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Ondrej joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. 56 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ondrej's most recent donation traveled 5,300 miles to support Than Oo, a mother of eight from Burma, to remove a common bile duct stone.

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Ondrej has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.

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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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Meet two-month-old Sebastian, a cheerful baby boy from Haiti. “Sebastien lives with his mother and father; he is their first child, and also the first grandchild in both families, so he gets a lot of attention from his family,” reports our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “He is usually a happy baby and rarely fusses. His father works in the construction trades, and his mother worked as a market vendor until Sebastien was born.” Sebastien has severe pulmonary stenosis, a congenital defect that results from abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first eight weeks of pregnancy. “His pulmonary valve is too narrow to allow blood to pass freely through it,” explains HCA. “As a result, blood blacks up into his heart, causing heart failure and putting him at risk of sudden cardiac arrest.” For $1500, Sebastien can travel overseas to receive surgery that will correct the width of his pulmonary valve. University Hospital of Martinique is contributing an additional $7,500 toward his surgery. “A balloon will be inserted into the valve to stretch it open to a near-normal size,” reports HCA. “Following surgery, Sebastien’s pulmonary valve should function normally, and he should not need further intervention.” This cost includes passports, visas, pre-departure diagnostic procedures, airline tickets, food support, calling cards to Haiti, a host family stipend, local expenses, and temporary travel insurance. “The doctors explained to me that Sebastien’s problem is very serious and dangerous,” says Sebastien’s mother. “I’m so happy they will be able to fix it, God willing!”

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Zar Zar is a shy 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, 17-year-old brother, and two younger brothers. Her mother says that Zar Zar is a good student and she studies hard. Zar Zar is in the 9th grade and is looking forward to completing her studies. Her parents and older brother work as rice farmers, but this is typically not enough income to cover their expenses. Zar Zar has been diagnosed with encephalocele, a neural tube defect that causes a mass to grow. “When she was born her parents noticed a small lump on the bridge of her nose,” Zar Zar’s doctor at Burma Border Projects (BBP) tells us. “At that time the bump did not cause her any physical discomfort and she was otherwise a healthy, active baby. Her encephalocele now takes up the bridge of her nose and completely obstructs the vision in her left eye. Although it causes her considerable discomfort, she has learned to make do as well as she can. Only having vision in one eye has not stopped her from going to school, nor has the stigma attached to her condition.” “In the future, she said that she would like to be a teacher,” BBP adds. “At the moment, teaching is like a hobby for her, and she helps her younger siblings and her peers with their school work, she added that she enjoys explaining things and helping people learn. In addition, in her free time, she likes running and staying healthy.” Zar Zar’s family cannot afford the surgery needed to remove the growth from Zar Zar’s face, but with $1,500 we can make sure she receives the treatment. “After treatment she will concentrate on her education and hopes to help her family,” BBP explains. "Treatment will improve her confidence and make her more outgoing. Zar Zar’s treatment will also benefit the family as they will no longer have to worry about paying for expensive surgery and can look to the future with happiness."

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