Emily joined Watsi on June 3rd, 2016. Five years ago, Emily joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Emily's most recent donation supported Myint, a young man from Burma, to fund treatment for kidney stones.
Emily has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 8 countries.
Emily has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 8 countries.
Myint is a 29-year-old who lives with his parents and older sister in Burma. He moves around different villages with the Back Pack Health Worker Team (BPHWT). In early 2015, he began to feel pain in his back and noticed that his urine was cloudy. Once or twice a month, he would feel numbness and hotness in his lower abdomen. He visited a doctor and received an X-ray test and a ultrasound test. He was diagnosed with a kidney stone. The doctor gave him oral medication, which made him feel temporarily better. In July 2017, Myint's symptoms returned, and he visited our medical partner's care center. He underwent different tests, which showed that there were stones between his urethra and kidney. Now, he is scheduled to undergo a procedure called shockwave lithotripsy to treat the stones on January 17. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. He says, “If BCMF can find the donor for me to support my surgery, I will have no worries about the treatment cost. I feel less stressed and much happier now. My family will also not be worried or stressed.”
“All I wish is to be able walk with ease,” shares Titus, a 76-year-old man from eastern Kenya. “This will allow me to work again." Although he has four children, Titus has lived alone since his wife passed away 17 years ago. This has made it especially hard for him to deal with an injury that he sustained over a year ago. In May 2016, a motorcycle accident left Titus with a broken left ankle. He was taken to the local hospital, where he received basic care and was scheduled for surgery. However, he was ultimately not able to receive his surgery due to a medics' strike. As a result, for over a year now, Titus has experienced substantial pain and numbness when walking. He has had to stop tending his livestock, which used to be his livelihood. Because of the resulting dip in his finances over the past year, Titus is unable to pay for the surgery that would repair his ankle. His children have been able to collect $51 for the procedure, but they need your help raising an additional $742. This sum will pay for Titus’s operation on December 8, as well as his lab tests and five-day hospital stay. Let’s make sure Titus can return to the self-sufficient life he once knew: raising livestock and walking without pain.
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.
U Aung is 41 years old. He lives with his wife and three children in Burma. He works as a day laborer loading rice packages. In early 2016, U Aung started to experience discomfort and some pain in his groin whilst loading the rice packages. He finds it difficult to bend his knees. A month ago, he visited a hospital, where he was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip. The doctor explained that he would need surgery but U Aung could not afford it. Fortunately, U Aung found out about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). He was told he would need hip replacement surgery. Our medical partner, BCMF, is requesting $1,500 to fund U Aung’s surgery, scheduled for October 12.
Cho is a 53-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her husband in a small village and owns and operates a small snack shop. Her husband works as a construction laborer. In 2014, Cho began experiencing pain in her left pelvic area. One of Cho's neighbors told her about a local medical clinic, and she decided to seek treatment there. There, she was given pain medication and told to return if she continued to have symptoms. Cho's pain resumed in 2017, and she was then diagnosed with cancerous fibroids in her uterus. Thankfully, Cho was referred to a Watsi medical partner, and they will be sponsoring her treatment. Cho will need $1,500 to cover a hysterectomy procedure. After surgery, Cho is expected to live pain-free and continue working. She plans on giving back to the monks at a local monastery and would like to live a long happy life.
Htay is a 30-year-old woman who lives in Thailand with her husband and four children. While she and her second oldest daughter work as day laborers on corn and chili plantations, Htay's husband recently had to quit his job in order to look after their two youngest children at home. After giving birth to her youngest child, Htay received an intrauterine device (IUD) as part of her family planning. Recently she experienced severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Her neighbor, concerned for her health, sent Htay to Mae Tao Clinic. There she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), as an emergency case. BCMF is requesting $1500 to fund an abdominal hysterectomy for Htay. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 24 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Htay from her recent pain and discomfort.
Noy is a 35-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married, with two sons and one daughter. In his free time, Noy likes to forage for bamboo in the forest, listen to the news on the radio, and relax at home. In March, Noy was in a motor vehicle accident, fracturing and lacerating his right foot. His wounds have not healed since the accident, and he has been unable to work. On May 9, surgeons will perform a skin flap procedure to heal Noy's wounds and allow him to walk comfortably again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $450 to cover Noy's medical treatment.
“I wish I could do something in return for the donors for helping my daughter,” says the mother of Abia, a ten-year-old girl from Uganda. “If I could, I would give them a basket or a hen. We are so grateful for the help.” About ten months ago, Abia had a bad fall and injured her knee. Although her parents quickly obtained medical care for her, the wound still did not heal properly. Nearly a year later, the injury site is still issuing discharge every day, and the knee causes Abia intense discomfort. Recently, doctors at Bwindi Community Hospital (our medical partner's care center) diagnosed her with chronic osteomyelitis, a dangerous infection of the bone. Before her accident, Abia was in the third grade, where her favorite subject was math. She also enjoyed playing netball with the other girls and jumping ropes made out of vines. But she has had to drop out of school due to pain and difficulty walking. To heal her osteomyelitis, Abia needs to undergo surgery. Currently scheduled for April 26, this procedure will remove the infected parts of bone from her leg. But her parents cannot afford to pay for this operation. For $1,205, we can sponsor Abia’s surgery, as well as the associated three-week hospital stay, follow-up visits, and crutches for her recuperation period. Despite her recent medical and academic setbacks, Abia is determined to someday become a primary school teacher. Let’s help her heal quickly so that she can get back on track to pursue that dream.
Julio lives with his family in the rural highlands of Guatemala. He loves to eat black beans and play with his toy car. Julio has been diagnosed with severe stunting as a result of malnutrition. Even though he is 19 months old, Julio is only the size of a healthy nine-month-old baby. He is at risk of developing long-term brain damage. Fortunately, malnutrition is very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), will start a treatment plan for Julio on April 27. He will receive medicine, micronutrient supplements, beans, and eggs to support his recovery. In addition, WK has arranged for a community health worker to teach his parents how to prepare nutrient-rich meals for their son. Julio’s parents wish for their son to recover, but they do not have the resources to pay for his treatment. We can help support Julio's recovery with $492.
Meet Sok Eng, a young mother from Cambodia. She lives with her husband and young son. In her free time, Sok Eng enjoys cooking and watching TV. In 2014, Sok Eng developed a mass on her left foreman. The mass has continued to grow in size, leaving Sok Eng in pain. Sok Eng traveled for four hours with her husband to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. On March 20, surgeons at CSC will remove the mass and relieve Sok Eng of her pain. This surgery will cost $224, and CSC is asking for donations to help Sok Eng.
James is 75 years old and is retired from working for the government agricultural service. He is still active, however, farming six acres of land planted with coffee. He and his wife, Alice, have been married 48 years and have eight grown children and over twenty grandchildren! Five of their grandchildren live with them, and James and Alice are putting them through school. In his spare time, James enjoys reading newspapers and listening to the radio. He also enjoys playing with his grandchildren and telling them stories about early life in the village. Alice is a church warden, and they are active members of their church. Recently, after a rainstorm, James fell while walking on slippery ground and broke his left hand. He will need to have his fracture set, but he does not have enough savings to pay for the treatment. On February 20, James will be fitted with a cast to align his fractured wrist. He subsidized $3 of his treatment cost. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting an additional $133. After his hand is healed, James is looking forward to taking care of his coffee plants again. “There are not enough good words to express my gratitude,” shares James.
Lester is a 12-year-old student and older brother from the Philippines. He has experienced painful abdominal symptoms since he was a baby. Although he loves to play outdoors, the pain sometimes prevents him from doing so. Persistent symptoms have caused Lester to miss long periods of school. Lester's parents work as laborers on a nearby farm, but their income is limited. They could not afford to bring Lester to a doctor. Fortunately, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, visited their community. Lester's parents took the opportunity to get Lester a medical consultation and laboratory tests. Lester was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition in which intestinal tissue protrudes through the groin. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 11. After surgery, Lester will return to school full-time and resume his childhood. The surgery will cost $1,098. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon's fees, one night stay in the hospital, the use of an operating theater, and medication. "We are so blessed that Lester was given a chance to be treated," says Lester's mother. "He is a good child and an industrious one. He is very loving to us, his parents. He really deserves this treatment, but because of our financial status we cannot afford the surgery. Thank you for helping us and my son."