Zhu joined Watsi on July 16th, 2015. Six years ago, Zhu joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Zhu's most recent donation supported Win, a woman from Burma, to fund gynecological surgery.
Zhu has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Zhu has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Win is 45-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her 85-year-old mother and 55-year-old husband. She makes and sells Burmese noodles at home while her husband works as a day laborer. Win loves to sew her own clothes in her free time, and she enjoys spending time with her mother and looking after her. For the past two months, Win has been experiencing severe lower back pain as well as a sharp pain and tightness in her stomach. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 14. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain. "I hope to recover so that I can return home and look after my mother," says Win.
Pree is a seven-year-old boy who lives with his parents and grandmother in Thailand. His family is originally from Bago Division, Burma. His parents work in a factory in Mae Sot. When Pree was three years old, his grandmother noticed that he was very pale and that his stomach was swollen. He visited several hospitals and received medications and blood transfusions, but his symptoms did not improve. Finally, he was referred to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot Hospital. Currently, Pree feels very tired and does not have an appetite. He has missed many months of school due to his illness. He has been diagnosed with thalassemia and needs to undergo a splenectomy, which is scheduled for July 9 and will cost $1,500. “When I grow up I want to be a doctor, so I can take care for my mother," he says.
Aung is a 13-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, his 13-year-old sister, and 8-year-old brother in Myawaddy, Karen State. Since he was born, Aung has had an inguinal hernia. Aung’s hernia is gradually increasing in size. Fortunately, on June 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Aung's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “We would like our son to finish school and become an educated man,” says Aung’s father.
Son is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, four daughters, and sixteen grandchildren. She likes to listen to radio programs and go to her local pagoda. One year ago, Son developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, clouded lenses, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Son learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On April 26, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I look forward to going to the local pagoda, taking care of my grandchildren, and being able to join in ceremonies."
Johnsley is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and siblings on a small family farm in the mountains of central Haiti. He likes playing with his neighbors and drawing. Johnsley has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This defect involves several related conditions including a hole between two chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. These defects prevent blood from circulating through the lungs, leaving him weak and short of breath. If untreated, the condition would be fatal. On April 10, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Johnsley's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His father says, "We are very happy that our son can have this surgery, and will pray to God for a good outcome."
Denis is a young student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. Denis is currently in first grade and enjoys mathematics and drawing classes. He is a loving and caring brother to his sister and loves playing different games with his friends. Denis’s mother is a businesswoman who sells snacks at the bus stand. His stepfather is a painter. When he was two, Denis sustained serious burns. His mother was boiling beans in the kitchen, and Denis walked to the hot cooking pot and put his right hand in the boiling beans. Now, Denis cannot easily move his right wrist, which affects his performance in school. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Denis receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to give him full use of his right wrist. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Denis says, “I will be happy if I will be able to use my hand to hold a football and play with my friends. Thank you very much for helping me and my family by paying for this surgery.”
Ann is a bar attendant from Kenya. She is a mother of four children. In early February, Ann was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle when they were hit from behind by a hit-and-run vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with femur fracture and cervical spine fracture. She is not able to sit, stand, or walk and is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 16, Ann will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ann says, “I wish to be treated and leave the hospital when am much better. I still need to provide for my children."
Mu is a 40-year-old Karen woman who lives with her husband and children in a village in Burma. Her youngest son is a student, while her other two sons are working on their neighbors’ rice farms and wood factories. Four years ago, Mu was forced to stop working as a farmer due to her health condition. Mu started to notice her health problem in mid-2013, when she felt an uncomfortable feeling in the left side of her abdomen. A few days later, the uncomfortable feeling turned into pain. She lost her appetite and her ability to walk long distances. She visited a hospital in Burma, but her condition didn't improve. Mu is currently in pain and has kidney stones. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a procedure called shockwave lithotripsy to treat the stones on January 15. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure.
Nerlo is a student from Haiti. He lives in a rural area in southwest Haiti with his grandmother. He is in the first grade in school. Nerlo has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Without treatment, this would be fatal. Nerlo will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On December 14, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blackage in the valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $19,000 to pay for surgery. Nerlo's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Nerlo's family overseas. His grandmother says, "I would like to ask God to bless everyone who is helping my grandson have his surgery!"
Than is a 49-year-old woman who lives with her father in Burma. She works as a fruit vendor and takes care of her father. Than’s health problems started over ten years ago, when she noticed that she had breathing problems. She tried to use traditional medicine to treat herself. At first, Than felt better, but in 2017 her health worsened. She cannot breathe well, and gets tired in hot weather. She underwent a heart examination and was told that she requires heart surgery, which is scheduled for November 20. Than said that in the future, "I want to work as a fruit vendor again and continue caring for my father." Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund Than's treatment.
Meet Khine, a 16-year-old girl who lives with her family in Burma. She works as a cleaner at her village's nursery school to help support her family. Khine shares with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), that earlier this year she started experiencing extreme fatigue and had difficulty breathing. Results from an ultrasound indicated that Khine has a cardiac condition, a diagnosis which was eventually confirmed by doctors at a hospital affiliated with BCMF. On September 15, Khine will undergo life-saving heart surgery to repair the atrial septal defect. With $1,500 we can help Khine to get the medical treatment she needs. "I want to go back to work so I can support my family," says Khine.
Dorcas is a seven-year-old girl and bright student from Kenya. She dreams of being a politician or doctor when she grows up. Dorcas has clubfoot, a condition in which the bottom of her foot curves inward and upward, making it difficult and painful to walk. She has been using orthotics and doing physical therapy, but her condition is not improving. She sometimes falls as she walks and plays with other kids. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund surgery to correct her clubfoot, which is scheduled for July 10. Dorcas and her mother hope the treatment will allow her to walk comfortably. "I would love to see my daughter walking well and progressing with her studies. She is a very bright girl and an achiever. I ask for support because I really cannot afford the bill," her mother says.