Martin Melin


United States

Martin's Story

Martin joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. Six years ago, Martin became the 411th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,598 more people have become monthly donors! Martin's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Lors, a plantation worker from Cambodia, to fund brachial plexus repair surgery.


Martin has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Martin

Saw Eh

Saw Eh is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and two children in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. He works as a security guard in the camp while his wife looks after their two young children. His family receives 821 baht (approx. 27 USD) each month from an organisation called The Border Consortium as part of their rations, and he also earns 700 baht (approx. 23 USD) in a month from working as a security guard. Their monthly income is just enough to pay for their basic expenses. In the early morning of June 1st, 2020, at around 9:00 am, Saw Eh left the camp to forage for bamboo shoots in the jungle. While climbing over some slippery boulders, a few larger rocks from above him rolled down towards him. Unfortunately, Saw Eh could not avoid the falling rocks and was hit on the head and right leg. He was knocked unconscious and had no idea how long it took him to regain consciousness. When he did, he was in severe pain and cried out loudly for help. Luckily, a man was nearby and heard him shouting for help. The man fetched a few others to help him carry Saw Eh to the clinic in the refugee camp. At the clinic, the medic directly referred Saw Eh to Mae Sariang Hospital, as they knew they could not treat him in the camp. When he arrived at Mae Sariang Hospital, he received an x-ray, which confirmed that both bones in Saw Eh's right lower leg are fractured. The doctor then referred him to a hospital in Chiang Mai immediately, as he would need to receive surgery at a larger hospital, to ensure his leg heals properly. Currently, Saw Eh's right leg is in pain as well as his head. He cannot walk nor move his right leg. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Eh will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 1st and will cost $1,500. The surgery will stop Saw Eh from being in pain and will help his leg heal properly. He will then be able to walk again.

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Yon is a 28-year-old woman from Cambodia who has five older sisters and one older brother. She works as a cleaner and enjoys reading books in her free time. At age 13, Yon developed an ear infection in her left ear. Over time, this has caused ear pain, hearing loss, and daily ear discharge. She is unable to communicate with other people because of the ear pain. Yon has also developed a cholesteatoma, an abnormal skin growth located behind the eardrum. It initially develops as a cyst after chronic ear infections or perforation of the eardrum. Over time, the cyst sheds layers of old skin that collect within the ear. Without treatment, a cholesteatoma can grow large enough to cause hearing loss, dizziness, or facial paralysis. Yon traveled six hours by bus with her sister to reach Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Ear, nose, and throat surgeons at CSC will perform a mastoidectomy, a surgical procedure in which the diseased cells in the hollow, air-filled spaces in the skull behind Yon's ears are removed. The cells—known as mastoid air cells—are diseased as a result of Yon's chronic ear infections that spread to the skull structures near her ears. Surgeons will also repair her perforated eardrums and remove the cholesteatomas that have grown behind them. $842 pays for Yon's mastoidectomy as well as two hearing tests, two nights in the hospital, lab tests, and medicine. After surgery, Yon's ear pain and discharge will stop. Let's help make that happen!

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