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Greyson's Story

Greyson joined Watsi on September 3rd, 2017. Five years ago, Greyson joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Greyson's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Esther, a 5 year old girl from Tanzania, to fund life-changing leg surgery.


Greyson has funded healthcare for 62 patients in 11 countries.

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Irenea is a 60-year woman from the Philippines. She takes care of her grandchildren and helps with household chores. Her daughter, a vendor, and her son-in-law, a baker, support the family financially. In February 2022, Irenea began to experience troubling symptoms, including intermittent fever and episodes of blood in the urine. She sought a medical checkup and underwent an ultrasound test. The test revealed that she was suffering from gallstones. She opted to take medicine in the hopes that it would cure her condition. Unfortunately, her condition seemed to worsen over time. Irenea has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Irenea is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 16th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $826 to cover the cost of Irenea's surgery and care. "This treatment is almost impossible for our mother to receive. Our financial resources are insufficient, so we're incapable to pay for her hospital bill," Irenea's daughter shared tearfully. "To WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines, thank you for this early Christmas gift! Our family is so happy to be one of your beneficiaries," she added.

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Swe lives with her parents and her son in a village in northern Burma. Her father is subsistence farmer, her mother owns a small weaving business where traditional Burmese blankets and sarongs are hand woven. Her son goes to school and Swe is a homemaker. In her free time, she enjoys visiting and talking to her friends in their village. In December 2021, Swe began to experience fatigue, sweatiness, vomiting and difficulty breathing. She also had a headache and a stiff neck. At first she could not travel due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, but eventually went to Mandalay in August to seek help. At a hospital, she received an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis and aortic valve regurgitation. She was told she would need surgery costing 15 million kyat (approx. $15,000 USD), but she could not afford to pay for it. She then went to Yangon with her son, in the hopes of finding another hospital that cost operate on her for less money. While in Yangon, her condition deteriorated and her son rushed her to a hospital. The doctor there confirmed her diagnosis and her need for surgery, but told her it would cost 20 million kyat (approx. $20,000 USD). When Swe told the doctor that she could not afford to pay such a large sum, the doctor referred her to an abbot, who in turn referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for financial assistance accessing treatment. Currently, Swe cannot walk for more than 10 minutes or she feels very tired and short of breathe. She has a rapid heartbeat, dizziness and headache. She said, "I want to say thank you so much to BCMF and all the donors to help me with my treatment cost.”

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Jackline is a happy 24-year-old woman with a broad smile. She is Ugandan by birth and came to Kenya with her elder sister looking for a job some years back. She is the fourth born in a family of six, whose parents and other siblings are still in Uganda. Jackline has a ten-year-old daughter who lives with her sister some distance away. She has been earning money as a housekeeper in a nearby village. This helps her to take care of her basic needs, and to be able to send money to help provide for her child and her parents. Jackline has experienced abdominal pains that have persisted for four years, and she has been using pain medication throughout this time. The pain is worse during her periods and after eating. Sometimes, there is bleeding at the umbilical region. She has a mass at the umbilicus that has increased in size. Upon further examination and an ultrasound, doctors diagnosed that she has an umbilical hernia. They recommended surgery in order to give Jackline relief from her pain and discomfort. Jackline earns low wages and has a lot of needs so she has not been able to get medical insurance coverage. She now needs surgery and is not able to raise the required amount. Therefore, she is requesting help from every well-wisher reading her story in order to get the surgery she needs. Jackline says, "Most of the time I feel the pain that prevents me from carrying out my duties as before. I am worried as it may affect my job and I don’t have any other source of income. Kindly help me.”

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Margaret has long-standing bilateral hearing loss in both her left and right ears. This began when she had malaria over ten years ago and was treated with a quinine drug that may have affected her ears. Despite this, she shared that she is determined to raise her kid and take care of her family. She has been relying on relatives for rent and money for upkeep after the death of her husband last year. Margaret needs hearing aids to help to restore her hearing and hopes to even start a small business to earn a better income afterwards. She was advised by a friend to visit Kijabe Hospital for a checkup and possible treatment. In late February, she visited the hospital and tests confirmed that she could hear again with the use of hearing aids. Unfortunately, she is unable to afford the cost of the hearing aids and fitting, and her medical coverage will not cover it either. She was grateful to get one (left) hearing aid from a donation to the hospital but is requesting help with the right hearing aid. Margaret is a mother of three aged between 18 and 12 years. She lives in a two-room house costing Ksh 5000 (USD 50) per month. Life's pressures and the desire to be independent have driven her to seek treatment help at Kijabe Hospital and she is hopeful to be feeling well soon. Margaret says, “I want to be independent and take care of my kids. It is hard for me to even start a business because I cannot hear my customers. I hope these hearing aids will help me communicate well again.”

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