Peter joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,774 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Peter's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Naw Htee, a refugee from Thailand, to fund a CT scan and care.
Peter has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
Naw Htee is a 30-year-old woman from Thailand. In 2006, Naw Htee and her family fled from Karen State, Burma to Thailand because there were conflicts between the armed groups and the country's military in their village. She now lives in a refugee camp with her family. In 2010, Naw Htee felt a severe toothache while she and her parents were visiting her village in Burma. She went to the nearest local clinic, where she had her molar teeth extracted. After the procedure, Naw Htee was in extreme pain; she could not even open her mouth as she used to. She was told that pain after tooth extraction is normal and that the pain will be diminished if she takes painkillers. Naw Htee tolerated the pain and hoped for the pain to be gone. Since then, Naw Htee could barely open her mouth. Naw Htee was too afraid to tell about her condition to anyone. She carried this burden for almost 9 years, until she decided to seek help. She then visited the clinic in the refugee camp. After trying oral medication and since her condition remained the same, she was referred to Mae Sariang General Hospital (MSGH) in July 2019. There, she received an x-ray, and the doctor diagnosed her with Ankylosis of the Temporamandibular joint [TMJ], stiffness of a joint due to abnormal adhesion and rigidity of the bones of the joint of jaw. She was then referred on to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) as MSGH does not have capacity to treat her condition. Once at CMH, the doctor told Naw Htee that she needs to undergo a special x-ray prior to receiving treatment. Doctors want Naw Htee 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 Naw Htee's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 5th. Naw Htee mentioned, “I wanted to be a healthy, strong and supportive mother, even without the support of their father.”
Neema is a farmer from Uganda. He is the youngest of four children. For three years, Neema has had an inguinal scrotal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage and death Fortunately, on December 19, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Neema's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, “After surgery I will resume working in my fields.”
Marie-Yolande is a 44 year-old woman from Haiti. She is the mother of two children and they all live together in Port-au-Prince. In her free time, she enjoys attending church. Before her illness, Marie-Yolande worked as a street merchant. In December 2016, she began to experience a lot of pain in her breast. She went to the hospital, where she had a mammogram, multiple exams, and a biopsy. The results showed that Marie-Yolande had breast cancer. After four sessions of chemotherapy, Marie-Yolande will have a mastectomy on August 27. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, has requested $1,085 to fund Marie-Yolande's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a two-night hospital stay, medication, labs, radiology, physician and nurse time, and travel expenses. After her surgery, Marie-Yolande hopes to become more independent and be healthy again.
"Rispah noticed she had a mass on her breast in May 2014. Her doctor recommended surgical removal of the mass. Rispah had no money for the surgery and kept the sickness away from her children so as to avoid bothering them financially," shares her doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "One year later, the mass has grown rapidly and Rispah experiences bouts of pain," AMHF continues. "She struggles to perform tasks such as doing laundry. Rispah eventually informed her children who brought her to our facility." "65-year-old Rispah is widowed. She lives with her eldest daughter in Kenya - a single mother who has two children. Rispah says she enjoys living with her grandchildren. “I feel like a young mother again,” she says smiling. Rispah farms on a quarter acre of land her deceased husband left her. For the last harvest, Rispah had no maize harvest to sell, and the little she did was used at home," AMHF continues. For $740, we can fund a mastectomy to remove Rispah's breast. "After a mastectomy, we expect the cancer spread will be halted," AMHF says. "Rispah will have a chance to regain her full health." "All my attention is on my health now,” Rispah adds. “I want to farm maize and beans when I get well.”
Maria is an amazing 60-year-old indigenous woman from Guatemala. She has a large, loving family for whom she is the primary financial supporter. Maria recently came to the Wuqu’ Kawoq clinic to be seen for abdominal bleeding, but a routine examination and follow-up tests revealed that she has cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of the biggest killers of indigenous women in Guatemala. Women rarely have access to effective programs for early screening and treatment, so by the time they are diagnosed it is usually too late. Watsi’s partners at Wuqu' Kawoq emphasized how rare it was that they caught Maria’s cancer before it spread. They told us that with the right treatment, she has a very good chance of survival. After years of supporting her family, Maria is now unable to afford the medical care she needs. We need to raise $1235 to make sure she can cover the cost of intensive chemotherapy and radiation, labwork and imaging studies, and travel and lodging over the next few months. Let’s show Maria that she’s not in this alone!