery as soon as possible so that I can return home to see my son and my family.”
Esther is an elderly lady from Kenya. Esther is a mother of 2 children whom she has struggled to raise for the past 23 years. She lost her husband in 1996 and since then has been struggling with poverty. She had to sell a small piece of land to educate her children. Esther does not have any income and relies mainly on friends and relatives. Two years ago, Esther has been experiencing persistent bleeding. She has been diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor that is suspected to be malignant. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Esther's surgery. On September 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Esther will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Esther says, “I am appealing for your kind support to help me access medical care. I hope that soon Il be free from the complications."