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Mayu Sasaki

MONTHLY DONOR

United States

Mayu's Story

Mayu joined Watsi on January 18th, 2015. Five years ago, Mayu became the 820th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,171 more people have become monthly donors! Mayu's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Shedrack, a one-month-old from Tanzania, to fund surgery to repair his bilateral inguinal hernia.

Impact

Mayu has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Mayu

Kristine

25-year-old Kristine has a happy and outgoing personality. She lives in the Philippines with her mother, and she is loved by her family and fellow church members. She also loves to sing and dance with the other children in their church and community. If the church has an activity, she eagerly offers herself to help with any chores in the activity area. Kristine was born with congenital clubfoot, a condition that impacts her gait. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), explains: "Kristine has difficulty in walking because of her left foot deformity. She also has seizure disorder but it is currently managed with medication. Her mother said that she was frequently teased by her classmates when she was still in elementary school because of the way she walked. Since then, she has not joined school; and everyday, she wishes that she could go back even in her age." Treatment for Kristine will cost $1,211, and consists of a surgery to correct her deformity give her a balanced gait, as well as boost her self esteem. It will also fulfill her wishes to go back to school if time and situation permits. Kristine's family was unable to have Kristine undergo surgery earlier because of lack of finances. At their pre-operative interview with ICM, Kristine's mother shared: "I really hope that my child can get treatment. We want to see her well and live normally, but we could not make it happen. She even stopped schooling to avoid bullies because we don't want to see her have emotional pains. We are praying that there could be someone that could help her."

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Hla

Meet Hla, a 43-year-old wife and mother from Burma. Early last year, Hla felt a mass in her abdomen gradually become bigger. At the time the pain did not bother her, so Hla used traditional medicine but with no noticeable improvement. This February, she decided to visit a clinic and an ultrasound identified a uterine mass. Hla lives with her husband and her niece’s family. Her children have all married and moved away. Her husband and niece’s family work as day laborers. Hla grows crops, including banana plants, coconut, and eggplant, and sells pigs to cover other expenses. Her family can sustain their food and other expenses, but do not have the ability to cover healthcare costs. Hla explains, “We are too poor to solve this health problem. It is very difficult in Burma because the health expenditures are so expensive.” Doctors with our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), have diagnosed the mass as non-cancerous. However, they have still recommended surgery to have the mass removed in order to avoid any other complications. $1,500 will cover the cost of the surgery Hla needs to remove the mass, the necessary medical supplies, and her hospital stay. BBP explains that, “following a successful surgery, Hla will be able to rejoin her family without having to worry about her health condition and the costs to her family. When she returns, she will also be able to contribute to the household income.” Hla shares, “I hope to get an operation as soon as possible. When I get well, I want to work and save money to help my family."

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Cho Mar

"In the future, we want to return to Burma and open a shop where we will sell dried food," says Cho Mar, a 44-year-old farmer who moved to Thailand with her husband in order to find better work opportunities. "Four years ago, Cho Mar started experiencing heavy bleeding," reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). This was also accompanied by abdominal pains, but after a few months her symptoms subsided so she did not seek any treatment. This past September, however, the same symptoms came back and she also felt a mass in her abdomen. When Cho Mar came to the clinic for an ultrasound, she was diagnosed with a uterine myoma - a non-cancerous growth of fibroids in the uterus caused by abnormal development of muscle cells. If left untreated, these uterine fibroids will continue to grow and cause her severe pain and blood loss. Financing Cho Mar's medical treatment has been very difficult. Cho Mar and her husband do not have ID documentation, so transportation to reach medical treatment has been very expensive. Drivers often over-charge them, and there are several police/immigration checkpoints along the way where they must pay additional fees. Even though Cho Mar's husband works seven days a week on the farm, Cho Mar has been unable to work the past seven months due to her condition. BBP explains, "They have to use their money wisely, because it's just enough to cover their daily expenses. They cannot save or pay for unexpected costs." With $1500, Cho Mar will have a hysterectomy where doctors will surgically remove her uterus and prevent the uterine fibroids from redeveloping in the future. After her surgery, Cho Mar will no longer have pain and discomfort so she can return to work on the farm with her husband. Cho Mar is eager to return home healthy so she can continue working towards her goals. "My dream is to go back to work so that we can start to save money," Cho Mar shares with us.

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