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Gary J. Espitia S.

UF MEMBER

Colombia

Gary's Story

Gary joined Watsi on March 17th, 2014. Three years ago, Gary joined the Universal Fund and became the 79th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,032 more people have joined! Gary's most recent donation traveled 7,800 miles to support Victor, a father from Kenya, to fund a bone transport.

Impact

Gary has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Gary

Aicie

17-month-old Aicie is the only daughter of hard-working parents in the Philippines. Her father drives a "habal-habal" (motorcycle taxi), while her mother takes care of her and the household. Aicie is malnourished. Although she is thin and underweight, she loves to play outside with the neighborhood kids. Aicie will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Aicie will begin ICM's program on February 20. Her family needs help raising $184 to pay for the program. "Someday, I hope my daughter will finish her studies," shares Aicie's mother. "I pray that she grows up strong and healthy."

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Ah Kyaw

Ah Kyaw is a 51-year-old farmer who lives in Thailand. Escaping violent conflict, he left his home nation of Burma and found shelter in a refugee camp in 1987. He now lives in Thailand with his wife and three sons. Ah Kyaw and his two oldest sons work as agricultural day laborers, farming rice, corn, and tapioca fields. His youngest son lives in a Buddhist temple as a "temple boy," where he assists the monks with their daily chores. On average, the family income is hardly enough to cover their monthly expenses. In December 2016, Ah Kyaw was driving a farm truck, transporting two co-workers. The trucked tipped, throwing Ah Kyaw and his passengers onto the road. The truck continued to roll and ran over Ah Kyaw's left hip. His co-workers, uninjured in the accident, took Ah Kyaw to the worker tent. According to Ah Kyaw, the pain was not severe on the day of the accident. However, when he woke up the next day, it had become unbearable. He did not seek treatment, relying instead on painkillers to get through the next 20 days. Then, he met a missionary, who took him to the hospital. Watsi and our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, are asking for $1,500 to help cover a hip replacement surgery, scheduled for January 31. This procedure will allow Ah Kyaw to walk and work again. Your donation will help fund nurses, blood tests, X-rays and ultrasounds, surgical equipment and staff, medication, and 30 days stay in the hospital. Ah Kyaw is eager to continue his work and provide for his family. When asked what he would like to do after his hip is fixed, he says, “I’ll just keep working with the boss.”

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Htet Aung

“I want to be a car driver and see the country when I grow up," says 12-year-old Htet Aung. He is a third grade student from Burma, and likes to watch television, play sports, sing and play with toys. When Htet Aung was born at home in his village, his mother noticed a small bump on the bridge of his nose, directly between the eyes. About six months later, doctors diagnosed this bump as an encephalocele. This is a neural tube defect caused by the failure of the neural tube to close completely during fetal development. The growth of the mass has been slow but steady over the years and affects Htet Aung's vision. To read, he has to bring the book very close to his face. The mass is generally not painful but occasionally, he will feel sharp pangs. It also causes him tearing. Besides this encephalocele, Htet Aung has been in relatively good health. However, he is becoming increasingly sensitive about the mass on his face. Htet Aung's family tried to find him proper medical services at a larger hospital about ten years ago. However, they realized they could not afford the expensive surgery that he would need to remove the growth. Htet Aung's father works as a carpenter and his siblings work in a sewing factory-- their income is not enough to pay for major surgery in addition to supporting their family. After learning about Burma Border Projects (BBP) from a neighbor, Htet Aung travelled four hours with his mother to reach BBP for treatment. $1500 will cover the cost of his operation to surgically remove the growth, as well as any additional transportation and hospital costs before and after the procedure. Although Htet Aung's family is nervous about possible adverse affects of the surgery on his vision or cognition, they are eager for him to finally receive treatment. After the operation, Htet Aung will be able to return home and lead a normal childhood.

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Charles

Charles is a 24-year-old former student living with his mother and father in Kenya. Charles graduated from college with a degree in Information Technology in 2014. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us that in June 2014, Charles’s parents were burglarized by armed robbers. Charles attempted to intervene, and both he and his mother were fired upon and seriously injured. Charles’s mother took a bullet to her hand, and has lost the ability to use it. Charles sustained a fracture in his left lower leg that has developed into a nonunion. He currently walks with crutches, and has a significant amount of pain and numbness in his left leg. His father is employed as a driver, and his mother used to sell vegetables. His older sibling is unemployed, and does little support the family. Charles has found that his injury has been preventing him from securing a job that pays enough to afford treatment. He has been reduced to a dependent of his parents. His parents have been attempting to save for treatment as well, but their household income has seen a large deficit since his mother is injured as well. His family has decided that the priority treatment should be for Charles’s nonunion fracture so that he work a higher-paid job and support the family. “I would like to get well,” Charles shares, “and be able to walk on my so I can support my mum’s treatment, too.” A nonunion fracture is a serious complication that develops if a fracture moves too much to stall or halt normal healing. In most cases, if a fracture has not been treated after six months, then orthopedic surgical intervention is necessary. Charles needs an open reduction internal fixation procedure to repair his leg. The procedure includes the insertion of steel rods, screws, or plates to keep the fracture stable during healing. After his cast is removed, Charles will undergo physical therapy to regain his strength. Charles’s family is in need of financial assistance. $1,410 will cover the cost of treatment he needs, in addition to his family's contribution of $210. Without treatment, Charles is exposed to risks of infection that may result in amputation. His leg deteriorates further the longer he is untreated. After his treatment, Charles’s pain will eventually be resolved, and he will be able to walk and work again. Let's help make it happen!

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