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Paul Martenis

Paul's Story

Paul joined Watsi on July 8th, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Paul's most recent donation supported Arold, a boy from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.

Impact

Paul has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Paul

San

San is a 53-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her son and older brother. When she was 34 years old, working as maid in Bangkok, San began noticing her fatigue, inability to carry heavy loads, swelling of her face and joints, back pain, and shortness of breath. She frequently vomited and gasped for breath. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) shares, “San went to a hospital in Bangkok, and the doctor diagnosed her with rheumatic heart disease (RHD).” After the diagnosis, San’s symptoms forced her to quit her job. Her other children, living abroad in Malaysia and Australia, send enough money home to cover daily living expenses. RHD is a chronic heart condition arising from complications with rheumatic fever, especially common in developing countries. This can lead to rheumatic mitral stenosis, which causes a heart valve to malfunction, decreasing blood flow to the rest of the body. The upper heart chamber swells as pressure builds, and blood and fluid collect in the lung tissue, making it difficult to breathe. San was diagnosed with rheumatic mitral stenosis. Now, she suffers from numbness in her back, lack of appetite, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath. $1500 will cover the cost of her surgery. BBP, explains, “Following the surgery, San should be able to work again. She should be able to not suffer from fatigue, numbness, or shortness of breath.” San shares, “I enjoy my work as a maid or seamstress, and if I can regain my health, I want to go back and work in Bangkok again.”

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Than Oo

Than Oo has dreams of one day opening her own business. However, for over a year, she has been unable to pursue this dream. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), states that due to a common bile duct stone, “Than Oo has been experiencing pain in her stomach as well as back aches since June of 2014.” Than Oo is a 40-year-old wife and mother of eight children from Burma. In her initial visit to a local hospital, Than Oo’s condition was misdiagnosed and she was simply prescribed pain medications to relieve her symptoms. However, when the problem persisted, Than Oo was eventually referred to BBP’s clinic. BBP explains that during her visit, Than Oo was “given an ultrasound and diagnosed as suffering from a common bile duct stone.” A common bile duct stone occurs when a gallstone—a small, crystallized mass produced in the gallbladder—moves out of the gallbladder and into the bile duct. Patients with bile duct stones are also at risk of other health complications such as jaundice, which is indirectly caused by an excess bile buildup in the liver. Than Oo’s husband, who works as a taxi driver to earn an income, has been very supportive ever since Than Oo’s diagnosis. BBP says, “Than Oo’s husband has stopped working to take care of the children.” However, despite their efforts, Than Oo’s family does not make enough money to afford the treatment that Than Oo needs. With $1,500 in funding, Than Oo will undergo surgery to remove the stone lodged in her bile duct. As part of her treatment, Than Oo will receive several laboratory tests both prior to and after her surgery. In addition, she will spend 60 days in the hospital to ensure that she has immediate access to everything she needs throughout her recovery and rehabilitation. BBP expects this procedure to have a life-changing impact in Than Oo’s life. “Once Than Oo has had surgery to remove the stone in her bile duct, her husband will be able to return to work and continue providing for the family. She will be able to take care of her young children again.” Than Oo, however, shares that she has plans of her own. “I hope that I will feel better after surgery, and if I do, I would like to set up a small shop at my house to sell mohingya (traditional Burmese noodle soup). I am really happy to have been given the opportunity to access treatment.”

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