Abhilash Mudaliar
Abhilash's Story

Abhilash joined Watsi on May 7th, 2015. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Abhilash's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Yi Swe, a government employee from Burma, to fund cardiac surgery.

Impact

Abhilash has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Abhilash

Yi Swe is a 55-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with a cardiac condition, mitral valve stenosis. This means that a valve in her heart has narrowed and blocks blood flow. Throughout her life, Yi Swe has lived in nine different cities and towns in Burma, and for the past three years she has lived the capital. She has worked for a government agency since 1981. She lives with her two sisters. Their monthly income is enough to cover their daily expenses, but they cannot afford expensive healthcare. In 1990, Yi Swe noticed the symptoms of her cardiac condition for the first time. She grew tired easily and was sleeping poorly. She first sought care at a local clinic. The clinic gave her medication, which helped to improve her symptoms. In December of the same year, Yi Swe’s condition grew more severe. She was very tired and had difficulty breathing. She visited a hospital in Rangoon, where she underwent blood and urine tests and an x-ray. The doctor drained fluid from her lungs and performed a mitral valvotomy to open the narrowed valve. The surgery greatly improved her condition. For the next 25 years, Yi Swe’s condition was markedly better. However, in 2015, her original symptoms returned. She sought care at a local hospital. Over three visits, she underwent blood and urine tests, an x-ray, an echocardiogram, an electrocardiogram, and an ultrasound. She was advised to undergo a mitral valve replacement, and she was scheduled to receive surgery three years in the future, in 2019. Yi Swe started to look for an alternative treatment option and was eventually referred to our medical partner. On December 19, 2016, she underwent a mitral valve replacement. Throughout this whole process, Yi Swe has been working to pay for her treatments. Now, she needs help to fund this final $1,500 surgery.

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Meet Joshua, a five-year-old boy who loves his mother very much. Like other boys his age, he wants to be with his friends and play with them. However, right now, he prefers to play with his relatives because the other children tease him about the way he speaks. They say that he is " Ngo-ngo" or " Punga" which are terms that indicate he cannot pronounce words well. Because of this, Joshua is often very shy around other people. Joshua has a cleft lip and palate, a congenital facial malformation where there was not enough developed tissue for his lip. This has significantly affected his ability to speak. Apart from his condition, Joshua is a loving and active child, willing to help his family in the best way possible. He wants to be a doctor someday and treat kids with conditions like his. $1,464 will pay for surgical services provided by Watsi's medical partner, International Care Ministries. Plastic surgeons will mend the soft tissue of the cleft palate, rearranging the muscles to close the gap. After treatment, Joshua is excited to able to talk normally like his friends. His mother was very thankful that help will be given to Joshua, since the family cannot afford the treatment on their own. His father is not working and his mother is a vendor who earns only enough for their daily needs. Joshua's mother shares with us, "We really want Joshua to be treated so that he will enjoy his childhood. Although we cannot afford treatment, we do not cease to pray that someday he will get treated and talk normally. This operation will really change his life. Thank you so much for making this possible for Joshua."

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“We are not in a position to raise the funds needed for our daughters’ surgery,” says Shantel’s father, “but we are asking for help in ensuring her well-being.” Shantel is a beautiful nine-month-old girl who lives with her parents and older sister in a two-room rental house in Kenya. Like most babies, Shantel was born with a protruding navel. But whereas in most cases the navel retracts with time, Shantel’s belly button remained swollen. This worried her parents, and when they consulted doctors, they learned that their baby has an umbilical hernia. This means that the hole through which Shantel’s umbilical cord passed did not close as it should have after the cord was cut, and tissue has pushed through the opening. Shantel needs to have surgery to repair her hernia. If she isn’t treated soon, Shantel could experience life-threatening complications, such as abdominal incarceration, obstruction, or/and strangulation—conditions where parts of the protruding tissue become cut off from blood flow. Shantel’s parents were able to raise $52 for Shantel’s surgery, but that is not enough to cover their child’s surgery. Shantel’s father is a subsistence farmer and supplements his income by doing casual tasks, while her mother stays at home to take care of their two children. $430 will cover Shantel’s hernia repair operation, as well as her lab tests, medications, and two-day hospital stay. Let’s help get Shantel’s young life back on track.

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