Lauren joined Watsi on October 5th, 2018. 24 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lauren's most recent donation supported Linn, a seventh grader from Burma, to fund a CT scan.
Lauren has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Linn is a 24-year-old seventh grader from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandmother, an uncle and three younger sisters in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. Among her family, only her father and her mother work. Her uncle stays home and looks after her grandmother and her youngest sister, while her two other sisters go to school. To support their family, Linn’s parents work as day labourers. About six months ago, while she was studying at school, Linn started to experience dizziness and severe headaches. When she looked at the blackboard and her notebook, she had blurry double vision. However, she did not say anything to the teacher as she is new at the school and she was afraid of the teacher. When her friends found out what was happening to her, they wanted to tell the teacher, but Linn forbid them from doing so. After a month of struggling with this problem, Linn finally told her mother. She had kept it from her as she knew about their financial difficulties and she did not want to become a burden. Linn's parents took her to an eyeglass shop in Myawaddy. There, they examine her eyesight, told Linn that she does not need eyeglasses and urged her to go to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) in Thailand. Doctors want Linn to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Linn's CT scan and care, scheduled for September 2nd. As for Linn, she enjoys studying a lot. She said, “English and mathematics are my favorite subjects. I’m also interested in karate as self-defense course and I want to learn it. But, when I have time, I have to help out with household chores. I also have to set aside time to studying.”
Leng is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has one brother and two sisters. He likes to go for walks, play sports, and listen to music. For six years, he has had a mass in his maxilla and mandible. The mass is painful and growing in size. He experiences pain and discomfort. Leng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On December 4, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will remove the mass. Now, Leng needs help to raise $220 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope the operation goes well so I can eat easily and look better than now."
Thy is a cobbler from Cambodia. He likes to play soccer and take walks along the riverside area. Four years ago, Thy developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Thy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On October 17, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. He says, "I hope I can get back to work after the operation and see clearly again."
Esther is a smallholder farmer from Malawi. She has a small farm and keeps busy with housework, while enjoying reading the Bible in her free time. She lives with her husband. Together they have three children and a grandchild. Since last year, Esther has been experiencing pain and bleeding. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Esther's surgery. On September 14, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is very happy to be helped through surgery to overcome the problems that are bothering her. She says, "I am very proud of this program because without it, I could not pay for my surgery!"