Donald joined Watsi on July 10th, 2016. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Donald's most recent donation supported U Chit, a monk from Burma, to remove bladder stones.
Donald has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 10 countries.
Donald has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 10 countries.
U Chit is a 55-year-old man from Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. He divorced his wife seven years ago and has two daughters and three sons. His youngest daughter lives with his ex-wife in Yangon and their other children live in Myawaddy Township. In March 2019, he entered into monkhood. Now, he receives alms from laypeople and from his children. In February 2019, U Chit began to experience back pain and a burning sensation when urinating. To treat his symptoms, he bought medication from a nearby pharmacy. However, after taking the medicine, he did not feel any better. He later went to a local clinic where he received more medication for his symptoms. They suggested that he go to Myawadday Hospital to receive an ultrasound scan. However, he did not go to the hospital because he did not think he would be able to pay for the cost of the scan. Instead, he continued taking the medicine that the doctor had prescribed. Unfortunately, his pain when urinating did not get better. Finally, U Chit decided to visit Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where he got his hernia treated four years ago, to seek treatment. U Chit arrived at MTC on April 24th, 2019, where an ultrasound scan revealed that he had a bladder stone. The next day, he was sent to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) where he received an injection and oral medication. On May 16th, 2019, he received an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) test for further investigation. After the IVP test, the doctor told him that he requires surgery and is scheduled for 20th November 2019. Currently, U Chit experiences back pain and he continues to feel a burning sensation when urinating. Aside from his concerns about his condition, he is worried about financial problems because he is a monk and does not have a regular income. U Chit likes reading Buddhist texts and newspapers in his free time. He said, “I want to cure my condition as soon as possible and I would like to focus on religious activities. After I am cured, I also would like to help find treatment for my daughter who has suffered from a stroke.”
Swansen is retired business worker from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have seven grown children and many grandchildren. Since Swansen is retired, he and his wife live on his small pension and he spends much of his time working with his local church and enjoying football matches. Since two years ago, Swansen has been experiencing incredibly frequent urination. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Swansen's surgery. On March 15, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Swansen was thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded. Because of the family's fixed income, he was worried he would not be able to have his procedure. He says, "I give thanks to you!"
Khin is a 17-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her mother and step-father in Mandalay Division in Burma. Her mother works as laundrywoman for her neighbors, and her step-father works as daily laborer in construction sites. Khin was born with the help of traditional birth attendant. When she was one year old, she was constantly tired and inactive. Khin's mother was worried for her and took her to a hospital in Burma. The doctor diagnosed her with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). In 2017, Khin's symptoms became much more severe. She has difficulty breathing and cannot walk long distances. Fortunately, Khin learned about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). At BCMF's care center, surgeons can perform a heart surgery to treat the defect. Treatment is scheduled for March 16, and Khin needs help raising $1,500 to pay for this procedure. Khin says, "I want to continue my study after I recover. In the future, I want to become a teacher."
Mohammed is a two-year-old baby from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with people. His father is a traditional farmer, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom. They have eight children. Mohammed was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Mohammed is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on February 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mohammed's procedure and care. After his recovery, Mohammed will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Mohammed’s mother says, “My husband is a poor farmer with low income and I’m a house wife and I take care of my kids in the house. Our income is very low even to support our kids. It is our hope to get the surgery and to see our child in a healthy and good position by your support.”
Chit is a one-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Sot, a border town. He loves to play with his parents. Since he was one month old, Chit has had an inguinal hernia. Now, his hernia is getting bigger. He is in pain and cries a lot, and he is no longer able to play. Fortunately, on January 6, 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 Chit's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 6 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "I want my son to be a teacher when he grows up."
Juana is an 11-year-old girl with Down Syndrome. She lives with her mother and seven siblings in Guatemala's rural western highlands. She is the youngest in her family, and is doted on by her mother. Juana attends a special needs school, and loves her classes and teacher. She likes to learn songs and play with her classmates. Juana desperately needs heart surgery. She was born with a defect in one of her heart’s walls, a common disorder in children with Down Syndrome. Congenital heart diseases like this, if left untreated, can progress to severe disability and death. Fortunately, there is an operation that can remedy this defect and save Juana’s life. She has undergone years of exams, labs, and the insertion of a cardiac catheter in order to be able to undergo this procedure. However, her family cannot afford to pay for the operation. Her mother became a widow shortly after Juana’s birth and is already scrambling to make ends meet for her eight children. We need to raise $1,500 to fund Juana’s heart surgery on November 29. In addition to the operation itself, this fundraising goal will also cover her lab tests, hospital stay, and food and lodgings for her mother to stay with Juana at the hospital. "I wish for my daughter to be well so that she can be a girl with many opportunities," shares Juana’s mother. Let’s help make that dream a reality.
Khin is a 41-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Burma. She works as a day laborer making jaggery, a kind of sugar, from palm trees. Her eldest son works in a city, while the other children are still in school. Khin became aware of her heart disease several years ago, when a doctor diagnosed her at a private clinic. Khin currently experiences exhaustion, palpitation, and insomnia. This prevents her from working. Four months ago, she was informed that she needed to have surgery. Khin visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, and learned about Watsi. She is now scheduled to have surgery on November 3rd. Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund her procedure. Khin said, “After I recover from heart surgery, I want to own a small grocery shop."
Kerry is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two brothers in Gonaives, a city on the west coast of Haiti. His father is a bus driver, and his mother works in the market. He is in the fourth grade and enjoys math and science. Kerry has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A blood vessel between the pulmonary artery and the aorta that normally closes soon after birth instead remains open. Blood flows through it, bypassing the lungs and depriving the body of the oxygen it needs. On October 6, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will tie off the blood vessel so that blood can no longer enter it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Kerry's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. He says, "I am excited to have this surgery so that I can play soccer without getting tired!"
Esther, a 12-month-old girl, was born with a cardiac condition called complete atrioventricular canal defect, in which a large hole exists between all four chambers of the heart, allowing blood to mix freely between them. This prevents her body from receiving enough oxygen, and leaves her sick and weak. This condition is especially common in children like Esther who have Down syndrome. Esther lives in Port-au-Prince with her mother, father, and two older brothers. Her parents both sell products in a local market. Esther is a very curious and friendly child and enjoys spending time with her brothers. Esther will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On August 9, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Her family needs help to fund the cost of travel. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343. Her mother shares, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping my daughter have this chance at surgery!"
Aung Kyaw is an 18-year-old from Bago City, Burma. He lives with his parents and a brother, who just finished university. Aung used to attend school. He stopped going about four years ago when his condition arose. Aung is a former Watsi patient. Four years ago, with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Aung was treated for detached retinas. After the surgery, he was doing much better, regaining sight in his left eye. After a few more follow up visits, Aung's case was closed. In early 2017, Aung's vision problems returned. "I am very sad that his eyesight is gone again," says Aung's mother. "It is very bad this time because he could not even see some light." Aung returned to BCMF in late February, and BCMF organized a visit to the hospital in March. After going through several tests, the doctor determined that Aung's retina had detached again, and he needed another surgery. The surgery is scheduled for April 12. BCMF is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Aung's procedure. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon and nurse's fees, surgical supplies, medication, lab tests, travel expenses, and three nights of hospital stay.
Deborah is a quiet six-year-old girl from Tanzania who likes singing and studying. Her father owns a small restaurant, and her mother is a small-scale farmer with one acre of land that supplies food for the six family members to eat. When Deborah was five years old, her mother noticed that she was not swallowing food properly. She took Deborah to the hospital, where the doctor noted that her tonsils were infected and enlarged. The doctor recommended an operation—a tonsillectomy—to remove her tonsils. Tonsils are soft tissues located in the back of the throat, and they are part of the immune system. They help to defend the body from harmful bacteria and viruses, but they sometimes become infected and enlarged, causing a sore throat, tender neck lymph nodes, fever, or difficulty breathing or swallowing. Currently, Deborah is unable to swallow properly while eating because her throat is sore. She also experiences difficulty breathing and is unable to fully participate in some activities. Deborah's family has raised $49 of the $633 needed to pay for the tonsillectomy, which is scheduled for April 13. Funding for Deborah also pays for four days of hospital care, blood tests, and medicine. After treatment, Deborah will be able to swallow properly, breathe normally, and participate in all activities fully. "When Deborah gets the treatment, I will be very happy," shares Deborah’s mother. "I would like her to study up to university and become a minister."
Alex is a two-year-old boy from Karambi, Uganda. Alex has been diagnosed with severe malnutrition. Alex is emaciated and has been having diarrhea for the last two weeks and malnutrition for the last two months. Alex's mother took him to a nearby health facility, where he was given treatment and deworming tablets. Alex’s parents are small farmers and own a very small piece of land, on which they grow food. To earn additional income, Annette, Alex's mother, works as a farm laborer. Patrick, Alex's father, does lumber jobs. Unfortunately, they do not have enough money saved to pay for Alex’s treatment. Alex is the third child in a family of three children. When he is feeling well, he likes playing with his siblings after they come back from school. His mother is hoping that Alex will be able to attend school once he is fully recovered. Annette says, “Words cannot express how grateful I am for the Watsi program and the support from the donors towards the care of my son. May God richly bless the donors.” On May 14, Alex will undergo pediatric malnutrition treatment. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $316 to fund this treatment. The requested $316 pays for medication, materials, and ten nights of hospital stay.