DONG's Story

DONG joined Watsi on June 24th, 2016. 29 other people also joined Watsi on that day! DONG's most recent donation supported Allent, a farmer from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.


DONG has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by DONG


Meet Lorraine, a four-year-old girl from the Philippines who lives with her parents and loves to play with her friends. Their bamboo house does not have any electricity or running water supply. Lorraine has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Lorraine will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "I want her to finish her studies and become a successful person someday," shares Lorraine's mother. "I look forward for positive results for her health with this ICM malnutrition program."

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Aung Kyaw

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."

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"I hope that my son can grow and be a good teacher when he's big," shares the mother of 19-month-old Jeffry. Jeffry is the youngest of three children. He lives with his siblings and parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural village in the mountains of Guatemala. He loves to race his toy cars with his older siblings. His father works as an assistant to a bricklayer and his mother takes care of him and his siblings. They often live on less than $2 per day, meaning giving their son even just one piece of fruit, one vegetable, and one egg is out of reach. Jeffry is suffering from malnutrition because his parents have not been able to afford to provide him with a healthy and varied diet. His lack of protein, calories, and nutrients have made him nearly three standard deviations below the healthy size for his age. His body is weak and unable to fight off sicknesses, meaning he comes down with diarrhea, fever, or a respiratory infection almost every week. His mother is worried since lately he has not had an appetite and hasn't had the energy to play with his two older siblings. In the long term, Jeffry could have a lower IQ and a greater risk for chronic diseases if he does not receive treatment for his malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation will help Jeffry recover from malnutrition - immediately saving his life and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will strengthen with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Jeffry's parents will receive the support they need to give him the proper diet to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Jeffry the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

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Ko Ko

Ko Ko is a 20-year-old man from Burma who lives in Thailand with his mother and aunt. He works as a day laborer in a car workshop, but he has a hard time completing his work since he was involved in a motorcycle accident in April 2015. At the time of the accident, Ko Ko was looking for work and did not have any money. Most of his right side of the body was broken, and the muscles were torn. He went to a hospital two days later, and doctors told him that he would need surgery for the majority of his right side, including his arm, shoulder, and leg. To pay for the surgery, Ko Ko's mother was forced to sell many of her possessions, including her house in Burma and all of her jewelry. The family also had to borrow money to cover their daily expenses. The driver of the car into which Ko Ko crashed insisted on being compensated for damages. Since Ko Ko had no money, he was not able to pay the driver and was taken to court and given a six-month jail sentence. Before going to jail, Ko Ko was able to complete his medical follow-ups. However, on the ride home from his last appointment, he was in another car accident that was much worse than the first. He broke the same leg, which left his foot hanging and his muscles torn. He had no money for any other treatments and was forced to enter jail with a broken leg. While in jail, Ko Ko was able to bring his crutches with him, but he found them difficult to use on the slippery tile floors. On multiple occasions, he slipped and landed on his broken leg, causing further trouble and more pain. He received no help or treatment for his leg while he was in jail. He wrapped his leg himself, making a homemade splint to keep the bones in place. After his release from jail, Ko Ko learned about assistance from Watsi's medical partner, Burma Border Projects, and he was referred to Burma Children Medical Fund for surgery. Due to the repeated injuries to Ko Ko's leg and the delay in treatment, surgeons are unable to repair the leg and recommend amputation. $1500 covers the cost of the surgery as well as travel to and from the hospital, inpatient pre- and post-operative care, and follow-up appointments. Ko Ko grew up learning about medical procedures from his grandfather, who was a medical assistant. He has long enjoyed studying medical treatments and procedures and surfing the internet to learn about plants and botany. “With the knowledge from my study, I knew how to care for my leg when I was in prison,” Ko Ko shares. “I hope to be able to work in the field of anatomy one day.”

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