Mary joined Watsi on June 16th, 2016. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mary's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Moh, a woman from Burma, to fund gynecological surgery.
Mary has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 10 countries.
Mary has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 10 countries.
Moh is a 40-year-old mother of three children from Burma. She lives with her brother and her three children. Her husband passed away two years ago. They work on a small farm, where they grow and harvest betel nuts, leaves, and vegetables, which they sells to support the family. Moh's three children are students. In her free time, she enjoys cleaning the house. Since April 2018, Moh has been experiencing a lot of abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Moh's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Moh is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on June 25. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Moh will be able to return home and help her brother work on the farm. Moh says, “I cannot sleep well because I am always thinking about my condition. Sometime I have back pain and it is not comfortable to walk. I really want to be healthy again, so I can go back to work and save money to support my children."
Oliver is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and siblings in a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. He is in the first grade and enjoys going to school. Oliver has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia. He was born with one of the four valves of the heart missing. Sometimes a surgery can be done to correct this condition, but the only way to know this is by doing a cardiac catheterization. To determine if Oliver's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On May 24, he will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Oliver's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His father says, "Our family is very happy to have this chance, and we are hopeful that Oliver's heart will be able to be fixed."
Roodensky is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two older siblings in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He likes listening to music and playing with toy cars. Roodensky has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole, leaving him weak and unable to gain weight. On April 12, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Roodensky's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His mother says, "Our family is very thankful to everyone who is helping our son to have this surgery!"
Phoeun is a scrap collector from Cambodia. He has two sons, three daughters, and ten grandchildren. He likes watching news programs. One year ago, Phoeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phoeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On March 8, doctors will perform a small incision cataract 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 am worried that I will go blind and won't be able to support my family anymore. I hope surgery will change this."
Sophan is a 54-year-old government worker from Cambodia. He loves to read text books and watch TV, especially boxing channels. He has had severe pain in his left hip for over a year, and he is now limping. He has difficulty walking. He can no longer work. His wife is worried about his pain. Fortunately, Sophan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Sophan of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 9, and Sophan needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "After surgery, I hope I can walk pain-free."
Kelvin is a young student from Kenya. He lives with his mother and attends a special school for children with autism. Kelvin was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Kelvin has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Kelvin will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 29. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I love my son very much and I am hopeful he will recover and live a healthy and fulfilling life. That is why I plead for help so that he can be treated,” Kelvin’s mother says.
Kyaw is a 39-year-old Burmese man. A while ago, he was working on a construction site in Thailand where a heavy piece of metal fell on his back and injured him. Due to his tough financial situation, Kyaw was not able to receive the level of medical care that he needed. A fracture in his spine soon developed into paraplegia, leaving him without the use of his legs. Due to his paraplegia, Kyaw spends much of his time in the same position. As a result, he has developed bed sores which require surgery to treat. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $851 to fund his procedure, which is scheduled to take place on June 27. Kyaw is looking forward to his surgery because it will allow him to rest comfortably again.
Faith is a green grocer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of three children. Her husband is a driver and their combined income is barely able to pay their rent and sustain the family. Faith 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 Faith. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 6. After treatment, Faith will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Faith says, “It’s my hope that someday I will be cancer free. My children are young and need me."
Meet three-year-old Mary from Kenya. She is youngest of two children, and her mother shares that she is a happy and playful child. Mary has been diagnosed with a congenital hearing condition known as sensorineural hearing loss. This results from a combination of damage to the inner ear and/or hearing nerve. Mary is unable to perceive sound with clarity, and she is yet to develop speech. Without early intervention, Mary's hearing impairment may become a barrier for her as she learns to speak and later, when she attends school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has arranged for Mary to be fitted with hearing aids on July 20. Her parents have contributed $104 towards the costs but need our help to pay for the remaining $712. Mary’s mother says, "I would like to talk with my child without her having hearing problems."
Andy is a 12-year-old boy from Dominican Republic. He lives with his parents. His mother works as an office administrator, and his father works as a chef to support their family. Andy enjoys going to school and watching baseball on TV. Andy was born with a complex congenital heart condition that involves many defects including one heart valve that does not open and close properly, causing blood to back up into his heart, and leaving him feeling weak and short of breath. Throughout his childhood, Andy has undergone many heart surgeries to repair his heart. This surgery is the last one he needs to repair his mitral valve. Andy will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On August 31, he will undergo cardiac surgery. This $27,000 surgery is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman. Andy'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 Andy's family overseas. Although Andy is not from Haiti, Haiti Cardiac Alliance is collaborating with partners to make his surgery possible. "I would like to share my entire family's gratitude to everyone who is helping my son become healthy!" says Andy's mother.
Isabellah is a 32-year-old single mother from rural Uganda. She lives with her parents and her 12-year-old son. During her free time, Isabellah can be found listening to the radio. Isabellah has been diagnosed with a lipoma, or a mass, located just below her neck. The mass causes Isabellah to experience a lot of pain, and she is consequently unable to work. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $196 to cover the cost of Isabellah's mass excision surgery, which is scheduled to take place on July 4. After her treatment, Isabellah is looking forward to returning to her old job, saving some money, and starting a business dealing in agricultural produce. "I thank the donors for supporting my treatment. God bless them," says Isabellah.
Victor is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother and two sisters in Guatemala's rural highlands. Although Victor has had many health problems, he studies persistently because he wants to become a doctor one day. Two years ago, Victor contracted gangrene, and the doctors had to amputate his leg. As a result of the amputation, Victor has difficulty with his mobility and struggles every day with walking around his house and getting to school. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to fund Victor's prosthetic, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. This will cover the cost of the prosthetic, along with the expenses of fitting and molding sessions. Victor says, “When I grow up I wish to study a lot and become a doctor. Since I was a kid I have always gotten very sick and I was always in the hospital. I met lots of great doctors and because of that I wish to be a doctor so that I can help people and then I can also take care of my Mom like she does for us.” Receiving this prosthetic will help Victor move feely like he used to so that he can continue to study and eventually achieve his dreams.