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Angelica is a hard-working young mom with a three-year-old son. She and her partner work in construction, earning just enough to support their daily needs. Angelica was diagnosed with external hemorrhoids. Because of her financial situation, even though she experiences pain, she is not able to get the medical care she needs to heal. Fortunately, Angelica is scheduled to undergo surgery to treat her condition on March 5th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,163 to cover the total cost of Angelica's procedure and care. After her recovery, Angelica will no longer experience severe pain and other complications in the future. "I want to be able to take care of my child without worrying about my condition," Angelica explained. "I am fortunate to have been referred for surgery with World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi; without them, I'm not sure where we would be able to get help for my treatment."
Lani is a 61-year old widow who lives with her daughter in the Philippines. Her daughter works as part of a fast-food restaurant crew and is their sole source of income. Lani has been diagnosed with cholelithiasis, also known as gallstone disease. Because of her financial situation, even though she experienced shooting pains in her stomach, she saw a doctor only after a year, when the pain already extended to her back. Eventually, her condition got severe to the point that she could no longer stand up and walk due to her worsening symptoms. Now, if left untreated, her condition may lead to tissue damage, tears in the gallbladder, and infection that can spread to other parts of her body. Lani is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on March 5th. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,253 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Lani will no longer experience severe pain in her abdomen or other complications in the future. She shared, "I have had this disease for a long time, but I have been putting up with the pain for far too long because I really cannot afford medical treatment," Lani added, "I am eternally grateful to the World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for being able to provide assistance to individuals like me who simply cannot afford the procedures."
Socheat got married last month and was excited to start building his life ahead. He works in a food store and in his free time, he likes to play volleyball, football and listen to music pop songs. In early March, however, Socheat injured his left elbow while playing football. Now he is in pain and cannot move his arm or work. He went to a private clinic but could not afford the treatment, so his neighbors suggested he visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for medical care. Surgeons diagnosed a dislocated right elbow and recommend a reduction procedure and cast for several weeks to help him heal. This procedure will repair his elbow and give him full use of his arm once he has recovered. Socheat will be able to return to work and support his new family. Now he needs help to fund this $412 procedure. He told us, "I hope my elbow will be better, and I can use my arm again to return to work to support my wife."
Samath is a 37-year-old monk. His parents are farmers and he has four siblings, all of whom are married. He lives at the pagoda in his province in Cambodia and spends time meditating and reading books about the teachings of Buddha. He loves helping to pass the teachings down to younger monks who spend time at his pagoda. Two years ago, Samath was in an accident and injured his nose. Samath developed nasal polyps, which are noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. Now he experiences frequent headaches and pain. Because he has difficulty breathing, he often gets lightheaded. He has visited many other medical clinics but his symptoms have not improved. It is difficult for him to breathe and sleep. When he does not sleep well, it is hard for him to meditate and do his work the following day. When Samath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 8th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily and now he needs help to fund this $291 procedure. "I hope it will be easier to breathe and meditate after this surgery," he told us.
Sophea is a 16-year-old student in grade ten. Sophea has three siblings, and she is the youngest. All three siblings currently study at the secondary school near their home. Her parents have been divorced since she was two years old, so she lives with her mother, who is a construction worker. When she is not studying, she likes to read and spend time with her school friends. Since she can remember, Sophea has had ear infections which have caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Sophea experiences hearing loss, discharge, and fevers. Doctors has diagnosed an ear condition called microtia, which means she is missing the ear canal. Her mother has taken her to different healers for treatment but it has not improved. It is difficult for her to hear at school, she does not communicate well with friends and family, and often misses school due to infections. This makes her feel shy with strangers. Sophea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 8th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She is hopeful that her hearing will improve and she won't have any more infections!
Ya is a 40-year-old woman and a mother of four daughters. She works as a factory housekeeper, while her husband works in construction in the capital city Phnom Penh, which is three hours from their province. Their daughters are all in public school. When Ya is not caring for them, she likes to listen and sing along to music and spend time with her mother. Thirty-five years ago, Ya developed an ear infection that caused her left ear's tympanic membrane (or eardrum) to perforate. As a result, Ya experiences hearing loss, frequent ear infections, tinnitus, and severe pain. Ya shared that it's also difficult to communicate with others, which has been really hard on her self-esteem. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Ya finally heal. On March 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure; this covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Ya is hopeful that her hearing will finally improve and she will be rid of the chronic infections because of her surgery.
Mom is a 42-year-old seller of snacks and drinks. She is married with three young children. Her husband also sells goods at the market in Siem Reap province. She works hard to keep their house clean, cook for the children, and spend time with relatives when she has free time. Ten years ago, Mom had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. Mom experiences frequent ear infections causing ear discharge, hearing loss and tinnitus. It is difficult for her to communicate with others. She feels unwell and often cannot work due to frequent headaches. Mom is frustrated because she has spent money on medicine and treatments but nothing has worked. Mom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 8th, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She hopes that - after this surgery - her ear infections will disappear and she will improve her hearing. She said, "I want to care for my children and not always feel bad."
Thein is a 56-year-old man who lives with his family in a refugee camp. Two of his daughters and his son-in-law work as seasonal workers outside of the camp, while Thein and his wife look after their three grandchildren, send them to school, and care for the household chores. In January, Thein was diagnosed with a cataract in his right eye and an early cataract in his left eye. Currently, he cannot see with his right eye, as his vision is blurry, and the vision in his left eye is also beginning to blur. As a result, Thein cannot walk easily and relies on a bamboo staff to help stabilize him as he tries to avoid tripping on any objects in his path. He shared that he feels discomforted and like he is living in darkness. Fortunately, Thein was able to visit our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), and they can help him heal. On March 8th, doctors will perform a lens replacement. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Thein shared, “When I recover from surgery, I will help my family plant and water vegetables around the house. It can save us money from buying the vegetables. I can help send my grandchildren to school and pick them up in the evening. I will also be able to visit my friend.”
Sokha is a lively elderly widow with two daughters, four sons, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away many years ago, so she lives with her oldest son, who works in the same rice fields where she and her husband used to make their living. When she is at home, she enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Sokha developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces. She is also worried about falling when she walks, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Sokha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and 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. Sokha shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well. I can go outside and can take care of myself well. I am an old woman, but I like to go to the market and visit the pagoda in our village."
David is a sweet and shy 4-year-old. He is an only child and is still too young to go to school. His mother works in a local garment factory, and his father works in construction. David's family shared that they divorced a few years back, so he lives with his mother. David's favorite activities are playing football with his father and playing with toy cars. Two days ago, David's mother saw him playing with some small stones with a few of his friends. She suspected that he put the stones in his nose and since it's become difficult for him to breathe. His family brought him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for review and treatment. On March 9th, surgeons will remove the mass. David's family is requesting assistance to help raise $231 to fund this procedure. His family shared, "I hope David will breathe easier and the bad smell will disappear."
Thach is a 39-year-old woman. She happily shared that she and her husband have been married for ten years, and they have two young sons, who are both in primary school. Thach works in a garment factory, while her husband is a farmer. When Thach is not working, she helps her husband raise chickens and vegetables to sell at the local market. She tries to relax at the end of the day by watching some news on the television. Ten years ago, Thach developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or the eardrum, in her left ear to perforate. As a result, she experiences chronic pain and hearing loss that worsens if she has a fever. She visited a few local clinics for treatment but has been unable to find relief from her symptoms. As this condition makes it difficult for her to communicate with others, Thach noted she believes she has lost several job opportunities due to her hearing and frequent infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help Thach receive treatment to finally heal. On March 9th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, covering medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Thach shared, "I hope that my hearing will be improved, and I will not have any more discharge or pain."
Yang Mok is a 54-year-old construction worker. He is married, and his wife sells fish at their local market. When he is home, Yang Mok enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Yang Mok developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. As a result, it is difficult for him to work outside in the sun so he cannot work as much as he used to. Currently, Yang Mok has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he cannot go places on his own. Fortunately, Yang Mok was able to travel to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On March 9th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Yang Mok shared, "After surgery, I hope my eye can see clearly again. It will be easier for me to work in my job and help my wife at home."