Dayle joined Watsi on August 9th, 2013. 76 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Dayle's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Pala, an aspiring teacher from Burma, for heart surgery.
Dayle has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Dayle has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
“Pala dreams of remaining a monk for the rest of his life and hopes that with experience and lots of hard work, he can eventually become a teacher one day,” says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). Meet Pala, a 23-year-old man from Burma who has Rheumatic heart disease. “Pala experiences joint pain, swelling and fatigue. He also suffers from bouts of fever and cannot walk long distances. His health problems forced him to drop out of school at the age of 15,” reports BBP. Pala’s love of learning, though, led him to continue his education at a monastery. Pala’s uncle, a construction worker, financially supports him and his mother. “Pala’s mother is unable to work due to suffering a stroke several years back. His uncle doesn’t earn much money, about $3 a day, so the family is not able to pay for Pala’s heart surgery on his uncle’s income,” continues BBP. For $1500, we can provide cardiac surgery to Pala. BBP concludes, “Treatment will allow Pala to live a more fulfilled life without pain. He can expect to have more energy, allowing him to focus on his religious duties. Pala will not have to visit the doctor so frequently so the family can save money for the future.” Let’s help Pala follow his dream of becoming a teacher!
50-year-old Daw Khin works as a shopkeeper in Burma while her husband works as a motorbike taxi driver. Daw Khin has three full-grown children and has taken in her 76 year old mother to provide care for her as she gets older. However, last month she began to experience abnormal bleeding and abdominal distention and was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. "Initially the symptoms were tolerable, but they have progressed to the point she feels constantly full and unable to eat. She is only able to lay on her back and standing to her feet is an exhausting effort," explains Watsi medical partner Burma Border Projects. "Daw Khin describes the discomfort and pain like she has a very large heavy baby in her abdomen. Although she’s still able to look after the shop, and do her house chores, she gets tired very easily and is consumed with worry." $1,500 is all it takes to deliver treatment and restore her health, according to our medical partner. They also tell us she looks forward to returning to work and caring for her family. "I am very worried about the mass growing inside of me and I want to be able to continue working in the future," Daw Khin says. "If I am able to return to work after surgery, I want to donate the money to a monastery in respect to Buddha and as a way to pay back the donors who support me." Let’s help Daw Khin get healthy again!
Pov "likes to read any kinds of books she can get her hands on, especially books about Buddhism,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. Meet Pov, a 64-year-old woman from Cambodia. Pov is an avid reader and grandmother of 14. Recently, Pov has had to put her love of reading on hold due to cataracts that have developed in both of her eyes and caused her vision to become blurry. CSC explains, “Pov has hypermature cataracts that make it so she can't help her family do anything around the house and can't work to support them.” For $150, Pov will have cataract surgery to restore vision in her left eye, and then will be a candidate for cataract surgery for her right eye. Let’s get Pov back to her books and able to provide support for her family!
Meet 22-year-old Rangi Devi, a new mother from Nepal. Recently, Rangi Devi was working outside her home and slipped in the snow. She subsequently developed a swollen and painful wrist, and was diagnosed with a fracture of her right radius and ulna. "She has been unable to eat or sleep at ease," says our medical partner, Possible. "It is difficult for her to even breastfeed the baby. She cannot work." Rangi Devi's family relies on agriculture for income, which earns enough income for nine months of the year. Rangi Devi’s husband works as a wage laborer in India to supplement their income, but the family does not have any spare funds for her treatment. For $205, Possible will be able to provide treatment and correct the fracture. "Rangi Devi will be able to move her arms with ease," says Possible. "It will help her take care of herself and her baby. She will be able to do her regular work as well." Let's help ensure Rangi Devi can take care of herself and her new baby, and heal her arm as quickly as possible!
“I hope Angel can recover. I want to see him happy, and I want him to grow like my other children,” says Angel’s mother. Meet Angel, a one-year-old boy from Guatemala who is malnourished. “He has had a series of pretty severe intestinal infections and, as a result, his weight has suffered. His appetite is poor, and his diet is also poor because his family can’t afford to provide him with high quality foods. He needs nutritional intervention to protect his brain development,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. “Angel is the youngest in a large family. When he is feeling well, he likes to play with his older brothers and sisters, but lately he’s been too unwell to interact with them much,” says Wuqu’ Kawoq. Angel’s father is a day laborer on a plantation, but his earnings aren’t enough to provide for the family. For $535, we can provide nutritional therapy to Angel so he can return to playing with his siblings. Wuqu Kawoq expects, “We’ll cure his intestinal infections. We’ll provide nutritional supplements and educational support to mom and dad. Angel will start to eat again, and his growth and development will pick up.”
Say hi to Thet Mhu, a 20-year-old man from Burma! “Thet Mhu lives with his three siblings and mother. His mother works as a day laborer in a rice storage factory and his father passed away a few years ago. His big sister helps the family by working as a day laborer with his mother.” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). Unfortunately, Thet Mhu also deals with a leaking heart valve which causes extreme fatigue. “He cannot walk far at all without having to rest – he is thin and has mild jaundice. When he sleeps on the bed, he cannot lie down on his back or else he cannot breathe; he has to sleep sitting up and he has to change position often. He cannot eat well.” says BBP. For $1,500, Thet Mhu will receive heart surgery to repair his defective valve, alleviating his extreme fatigue and restoring his health. Thet Mhu says, “Because of my condition I am not able to work or study. I am not able to play football, ride a bike, or perform difficult household chores. I can only help a little bit around the house. In the future, I want to work in agriculture and raise livestock, earning money to help provide for my family.” Let’s help Thet Mhu get his health and independence back!
“We do not have other income so that we can pay for her treatment,” shares Bhawana’s uncle. “We have to take loans and then work for no salary if we are to treat her. What will we eat then?” Nine-year-old Bhawana attends third grade at her local public school in Nepal and has a fractured elbow. When she is not at school, Bhawana watches over cattle as they graze. “Bhawana had gone to look after the cattle when she fell down on a narrow trail on the hill slope,” report our medical partners at Possible. “She immediately developed pain and swelling in her left elbow region. She is unable to move her arm since then.” For $205, we can fund fracture repair surgery for Bhawana’s elbow. Following surgery, Bhawana should be able to use her arm again without pain, and resume helping her family with the household chores. Let’s help Bhawana return to school free from pain so that she can play with her friends again!
Wissara is a 34-year-old Buddhist monk from Burma who has been living all his life with a heart condition that causes shortness of breath, chest pain, and fatigue. Wissara was first diagnosed with his condition at eight years old and was once admitted to the hospital after a fainting episode. His parents, grandmother, and sister have all rallied to help him over the years, but they could not afford to pay for the all the tests, medication, or surgery that Wissara needs to correct his condition. For the past 15 years, Wissara has lived a quiet, simple life in a monastery. He and the other monks eat just two meals a day and collect alms each morning that they share equally. His days consist mainly of prayer, meditation, and chores around the monastery. Wissara hopes to continue to study Buddhism, and one day teach others about the practices and philosophy of the religion. For $1500, we can give Wissara the surgery he needs to live a healthier and more peaceful life.
Kyaw Zin is a 20-year-old from Burma with congenital heart disease. He recently moved to Thailand with his family in pursuit of a better life, but his medical condition still prevents him from fully participating in the world around him. Kyaw Zin’s mother first sought medical attention for her son when he was two years old. Doctors diagnosed him with heart disease, but as a family that made only a few dollars a day working as gardeners, treatment was financially way out of reach. So, for the last 18 years, Kyaw Zin has lived with shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and fatigue. His fingers occasionally turn blue. Once, when he was 16, he collapsed completely. We’re raising $1,500 to give Kyaw Zin the heart surgery he needs to live a healthy life. Let's do this!
Jose is a warm-spirited 39-year-old man from Guatemala. Nearly a decade ago, Jose lost his left arm below the elbow in a traffic accident. Ever since, Jose has had difficulty working, performing simple tasks and has developed low self-esteem. Because of the limited service and high costs in Guatemala, very few patients are able to afford prosthetics—even after ten years! For $940, we can help Jose get fitted for a prosthetic arm which will enable him to use his left arm again and regain his confidence.
Daniel is a 15-year-old boy from Haiti with throat cancer. Before the tumor emerged on his neck, Daniel loved going to school and playing soccer and marbles with his friends. When his tumor got large enough, Daniel dropped out of school because he was embarrassed. Now, he is too weak to attend school. He is losing weight because he can't eat normally with the painful tumor in his neck. He also coughs constantly and has trouble hearing. "Daniel needs help to get over this illness," his mother says. "I want him to go back to school to learn to read because I didn't have the chance to do that." With our support, Daniel and his mother will leave his six older sisters behind and, with the help of Project Medishare, travel to the Dominican Republic to seek treatment. The cost of treatment includes their passports and visas, transportation, expenses of radiation therapy, and food and a place to stay for the duration of Daniel's treatment.
Lwin is a 25-year-old man who lives and cares for his aging parents, also pitching in to support his nephew and cousin. An agricultural day-laborer, Lwin's work has become increasingly difficult as he's developed a condition that results in painful urination. Doctors have identified the cause of Lwin’s pain as stemming from chronic kidney disease, for which he has demonstrated symptoms for over 15 years. A $1,500 surgery can address Lwin’s kidney disease, and help him return home to his village and family. With our support, Lwin can work free from the pain that has affected him for years, and pursue his dreams of marrying his girlfriend and building a Buddhist temple!