Mark joined Watsi on December 30th, 2014. Five years ago, Mark became the 901st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,150 more people have become monthly donors! Mark's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Navin, a 9-year-old aspiring police officer from Cambodia, to fund mobility restoring knee surgery.
Mark has funded healthcare for 64 patients in 11 countries.
Navin is a 9-year-old student from Cambodia. His parents are farmers, and he has three brothers and one sister. He is in the third grade at school and his favorite subject is math. He likes going on walks with his parents, reading science books, and watching TV. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up. When he was four-years-old, Navin received a poorly administered injection, causing a flexion contracture of his right knee. He is unable to fully straighten his knee. When Navin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he and his family traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 5th, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his right leg so that he will able to straighten his knee easily and walk without trouble. Now, Navin needs help to fund this $430 procedure. Navin's father shared, "I will be glad to see my son walk easily and grow up strong so that he can be a policeman like he wants."
Sammy is married and a young father of two children from South Sudan. He, his wife, and child live in a small servant quarter paying about $3 per month. His other child lives with the mother in Uganda. His wife operates a small eatery to supplement her husband’s income. In the first week of June, Sammy suffered a spinal fracture. While he was working, ten bags of sorghum fell on his back and fractured his spine. Sammy was taken to several hospitals in the country but was only given medications to manage the pain. Due to the lack of specialized medical facilities in the country, he had to seek care in Kenya. He was driven for an entire day lying on a stretcher since there are no flights due to COVID-19. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Sammy is currently unable to ambulate, has constant pain and is fully dependent on nurses for any movement. If not treated, Sammy is at risk of total paralysis of his lower limbs. Now, Sammy need you to help fund this $1,500 surgery. He shared, “My desire is to regain my health and continue providing for my young family."
Vy is a 32-year-old farmer who raises animals in Cambodia. Vy has one sister and one brother. Their father passed away years ago. She lives with her family and they work together to raise animals. Vy was born with meningoencephalocele (MEC), a rare defect which causes spinal fluid to protrude from the front of the skull. In her case, the mass formed at the bridge of her nose. Years ago she had the complex MEC correction procedure to remove the mass and repair the hole in her skull to prevent future fluid leaking. The surgery was successful at treating the MEC but some tissue scarring remains on her nose. Vy still experiences occasional pain and tearing from the condition. She also finds it difficult to secure employment outside her home due to the stigma associated with her facial scarring. When Vy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On June 5th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to cover up the scar tissue around Vy's nose, allowing her to skin to heal normally. Now, Vy needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Vy said, "I hope that after the surgery, I will not have that big scar on my nose, and I can be happy and confident showing my face to the people in my village."
Neang has one son, one daughter, her oldest is a second grader at the public primary school. Neang and her husband farm rice, they plant the rice which is mostly busy in the rainy season. In March 2020, she had a motorcycle accident. Neang fell to the ground and her position caused her chronic dislocation on her right elbow. She first sought treatment at a Khmer traditional healer but this did not heal well and her elbow is still swollen at her right elbow joint. Last month, she went to another private clinic in Kampot province to seek for a better treatment, but it is still not healed. With going to several treatment place, her family has run out of money to help her. Her elbow is still swollen and in pain, and she cannot move it at the movement. She decided to come to Children's Surgical Centre, which recommended to her by another villager. "I hope that my elbow will get better movement after surgery. I hope I am able to use my arm well so I can go to the rice field. Also, I can cook food for my children, and do housework well," Neang said.
Muslim is a 2-year-old child from Ethiopia. He is a beautiful baby boy who loves sweets and rice. He also loves to play with a ball. Muslim has one brother and one sister. He loves to play with his mom and siblings. His father is a farmer and his income is very limited and insufficient for the family’s daily needs. He also does hard labor work to support the family. His mom is a housewife and she raises her children full time. Muslim was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Muslim is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on May 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Muslim's procedure and care. After his recovery, Muslim will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Muslim’s mom said, “I hope he will be operated and heal completely.”
Mya Mya is a 40-year-old-woman who lives and work with her elder sister for a herbal medicine production workshop in Sanchaung Township, Yangon Division in Burma. They are originally from Bago Division and moved a few years ago. Since Mya Mya was 18 years old she has felt bronchial asthma and suffered from difficulty breathing. Sometimes she feels severely tired. She went to a health worker at her village and the health worker told her to go and see heart specialist in Yangon. However, at that time she did not have money to go to Yangon, so she did not go. She has only used herbal medicine for treating difficulty breathing since she was 18-year-old, which did help her feel better. For the last four months at night she has severe difficulty breathing, so she woke her sister up and asked her sister to send her to a private clinic called Yaung Chi Oo in Yangon. After the doctor's examination, she was told her that she needs to go and see heart specialist doctor. Then the doctor gave her an injection and some oral medication. Then, she went to Thiri Sandar Private Hospital on January 31, 2020 where she received an echocardiogram. The doctor told her that she has heart disease and she needs surgery. On February 5, Mya Mya went to Kan Thar Yar Hospital (KTYH) as suggested by the doctor at Thiri Sandar Hospital. The doctor at KTYH performed another echo before diagnosing her with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). The doctor at KTYH also told her that she needs surgery. Unfortunately, Mya Mya and her family cannot afford to pay for the surgery. After talking to the nurses and doctor about her problem, the nurses who know Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) refered her to BCMF. Mya May needs to stop working because of her tiredness. She is worried about her parents because if she cannot work. She shared, "If I recover from my disease, I need to work for my parents, to support them.”
Jane is a middle-aged woman who is undergoing serious pain in her spine and waist area. In August 2019, she complained of hip-area pain and had ointment applied. Over the weeks, the pain has become severe accompanied with numbness in both legs. She hardly sits down and has to be assisted to make every move. Pain medicines have not been helpful to her. She had an MRI and was diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) of the spine. She requires surgery to relieve her of the pain and regain her ability to walk. Jane used to be a peasant farmer while her husband is a driver. The mother of four children is not able to raise the full amount required for surgery. They have managed to raise $1,000 and the national insurance has committed to pay $1,300. The family is hoping to raise the remaining amount from Watsi supporters. Jane says, “I am in severe pain and my prayer is that soon I will be able to walk with ease.”
Jean has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect and pulmonary hypertension. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. Earlier this year, he underwent a procedure called a cardiac catheterization to confirm that his condition can be repaired, and now he is ready to have surgery. Jean lives with his parents and two siblings in a mountain village in northern Haiti; his parents are both farmers. He is in the fourth grade and enjoys going to school. Jean's mother said, "I am very happy that after many years of hoping and praying, Jean can finally have this operation!"
Stanley is a child from Kenya. Stanley’s parents abandoned him at his paternal grandmother’s home when he was only a year and some months old never to be seen again. Under her care, are other four grandchildren. Stanley’s grandmother is sickly but works hard enough to ensure her grandchildren are well fed. She does laundry in the neighborhood to provide just enough for her family. For some time now, Stanley has had right hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort Fortunately, on September 9th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Stanley's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “My own children left all their children under my care and none provides for them. I have to wake up very early daily to look for people who want their clothes washed. Sometimes I get, sometimes I don’t,” Says Stanley’s grandmother
Myint a 53-year-old woman from Burma. She sells items made from amber in the market. Over 10 years ago, Myint started to feel tired often and would frequently have a fever. She was also unable to sleep well at night because her back would hurt a lot. After she went for a check-up at a hospital, she was told she has a heart condition that needs to be fixed with surgery. Because she could not afford to pursue surgery, Myint lived on medications. A few months ago, Myint went to another hospital in Mandalay because she was not feeling very well. There, the doctor again told her that she needs surgery. When she told the doctor that she does not have money, the doctor connected her with a former patient of Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), and she was later referred to BCMF. She will have surgery on October 6th. Myint said, “I went to send my son to school so he can graduate and I hope my son will become an engineer.”
Paw is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, five sisters, two brothers and one nephew in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. They all work as subsistence farmers growing rice on their own farm. This year her older sister started to work as a cow herd, looking after her aunt’s buffalos. In her free time, Paw likes to work on the farm with her family. Once she has fully recovered, she will go back home and continue to work on their farm and help her family. In May 2019, Paw has been experiencing sharp pain in her lower abdomen as well as back pain and dizziness. She has been diagnosed with dermoid cysts. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries. Fortunately, Paw is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on August 29. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw said, “I want to receive treatment and get better soon. I don’t want to suffer from this pain anymore and I don’t want my family to worry about me. I worry for my family as well, because one of my sisters is unwell.”
Michael is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. He is a hardworking and entrepreneurial man. In July, Micheal was involved in an accident with another motorbike. He was brought to the hospital, where it was confirmed that he had sustained a fracture of the left femur. He is not able to walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 25, Michael 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 Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I cannot afford the cost of surgery. I will be eternally grateful if you can find a way to help,” Michael says.