Sumeet joined Watsi on October 9th, 2017. Four months ago, Sumeet became the 3161st member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 200 more people have become monthly donors! Sumeet's most recent donation supported Chit, a boy from Thailand, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Sumeet has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
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."
"Since my condition began to worsen, I've had to stop working,” shares Khin, a 52-year-old woman from Burma. “This has been emotionally hard for me, as I want to help support my family.” Khin’s entire family lives and works on their rice farm. They are able to harvest about 100 tons of rice each year. They use their harvest to feed themselves, and sometimes are able to use the surplus to trade for other items they need. About 20 years ago, Khin noticed a small lump on her neck. At the time, she did not think anything of it. However, a couple months ago she began to experience serious pain in her neck and upper back. She also noticed that the lump on her neck was getting larger. Khin was eventually diagnosed with thyroiditis, and told she would need surgery to remove part of her thyroid. Without this procedure, she will continue to live in pain. However, her family is barely able to get by on their rice harvest from day to day, and does not have the money necessary to pay for this operation. That’s where you come in. By contributing to our $1,500 fundraising goal, you can help sponsor Khin’s thyroid removal on December 11, as well as the necessary lab tests and week-long hospital stay. “My family are all extremely stressed and worried about my health and future,” says Khin. Let’s put their worries to rest.
Sarah is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, brothers, and sisters in a rural area in the mountains of central Haiti. Her parents are both farmers. Sarah has graduated kindergarten but is not attending first grade this year because of her illness. Sarah has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This diagnosis involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a blockage of one of the valves. Sarah will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in her heart with a patch and remove the muscular blockage in her valve. Another organization, Health City Cayman Islands, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Sarah's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sarah's family overseas. Her aunt says, "Our family is very excited for Sarah's surgery so that she can be healthy and safe, and can go to school."
Shelda is a nine-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents, grandparents, and older brother. She enjoys going to school, playing with her friends, and singing in church. Several years ago, Shelda contracted rheumatic fever, which caused damage to her heart. She developed a condition called mitral and aortic regurgitation, where blood backs up into her heart and does not properly circulate through her body. This condition causes Shelda to experience shortness of breath, painful breathing, fatigue, and swelling of the legs. If left untreated, her condition could become fatal. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Shelda is scheduled to undergo heart surgery to correct her condition on July 11. Although Shelda's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/a87ad56dd3f0-shelda) to our medical partner's care center has already been funded by Watsi, she is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of her heart surgery prep. The organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is also subsidizing Shelda's surgery, donating $22,000 to cover the rest of her medical bills. "I am excited for the day when Shelda can do everything she wants without getting tired and needing to rest," says Shelda's mother.