bela and avinash sharma
bela's Story

bela joined Watsi on May 26th, 2015. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! bela's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Wainuku, a mother of seven from Kenya, to treat cervical cancer.

Impact

bela has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by bela

Meet 41-year-old Yin from Thailand. She lives with her husband and six-year-old son, who is currently in the first grade. “She has been working as a day laborer on farms and construction sites with her husband for more than four years now,” reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “Together, they earn about 350 baht (10 USD) per month; however, Yin has had to stop working because of her condition.” Yin has a uterine myoma—a benign, fibrous tumor within the muscle tissue of the uterus. “Yin’s abdomen is hard and painful due to the mass in her uterus,” explains BBP. “She has difficulty breathing and is unable to be physically active.” “Her condition has forced her to stop work for the past three to four months since her job is very physically demanding, and this has caused financial hardship for her family,” continues BBP. “Even with both Yin and her husband working, the money they earn is not always enough to pay for day-to-day expenses such as food and school fees.” With $1500 in funding, Yin will receive surgery to address her uterine myoma. She will undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, as well as an oophorectomy—procedures that will remove Yin’s uterus, cervix and ovaries. Stage three uterus prolapse—where the pelvic muscles and ligaments supporting the uterus are weakened—calls for specific treatment, as well. $1500 will cover the cost of the operation, hospitalization, food allowance, transport, and pre and post-surgery out-patient visits. “After receiving surgery, Yin will no longer suffer from the symptoms she currently experiences,” says BBP. “She plans to go back to work with her husband and hopes to have another child.” “Yin wants her son to be a teacher when he grows up,” shares BBP. “She wants to be able to support him, so that he is able to become educated.” Yin tells us, “I want to be healthy so I can work and earn money to support my family and provide for my son.”

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Meet Cho Than, a 53-year-old seamstress and mother from Burma who enjoys planting vegetables in her garden. Known within her community for her generosity, Cho Than often gives the vegetables that she grows to her neighbors and friends. Cho Than has a myoma, more commonly known as a uterine fibroid. Fibroids are benign tumors that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus, or womb. They can be very small (invisible to the naked eye) or very large (melon-sized) and can present as a single mass or a cluster of several masses. An estimated 80 percent of women have uterine fibroids in their lifetime. While some women who have fibroids have no symptoms, others experience heavy periods, abdominal pain, or constipation. “Cho Than experiences severe pain in her back and lower abdomen,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “She has difficulty urinating and it is painful for her to do so. Her condition makes it impossible for her to work and requires her daughter to care for her and support her financially.” The recommended treatment for Cho Than is a total hysterectomy and oophorectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries). $1500 covers the cost of the surgery as well as a seven-day hospital stay and one outpatient appointment post-surgery. “With surgery, Cho Than will be able to live without pain,” reports BBP. Cho Than looks forward to being healthy again and hopes to be able to return to work as a seamstress. She dreams of owning a small house where she and her daughter can live peacefully.

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Meet Ann, a 36-year-old wife and mother of six children from Kenya. To support her family, Ann “cleans houses and washes clothes for people,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Additionally, “Ann and her husband are both casual workers and do whatever manual job they can find.” However, recently Ann has been unable to work due to symptoms from an ovarian cyst. Over the past two years, Ann has experienced increasing pain in her abdomen. Upon traveling to an AMHF clinic, “Ann was informed that she had a pelvic mass and an ovarian cyst, and was advised on the need for surgery.” Ovarian masses are fluid-filled cysts attached to the ovary. Typically, these masses are benign and will disappear after a few months. In more severe cases, however, the cysts can grow and develop over several years—thus causing health complications whereby the masses can “turn cancerous” or even “break open,” explains AMHF. $620 will fund a laparotomy—a surgical procedure that involves cutting into the abdominal cavity to remove the cysts currently growing in Ann’s ovaries. This process will prevent the tissue from growing back in the future, giving Ann more peace of mind. Included in her treatment, Ann will receive three days of hospital care and all of the laboratory tests and medication required for a safe operation. AMHF expresses, “We expect that after surgery and recovery, Ann will be able to go back to work with her husband.” “I thank God that he guided us to AMHF where we have met you and will get assisted. All I want is to have my wife well again,” Ann’s husband states.

$620raised
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