Hayes' Story

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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