Michael joined Watsi on March 30th, 2016. 61 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Nay, a 35-year-old woman from Thailand, to fund gallbladder removal.
Michael has funded healthcare for 94 patients in 13 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 94 patients in 13 countries.
Nay is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband in Mae Pa Village in Tak Province. One and half year ago, they moved from Shwegyin Township, Bago Division in Burma for a better job opportunities. Nay stopped working as a day laborer because her health deteriorated. Now, her husband is the only earner and he is also a day laborer making limited income. Around eight months ago, Nay had a high fever and stomachache. She was also vomited a few times so her employer took her to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). When she arrived, she received an IV as well as oral medications. She was admitted for one day and then she felt better and returned home. Two days later after she got home, she felt stomachache again in the right side and also vomited. Again, her employer took her back to MTC and she was admitted again. She received oral medications as well as an ultrasound test. After an ultrasound, the medic informed her that she has a stone in her common bile duct as well as in the intrahepatic duct. She was then referred to Watsi Medical Partner Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH she received another ultrasound as well as a blood test and an X-ray. She was given oral medications to take home and she was asked to return to the hospital once a month for follow up. She went to MSH several times for follow-up appointments and she kept receiving oral medications for her stomachache problem. On February 11th, she went back to MSH as usual and she received another blood test. After that she was told that she has stone in her common bile duct and she needs to be admitted for surgery to remove the stone. Nay has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nay's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Nay is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on March 24th. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nay's procedure and care. Nay said, “I want to work after my surgery so that our family will have enough income and now I am very sad that because of my condition we may have to borrow money from our neighbor.”
Sandra is an 11-year-old student from Haiti. She lives with her parents in a city in northwest Haiti. She is in the fifth grade and especially likes reading and art. Sandra has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect and pulmonary hypertension. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart; she also has blood flowing through her lungs at much higher pressures than normal. Sandra will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 24th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will first perform a catheterization to make sure the high pressures in her lungs can be reversed. If the results of this procedure are positive, she will go on to have open-heart surgery in which doctors will close the hole in her heart with a patch. Sandra's family needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sandra's family overseas. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for her surgery. Sandra shared, "I am looking forward to being able to walk to and from school without stopping to rest!"
On May 28th 2019, Min was playing tag with his friend in front of his house, when he decided to climb up a tree. Unfortunately, the tree was slippery due to the rainy season, and Min slipped and fell out of the tree. At first, he was able to stand on his right leg, but he was not able to walk. When Min’s mother heard the news, she immediately came to see him. In the morning, his mother and grandmother rented a car and brought him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). The staff at MTC then sent him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for an X-ray, which indicated that his left femur was broken. After they received the results of his X-ray, MTC referred Min to Watsi partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for help in accessing the treatment he needed. On May 31st, Min underwent surgery to place a metal rod into his leg. He was discharged from the hospital on June 5th. Within the past two months, Min returned to MSH for three follow-up visits. At his most recent follow-up, he was told his prognosis was good, and he was scheduled for surgery to remove the metal rod on January 2nd, 2020. “I feel normal again,” he said. “I’m no longer in pain. I can walk, sit, and take a shower by myself again. Before, I couldn’t do anything. I could only lay on my back and watch as people around me had to do everything. After my second surgery I want to work with my older brother in the factory.”
Chan Thou is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has two sons and two grandchildren. She works at a money exchange stall in the market. She has been experiencing pain on her right hip for more than 12 years. The pain is so severe that she cannot walk on her own or sleep at night. Fortunately, Chan Thou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chan Thou of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 11, and Chan Thou needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope I can take care of my family and walk again."
Abdulwaheb is a cute seven-year-old who loves to play and laugh with his friends. His parents are not currently working because they can't find employment. Abdulwaheb was born with a congenital anomaly called bladder extrophy. This means his bladder is exposed above the skin. This leads to urinary abnormality and exposes him to infections. His parents are very worried about the condition. Fortunately, the family visited our medical partner's care center. There, he will undergo a corrective surgery on February 20. His family needs to raise $1,500 to pay for this surgery. His father says, “Our area is not economically stable. It is very hard for us to get work. We have been in different hospitals but we couldn’t get the necessary treatment anywhere. We are here by the help of another organization with a hope to get the treatment, though we can’t afford the medical bill.”
Ann is a six-year-old who lives in Kenya with her family. Ann's father passed away, and her mother works as a farmer to support her seven children. Last April, Ann began complaining of a persistent headache. Ann’s mother took her to the nearest local hospital, where she underwent a CT scan and an MRI. Ann was diagnosed with a brain tumor and referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for specialized treatment. If not treated, Ann is at a risk of suffering brain damage and not achieving her dream of becoming a teacher. Thankfully, she is scheduled for surgery on December 4. Ann's mother exhausted all her savings on the CT scan and is not able to raise the funds needed for her daughter's surgery. She is appealing to Watsi for financial aid to raise the $1,500 that is necessary for Ann's surgery. “I would like to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Ann. After surgery, Ann will hopefully be able to get back to her schooling and become the teacher she aspires to be.
Joel is a one-month old baby boy from Kenya. He is the youngest of three children and lives with his parents. His mother is a farmer, and his father is a construction worker. When Joel was born, doctors noticed a swelling on his lower back that was leaking fluid. They diagnosed him with spina bifida, a condition in which there is an incomplete formation of the spine and a leaking of cerebrospinal fluid through the gap. If left untreated, this condition can lead to the development of a tethered spinal cord, infections of the exposed tissue, scoliosis, and a rounding of the back. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097, on top of the $52 subsidized by Joel's family, in order to cover the cost of Joel's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Joel to grow and develop in a healthy manner. “This was so unexpected and quite devastating," says Joel's mother. "But I am encouraged to know that there is a solution to his condition."
Aung is a 22-year-old living in Mae Sot, Thailand with his mother and older brother. Sadly, Aung's father passed away many years ago. Aung and his brother have been working together as blacksmiths that build roofs and chairs. A month ago, Aung got a small cut on the big toe of his right foot. Considering it to be only a small cut, Aung did not seek treatment and continued to walk. However after two weeks, his toes started to blacken. Aung tried some traditional Burmese medicine to no avail. His infection spread and his foot is now black up to his ankle, with a hole and maggots in it. The pain is so severe that Aung is unable to walk and work. There is no other choice than to amputate his leg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Aung's amputation. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, if all goes well, Aung will be able to recover smoothly. Aung remains optimistic, saying, "I am hoping to be able to continue working and someday being a manager after I recover."
Htun is a 34-year-old man living with his family in Burma. Htun has experienced several episodes of jaundice since he was young. Then, a few months ago, he noticed a change in the color of his eyes and skin. He visited a nearby clinic, where the doctor diagnosed him with a gastric problem. However, the medication he received had no effect on his symptoms. He then visited another hospital, where he received ultrasound imaging, which revealed stones in his gallbladder. He then visited our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital. On August 16, Htun witll receive a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), which will cost $1,500. He looks forward to recovery, saying, “I've had to stop working because of my symptoms and I worry about not supporting my family. When I get better I will go back to work in order to support them.”
Long is a 17-year-old seventh grade student living in Cambodia with his parents, four brothers, and two sisters. He likes to read books of all kinds, listen to pop music, and watch TV in his free time. On January 14, 2017, Long fell and dislocated his right elbow. He went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. Long has been unable to go to school since his injury. His family heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from their neighbor. He and his father traveled to CSC for further treatment recommendations. Long's surgeons recommended an open reduction internal fixation procedure to reset Long's elbow and allow him to use his arm without pain. The total cost of $411 covers medications, supplies, two weeks of inpatient care, and appointments with a physiotherapist. The procedure is scheduled for April 20. Following his procedure, Long will need to keep his right arm stable for a period of time during recovery. Once recovered, Long will have restored range of motion without pain and will be able to resume school.
Sinuon is a 60-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has one son, two daughters, and five grandchildren. In her free time, Sinuon likes to listen to monks pray on the radio. About one year ago, Sinuon developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, sensitivity to light, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, go anywhere outside, and do any work. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Sinuon's eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 6 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Sinuon's vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.
Ngonzi is a mother of three. She has one boy and two girls. Ngonzi and her husband work as farmers. They cultivate food for consumption at home and tend to their cows. They sell any surplus products from their farming and cows in order to pay for their children's education. Ngonzi has had heavy and prolonged bleeding for over a month now. She reported her condition to a hospital, where she was given medication. The medication reduced the level of bleeding, thereby prompting Ngonzi to stop taking the medication per her doctor's instructions. Two days after she stopped taking the medication, Ngonzi saw the bleeding increase again. She also experienced abdominal pain and dizziness. Out of fear that her symptoms might worsen, Ngonzi decided to visit the hospital for another check. The doctors at our medical partner's care center diagnosed Ngonzi with benign endometrial hyperplasia, an overgrowth of uterine lining. They advised that she have a total abdominal hysterectomy. If Ngonzi does not receive treatment, the bleeding will increase, and she will run the risk of her condition becoming cancerous. Luckily, she will be getting her treatment on April 25. She needs help to raise $268. After her surgery, Ngonzi will be free of pain and able to go back to her day-to-day life. Ngonzi says, “After surgery I will be able to continue farming because the pain will have gone away.”