176 Patients Funded
$18485 Total Donated
Watsi at Stony Brook University is comprised of college students that are passionate about helping other people receive the health care they need. Our club chose to support Watsi because we admire the effort and overall work they put to help patients around the world. Watsi’s transparency is also something to admire because we know where the donations are going and we get updates from the patients we have funded. The transparency and patient updates we receive make all the hard work worth it.
With the full awareness of the lack and the need of improvements for healthcare worldwide, we believe that everyone should have access to health care. Our passion dwells in the idea that teamwork makes the dream work.
Our club’s goal is to help raise awareness of the importance of helping each other out, especially in terms of healthcare. We hold fundraisers every semester and use 100% of the proceeds to donate to patients via the Watsi website. Adopting Watsi’s mission as our own, our club’s motto is “to fund low-cost, high-impact medical care around the world”.
Lon is a 56-year-old cashew farm worker. He has five sons and three grandchildren, and they all live together. His wife and all of his sons are workers at the farm as well. Lon only has one functioning eye; his left eye was eviscerated due to trauma five years ago. When he has time, he likes to listen to the news on the radio. One year ago, Lon developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurred vision, trouble seeing in dim or bright lights, tearing and itching. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Lon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for a rough five-hour ride with his wife seeking treatment. On February 3rd, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lon shared, "I have only one eye now, so I want this eye to see clearly to help my wife earn money to support my family."
Mach is a 70-year-old grandmother with one daughter, one son, and four grandchildren. She lives in a remote province of the northwest of Cambodia with her nephew. Mach used to be a bacon seller, but now she cannot work because she cannot see well. Her husband passed away in the Khmer Rouge regime. In her spare time, she likes to listen to monks preaching on the radio. One year ago, Mach stopped seeing normally out of her left eye. The retina of Mach's left eye had detached, causing her partial blindness. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mach learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 4th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Mach shared, "I hope I can see well again, I am afraid now. I want to take care of myself, and go back to join ceremonies at my pagoda."
Baby of Magdalena is a 1-month-old baby girl and the only child to her young parents. Both of her parents are small-scale farmers of maize and vegetables. Her father also seeks casual labour jobs on construction sites to help supplement their family's income. Baby of Magdalena was brought in as an emergency case seeking treatment at ALMC Hospital after being born with spina bifida and congenital malformation of her lower limbs. When she was delivered, the clinic doctors covered the spina bifida area with saline gauze, which led to wound contamination and put her at risk of infection. Once she arrived at ALMC Hospital, Baby of Magdalena was scheduled for spina bifida repair to help save her life and ability to use her lower limbs. Given the urgency of her situation, she was able to get funding to cover this surgery, and it was successful in preventing infection. However, Baby of Magdalena has now developed hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. This could potentially cause brain damage and cause physical and developmental delays. Now, she needs to have ETV surgery, but her parents cannot afford the treatment cost due to financial challenges. They appeal for financial assistance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Baby of Magdalena that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 15th and will drain the excess fluid from Baby of Magdalena's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Baby of Magdalena will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Baby of Magdalena's mother shared, "My baby’s head is increasing in size and she needs surgery, but we cannot get that amount of money. Please help us.”
Sammuel is an 11-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He is very outgoing and happy, and loves cycling and playing football. Sammuel is in grade five and his favorite subject is mathematics. He attends a government-run school, where his school uniform and meals at schools are supported. Sammuel's mom is a single mom, and works to support herself and her son by washing clothes in their community. Sammuel's dad is a guard in a church and earns limited income, so he cannot support Sammuel and his mom consistently. Since his birth, Sammuel has had a right inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and weakness in his lower abdominal area. He will need to have surgery in order to allow him to be more active and without pain. Fortunately, on March 9th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $512 to fund Sammuel's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently and resume more of his favorite hobbies. His mom shared, “Sammuel is my only child and I struggled a lot to raise him. Now I don’t need any other life but to raise him well and to educate him. I always dream of him getting older and becoming somebody.”
Peter is a third grade student from Kenya. Peter is very active and playful like many kids his age. He is the seventh son in a family of eight children. Peter's father repairs household items including basins and jerricans, and his mother is a casual laborer who washes clothes for a living. Their family currently lives together in a two-room mud house. About 10 weeks ago, Peter fell from a tall tree and he sustained a femur shaft fracture and hip dislocation. He currently walks and gets around using crutches, and there is the risk that he may not able to walk on his own again unless he receives surgical intervention. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 17th, Peter will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund his surgery. Peter's father shared, “[Peter] has been unable to go to school since the accident. He can’t walk without the help of crutches and if he doesn’t go for surgery he might be unable to walk normally.”
Thida is a five-year-old child and her father is a blacksmith while her mother is a seller in the market. One of the things she likes to do when she is not in school is telling jokes to her mother :) For the past year, Thida has had difficulty swallowing. She does not sleep well at night because she cannot breathe well. Her parents are concerned because it is hard for her to concentrate in school when she doesn't sleep well. As a result, Thida often feels poorly and misses school. When Thida's parents learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours with her mother hoping for treatment. On March 30th, doctors will perform a tonsillectomy. After recovery, she will be able to breathe better and sleep more restfully at night. Now, Thida needs help to fund this $241 procedure. Thida's mother shared, “I hope after surgery that my daughter can breathe and swallow better than before. She often misses school, and she wants an education."
Vortey is a 9-year-old student in grade three. She has a 2-year-old brother, and both of her parents are farmers. Vortey likes to eat vegetables, Khmer soup, and drink coconut juice. When she grows up, she wants to be a nurse. Two weeks ago, Vortey had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear ear to perforate. For this reason, Vortey experiences bleeding, discharge, and pain in her right ear. Now, she cannot communicate clearly with friends and family. Vortey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 10th, 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 $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Vortey's parents shared, "We hope that our daughter will be better after surgery and the procedure will stop the infection. We worry about her every day and want her to recover soon."
Monny is a five-year-old first grade student from Cambodia. He has one sister who is two years old. His father repairs motors, and his mother is a soft drinks seller. Monny likes playing with toys with his sister, playing games on the phone, watching TV, and painting pictures with his teacher. His favorite foods are fried rice and milk. In September 2020, Monny was involved in an accident where a van ran over his left foot while he was playing with his friend. A scar contracture developed on his foot, which caused tightening and stiffness of the ankle joint. The bones in Monny's toes were also crushed, and he was unable to walk. At the time, Monny was taken to the hospital and had surgery and a skin graft, and spent one month in Kantha Bopha Hospital. Later, his family brought him to Children's Surgical Centre, where he was diagnosed with a contracture on the left foot, an equinus deformity, stiffness of his ankle joint, and toe joint deformity of several of his toes. Surgeons plan to do a scar release, a full-thickness skin graft, and apply a cast for him. When Monny's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), they traveled there hoping for treatment. On January 21st, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help him walk again. Now, he needs help to fund this $477 procedure. Monny's parents shared, "We hope our son will walk again after surgery. Thank you for your support."
Kinkuhire is a farmer, a widow, and a mother to four children. She lost her husband in 2005 and she was left with three daughters and a son. Two of her daughters are still studying, and one is married to a small scale farmer. Her son has just finished university but hasn’t found a job so he is now at home farming. She earns a living from farming on her banana plantation. Three years ago, Kinkuhire began to experience troubling symptoms, including difficulty in breathing, shortness of breath, and frequent 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 Kinkuhire receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on February 9th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Kinkuhire says “I am really anxious on how my children live but I hope once I received my surgery, I will be able to have a new health and continue with farming to sustain my family.”
Touch is a grandmother from Cambodia. She is now a widow and a mother to two daughters and eight grandchildren. Touch lives on a rice plantation, but now she no longer farms due to her age. She lives with her oldest daughter, who is a primary school teacher. Her husband passed away from hypertension five years ago. When she has free time, Touch likes to pray along with the monks on her radio and visit the pagoda on holy days. Two years ago, Touch developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her sensitivity to light and glare, tearing, and clouded vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Touch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On January 19th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Touch shared, "I hope after surgery I can see better, help my daughter with the grandchildren, do housework, and on the holy days visit the pagoda."
Kobusingye is a 31-year-old tutor from Uganda. She is married with two children; both still young for education. Her husband works with the cancer institute but due to the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, she is overwhelmed with responsibilities and she no longer works. She has been a tutor at Nyakibale Nursing Training School but due to COVID schools were closed. She no longer gets any salary from her school and this is greatly impacting her wellbeing as she never had any other income. Kobusingye presented at the hospital with a swelling on her right wrist joint, which has been present for over ten years. She has pain and discomfort, and it increasingly affects her ability to work. Kobusingye traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 15th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kobusingye needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Kobusingye told us: “I will be happy when am supported so that by the time schools open for me to get back to teaching, I find it has fully healed.”
Ankunda is a mobile money agent from Uganda. She completed class four in secondary school but did not proceed with education after that due to limited financial support from her parents. She works on a casual basis for one of the mobile money agents in Kabale and shared that her salary is still very small. Her husband is a brickmaker in their village and also earns a limited income. Their firstborn is three years old and hasn’t yet started school. They don't own land for a house of their own for shelter, instead staying with her husband’s parents. During her free time, she very much likes playing a game called netball. Ankunda is currently expecting her second child. Her doctors recommend that she deliver via a caesarean section because breech presentation. This way, doctors can ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ankunda undergo a C-Section on September 29th. This procedure will cost $207, and Ankunda needs your financial support. Ankunda shared with us, “we are feeling helpless and are seeking financial support. I plan to practice farming in addition to mobile money services to be able to increase my income and assist my husband to develop our family.”