Marco joined Watsi on July 23rd, 2016. Three years ago, Marco became the 2121st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,506 more people have become monthly donors! Marco's most recent donation supported Mean, a grandfather from Cambodia, to fund hip replacement surgery.
Marco has funded healthcare for 62 patients in 9 countries.
Mean is a 71-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six children and ten grandchildren, and enjoys exercising, visiting the pagoda, and taking care of his family when he has free time. Two months ago, Mean started experiencing pain in his right hip, five years after seeking treatment in both of his hips. He now experiences the same difficulty with his walking, and has pain everyday. Fortunately, Mean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Mean of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 7th, and Mean needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. "I hope that I will be able to walk again and will not experience anymore pain in my hip," he said.
Kyu is 38-year-old-woman from Burma. She owns a farm which she is able to rent out for 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) for each season. In her free time, she enjoys doing housework such as cooking and cleaning. Kyu was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle that controls the flow of blood. Currently, Kyu has difficulty breathing, chest pain as well as pain in her neck. She also cannot walk fast or for long distances because she gets tired easily. Kyu is unable to sleep well for she worries about her condition. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Kyu. Once her treatment is completed, it will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I want to work and save money for my daughter,” said Kyu.
Khin is a 58-year-old Chin woman from Burma. She moved to Yangon one year ago when her health deteriorated. She lives with her sister, daughter and two grandnephews. In her free time she likes to read the Bible and pray to God. Sometimes she helps with household chores such as ironing her daughter and grandnephews cloths. Khin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Khin feels tired, experiences heart palpitations and cannot walk long distances. However, she feels slightly better when she takes her medication. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on September 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Khin said, “I don’t want to feel stressed and I stay happy even though I don’t have enough money to treat myself. I am happy that my family encourages me to be strong even though they can’t help me. When I recover fully I want to help and look after orphaned children from Chin."
Susan is a housewife from Kenya. She is a mother of six children who are grown up with their own families. But since she could not give them a good education they are also struggling to sustain their families. Susan does not work she is a house wife and the husband is a small scale farmer. Susan has been alright until 26th July 2019 when she slipped and fell. She was taken to hospital and an x-ray done showed she had closed fracture right radius/ulna bones. It is difficult for her to use her hand and she is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 03, Susan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her work again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I love my wife and she has been very helpful to me and the family. I hate to see how she is suffering and kindly ask for help” said Susan’s husband.
Aron is a child from Tanzania. Aron is one year old boy and the last born child in a family of three children. Both his parents depend on their tailoring job which they say keep them going though it’s not much. Since he was a few months old, Aron has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort and if not treated, it may result into intestinal tissue death Fortunately, on August 21, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Aron's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Aron’s mother says, “My son has been going through a lot of pain but due to financial challenges we couldn’t afford the cost of the surgery. Please help my son if it’s possible.”
Brighton is a young boy from Kenya. For five years, Brighton has had an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage. Fortunately, on August 2, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Brighton's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to be a driver when I grow up,” says Brighton.
Dorcas is a child from Tanzania. She has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Dorcas traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Dorcas's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Dorcas’s mother says, "I am hoping my daughter can be able to get her legs treated and be able to walk like other normal children and be able to help me when she is all grown up."
Soklin is s 36-year-old wood seller from Cambodia. In his free time, he likes to exercise and listen to music. In June 2018, Soklin was involved in a motor vehicle accident, which fractured his left knee. He suffers from an inability to move his knee and cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 25, Soklin will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help Soklin to re-position his knee and allow his to move freely and walk on his own. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I will be able to walk without difficulty or pain."
Thin is a nine-year-old second grader from Burma. She lives with her grandparents while her mother is working in Bangkok. Thin has a femoral hernia. She cannot play or run because the hernia causes her pain. Fortunately, on May 10, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Thin's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “As a single mother, it is a difficult balancing act to get my daughter treated while trying not to lose my job. My daughter is still very young. She has a future and I want her to live healthily," says Thin's mother.
Vanly is a boy from Cambodia. Nearly one month ago, Vanly suffered from a severe bicycle accident; one week later, he was unable to walk and was in a lot of pain. He struggles with daily lower back pain, and has lost all control of his legs. He spent two weeks at the Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with Pott's disease; however, Vanly was unable to receive treatment because the hospital lacked the necessary medical supplies needed for his procedure. Vanly was then referred to the Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner, for spinal treatment. The doctors will perform a decompression surgery on his lower spine, ensuring that he will regain movement in his legs and no longer suffer any pain or loss of movement. Vanly looks forward to returning to school as soon as possible, as he hopes to become a police officer when he grows up. Surgery is scheduled for April 9 and will cost $930. His mother says, "I hope that my son's surgery is a success so that he will no longer suffer from pain and can walk on his own again. He can then return to school and I won't have to worry about him as much."
Zin is a 28-year-old woman who lives with her husband and two daughters in Burma. Her husband is a teacher. Zin usually stays at home and looks after her children. In 2018, Zin went to Mandalay General Hospital and had an echocardiogram and x-ray. The doctor explained that two of her heart valves are wider than the usual sizes and that she needs to undergo surgery. Now, she is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on March 8. Her family needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Zin said, “I want to work and find money like others to support my family.”
Ronald is a farmer from Kenya. He is a husband and father of three who is working as a motorcycle driver to support his young family. Recently, Ronald was involved in a road traffic accident. His injuries were severe, and he lost consciousness. He suffered a hip fracture and is now not able to walk or work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24, Ronald will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This condition causes him pain and discomfort, and this is making it difficult for him to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to fund this procedure. “At first I thought I was going to lose my leg. I really thought about my young family. Thanks to the doctor for giving me hope. I am ready to undergo this surgery," says Ronald.