Yiu joined Watsi on February 21st, 2016. Seven years ago, Yiu joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Yiu's most recent donation supported Greyson, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.
Yiu has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 12 countries.
Yiu has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 12 countries.
Greyson is a farmer with three children and a grandchild from Malawi. He normally works hard on his farm but has been unable to complete his duties since experiencing an increase in pain. He enjoys chatting with friends in his free time. For four months, Greyson has been experiencing failure to urinate followed by an increase in pain. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Greyson's surgery. On February 19, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He says, "I am so thankful for this project because it is offering great support to myself and my family, to be healthy again!"
Paul is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is a father of four children. In August 2018, Paul sustained a tibia fracture. He is not able to walk on his own without pain and discomfort. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 7, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Paul says, “I hope that with the treatment, I will be able to walk.”
Catherine is a trader from Kenya. She is a mother of six children. Catherine has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Catherine. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 21. After treatment, Catherine will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Catherine says, “My prayer is to be treated and discharged from the hospital. I want to fight off this cancer."
Dieufnide is a student from Haiti. She lives in Port-au-Prince with her sister, where she is obtaining a business degree at a university. Dieufnide has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the valves of her heart are damaged as a result of an infection she suffered a number of years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body, and she is in heart failure. Dieufnide will fly to United States to receive treatment. On November 21, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace her two damaged valves with artificial valves.. Another organization, the Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $75,000 to pay for surgery. Dieufnide'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 Dieufnide's family overseas. She says, "I am excited about surgery so that I can focus on my studies without worrying about my health."
Anny Sanic is a very enthusiastic and fun four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her dolls. She also loves to eat lots of bread and sing songs. Anny Sanic needs pterygium correction surgery. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss. Anny Sanic needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. She will receive further evaluation from an eye specialist, surgery to remove the pterygium, post-op follow-up treatment, as well as accompaniment and transportation throughout the treatment process. Pterygium surgery is safe, effective, and will positively impact Anny Sanic's life for years to come. The total cost of her procedure, scheduled for October 18, is $1,487.
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.
Esimy is mother of four from Malawi. She lives with her husband and four small children. She spends her days caring for her family and playing with her children. Since August 2017, Esimy has been experiencing pelvic bleeding. She has been diagnosed with uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Esimy's surgery. On August 21, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She is relieved that this program will help her, and she looks forward to getting back to her daily activities. She says, "Without this help I could do nothing, so I am very thankful for this program."
Josphat is a man from Kenya. He is a father of three children and is married. His wife is a casual laborer. In 2015, Josphat fell from a ladder. He suffered a spinal injury that has restricted his movement and ability to work. He has been to several hospitals trying to get treatment. After an MRI, he was diagnosed with a spinal injury and needs surgery. Josphat was referred to our medical partner's care center, where he is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion surgery on July 24. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure.
Maulana is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and together with their grown children they run a small farm. Due to his condition, Maulana isn’t able to actively farm, so he works fetching wood. In his free time, he and his family enjoy attending their local mosque. Since May 2018, Maulana has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Maulana's surgery. On June 14, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Maulana and his family were thrilled to learn his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to again being active and able to farm his land. He says, "Thank you!"
Peris is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of a three young children. Peris and husband farm together in order to provide for their children. Peris has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Peris. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 22. After treatment, Peris will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Peris says, “My prayer is that soon I will be treated and able to raise my children. I am really hopeful in God."
Ruth is a baby from Tanzania. She is the first-born child to her parents, who got married a year ago. Ruth’s mother is a stay-at-home mother, while her father owns a small business. Ruth was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Ruth is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Ruth's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Ruth from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Ruth’s mother says, “Please help our daughter get better, I am worried for her she does not feed well and she cries a lot. Please help her.”
Abule is a student from Ethiopia. He has two siblings. His father practices traditional farming methods, while his mother sells vegetables in their local market. Abule underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Abule's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $961 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Abule. The surgery is scheduled to take place on March 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Abule’s mother says, “My husband is a farmer with low income which is not enough to support the family. My income is too low that is not even enough to cover the house rent. We came here by the help of another organization and we are hopeful that he gets the surgery.”