Michael Greenspan
Michael's Story

Michael joined Watsi on December 6th, 2014. 38 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michael's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sao, a father from Cambodia, so he can walk without pain.

Impact

Michael has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Michael

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.

$1,500raised
Fully funded

Vailet is a 42-year-old woman from Malawi who currently lives with cervical cancer. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM), runs a screening program for women in Malawi, and met Vailet when she came in for a routine visit. “The aim of the cervical cancer screening program is to find ladies like these in the early stages of the disease when they can receive surgery," shares WAM. "They can be prevented from developing disseminating cancer later on." Vailet’s case, however, is already developed and spreading. “There is no radiotherapy available in Malawi and chemotherapy is not recommended and not available either in Malawi," WAM adds. "The best option to manage her is therefore surgical intervention." Valiet is “very eager to have the surgery done, having traveled 80 miles to get the surgery done, but sees the financial aspect as a big hurdle to overcome.” Vailet is married with eight children and her family lives off a small piece of land that Vailet “cultivates herself by hand with a hoe with no tractor or any other equipment to assist,” WAM continues. Vailet needs a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH) for $613. A TAH is the removal of the uterus and cervix, which WAM hopes will fully heal Vailet of her cervical cancer. If left untreated, Vailet's cancer will continue to spread, causing pain and other unpleasant symptoms. With a successful surgery, WAM expects that Vailet will be fully cured. She is an extremely hardworking woman, and she will be able to continue supporting herself and her family.

$613raised
Fully funded