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Adrian Rowland

MONTHLY DONOR

Adrian's Story

Adrian joined Watsi on March 26th, 2016. Four months ago, Adrian joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Adrian's most recent donation supported Jue, a talented young woman from Burma, to fund an atrial septal defect closure.

Impact

Adrian has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Adrian

Jue

Jue is a 25-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Hmawbi Township, Yangon Division, Burma. Her parents are housekeepers, and her youngest brother is a first-year university student who has been seeking work. Jue used to run a beauty salon, but had to stop working four months ago when her health deteriorated. In her free time, Jue likes to watch the news and videos relating to her work at the beauty salon. She also likes to read books and wants to write a book of her own someday. In August 2020, Jue felt pains in her stomach and chest. She would also experience difficulty breathing sometimes, and she would feel tired when she walked for a longer period of time. Jue went to the clinic in her village, where she received oral medication, but she did not feel better after taking it. She returned to the clinic several times over the course of two months, but her condition continued to worsen – the chest pain, difficulty breathing and feeling of fatigue happened more often. Jue decided to go to another clinic in North Okkala Township in Yangon in November 2020. At the clinic, the doctor listened to her heart with a stethoscope, and informed her that she has a congenital heart condition. The doctor recommended she receive a blood test, an echocardiogram (echo) and an electrocardiogram (ecg) at a hospital. After visiting a hospital to receive those tests, the doctor there told her that she was born with a hole in her heart and that she might need to receive surgery at the general hospital. However, the cost of surgery was too high. Luckily, Jue crossed paths with another former patient and was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) to seek assistance with accessing treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24th, U Win will undergo an atrial septal defect closure procedure. Once recovered, her quality of life will significantly improve and she will be able to return to working at her beauty salon. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Jue shared, “I want to get better as quickly as possible and go back to work. I’m worried about my younger brother. He doesn’t have a job, and he needs to graduate from university. I’m also worried about Covid-19 because nobody has a job right now.”

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Khaing

Khaing is a 27-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and a three-year-old son in a village in Tak Province. Originally from Karen State, Burma, they moved to their current home three years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband is a day laborer and she is homemaker. Ten years ago, Khaing started feeling like her nose was blocked and that she could not breathe well. She also had a runny nose and saw a small mass in her nostril while looking at her reflection in the mirror. At the time, Khaing did not go to see a doctor because she could not afford to pay for treatment, and she thought that she would feel better over time. However, four years ago she noticed that the mass had grown. Khaing went to her local hospital in Burma, where the doctor confirmed she had a mass in her nostril and gave her medication for a week. She did not go back to her follow-up appointment as she had run out of money. She then tried to treat herself with traditional medicine unsuccessfully as the mass continued to increase in size. In the beginning of May 2020, Khaing developed a severe headache and pain in her nose. The area around her nose also became swollen. She went to Mae Tao Clinic for treatment, where the medic found large masses in both of her nasal cavities. She was then taken to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, she received an x-ray of her nose and the doctor told her that the masses were large and surrounded by a lot of pus. After a CT scan, the doctor diagnosed her with a nasal polyp and scheduled her for surgery on December 28th, 2020. Currently, the area around her nose is swollen and painful. Her nostrils feel itchy, her nose is blocked, and has to breathe through her mouth. She still has a headache, though since she received pain medication from the doctor at MSH, this has been less severe. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 28th, Khaing will undergo an endoscopic sinus surgery. Once recovered, she will be able to breathe normally again and her quality of life will significantly improve. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Khaing shared, "I really want to have surgery and feel better. I am not scared because I believe that the surgery will help me be free from headaches and breathe well again."

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Dany

"I want to have what's necessary to provide a good diet to Dany, so he will grow like he should for his age," shares the mother of 10-month-old Dany. Dany lives with his four siblings and his parents in a small home in a rural community in the Guatemalan highlands. Dany's family is very humble and lacks the resources to buy much more than corn tortillas to eat. His mother takes care of the children, cooks, and cleans, and weaves traditional Mayan blouses, which she sells. His father looks for firewood in the mountains, and then makes charcoal to sell. Although Dany is malnourished, he is a very smiley child, and loves to play with teddy bears with his sister. His favorite food is beans, although his family rarely has the resources to give them to him. Dany is having a hard time growing, and now has acute malnutrition because his family is unable to give him the diet he needs to be healthy. For this reason, Dany is far too small for his age and his immune system has weakened from the lack of protein, calories, and nutrients. Since Dany's immune defenses are compromised, getting sick with a cough, diarrhea, or fever could be life-threatening. In the long term, he could face stunted neurodevelopment, low IQ, and increased risk of chronic diseases if his malnutrition is not treated. Although Dany is very sick, treatment for his malnutrition is simple. For $512, his parents will receive in-home nutrition classes to teach them about what diet Dany needs to be healthy. He will be a part of Wuqu' Kawoq's growth monitoring program and will receive food supplements and micronutrients to improve his diet. This treatment will give Dany the chance to be a healthy baby, helping him grow, strengthen his immune system, and helping him avoid life-threatening seizures and diarrhea.

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