Michael joined Watsi on October 3rd, 2018. Six months ago, Michael became the 4425th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 566 more people have become monthly donors! Michael's most recent donation supported Min, a teenager from Burma, to fund eye surgery.
Michael has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Min is 17-year-old boy from Burma. Min and his 14-year-old sister support their family, working as agricultural day laborers four months out of the year. During the rest of the year they do odd jobs or their family has to borrow money to buy food. Min's vision became blurry when a small piece of metal flew into his left eye, injured the lens in his eye, and caused him to develop cataract. He also has pain in his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Min. On March 5, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Min's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "After surgery I will go back to the wood mill, and I will work as a wood cutter for them," says Min.
Soe is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and youngest son in Mae Sot, Tak Province. Soe has a bile duct stone. Currently, she experiences from back pain as well as lower abdominal pain. Soe has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Soe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Soe is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on February 13. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Soe's procedure and care. Soe says, “I want to be healthy and stay happy with my family in my own house.”
Beth is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of one daughter. Beth has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Beth. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 8. After treatment, Beth will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Beth says, “My hope is to have the treatment done. I want to fight the condition and finish victorious."
Maxwell is a retired builder from Malawi. He has seven children and ten grandchildren and enjoys chatting with his friends in his free time. He also enjoys working on his family farm to help support his large family since retirement. Since 2014, Maxwell has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Maxwell's surgery. On November 8, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He has been waiting for five years to receive this surgery, which he knows will make a huge impact on his life. He says, "This program is very beneficial! Thank you so much for assisting me!"
Kyaw Zin is a ten-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Taung, Mae Sot, Tak Province. Three years ago, Kyaw Zin began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Kyaw Zin was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Kyaw Zin is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on October 25. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After surgery, Kyaw Zin's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably. Kyaw Zin said, “I want to see my parents clearly. I want to play with my brother and I also want to go back to school.”
Ruth is a jovial young girl. She the fifth in her family of six children. Her parents are casual laborers. They live in their ancestral land, with only a small space to practice subsistence farming. Ruth does not speak and perceives only very loud sounds. At our medical partner's care center, she was diagnosed with hearing loss. Ruth requires hearing aids that will allow her perceive sound with better clarity. Ruth is scheduled to receive the aids on September 6, and her family needs help raising $929. Ruth’s mother says, “My wish is to have my daughter fitted with the hearing aids and lead a normal life."