Pasan joined Watsi on January 2nd, 2016. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pasan's most recent donation supported Aleaza, a baby from Haiti, to fund diagnostic testing.
Pasan has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 9 countries.
Pasan has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 9 countries.
Aleaza is a baby from Haiti. She lives with her mother, grandparents, and three older siblings in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. Aleaza has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. She also has a condition called pulmonary hypertension, in which the blood pressures to her lungs are higher than normal. As a result, before she can be considered for surgery, she needs to have a diagnostic catheterization procedure to ensure that surgery can be done safely. To determine if Aleaza's condition is operable, she must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into her heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On August 20, she will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Aleaza's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. Her mother says, "Our family has been working very hard to try to keep Aleaza healthy so that she can have a chance for surgery."
Iden is a baby from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of two children. His father is poultry farmer and owns a small shop that helps him to provide for his family. Iden has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Iden traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 6. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Iden's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk when he gets older.. Iden’s father says, “Please help my child get the treatment for his legs. We really do not want him to grow up with a disability that is going to hinder him from living a normal life and having same opportunity like other kids."
Ray is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and eleven-year-old brother. Ray will start school this year. He loves to play with toy crane with his older brother. Since he was a month old, Ray has had right inguinal hernia. He experiences pain. Fortunately, on June 4, 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 Ray's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 4 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Ray’s mother says, “I hope that my son will get better soon and be able to play with his favorite toy crane again.”
Ngwe is a 61-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. Since March 2018, Ngwe has been experiencing troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ngwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on May 1. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience her previous symptoms.
Hol is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three sons, three daughters, and twenty grandchildren. He enjoys going to the local pagoda and praying with the monks. One year ago, Hol developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Hol learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for five hours seeking treatment. On March 14, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "When I can see clearly again, I want to go my local pagoda."
Wadson is a student from Haiti. He lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger sister. He is taking the year off of university because of his illness, but hopes to continue studying to become an engineer. Wadson has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of his heart does not function properly because it was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. As a result, his heart cannot adequately circulate blood through his body, and he is weak and in heart failure. Wadson will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 27, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair his valve so that it opens and closes more normally. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Wadson'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 Wadson's family overseas. He says, "I am very excited to regain my health so that I can continue my studies later this year."
Maureen is ten years old and lives in Kenya. She is a student and loves playing with her friends. She lives with her younger sibling and her mother. Her mother is a single parent and works as a farmhand. Maureen fell at school while playing with her friends, which caused her to dislocate her right arm. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where a cast was applied. But since then her condition has deteriorated. Maureen has been going to physiotherapy to help her condition. Finally, she was referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Once she arrived to receive care, it was determined that she would need corrective surgery to help her arm heal properly. The surgery is scheduled for February 8 and will cost $1,165. However, her mother cannot afford the care and is seeking financial assistance. Maureen's mother says, “I am appealing for help since I can’t afford to pay for the surgery and my daughter is in pain. Kindly help us. God bless you.”
Patricia is a 53-year-old female farmer who lives in rural Malawi. Patricia's husband passed away in a car accident, so she has been the primary breadwinner for herself and her family since the accident. However, since January 2017, Patricia has been in pain due to an ovarian cyst. In order to treat the cyst, Patricia must undergo a hysterectomy procedure. On July 20, surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, will perform a hysterectomy procedure on Patricia. The $650 requested to fund Patricia's treatment will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a seven-night hospital stay, medication, labs, transport, and surgeon time. Patricia is looking forward to having the procedure and finally being pain-free.
Meet 13-year-old Kwan from Thailand. Kwan is an avid basketball player and he also enjoys going motorcycling with his friends. Kwan is currently in year five at school. Kwan recently fractured his forearm during a basketball game. Doctors at a local hospital advised Kwan that he has a broken bone in his left forearm, for which he requires surgery. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, has arranged for Kwan to undergo surgery on October 4 to reposition the bone into its normal alignment. Kwan's parents are day laborers and cannot afford their son's $1,500 surgery. Kwan shares with us, "I want to be a singer when I grow up!" Let's help him to achieve his dreams.
Myo is a first grade student from Burma. She lives with her family in Myawaddy, Karen State, Burma. Not long ago, Myo's school teacher noticed that she was unable to see the board. At home, her grandparents noticed that she held books extremely close to her face. Myo has been diagnosed with cataracts. Her family fears that she will be hit by a motorbike or car. They also worry about her future and ability to pursue her education if she does not receive treatment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Myo. On November 1, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Myo's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Myo says, “When I grow up I want to learn how to be a doctor."
Rose is a 51-year-old mother of two from Haiti. She and her children—who are now grown, and have children of their own—all live together with Rose’s mother. In her spare time, Rose enjoys going to church activities (she was recently baptized) and taking care of her grandchildren. Until recently, Rose earned money to support her family by selling grilled corn as a street merchant. But lately, Rose has had to go without this income source. Her health has not been good, and so the heat of the grill and the heavy lifting involved in transporting her produce make the job too physically demanding for her. For some time, Rose’s right breast has been itchy and painful to the touch. She also feels very tired all the time. Around a year ago, she went to the hospital. Multiple exams revealed that she has breast cancer. Although this diagnosis was very upsetting for Rose, she wants to take all the right steps to win her health back. Her doctors have recommended a mastectomy, and she has been scheduled to undergo one on August 3. But she cannot afford the procedure. We need to raise $1,085 to sponsor Rose’s surgery, as well as the necessary lab tests, medications, and travel to and from the medical center. After this mastectomy, Rose will be able to enjoy time with her family again—especially with the grandchildren that she adores. She will also be able to help support her family by returning to work.
Htun is a 34-year-old man living with his family in Burma. Htun has experienced several episodes of jaundice since he was young. Then, a few months ago, he noticed a change in the color of his eyes and skin. He visited a nearby clinic, where the doctor diagnosed him with a gastric problem. However, the medication he received had no effect on his symptoms. He then visited another hospital, where he received ultrasound imaging, which revealed stones in his gallbladder. He then visited our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital. On August 16, Htun witll receive a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), which will cost $1,500. He looks forward to recovery, saying, “I've had to stop working because of my symptoms and I worry about not supporting my family. When I get better I will go back to work in order to support them.”