Zak joined Watsi on July 27th, 2015. Four years ago, Zak became the 1383rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,445 more people have become monthly donors! Zak's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Agatha, a farmer from Kenya, to fund a mastectomy.
Zak has funded healthcare for 52 patients in 12 countries.
Agatha is a peasant farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of five children. Together with her husband, they tend to their small ancestral land to provide for their children. She noted a small lump on her left breast in January 2020. The lump did not go away and she thought of visiting the hospital. She went to two facilities where she had mammogram and FNA tests done. That was followed up with a biopsy and she had a cancer diagnosis. Agatha decided to come to Watsi's Medical Partner's Kijabe Hospital where doctors have advised that she needs a mastectomy. With the right and timely treatment, Agatha will be out of risk of cancer metastasis. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Agatha has now registered for the national insurance scheme, but it is not yet available. Their monthly income is negligible to meet the cost of surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Agatha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 30th. After treatment, Agatha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Agatha says, “My prayer is to be free from this cancer problem. I am hopeful that the treatment will be a success.”
Su is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Shwe Pyi Thar Township in Burma. Her husband works as a day laborer at a construction site while she does all the household chores. Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. In 2010, Su started to experience severe coughing so she went to see a doctor at Tun Foundation Clinic in Yangon. The doctor noticed that she has abnormal breathing and told her that she has a heart problem and she would not be able to have baby. The doctor also provided her with three days’ worth of medication and suggested she go to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) to meet with a cardiologist. The next day, she went to YGH and she received an echocardiogram and x-ray. Following this, the doctor told her that she would need surgery right away. She was told that the surgery would cost around five million kyat (approx. 5,000 USD) but she could not afford to pay such a large sum. When she told the doctor this, she received medication to stabilize her heart condition and was provided with a follow-up appointment. In 2015, she started to feel tired whenever she walked for more than 10 minutes or if she used the stairs. She went back to Tun Foundation Clinic where she received medications to stabilize her condition. Currently, she cannot sleep or eat well. She also suffers from fatigue and rapid breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su said, “I worry a lot that I will have a stroke if I do not take my medication daily. But it is had for my husband to come up with money [for my medication]. I want to live long with my family. When I talked to Watsi's partner BCMF, I felt like I had been released from the worry of paying for my surgery. Thank you so much!”
Rachael is a 62 year old farmer from Kiambu County in Kenya. She had 10 children, 8 of whom are alive today. Most of her children are not employed and depend on odd jobs to support their families. Rachael was hit by a motorcycle on Sunday, 15th December while walking in her local shopping centre Raini. She has trouble recalling what happened and seems a bit distant and distraught. She is not able to walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 19th, Racheal will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her heal and walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I am hopeful that my mother will recover and be able to walk without much difficulty after surgery,” shared one of her sons.
About six months ago, Thidar started to feel very tired and could not sleep well due to difficulty breathing. After multiple tests and blood tranfusions, Thidar was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis, mitral valve regurgitation, aortic valve stenosis, and aortic valve regurgitation. Seeing that both of her heart valves need to be replaced surgically, the doctor told her, “You have a heart problem and you must undergo surgery as soon as possible.” When Thidar told him that she cannot afford to pay for surgery, the doctor told her about a monk who lives just outside of Yangon and who might be able to help her. She was given his phone number and when she called the monk, he referred her to Watsi partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing the treatment she needs. Currently, Thidar feels very tired and has no energy to walk long distances. She cannot sleep well, and she has no appetite. She said, “In the future, I will stay in my village and look out for my family. I would like to send my children to school until they graduate.”
Hnin is a 15 year-old student from Thailand. In early June, she fell from a roof and fractured her arm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hnin will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 26 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Hnin will no longer be in pain, and she will be able to continue her studies. Hnin says, “I want to be a medical doctor in the future and treat sick people."
Inoti is a child from Tanzania. She is ten years old. Inoti was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs are bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Inoti can barely walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Inoti. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16. Treatment will hopefully restore Inoti's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Inoti’s mother says, “My daughter is having difficulties walking.”
Meng is a seventh-grade student from Cambodia. In his free time, Meng likes to play soccer, watch television, listen to music, and read books. In March 2019, Meng was involved in a motorcycle accident, injuring his right foot. After the injury, the wound became infected and now Meng cannot walk on his own and must use crutches to get around. When Meng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On April 26, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help heal the infection and allow him to walk again without any pain or difficulty. Now, Meng needs help to fund this $440 procedure.
John is a man from Kenya. He is a father of two children who are in primary school. A little over a year ago, John sustained a spinal injury when he fell from a tree. He has not been able to afford the necessary care to treat his injury. Now, he has been diagnosed with cervical mylopathy, a degenerative disorder that causes gait imbalance and clumsiness due to a compressed spinal cord. Fortunately, John is now scheduled fo spinal surgery on March 15 to treat this condition. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. John says, “My prayer is to be able to walk again and in upright gait. I am really suffering due to this condition."
Loemheang is a man frrom Cambodia. For over a year, Loemheang has had pain in his hip area, making it difficult for him to walk. He also suffers from pain when he sits for a long time. Fortunately, Loemheang is now scheduled to undergo an arthroplasty to treat his osteonecrosis. The procedure is scheduled for February 12 and will cost $497. He hopes that after his surgery, he will be able to continue his work repairing and painting cars. He also looks forward to spending time with his three daughters without pain and discomfort. He says, "I hope that after my surgery I will be able to move without pain and continue my work."
Loyford is a young man from Kenya. He is the oldest child in his family. He sells bananas in the coastal town of Mombasa. His younger brother is a student in university. Recently, Loyford was in a road traffic accident. The impact caused fractures on his spine. Loyford was referred to our medical partner's facility for specialized treatment after CT scan imaging. Loyford needs to undergo a spinal fusion and decompression. Surgery is scheduled for January 18 and will cost $1,500. Loyford says, “My prayer is to be treated and resume my work. I want to provide for my brother and mother."
Hay is a twelve-month-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his family in Nu Poe Refugee Camp, Umphang District, Tak Province. Hay Soe’s father works with the Karen Department of Heath Welfare in the border area outside of the camp as a health worker. Since he was three weeks old, Hay has had a hernia. His parents worry that his condition will get worse if he does not receive surgery. Fortunately, on January 8, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Hay's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 8 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, “I want my son to get well and I want to help him go to school when he grows up. I want him to become a doctor and take care of sick people.”
Htet is a three-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents in Bago city, Bago Division. Her father works as a driver, while her mother stays at home to take care of her. As Htet grew, her head kept getting larger and larger. It has become so enlarged that Htet is unable to turn her head from side to side, let alone hold it up. Because of this condition, Htet is behind in meeting her developmental milestones. Now, Htet is three years old, she has not spoken, and she is unable to walk or even crawl. Doctors want Htet to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Htet's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 5. Her father says, "I hope that everything is going well with my daughter."