Alexander joined Watsi on February 2nd, 2018. Four months ago, Alexander became the 5355th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 200 more people have become monthly donors! Alexander's most recent donation supported U Chit, a monk from Burma, to remove bladder stones.
Alexander has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 4 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.”
Aziza is a pupil from Tanzania. Aziza is a twelve-year-old girl who hopes to become a teacher in future. The class five pupil enjoys learning mathematics and Swahili. However, she struggles with her left land due to secondary burn contractures. When she was three years old, Aziza fell on an open fire when playing with her two siblings. She suffered wrist burns and after a hospital stay, she was discharged to continue with dressing at home. Unfortunately, she healed with contractures on her left wrist. One of her aunts referred her to our facility whereupon review, contracture release was advised. The aunt is afraid that she might not receive surgery as they do not have sufficient money. Aziza's mother passed away three years ago. Aziza currently lives with her aunt who does laundry labourer to provide for the family. Their income is limited to meet just basic needs. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Aziza receive treatment. On October 17th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to allow Aziza fully utilize her hand. Now, she needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Aziza’s aunt says, “Aziza already has a lot of challenges we would be happy and life would be easier for her if she could get her hand treated and be able to use both of her hands in her daily activities.”
Due is a 26-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. Due is a farmer while his wife looks after their four-month-old son. In 2018, Due noticed a lump by the size of the tip of a thumb on his right breast. He did not seek treatment until the lump slowly increased in size. He then went to a hospital in Hpa-An in early January 2019. At the hospital, he received an x-ray and was told that he would need surgery to remove the mass. Because he had no money to pay for the surgery, he just went home. With the help of a medic near his area, he was connected with BCMF who sent him to Mae Sot Hospital for a CT scan. The result confirmed the mass and the need to remove it. Currently, there is redness and swelling at his breast mass. It is also itchy and painful sometimes. Due sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. he is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on September 23. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Due said, “I look ugly with my breast mass. It is itchy and painful sometimes. The symptoms of my breast mass put me in stress. I want it to go away from me as soon as possible”.
Chit is a 30-year-old man who lives with his wife, daughter, son and father-in-law in Noh Poe Village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. Chit’s daughter and son go to school. Chit, together with his wife and father-in-law work as farmers on land they rent. Chit’s family does not have regular income, but they sell durian and betel nut that they grow in their garden. Seven years ago, Chit started to experience pain in his lower left abdomen. He also had difficulty passing urine so he went to Myawaddy Hospital for help. He received an ultrasound and an x-ray before the doctor informed him that he has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a kidney stone. He was treated for the UTI but he did not received treatment for the kidney stone. He was given a follow-up appointment for every month, to receive medication for the abdominal pain. He continued to return for his appointments until late-2018, but when he did not feel better he followed his neighbour’s suggestion and sought help at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand on 20 February 2019. When Chit arrived at MTC, he received an ultrasound as well as a urine and blood test. After the tests, the medic informed him that he has a kidney stone and he was prescribed some medication. On 29 February, MTC referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, he underwent an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) and was asked to return to MSH for his follow-up appointments and he returned several times. Eventually, he was told that the kidney stone had moved into his urethra and that he would need to undergo laser treatment to break up the stone. Currently, Chit still experiences pain in his lower left abdomen and sometimes he has difficulty passing urine. He worries that his condition will get worse if he does not get treatment. Sometimes his urine has blood in it, especially when he drinks less water and he has difficulty passing urine. Sometimes, he feels like the pain of his abdominal is worse and he is not able to walk or work. He is unable to sleep, and he feels more comfortable when he lies down and rests. In his free time, Chit loves to forage for vegetables in the forest.
Dennis is a child from Tanzania. He started kindergarten this year. Dennis lives with his parents in the eastern region of Tanzania. His father is a mason, and his mother is a housewife who takes care of the family. About three years ago, Dennis tripped a jar of hot porridge and sustained burns on both legs. He developed contractures on his right leg. Currently, the contractures inhibit his movement, making it difficult for Dennis to walk and play with his siblings. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dennis receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. When treated, he will be able to stretch his knee and walk without difficulty and pain. He will also be able to attend school. Now, his family needs help to fund this $608 procedure.
Yohana is a student from Tanzania. He is nine years old and is in second grade. Yohana lives with his parents, who are both maize farmers. Several years ago, Yohana was burned while sitting near the fireplace in their kitchen. His clothes caught fire, burning the left side of his body. His parents took him to the hospital, where he was hospitalized for several months and was finally discharged. However, he has remained with burn contractures. Yohana cannot stretch his left hand or carry things. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Yohana receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. After recovery, Yohana will be able to attend school again, carry things, and play happily. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Yohana says, "I will be happy return to school after getting treated. I miss my friends very much and can't wait to rejoin them."
James is a farmer from Kenya. He is married and has four children. His wife works at Nazareth Hospital, our medical partner's care center. In late January, James slipped and fell. He sustained a closed fracture of the patella of his left leg. He cannot walk and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 12, James will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The treatment will help him heal and walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. James says, “I like working in my shamba (farm) and walking around to see friends, I therefore hope for support to undergo this treatment so that I can continue serving my family.”
Srieng is a farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons and two daughters. She farms rice and potatoes. About one year ago, she started noticing pain in her left hip. The pain is now debilitating, and it's difficult to look after her young children. She can only work for very short periods of time. Fortunately, Srieng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Srieng of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 12, and Srieng needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope I can work and walk like before so I can support my family."
Sopham is an eighth grade student from Cambodia. She hopes to become a grade school teacher when she grows up. Sopham has had scoliosis for three years. This condition is progressing, causing discomfort, and making it difficult to sit in school for long periods of time. She needs to undergo a surgery to correct the position of her spine and prevent further worsening of the condition. Fortunately, Sopham visited our medical partner's care center and is scheduled to undergo spinal surgery on January 22. Now, her family needs help raising $1,500 to pay for the procedure. Sopham hopes that this surgery will eliminate her back pain so that she can return to school and spend time with her family. She says, "I am looking forward to returning to school and playing with my friends."