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Jack Maney

United States

Jack's Story

Jack joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jack's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Srey Nich, a young woman from Cambodia, to treat chronic ear infections.

Impact

Jack has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Jack

Hannah

Hannah is 47 years old and lives with her mother and brother in Kenya. She works to support herself farming potatoes and selling bananas. “Two months ago, Hannah felt a lump in her breast,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “She didn't think it was serious, so she continued with her life as usual. However, after two weeks, the lump had grown a lot and Hannah decided to seek a medical opinion.” After speaking with doctors at two different hospitals, they were able to confirm that the lump is cancerous. While it has not spread yet, the doctors have recommended that Hannah undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy and radiation to prevent the cancer from spreading to other vital organs and becoming fatal. “Hannah is a single mother to a 22-year-old daughter,” shares AMHF. “She has worked very hard to ensure that her daughter has a better life and a good education. Currently, Hannah’s daughter is a third year Bachelor of Commerce student at a local public university.” With living expenses and her daughter’s tuition, she is not able to raise the funds necessary to afford the treatment on her small income. With $740, Hannah will receive the care she needs. In performing the mastectomy, surgeons will remove Hannah’s entire breast. This operation will be followed by a few rounds of chemotherapy and radiation to ensure the cancer is entirely removed. The funds will ensure Hannah and her family do not have to worry about the risks of the cancer spreading. “I have worked hard to ensure that my daughter gets a good education and a better chance in life,” shares Hannah. “My only dream is to see her finish school and live a good life.”

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Cho Than

Meet Cho Than, a 53-year-old seamstress and mother from Burma who enjoys planting vegetables in her garden. Known within her community for her generosity, Cho Than often gives the vegetables that she grows to her neighbors and friends. Cho Than has a myoma, more commonly known as a uterine fibroid. Fibroids are benign tumors that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus, or womb. They can be very small (invisible to the naked eye) or very large (melon-sized) and can present as a single mass or a cluster of several masses. An estimated 80 percent of women have uterine fibroids in their lifetime. While some women who have fibroids have no symptoms, others experience heavy periods, abdominal pain, or constipation. “Cho Than experiences severe pain in her back and lower abdomen,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “She has difficulty urinating and it is painful for her to do so. Her condition makes it impossible for her to work and requires her daughter to care for her and support her financially.” The recommended treatment for Cho Than is a total hysterectomy and oophorectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries). $1500 covers the cost of the surgery as well as a seven-day hospital stay and one outpatient appointment post-surgery. “With surgery, Cho Than will be able to live without pain,” reports BBP. Cho Than looks forward to being healthy again and hopes to be able to return to work as a seamstress. She dreams of owning a small house where she and her daughter can live peacefully.

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Francis

Say hello to Francis, a 50-year-old man living in Kenya. Francis was previously married and he has two kids, but his wife left him when could no longer support his family. “Before the year 2000, Francis was working as a sand lorry loader. Unfortunately, he was involved in a road traffic accident which fractured his left humerus,” shares African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), our medical partner in Kenya. Francis received an open-reduction internal fixation (ORIF ) surgery which corrects a severe, misaligned fracture where the two ends of broken bone are far apart. But recently, Francis fell and the surgical plate broke causing the bone to break again. The bones in his left hand are visibly disconnected and dysfunctional and is causing him severe pain. "Due to this condition, Francis is not able to work, especially because his casual jobs require manual use of the hands,” continues AMHF. “He is therefore unable to raise the money for his surgery... If not treated, Francis may completely lose the use of his hand and become handicapped." For $1,125, Francis will receive the ORIF surgery he needs for his bones to reunite, which will allow him to use his hands and work again. ''My wife left me and I cannot go to my family members to ask them to give me food,” shares Francis. “I am a grown man and I should be able to take care of myself. I hope my hand will be well again, then I can start a small business that will not require manual use of my hands.” Let's help Francis lead an independent and pain-free life!

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Daw Myint

“I have spent a lot of time thinking about treatment costs and transportation, and am willing to live with cancer rather than the burden it would impose on my family,” explains Daw Myint. “If I recover, I would like to open a shop in front of my house and sell veggies, meat and fish.” Daw Myint is a 56-year-old mother of five children, who lives with her husband and their son in Burma. When she feels well enough to cook, Daw Myint earns a meager income selling snacks. Their son works as a mechanic to pay the family’s rent and bills, and another daughter is occasionally able to send money. Because of their tight finances, Daw Myint has not been able to seek treatment for the heavy flow, dizziness and muscle cramps she has been experiencing for the past two years due to a cervical polyp. “She is extremely concerned that her condition may turn into cancer due to her age,” reports our medical partner Burma Border Projects. “She has lived with her symptoms as a secret because her family doesn’t make enough to live comfortably, and she is also concerned because if she waits longer and her symptoms get worse, she would be more of a burden to her family. If she has cancer, she is willing to live with it untreated because they can’t afford it financially.” For $1,500, we can fund surgery to remove the polyp as well as comprehensive treatment for Daw Myint as she recovers. Let’s help Daw Myint return to her husband, children and grandchildren, and to resume the activities she loves like gardening and cooking to provide for her loved ones!

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