Ben joined Watsi on May 10th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ben's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Myint, a woman from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Ben has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 3 countries.
Ben has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 3 countries.
Myint is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, and daughter in a village in Burma. Her son is in seventh grade, and her daughter is in third grade. Myint and her husband work as day laborers on a chili farm. Currently, however, Myint's health is preventing her from working. Myint first noticed symptoms when she was 16. She felt very tired and often had difficulty breathing. Myint could not afford to visit a clinic, so she relied on traditional medicines. By the time she was 20, Myint’s health condition had grown much worse. She visited a clinic, where a doctor examined her. She learned that she had a heart condition but did not receive any treatment. In October of 2017, Myint's abdomen swelled, and she felt very tired and had difficulty breathing. She traveled to Mandalay, where she underwent a blood test and an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with atrial septal defect. She learned she would need surgery, which was prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, Myint was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo a corrective heart surgery on January 22. She needs help raising $1,500 to pay for surgery. After treatment, Myint hopes to return to work to support her children.
Meet 66-year-old Mahamud, a father of eight from Kenya. “In 2008, Mahamud’s neighbors were attacked by robbers while in their home,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Hearing their screams, people from the neighborhood rushed to their aid. Among them was Mahamud.” “As they drove out the thieves, Mahamud sustained severe cuts and an injury to his right arm. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was informed that his right hand was in need of surgery,” continues AMHF. “Mahamud didn’t have the money required to get surgery. He has been in and out of different hospitals, one in which he was mismanaged.” Mahamud’s injuries have resulted in severe pain and an inability to use his right hand, harming Mahamud’s ability to provide for his family. “He has a camel named George that he uses to give tourists rides on the beach for a fee. Before Mahamud got hurt, he had 15 camels,” explains AMHF. “His trips to the hospital have left him with only one camel. His sons help him with business because he cannot use his hand to work.” For $1410, Mahamud will receive an open reduction and internal fixation surgery that will realign his severe fracture, and place an internal fixation device on the bone. This cost covers the procedure, hospital stay, medication, follow-up lab work, imaging, and physiotherapy. “This treatment will enable him to get back to work to support his family,” says AMHF. Mahamud hopes to return to his daily life as soon as possible. “I can work! I love my business and I love my camel George,” he tells us. “Once my hand is healed, I shall go back to being active in my business. Maybe I shall be able to get more camels.”
Salome is a 39-year-old woman living in Kenya with her children. She works selling porridge by the local market. All of Salome's children are school-aged and she supports them independently. Last year Salome began to experience pain and swelling in her lower abdomen and back. The swelling eventually developed an appearance akin to a pregnant belly. Her work has become difficult due to the growing discomfort. Doctors identified an accumulation of fluid in Salome's fallopian tubes as the cause. A salpingo-oophorectomy will remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes and provide relief for Salome. Salome says, "I can only hope that somehow, I will get surgery so that I can get back to feeding my children." Let's raise $700 and make sure Salome receives this treatment so she can return to working and caring for all her children.
Meet Naw Mu! Naw Mu is a 40-year-old woman living with her husband and five children in a refugee camp along the Thai-Burma border. Naw Mu and her husband occasionally earn $5 a day for providing day labor. However, they rely on food rations provided by the camp. Camp rations have recently decreased and Naw Mu has taken care of the household so that her husband can work away from the camp. After the birth of her fifth child ten years ago, Naw Mu began experiencing the early symptoms of kidney stones. These symptoms include back pain, pain along the right side of her body, hot flashes, full body fatigue, and recurring urinary track infections. Her symptoms have worsened and she currently has difficulty doing day-to-day chores. We're raising $1330 to treat Naw Mu’s kidney stones. With this treatment, Naw Mu will be relieved of her painful symptoms and will be able to work and relieve some of the financial stress her family is under.
Lucy is a 19 year-old student from Kenya who is expecting her first child. Lucy is an orphan who lives with her grandmother and two siblings. She misses school sometimes to help with her family's small farm and business. Despite their hard work, Lucy and her grandmother are unable to afford the prenatal and maternal healthcare that would guide Lucy through her pregnancy and ensure a safe environment for her birth. Lucy enjoys spending time with her grandmother and siblings. She hopes to complete her education one day and get a good job to help support her growing family. For just $215, we can help Lucy pursue her goals and celebrate her first Mother's Day with the care she needs to ensure a safe delivery for her baby.