Katarzyna Babula
Katarzyna's Story

Katarzyna joined Watsi on June 25th, 2016. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Katarzyna's most recent donation supported Pyinnyar, a monk from Burma, for life-saving heart surgery.

Impact

Katarzyna has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 4 countries.

All patients funded by Katarzyna

Pyinnyar, a 40-year-old monk from Burma, likes to meditate and pray. He has been living in Rangoon at the monastery since 1999, when he moved there from the home he shared with his parents, two younger sisters, and two younger brothers. Pyinnyar first started noticing symptoms when he was 17 years old, as he had numerous fevers. However, he was not diagnosed. When he moved to begin studying monk education, he became ill with a fever that lasted 15 days. Pyinnyar was admitted to a hospital and diagnosed with rheumatic mitral stenosis, a heart condition in which the mitral valve narrows and prevents proper blood flow into the left ventricle of the heart. Over the years, Pyinnyar was admitted to the hospital many times and advised to have surgery, but he could not afford to pay for the treatment he needed. Instead, he began numerous medications that worked for a short period of time but were gradually no longer effective. He then resorted to alternative care-- a traditional Chinese treatment where he was bled from the back of the knee three times a month and ingested Chinese herbal remedies every day which he felt were effective. While he managed his heart condition for some time, his condition dramatically worsened in 2014. He experienced chronic fatigue, shortness of breath, inability to walk long distances, right upper abdomen tightness, loss of appetite, nausea, and a heavy feeling in the legs. Overall, Pyinnyar feels very depressed and has lost his self-esteem. He feels he has lost his masculinity, independence, and the ability to fulfill his duties as a monk. However, we can help fund the $1,500 procedure that will rehabilitate Pyinnyar. Doctors will perform surgery to repair Pyinnyar's faulty mitral valve, thus enabling him to return to the monastery and accomplish his many goals. After his surgery Pyinnyar hopes to regain his health and be able to walk very far, preach and teach meditation, save money through preaching donations, and be able to improve the schools and houses in his village.

$1,500raised
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Meet Samnang, an eight-year-old boy living in Cambodia. Samnang loves to play, whether it’s by himself, with toys, or with companions. He has one younger sister. For over seven years now—almost his entire life—both of Samnang’s ears have had chronic inflammation, a condition known as otitis media. This causes his ears to leak discharge frequently, and has also created small holes in both of his eardrums. As a result, Samnang has lost much of his hearing, and has trouble speaking. Samnang experiences discomfort in his ears on a daily basis. And his disease could have longer-term repercussions for him, as well, if he is not treated. Because Samnang's hearing and speaking abilities are so delayed, he is not able to attend school—a difficult setback, if it remains permanent. For $598, we can sponsor the operations Samnang needs: a myringoplasty in each ear. During this procedure, doctors will close the holes in Samnang’s ear drums using skin grafts from elsewhere on his body. He will receive the operation in his left ear in June, and will then receive the operation in his right ear about six weeks later. His funding will also cover the two-day hospital stay that Samnang will need to recover from each surgery. After the operation, the discharge and pain that Samnang has been experiencing will stop. Over time, his hearing will improve. Samnang will also be given access to speech therapy at CSC free of charge. Let’s put Samnang back on track to communicate more easily with those around him, and to return to school.

$598raised
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