Jonathan joined Watsi on October 21st, 2013. Eight years ago, Jonathan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jonathan's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Nwe Nwe, a woman from Thailand, to fund gallbladder surgery.
Jonathan has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 12 countries.
Jonathan has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 12 countries.
Nwe Nwe is 42-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives in Thailand with her husband and youngest son. She has two other children who study in Burma and currently live with her mother. Nwe Nwe has multiple gallstones and suffers from abdominal discomfort, headaches, difficulty breathing, and vomiting. Nwe Nwe has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nwe Nwe'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), Nwe Nwe is scheduled to undergo her biliary obstruction repair on June 29. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nwe Nwe's procedure and care. If she recovers after surgery, Nwe Nwe would like to work and save money for her children’s school fees. “My oldest son will be starting grade ten next year so his school fees will be more expensive,” said Nwe Nwe. “I am not educated so I want my children to receive an education."
Kyaw is a 68-year-old cow herder from Burma. He lives with his wife in Karen State, Burma, earning just enough to cover their daily expenses. In January 2018, Kyaw experienced a sharp pain in his stomach. Since there are no clinics or community health workers in his village, he tried to treat himself with herbal medicine. When this did not work, he was brought to Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center, by a friend who was visiting his village. Due to his illness, he is not able to work anymore. Kyaw has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Kyaw'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), Kyaw is scheduled to undergo his biliary obstruction repair on March 8. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kyaw's procedure and care. “After my recovery, I would like to stop working, and go to the monastery to become a monk, and live an easy life," says Kyaw.
Nwet (BB) is a 23-day-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. When he was born, the nurses noticed a protrusion on the back of his skull, a neurological condition called encephalocele. The protrusion is very sensitive. Nwet (BB) was born with encephalocele, a type of neural type defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of nervous tissue through openings in the skull. Both incomplete bone fusion in the skull and incomplete closure of the neural tube contribute to this condition. If left untreated, the lump will continue to grow, heightening the risks of developmental delays and permanent neurological impairment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of corrective cranial surgery for Nwet (BB), which is scheduled to take place on January 15. Surgeons will remove the protrusion and correct the skull defect, hopefully eliminating the risk of future neurological complications and allowing Nwet (BB) to develop along a healthy trajectory. Nwet Yee, his mother says, "I am worry for my son but I cannot do anything for him. I hope that the surgery will make him well and become a normal person like other children."
Margaret is a woman from Kenya. She is confident and full of humor. Margaret is a mother of two and works as a tailor in Nairobi. Her husband is a painter. Margaret has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Margaret. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 20. After treatment, Margaret will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Margaret says, “I want to educate my children to university level. I pray that the help will be successful and so is the treatment."
Peter is a farmer from Malawi. Peter lives with his wife, and he spends his days tending his land and raising livestock to help supplement the family income. When Peter isn't busy with his animals and his farm, he likes to spend time with his three grandchildren telling them stories. Since January 2017, Peter has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Peter's surgery. On November 16, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Peter was thrilled when he found out his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to going back to his farm and playing with his grandchildren again. He says, "Thank you for your support; I had no money to pay for this surgery."
Dah is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She retired from farming, and now her adopted son supports her. For over two months, Dah has been experiencing urinary difficulty and discomfort while walking or sitting. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Dah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Dah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 8. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able sit or walk without discomfort. Dah says, “I would like to stay at home and just rest for a while.”
Yo Sue is a 24-year-old man who lives in a village in Burma. He lives with his mother, older brother, and cousin. The family farms and sells pigs and chickens. Yo Sue used to work as a security guard in Bangkok. However, he left his position when he started to experience vision problems. Yo Sue lost vision in his right eye when he was 14 years old. A cataract was diagnosed and surgically treated. The cataract replacement procedure was not successful, and he never recovered vision in his right eye. Recently, he began to experience vision problems with the left eye, causing him great concern. One day, Yo Sue was riding his motorbike and the bright sunlight made it difficult for him to see. When he arrived home and took off his helmet, his vision was blurred. Yo Sue visited his local clinic and was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further evaluation. His symptoms were blurred vision and lack of visual acuity. He was diagnosed with retinal detachment. The retina of his eye has separated from the layer underneath, allowing fluid to leak out of the eye behind the retina. Yo Sue's doctors recommended he have a vitrectomy to salvage his vision. Surgeons will clear the inner jelly, remove scar tissue, inject dense liquids to smooth the retina, and inject a gas or silicone oil to secure the retina in place as it heals. The procedure, supplies, medication, and three days of inpatient care costs $1,500. His procedure has been scheduled for February 27. Yo Sue will use eye drops for several weeks following surgery to help the recovery. Barring any complications in the procedure, he will have his vision restored. "I hope to restore my vision so that I can help my mother, brother, and cousin with the needs of the family," shares Yo Sue.
Bwe is a six-year-old boy who lives with his family in Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. His family has lived in the camp since leaving their home in Karen State, Burma twelve years ago. Bwe’s father sometimes works as a day laborer in the cornfields outside of the camp, and his mother stays at home. When Bwe was an infant, he was diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder. Bwe has to visit the clinic often, and he is underweight and pale. His frequent hospital visits have disrupted his schooling. This past month, his condition has worsened and he now needs surgery. On August 21, surgeons will operate on Bwe's spleen to help alleviate some of his symptoms. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for his treatment. Bwe looks forward to growing up healthy, saying, "I want to be a soldier or a pilot when I grow up." His mother adds, “I want to fulfill his dream. That would make me happy.”
Kha is a 63-year-old farmer who is married with four sons and two daughters. During his free time, he enjoys planting vegetables and keeping his home tidy. Two years ago, Kha was in a motorcycle accident that caused a fracture in his left tibia. Kha sought hospital treatment but discovered further interventions were too expensive. The fracture causes Kha to experience pain and have trouble walking. Kha heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his sister. He traveled five hours with his wife to seek treatment there. Surgeons at CSC proposed to realign the fractured bone via surgery. On February 22, Kha will undergo the $411 operation that will allow him to walk easily again.
Angel is a 22-month-old girl who lives with her grandparents in a small bamboo house. They source water from a deep well and share electricity with a neighbor. Her mother is a single mother who is a farm laborer. Angel loves to play house. Angel has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Angel 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. Her mother hopes that Angel will gain weight and become healthy. She also hopes that Angel becomes a successful teacher someday.
Joseph is a 20-year-old man from rural Kenya. He graduated secondary school in 2016 and is currently waiting to join the university. Early in February, Joseph was involved in a motorcycle accident, during which he sustained a hip fracture. If left untreated, he will be at risk of permanent disability and arthritic complications. “I passed my high school exams and am supposed to join university in September," Joseph says. "I pray that I get well and am able to earn some school fees for myself." Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,042 to fund a fracture repair procedure for Joseph. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 1 at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. After treatment, Joseph is expected to make a full recovery and be able to join the university.
Jeimy is an 18-month-old toddler who loves to play. She has one older brother and will soon be a big sister, as her mother is having another baby. Her mother takes care of household chores, and her father works on a farm to support the family. Jeimy is experiencing symptoms of malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. In the short term, this means that Jeimy has little energy to grow, and she also gets sick more often than other children. The long-term consequences of malnutrition include increased risk of chronic diseases and delayed development. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to fund treatment for Jeimy. On April 3, Jeimy will begin routine growth monitoring and nutrient supplementation. Local health workers will also teach Jeimy’s parents about nutrition. These interventions will ensure Jeimy grows up strong and healthy. Jeimy's mother says, "I want to thank you for the help my daughter is going to receive from you all so that she can get better, and also so that I can see her grow, so she can study and be a great person."