Ivy is a 43-year-old woman from a village in Malawi. She and her husband have four children, and they live on a maize farm. When they are not working, they enjoy spending time together as a family, talking and laughing. One year ago, Ivy developed uncomfortable gynecological symptoms. She learned that she needed to undergo a hysterectomy, but she could not afford the cost of surgery. When she learned about Watsi, Ivy and her family were relieved and happy. On December 6, Ivy underwent a hysterectomy. She is expected to make a full recovery and live a healthy life with her family. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $643 to fund this procedure. "My family has been worried about my health," says Ivy. "I am thankful to Watsi."
Nyein is a 28-year-old woman originally from Burma. When she was a child, her mother opened a mohinga, a Burmese noodle shop. Nyein quit school after sixth grade to help her mother in the shop. When she was 18 years old, Nyein moved to Bangkok to support her mother financially. She currently works as a babysitter and housekeeper in Bangkok, living with her employer’s family. She looks after the young children, prepares food, cleans the house, and does laundry. Nyein sends most of her income home to her mother, who she visits once a year. Three years ago, she paid for her mother to undergo two cataract surgeries to restore her vision. In September of 2016, Nyein began to experience stomachaches. She took painkillers, but the pain continued. Finally, she visited a public hospital in Bangkok, where she underwent an X-ray and was diagnosed with stomach flu. Despite taking oral medication, her symptoms were alleviated only temporarily. Nyein decided to return to Burma to see her mother. There, she learned about our medical partner’s clinic, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). When Nyein visited MTC, she was diagnosed with a benign colon tumor. She underwent a tumor removal procedure on December 19. During her free time, Nyein loves watching Thai movies and listening to Thai music on her mobile phone. She hopes that she will be fully cured so that she can return to work and continue to support her mother. For now, she needs help to pay for this $1,500 surgery.
Aung Kyaw is a 42-year-old husband and father of three children from a village in Burma. Over a decade ago, in August 2002, Aung Kyaw began to experience nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. After being admitted to a hospital in Rangoon, he was diagnosed with gastroenteritis, an intestinal infection that causes cramps and nausea. After receiving an IV line and oral medicines, he was discharged. However, over the next decade, Aung Kyaw's symptoms repeatedly returned. He visited numerous hospitals, only to receive the same diagnosis and the same medicines. Eventually, he realized that these clinics were not addressing the cause of his illness. Thus, in July 2015, he traveled eight hours to visit our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. He was diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen. He is scheduled to undergo a CT scan on December 8, and he will receive the results on December 15. Due to his health condition, Aung Kyaw has not worked for the past decade. His wife currently works as a rubber merchant, but her earnings are only enough to cover general family expenditures, and the family is in debt. For this reason, our medical partner is requesting $414 to fund this CT scan. Aung Kyaw hopes to be fully cured so that he can return to work in his plantation. "My wife has turned into so many colors in the past years," he said. "She turned pale when my condition got worse. She turned red when I had to visit the hospital, which meant our savings were gone. But if my illness is cured, she will become ecstatic and turn rainbow."
Maung Chit is a 43-year-old father of a large family. He lives with his family in a village in Burma. He works very hard as a day laborer, and he is employed by several large farms. In April, Maung Chit was in an accident. He was transporting timber in a makeshift wagon when a portion of the load fell on top of him, breaking his right leg above the ankle. Maung Chit was immediately brought to a local traditional healer, who cleaned his wound with alcohol. A bamboo paste applied to the wound prevented any infection from developing. Unfortunately, after two months of care from the traditional healer, Maung Chit had not healed. He began to seek medical assistance elsewhere, eventually traveling four hours to visit our medical partner's clinic. When he arrived, there was a large bulge on his leg, and he was unable to walk. On December 20, he underwent an internal fixation procedure to repair his fracture. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "All I want to do is to get healed so I can return to work," says Maung Chit.
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