Matthew joined Watsi on July 7th, 2017. 54 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Matthew's most recent donation supported Ye, a teenager from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Matthew has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Ye is a 15-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his younger sister, brother, and mother in Yangon Division. Ye was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, he experiences chest pain and fatigue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ye. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 17 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school to continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day," says Ye.
Aye is a nine-year-old primary school student from Thailand. She lives with her parents and five siblings. Last year, a teacher noticed that Aye was unable to read at long distances. Aye's mother and her teacher took her to our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), and she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, Aye was told that she has cataracts and she needs surgery as soon as possible. Currently, Aye's eye is blurry and itchy. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Aye. On October 25, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Aye's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.
Meet Damaris, a 20-year-old young woman who lives with her four siblings and parents in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Damaris has myopia, or nearsightedness, which means that she has difficulty seeing faraway objects. She requires a new pair of prescription glasses to help her see clearly. On June 12, Damaris will be fitted with a new pair of prescription glasses. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $552 in donations to help cover the costs of the glasses. "My family and I are so grateful for your help. I feel so happy," says Damaris.