Hayes joined Watsi on August 14th, 2016. Six years ago, Hayes joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Hayes' most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Maripet, a 9-year-old girl from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
Hayes has funded healthcare for 99 patients in 13 countries.
Hayes has funded healthcare for 99 patients in 13 countries.
Meet Maripet, a 9 year-old-girl, living with her parents and two siblings. Her father is a farmer, while her mother stays home to look after the children. In August of last year, Maripet began experiencing persistent, severe headaches. Her parents brought her to a local hospital, where she was prescribed medication, and sent home. When her headaches didn't improve, her parents brought her to a second hospital, where she was given additional medication and sent home, once again. Her family tried traditional medicine, but nothing worked. When Maripet's headaches continued, her parents brought her back to the first hospital they had visited, and this time, brain scans were performed. Maripet's family was immediately referred to our BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, but without funds for her care they had to delay for visit for one month. During that time, Maripet lost her ability to walk and to move her head, and she also lost her eyesight for a few days. She is now in a wheelchair. When she arrived to BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, Maripet was examined and booked for immediate surgery to remove a brain tumor. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help make sure she can finally access the treatment she needs. They are seeking $1,500 to fund Maripet's surgery and medical care. Maripet’s mother says: “I’m very much worried about my daughter's condition. I just pray and hope that she will be fine.”
Saray is a 34-year-old garment worker. He is married and has two daughters. Saray's first daughter is four and his second daughter is one. His wife is a rice farmer and raises pigs. Saray was in a car accident and fractured his left forearm. He traveled far away for surgery and screws were fixated to heal the bone. Now the bone is healed and the hardware needs to be removed so he can fully heal and prevent infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 1st, Saray will undergo a fracture hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will prevent any future complications and allow him to be fully healed. Saray says, "I look forward to healing and returning to work so I can support my family."
Myo Htay is a 22-year-old who lives with his parents and younger brother in the border region of Burma. His parents work as day laborers at a gold mine, carrying dirt and debris. Myo used to work with his parents but stopped last November when his health deteriorated. Because the gold mine closes during the rainy season, his parents only have work for six months out of the year. The rest of the time they try to live off of their savings. Around six months ago, Myo started to feel tired when he worked. At first he thought he was tired from working too hard. When he continued to feel tired for over a month, he thought that he needed to see a doctor. However, because of their limited funds, he did not want his parents to spend what they had on a trip to a clinic or a hospital. Around the middle of April, his condition worsened. He had difficulty breathing, experienced chest pain, and also heart palpitations. His parents brought him to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart disease. The doctor told them to bring him to Yangon for further treatment. After Myo's parents borrowed money, they went to Yangon and took him to two different hospitals. At the last hospital, Myo was admitted for five days as he was unwell at that time. He received a follow-up appointment for two weeks later, but was brought back on April 30th when he developed rapid breathing, heart palpitations, chest pain and oedema (swelling) in both his legs. Myo was readmitted to the hospital, and the doctor told Myo's parents that his surgery would cost 20,000,000 kyat (approx. $11,000 USD). When they told the doctor that they cannot afford to pay for his surgery, a nurse gave them the phone number of an abbot in Yangon. After they called the abbot and told him what the doctor had said, the abbot referred Myo to our medical parter Burma Children Medical Fund for the assistance accessing the cardiac treatment he needs. Currently, Myo is on oxygen. If he does not receive oxygen, he has difficulty breathing as well as heart palpitations. He cannot walk for more than three minutes and if he does, he feels extremely tired. His whole family is worried about his condition. Fortunately, Myo's surgery has been scheduled for May 8th. He will have both valves of his heart replaced. His family needs $1,500 to help with the total cost of his surgery and care. Myo’s mother said, “I would give up everything to save my son’s life. I would sleep on the ground if we had no home to live in. I only wish to see my son getting better.”
Htee is a 63-yeear-old woman who lives alone on near Thai-Burma border. Htee's daughter and son work in Bangkok and send 1,500 baht (approx. 50 USD) each month to help support their mother. Htee also has a good friend who will often help her when she is unwell, bringing her cooked food and accompanying her to her appointments. In her free time, Htee enjoys visiting with her friend, meditating, and going to the local monastery. Htee has a cataract in her right eye causing her vision to be very blurry. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund lens replacement surgery for Htee. This surgery is scheduled for February 14th and will help Htee see clearly and keep her independence. Htee shared, "When I recover from surgery, I will visit my friend. Later on, I want to move into the monastery where my friend's parents live. They are a monk and nun. I will be able to help them with cooking and cleaning and I can meditate there."
Thaung is a 31-year-old man who is married with one daughter. His wife and him work together as agricultural day laborers. Thaung's monthly income is just enough to meet their daily needs. He shared that he had to borrow money for food from his neighbor when he was out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the military coup in Burma, and he is working to pay them back. In October 2021, Thaung noticed a small ulcer and went to see a retired army doctor who lives in his village. He received some medication, and his ulcer healed. However, a few months later, the growth returned. Thuang and his family were able to fundraise through their church to visit a local hospital. Upon review, he was diagnosed with cancer and the doctor informed him that he would need to undergo surgery. Currently, Thaung is in pain and has difficulty working and sleeping. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Thaung receive treatment. On April 11th, he is scheduled to undergo surgery. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Thaung shared, “When I recover from surgery, I will work hard to pay back my debt to the neighbors we borrowed money from. I want to live with my family for a long time, and I want to support my family as much as I can.”
Yen is a 65-year-old widowed rice farmer. She has two sons and six grandchildren. She shared that her husband passed away many years ago, so she lives with her youngest son. Yen no longer works in the rice field and instead enjoys playing with her grandchildren and listening to monks on her radio. Two years ago, Yen developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is unable to go places on her own. When Yen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Yen shared, "After surgery, I hope I will see well. I want to be able to go to the pagoda and take care of my grandchildren well."
Phea is a 37-year-old farmer. Together with his wife, they have five children, including one son and four daughters. In November 2021, Phea was in a motor vehicle accident where he fractured his right tibia. He visited a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but unfortunately his leg became infected. He feels very ill and is depressed that he cannot support and feed his family. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in now pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 8th, Phea will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will rid his leg of the infection and help him walk again. Phea shared, "I hope I can walk again and return to my job as soon as possible."
Yves is an 11-month-old baby boy from Haiti. He has one older brother and he loves to smile. Yves has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Yves has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Yves will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is requesting $957 to cover the cost of surgery for Yves at Hospital Bernard Mevs that will treat his hydrocephalus. This is the only site in the country where this care is currently available and the procedure is scheduled to take place on February 10th. This critical treatment will place a shunt to drain the excess fluid from Yves's brain to reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Yves will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Yves family is worried for him and is looking forward to seeing their son grow into a healthy child who can play with other children.
Sok Ly is a 27-year-old factory worker from Kampong Cham province in Cambodia. She has one brother and one sister; they are both married. Her parents and her brother are farmers. In her free time, she likes listening to music and watching TV. Sok Ly injured her left elbow in a fall in October. After the accident, her family took her for treatment at a Khmer traditional healer because they did not have money for care, but her elbow did not heal. She is in pain, unable to bend her elbow or work in the factory. When Sok Ly learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. Sok Ly needs a surgical procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation to reduce her open fracture. The total cost of her procedure is $412. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sok Ly shared that she hopes that she can use her arm as soon as possible and no longer have pain.
Moses is a 15-year-old and the 2nd born in a family of 5 children. He hails from a village in Migori County, Kenya and both of his parents have physical disabilities. They live in a two-roomed traditional mud house in the village. Moses is sponsored in school by an organization known as Maranatha Faith Assembly (MFA) and is in the fifth grade. His teacher reports that he is very bright and a promising student and once his condition is corrected, he can excel greatly in life. Moses has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Moses was born with bilateral clubfoot, which has greatly affected his mobility. He underwent surgery on his left foot in 2019 and has healed well. Now he needs treatment for his other foot too. Fortunately, Moses traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Moses's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk and run well, play with friends and continue with his education uninterrupted. Moses says, “ I would love to walk and play football just like my friends.”
Gorret is a small-scale farmer and a married mother of four children. Her husband works as a small-scale businessman, and together they own a four-room house for their family. Their children are in school, with their eldest at 16-years-old in secondary school and their youngest at 8-years-old in primary school. The family shared that they pay for school fees through loans that they repay over time. About eight years ago, Gorret experienced swelling in her neck during her third pregnancy, but it normalized after her delivery. However, she experienced swelling again during her subsequent pregnancy, but this time it did not decrease after her delivery as it had before. As a result, Gorret experiences chest pains and backaches, and occasionally she experiences temporary numbness in her arms. She can no longer carry or lift heavy loads comfortably, which is making things hard for her. Fortunately, Gorret recently visited the hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). The doctors diagnosed her condition as a goiter, which is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. They recommended a thyroidectomy, which will address her symptoms and prevent the risk that a goiter may become cancerous and cause difficulty breathing and eating over time. On November 9th, Gorret will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH’s care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMH is requesting $333 to fund this procedure. Gorret shared, “I hope to look normal again after struggling with this goiter for many years. I was feeling inferior whenever in public, but I finally have the hope of living a better and improved life through surgery. I hope to continue with farming after recovery.”
Nyo is a 46-year-old homemaker. She lives with her mother and her son in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand and Burma. Her mother is retired and her son is unemployed. Her husband recently left to work in a factory in Bangkok, while her daughter is a domestic worker also in Bangkok. In her free time, Nyo likes to go to the nearby monastery and pray. Since April 2021, Nyo has been experiencing abdominal pain and other worrying symptoms. She's been diagnosed with a large ovarian cyst. Surgeons have recommended that she undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Nyo's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk of further health complications in the future. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Nyo receive treatment. On December 8th, she will undergo a hysterectomy at BCMF's care center. Once recovered, she will no longer experience abdominal pain, bloating, back pain and discomfort, and her abdomen will stop swelling. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Nyo said, “I am very scared to have surgery and I am also worried about how I will answer the doctor if they ask me something because I cannot speak Thai. But I am happy that I will receive free surgery with the help of donors and that I will be able to live a longer life thanks to the surgery."