Mridul joined Watsi on March 10th, 2014. Seven years ago, Mridul joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Mridul's most recent donation traveled 780 miles to support Vorn, a 56-year-old farmer from Cambodia, to fund shoulder surgery so he can use his arm again.
Mridul has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 14 countries.
Mridul has funded healthcare for 60 patients in 14 countries.
Vorn is a 56-year-old hardworking man. He and his wife are seasonal farmers. They have four sons who have all moved away and started families, but they still visit often. Vorn and his wife also have six grandchildren. When he is not working, he loves to visit his sons, see his grandchildren, go to restaurants with his friends and watch boxing matches on TV. Seven months ago, Vorn fell down a set of stairs and dislocated his right shoulder. He left the injury untreated for several months, and now his shoulder has become swollen, painful, and difficult to move. He traveled to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where, on August 27th, doctors will perform a closed reduction to repair his shoulder. Once he has recovered, the swelling will go down and he will regain full mobility in his shoulder. He will be able to return to work comfortably. Now, he needs help raising $412 to fund the procedure. Vorn shared, "I hope that I can get back to my job and work without any pain, and help my family around the house. I also want to be able to pick my grandchildren up with out any problem."
Ma Htun is a 60-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her son. She and her family moved to Thailand from Burma about 17 years ago in search of better job opportunities. Since early 2020, Ma Htun has been retired. She is now a homemaker and takes care of the household chores. In her free time, she forages for vegetables in the forest. She has a daughter who is married and a son who works as a day laborer. On July 27, Ma Htun was walking home in the rain after visiting a shop to buy food. She slipped and fell and experienced a sharp pain in her right leg. Her son and her neighbor took her to the hospital where an x-ray confirmed that Ma Htun had fractured a bone in her thigh. Currently, she is unable to move her right leg or walk due to pain, and she has difficulty sleeping. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Ma Htun will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 30th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Ma Htun to be free from pain and to walk again. Ma Htun's son shared, “I want my mother to receive surgery and get well soon. I feel bad that I cannot afford to pay for her surgery.”
Maxwell is a baby from Kenya. Since he was six months old, Maxwell has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him discomfort. Fortunately, on March 26, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $384 to fund Maxwell's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Maxwell’s mother says, “I will be very happy once my child gets the treatment he needs so that I will be able to work and provide for my family.”
Jean Emile is a preschooler from Haiti. He lives with his mother, father, and two brothers in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He likes listening to music and playing with toy cars. Jean Emile has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart; blood leaks through the hole without passing through the lungs to get oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. Jean Emile will fly to Canada to receive treatment. On June 3, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in his heart. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $12,000 to pay for surgery. Jean Emile'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 Jean Emile's family overseas. His mother says, "I am happy for this surgery so that I can let my son run and play with the other children."
Vy is a 14-year-old monk from Cambodia. He is the oldest of three bothers, and in his free time he likes to read scripture and story books. When he was a child, Vy had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in both ears to perforate. For this reason, Vy experiences discharge, tinnitus, hearing loss, and irritation. He is unable to hear properly, affecting his communication with others. Vy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 30, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in both ears. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforations. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $831 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, :I hope that after my surgery, I will no longer worry about my ear infection and I will be able to hear clearly again."
Pyay Ti is a three-year-old boy from Burma. He likes to play with his sisters and follow them to school. Pyay Ti was diagnosed with a corneal scar in his right eye after a sliver of bamboo went into his eye accidentally. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Pyay Ti. On March 27, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Pyay Ti's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Pyay Ti said, “I want to see clearly, and I want to go to school when I grow up.”
Saw Min is a 34-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, parents-in-law, three daughters, and four sons in a village in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. Five of his children go to school, while two of his sons are still too young to go to school. Saw Min and his wife work as subsistence farmers growing rice and sesame. Nine months ago, Saw Min broke his left leg. Two days later, Saw Min underwent surgery. Just two days after his surgery, the doctor checked his leg and told him that the metal rod was not helping to heal the fracture. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital said that he requires internal fixation surgery again. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Min will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for April 1 and will cost $1,500. Saw Min will be able to walk again after this surgery. Saw Min said, “I will not work as a taxi driver anymore because now I am really afraid of being in an accident. I will work on my farm and work as a day laborer after I recover fully.”
Phyu is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband in Mingalar Done, Yangon City, Yangon Division. Phyu's husband is a motorbike taxi driver. Phyu was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Phyu experiences shortness of breath and cannot walk long distances. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Phyu. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 14 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Phyu says, “I want to get better so that I can get a job."
Ma Hnin is a 31-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her son and husband in War Ka Yauk Village, Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Her son is a student who studies at a migrant school. Ma Hnin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Ma Hnin has bad back pain, feels fatigued, experiences heart palpitations, and has difficulty breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ma Hnin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 4 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I want to open a small shop and I want to sell snacks to increase my family’s income,” says Ma Hnin.
Medjine is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and grandparents in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. She likes dancing and listening to music. Medjine has a cardiac condition called partial anomalous pulmonary vein return. One of the veins leading to her heart connects in an abnormal location, making it difficult for blood to circulate properly through her heart and body. To determine if Medjine'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 December 14, 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 Medjine's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. Her mother says, "We are very glad that our daughter can have this opportunity!"
Loemheang is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has three daughters. He likes to read the news and watch sports in his free time. One year ago, he developed avascular necrosis of both hips and experienced a lot of hip pain. He cannot walk and cannot work. Fortunately, Loemheang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Loemheang of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 18, and Loemheang needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can walk again after the operation."
Saw Wah is a three-year old boy from Burma. He lives in Htee Moo Hta Village in Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma with his parents, aunt, and great-grandmother. In January 2018, Saw Wah’s mother noticed a small bump in a sensitive area. It was small and did not cause him any pain at first. However, the bump grew over time. He was eventually diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia with hydrocele. Fortunately, on September 12, 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 Saw Wah's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. "When he grows up I want him to be a doctor or medic, but he wants to be a pilot,” said Saw Wah's mother.