Andrew joined Watsi on November 5th, 2015. Four years ago, Andrew became the 1595th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,197 more people have become monthly donors! Andrew's most recent donation supported Nay, a 35-year-old woman from Thailand, to fund gallbladder removal.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 52 patients in 11 countries.
Nay is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband in Mae Pa Village in Tak Province. One and half year ago, they moved from Shwegyin Township, Bago Division in Burma for a better job opportunities. Nay stopped working as a day laborer because her health deteriorated. Now, her husband is the only earner and he is also a day laborer making limited income. Around eight months ago, Nay had a high fever and stomachache. She was also vomited a few times so her employer took her to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). When she arrived, she received an IV as well as oral medications. She was admitted for one day and then she felt better and returned home. Two days later after she got home, she felt stomachache again in the right side and also vomited. Again, her employer took her back to MTC and she was admitted again. She received oral medications as well as an ultrasound test. After an ultrasound, the medic informed her that she has a stone in her common bile duct as well as in the intrahepatic duct. She was then referred to Watsi Medical Partner Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH she received another ultrasound as well as a blood test and an X-ray. She was given oral medications to take home and she was asked to return to the hospital once a month for follow up. She went to MSH several times for follow-up appointments and she kept receiving oral medications for her stomachache problem. On February 11th, she went back to MSH as usual and she received another blood test. After that she was told that she has stone in her common bile duct and she needs to be admitted for surgery to remove the stone. Nay has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nay's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Nay is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on March 24th. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nay's procedure and care. Nay said, “I want to work after my surgery so that our family will have enough income and now I am very sad that because of my condition we may have to borrow money from our neighbor.”
Immaculate is fast asleep on her mother’s lap. She was woken quite early to come to the hospital. A little bump, almost invisible, sits on her fontanel. Following results from CT scan, little Immaculate has been diagnosed with a dermoid cyst, a sac-like growth, that is present at birth and a craniotomy surgery is recommended. According to the doctor, the cyst sits on a very sensitive vein and if it ruptures Immaculate risks death. Surgery to close it will minimize such risks especially as she grows older, is more active, and playing with children who may accidentally hit the bump and cause the rupture. Immaculate lives with her parents and siblings in a one-room house in Central Kenya. The surgery is a cost that Immaculate’s parents cannot bear. They both are employed casually in a neighbor’s farm with an irregular daily wage of around Kes200 each. Immaculate’s elder brother is a student in class one and doing fine. With a very menial income, they are not able to raise the funds needed. “I will be glad if we get help,” says Immaculate’s mother.
Lucy is a small business operator from Kenya. She is a single lady and has two children who are in school. Lucy does small business of selling cereals to support her family. Four years ago, Lucy began to experience troubling symptoms, including sore throat and a bit of wheezing. She was diagnosed with a goiter, an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Lucy receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on December 02 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $625, and she and her family need help raising money. “This condition is making it difficult for me to serve my customers to get money for my family. I plead for help so that I can be treated and be able to earn for my children,” said Lucy.
Brian is 16 years old and the second born in a family of four children in Kenya. His mother used to look after the cerebral palsy children at the cerebral palsy society of Kenya but is currently at home while his father is a hawker in Nairobi. Brian was born without any complications but at the age of one he suffered from malaria and while on treatment the doctors confirmed he had cerebral palsy. He can neither walk nor sit upright. His mother often takes him to a therapy session 3 times a week to avoid stiffness of his hand and leg. “Last week Brian started crying uncontrollably. I noticed a swelling on his hip and we immediately took him to Mama Lucy Kibaki hospitals. An x-ray was taken and showed a fracture on his femur, so we were referred to CURE hospital for specialized care,” Brian’s mother told us. Currently Brian is in pain and discomfort as he cannot stretch his foot further. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo hip repair surgery. This treatment will be good as it will stabilize and heal the broken bone as well as re-align the bone. It will enhance his mobility once he heals and reduce his pain. Brian's father shared, “I am kindly requesting for support; my joy would be to see my son without pain and walking like other children. God bless you."
Muoy Hong is a 9th grade student from Cambodia. She has one younger sister, and she enjoys reading English books and watching cartoons. In June 2019, Muoy Hong was in a motorcycle accident that caused injuries to her left shoulder and skull. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on her left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. The accident has resulted in restricted movement of her left arm, shoulder, and wrist. Muoy Hong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 04, she will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, Surgery will help to repair the nerves damaged during the accident so she can use her arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. Myoy Hong's mother said, "I hope that my daughter will recover and be able to use her arm again to take care of herself. I hope that I will no longer have to worry about her condition and she can return to school."
Rashid is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is the first born in a family of three. Rashid comes from a very poor family from Western Kenya, and came to Central Kenya (Limuru) to try and find a living. He has never been to school and so he searches for any casual work available especially in construction sites. About three months ago, when he was up a building he slipped and fell from the third floor of a building they were constructing and sustained fracture of the left humerus and a sprain on the back bone. He is unable to work or use his left hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 4th, Rashid will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help his hand heal well and he will be able to work again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure.
Paw is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, five sisters, two brothers and one nephew in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. They all work as subsistence farmers growing rice on their own farm. This year her older sister started to work as a cow herd, looking after her aunt’s buffalos. In her free time, Paw likes to work on the farm with her family. Once she has fully recovered, she will go back home and continue to work on their farm and help her family. In May 2019, Paw has been experiencing sharp pain in her lower abdomen as well as back pain and dizziness. She has been diagnosed with dermoid cysts. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries. Fortunately, Paw is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on August 29. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw said, “I want to receive treatment and get better soon. I don’t want to suffer from this pain anymore and I don’t want my family to worry about me. I worry for my family as well, because one of my sisters is unwell.”
David is a farmer from Kenya. Two weeks ago, David was involved in a road accident and sustained severe injuries on his left leg and left hand. He is not able to use his hand and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 2, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him work easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. David says, “Help me stabilize my family economically."
Grace is a laborer from Kenya. She has two children. Grace 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 Grace. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19. After treatment, Grace will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Grace says, “My prayer is to be treated and fight off the cancer in me."
Ibrahim is a baby from Kenya. He is an only child who lives with his parents in the coastal region of Kenya. Ibrahim was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Ibrahim is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Ibrahim's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 2. This procedure will hopefully spare Ibrahim from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
Marlene is a mother of two from Haiti. She sells kitchen supplies at a local market stall, and sings in her church choir. Marlene has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. This makes her heart unable to circulate blood properly, leaving her weak and short of breath. Marlene will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On April 27, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair or replace her damaged valve. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery. Marlene'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 Marlene's family overseas. She says, "I am so glad that my prayers for surgery are about to be answered."
May is 17-year-old farmer from Burma. She lives with her mother, older siblings, and an uncle. Since she was 13, May has been experiencing pelvic, leg, and back pain in addition to frequent vomiting. She has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus. She needs to undergo a myomectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove the fibroids. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $960 to fund May's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on March 19 at BCMF's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. She says, "In the future I want to keep helping my mother on our farm."