Mayu Sasaki


United States

Mayu's Story

Mayu joined Watsi on January 18th, 2015. Six years ago, Mayu joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Mayu's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Saratt, a cook from Cambodia, to fund a perforated ear drum repair surgery.


Mayu has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Mayu


Bu is a 53-year-old man who lives with his wife, two sons and two daughters in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. He and his family fled there from Karen State, Burma, due to conflict in their area. Every month, Bu's household received 1,514 baht (approx. 50 USD) as part of their camp rations. Bu's oldest son works on farms outside of the camp as a seasonal day laborer. He makes 1,100 baht (approx. 37 USD) per month. The rest of Bu's three children are students, and his wife is a homemaker. Despite receiving free primary health care services and schooling in the camp, Bu's family is struggling to make ends meet every month. Bu started to suffer from back pain and fever in 2015. He also experienced slight discomfort and a burning sensation while urinating. When he went to the camp's clinic, run by Malteser International (MI), he received oral medications. For a few months, his symptoms and pain disappeared, but later on, they returned. Whenever the pain would worsen, Bu would receive more medication from the camp's clinic. On 2 July 2020, when Bu's symptoms worsened, he went back to the clinic to received more medication. Noting that he kept returning to the clinic with severe symptoms, Bu was referred to Mae Sariang Hospital for further treatment. At the hospital, he received a blood and urine test, as well as a kidney, ureter, and bladder (KUB) x-ray. The doctor informed him that he has a stone in his left kidney. The doctor then referred him to Suandok Hospital in Chiang Mai for further treatment. On 29 July 2020, Bu saw the doctor at Chiang Mai Hospital. The doctor told him that he needed to undergo an intravenous pyelogram (IVP), a type of diagnostic test that uses an injection of contrast material to evaluate the kidneys, ureters, and bladder. Once he underwent the IVP, the doctor diagnosed him with a type of kidney stone called a staghorn stone. Bu was then scheduled to receive surgery to remove the kidney stone on 16 August 2020. Unable to pay for his treatment, MI referred Bu to Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing surgery. Currently, Bu experiences back pain and a burning sensation while urinating. He sometimes experiences headaches and cannot breathe well because of the severe pain. In his free time, his favorite thing to do is to help with household chores and grow vegetables for his family. Now, Burma Children Medical Fund needs your help in funding the cost of Bu's $1,500 surgery. Bu shared, “I still experience back pain and a burning sensation while urinating. Sometimes due to the pain, I have a headache and I have difficulty breathing. But I am very excited that I will be free from this prolonged pain after surgery."

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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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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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