Murilo joined Watsi on February 16th, 2017. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Murilo's most recent donation supported Naw Eh, a young refugee from Thailand, to fund a fracture repair so she can walk again.
Murilo has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Murilo has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the refugee camp while her mother weaves traditional indigenous Karen shirts to earn extra income for their household. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she will play with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school in the future. In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks from a shop. On the way to the shop, she slipped and fell on the muddy road. When she fell she hurt her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and only gave her pain medication. On 19 August 2021, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down in a chair and fell down. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. At that hospital, the doctor told Naw Eh's brother that they want to do an MRI of her leg to check if she has any underlying conditions that caused her to break her femur so easily. With support from Watsi, the MRI was possible and now the surgeon has determined that surgery is required to help her leg heal properly. Currently, Naw Eh suffers from pain in her left leg and she cannot move or put weight on that leg. If she moves her leg, the pain increases. Her brother needs to help her use the bedpan as she cannot walk to the toilet. He also needs to help her get dressed. She is taking pain medication to help her sleep at night. She is worried that if her condition is not treated properly, she will never be able to walk again. She misses going to school and wants to continue her studies in grade four once her school reopens. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Eh will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Eh will no longer experience pain in her leg and she will be able to get herself dress and be able to walk to the toilet. Naw Eh said, "I am worried that if I do not receive surgery and receive proper treatment, I will not be able to walk again."
Grimina is a 59-year-old small scale farmer. She is a mother of eight children and lives in a two room semi-permanent house with her husband. Their oldest child is 40 years old, while their youngest is 18 years old. 30 years ago during her fifth pregnancy, Grimina began to experience troubling symptoms, including a painless swelling in her neck that continues to grow. She is unable to carry heavy loads on her head and has to sleep with a special pillow to prevent airway blockage. She has been diagnosed with a nontoxic goiter and surgery was recommended to treat her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Grimina receive treatment. On September 14th, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at our medical partner's care center. Now, she needs help raising $333 to fund her procedure and care. Grimina shared, "I pray for a successful surgery. I hope to look normal and live a healthy life once again. I look forward to resume farming and be able to continue taking good care of my family."
Bahemuka is a motorcycle taxi operator from Uganda. He is the youngest of nine children. For six years, Bahemuka has had an inguinal scrotal hernia. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on February 13, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Bahemuka's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, “After surgery I will resume with my work.’’
Tom is a nine-year-old student from Cambodia. He really likes to ride his bike around the village and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Since he was born, Tom has had a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred and cloudy vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Tom learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 12, doctors will perform a lensectomy 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, "I hope that my eyes will be able to see everything more clearly now. This way I will be able to read, play with friends, and recognize people's faces."
Ma Myint is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a masseuse, and sometime she helps at the monastery by cleaning and preparing food for the monks. Since July of 2017, Ma Myint has been experiencing abdominal pain, back pain, and discomfort when walking. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ma Myint's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ma Myint is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 28. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ma Myint will no longer experience abdominal pain or back pain and she will be able to return home and work again. “I’m always thinking and worrying about my condition and I’m not able to sleep well,” says Ma Myint.
Chatayika is a father of ten children from Malawi. He lives with his wife and children in a village where he is kept busy with farming. During his free time, he enjoys chatting with his friends and attending church. Since February of this year, Chatayika has been experiencing back 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 Chatayika's surgery. On August 23, 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 very happy to be helped in this way!"
Mugenyi is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of ten children. Mugenyi and his family are refugees who migrated from Congo and now live in a refugee camp. For one year, Mugenyi has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This causes him pain and discomfort and is affecting his ability to work on his farm. Fortunately, on August 8, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund Mugenyi's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. He says, "After surgery I will have peace of mind.’’
Tsongo is a farmer from Uganda. He is a father of twelve children: six boys and six girls. For six years, Tsongo has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. If not treated, it may result in intestinal tissue blocking and twisting. Fortunately, on July 18, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Tsongo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. He says, "I am looking forward to receive my offer from Watsi. The thing I least expected—God is going to do it for me.’’
Kea is a nun from Cambodia. She is married. She has three sons, four daughters, and 41 grandchildren. She likes to watch TV and listen to monks pray on the radio. A year ago, Kea developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kea learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On May 1, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see clearly again so I easily learn more about Buddha and help monks at the pagoda."
Samnang is a construction worker. He has three sisters and one brother. He enjoys listening to pop music, watching TV, and playing football with his coworkers. In October 2017, he was in a motor vehicle accident, during which he fractured his clavicle and wrist and sustained a brachial plexus injury to his right arm and shoulder. He was treated for his fractures at a Thai hospital and then was sent home to recover. He went to a clinic in Battambang for physical therapy, and was referred to come to our medical partner for more treatment. He is unable to move his right shoulder, elbow, and arm. He is in chronic pain and needs a nerve and tendon procedure to help him regain mobility in his arm. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for April 5. Now, he needs help to fund this $497 procedure. He says, "After surgery I hope I can use my right arm normally again and have no more pain."
Baraka is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. He is cheerful baby and an only child to his single mother. Baraka lives with his mother and grandmother. His mother sells clothes in their neighborhood. Baraka was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Baraka has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Baraka will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 12. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mother says, "I have gone round many hospitals but have been unable to raise money for the surgery. I pray for help because I was told if he grows up like that he may not father children. I hope my boy can be helped to grow up like other boys."
Mue is a 37-year-old domestic worker from Burma. She lives with her parents, sister, brother-in-law, and two nephews. In her free time, she helps around the house as much as she can and takes care of her nephew. Five months ago, Mue started to experience pain in a sensitive area, which made sleeping and walking challenging. At the hospital, the doctor diagnosed her with abnormal cervical cells. Her condition has impacted her ability to work and make a living for herself and her family. Mue sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 6. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Mue said, “After surgery, I will return to Bangkok to keep working. I want to save money so I can open my own shop. Maybe I will sell mohinga and other snacks. I wake up early naturally, so I would be able to start the day at the shop early.”