Parham's Story

Parham joined Watsi on May 27th, 2014. Ten years ago, Parham joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Parham's most recent donation traveled 4,200 miles to support Luz, a three-year-old girl from Bolivia, to fund heart surgery.


Parham has funded healthcare for 112 patients in 16 countries.

Patients funded by Parham

Naw Aye is a 28-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, sister-in-law, brother, two nephews, and two nieces in a refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand. Originally from across the Burmese border in a conflict-area called Karen State, she fled to the refugee camp with her family in February 2023 due to airstrikes on her village. Her husband and her brother are unemployed, while her son, nieces, and nephews go to school. She and her sister-in-law are homemakers. During her free time, she loves to play with her son and enjoys planting vegetables in her small garden. She is currently expecting her second child. Her doctors recommended that she deliver via cesarean section because In January 2020, when Naw Aye was pregnant with her first child, her water broke prematurely which put her baby's life at risk. She was brought to a hospital in Burma, where she gave birth to her son through a caesarean section (C-section). In February, after they had fled to the refugee camp, Naw Aye became pregnant. She went to the hospital in the refugee camp regularly for antenatal care. She was told during one of her visits that although her pregnancy was going well, she would need to give birth through a C-section to ensure the safety of both mother and child. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, will help ensure a safe C-section on November 3rd. This procedure costs $1500, and Naw Aye needs your support. “I want to sell sacks or Mohinga (Burmese soup) for extra income soon. But I don’t have enough cash to start doing that, and I am pregnant. I hope I can do that after I give birth,” Naw Aye said.

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Jane is in grade 1 where she enjoys writing and playing with her friends, exhibiting a lively and active personality. Jane is the firstborn in her family of two siblings. She was brought to our partner hospital by her caring grandmother, as her mother works as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia, and her father is a farmer. Jane is an active girl and always likes helping her grandmother at home with household chores. She was born typical however, at the age of one year, the family noticed a bowing of her legs. This condition they came to know that it's called bilateral genu varum - bowlegs deformity. Currently, she walks in discomfort, always has pain and cannot play with her friends, her grandmother also told us that her self-esteem is low while in school and she always complains about other young girls laughing at her. Jane is scheduled to undergo bilateral leg surgery to correct the bowlegs. The treatment will be impactful to her because she will be relieved of the pain, will be able to stand upright, walk comfortably, play with her friends, continue with her education and her self-esteem will improve and she will be able to interact fully with her peers. In light of her situation, Jane's devoted grandmother passionately asks for support which will not only contribute to Jane's physical well-being but will also play a crucial role in enhancing her emotional and social development. We are raising funds to cover expenses related to the surgery of $1,224. Jane's grandmother told us, “I am appealing to the people of goodwill to help my daughter undergo surgery so that she can walk confidently like other girls. Your help will be highly appreciated. God bless you."

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Saw Ywa, who is an eight year old fourth grader, lives with his parents, his two sisters, and a brother, in Mae Ra Ma Luang Refugee Camp in Thailand. His mother helps at home, while his father works for an organization in the refugee camp. Saw Ywa loves to go to school, and to play football. When Saw Ywa was two months old, his mother noticed a concerning swelling. His parents brought him to the clinic in the refugee camp, where they were told to bring Saw Ywa back when he was five years old, and at an appropriate age for surgery they were told. Over time, Saw Ywa’s parents noticed that the swelling was increasing in size. He would also experience pain sometimes. is parents brought him back to the clinic, and after another examination, Saw Ywa was diagnosed with an irreducible inguinal hernia, which would require surgery. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is seeking $1,486 to fund the hernia repair surgery that Saw Ywa needs. The procedure is currently scheduled for May 18th, at Mae Sariang Hospital. After he has recovered, Saw Ywa should no longer suffer from the pain that he lives with now. He should also be able to walk comfortably, and to be free of the embarrassment he feels by the visible bulge in a sensitive area. Saw Ywa’s father said: “He loves to play football with his friends. But sometimes, he feels ashamed to play because his friends will make fun of him. I hope after surgery he will be free from discomfort and shame.”

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