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Yinsi Rio Kusuma

May all beings be happy & free from suffering

Indonesia   •   Born on March 28

Yinsi's Story

Yinsi joined Watsi on September 11th, 2014. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Yinsi's most recent donation traveled 1,100 miles to support Sreng, a grandmother from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.

Impact

Yinsi has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by Yinsi

Chris

Chris is thin child with a bloated tummy. He is only eight months old and loves to play with his toys. His family lives in a small house made of bamboo. His father works as a fisherman and has difficulty providing for the family. Chris has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, Chris will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Chris will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Chris's mother says, "I am hoping that Christopher will grow strong and recover from malnutrition."

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Kiiza

Kiiza is a 77-year-old man from Uganda. Since retiring from his career as a high school teacher, he enjoys spending his time writing, editing, and translating books in his native language. For the past year, Kiiza has been experiencing pain and swelling from a right reducible inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak region in the abdominal muscles. Its presence makes coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects very painful. Due to the pain, Kiiza was unable to sit upright. He had a backache and constant headaches. His right leg was partially paralyzed. "I have a lot of pain," shared Kiiza, "but I have faith that I will be well again." When Kiiza was diagnosed with the inguinal hernia last year, he had no means to pay for treatment. Then, he visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, and was advised to have an operation to repair the hernia. On November 30, Kiiza underwent a hernia repair surgery. During the operation, the doctor pushed the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sewed together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to pay for Kiiza's care. Funding for him also covers the costs of three nights in the hospital, pain medicine, antibiotics, and blood tests. After recovery, Kiiza hopes to continue translating books.

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Esvin

"When they told me in the health outpost that my son wasn't growing well, I was filled with sadness and I was worried," shares the mother of 10-month-old Esvin. "It has been difficult because he always gets sick. I can't wait to see my son improve. I appreciate the support that you all will give so he can improve, can grow well, and go to school and one day be a professional. I want him to be a professor and teach classes." Esvin's mother has been saddened ever since the health workers at the government-run health outpost told her that her son was losing weight, and that his health was in danger. Our community health worker was able to get in contact with her and now Esvin has the opportunity to receive life-saving treatment for his malnutrition - giving him the chance he needs to receive a healthy and varied diet and overcome malnutrition. Esvin's parents can't afford toys for him, so he plays with things around the house or with his older sister, who is 12. She often takes care of him and talks with him, which always makes him smile. Esvin comes from a humble family with few resources-- they all live in a small one-room adobe house with a tin roof. His father works as a day laborer, but he does not get sufficient pay, and many days he doesn't get paid at all. His mother does not work because she spends her days taking care of Esvin and his sister, cooking, and cleaning the house. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation will help Esvin recover from malnutrition, which will put him on track to live a better life in the future. This treatment, which costs $512, will help him gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Additionally, Esvin's parents will receive support to give him the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Esvin the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

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Zin Oo

23-year-old Zin Oo lives in Thailand with his wife, one-year-old daughter, four younger siblings, and his parents. They recently moved from Burma to Thailand three years ago seeking better job opportunities. Zin Oo's parents are no longer able to bring in an income, so his entire family depends on Zin Oo and his wife as the only source of financial support. Earlier this year, Zin Oo was in an accident while driving his motorbike to drop off a friend. Pieces of roofing from an unfinished construction site blew onto Zin Oo and his motorbike, causing him to crash into a small channel in the side of the road. The crash broke a bone in Zin Oo's lower leg, so he went to the local hospital where doctors were able to surgically secure his bone back into place with rods. Zin Oo was able to pay for this operation with the little savings he had working on a potato farm, but now he needs another surgery to remove the pins that the surgeons had used-- surgery he cannot afford. Zin Oo used to be able to save some money, but after his accident and visits to the hospital all the money that he saved is gone. Zin Oo can no longer work because of the pain and discomfort in his leg, so his wife now has to work most of the time as a day laborer. This sole income is not enough for even just everyday expenses. “It has been hard for the family since Zin Oo got in an accident because he is the one that the family depends on”, shares Zin Oo's mother. Zin Oo feels like he has become a burden on his wife and his family due to his leg condition. Let's help him raise $1500 for his operation so that he can complete the full procedure to heal his broken leg. After treatment and recovery, he will be able to walk again free of pain. Zin Oo and his family are very grateful for his treatment, and he is excited to return to supporting his family. “I want to recover quickly, continue my work and then I can help my family," Zin Oo shares.

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Khet

Khet is a 55-year-old woman who has lived in Burma for her entire life. She became a nurse in 1985 and is now ready to retire. Due to her career as a nurse, she traveled frequently and lived in many divisions and states. She owns a home and nine of her family members live there with her. As a nurse, Khet earns approximately $110 per month. Since her health began to deteriorate, her debt has risen and she has had to borrow money from her daughter-in-law’s uncle. The family has sold-off high valued items such as furniture and jewelry. Since 2013, Khet has had high blood pressure and suffered from chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, headaches, nausea, tingling and numbness in her arms and legs, and occasional blurred vision. She has consulted with many cardiologists and has visited several hospitals in Burma. After having angiogram and cardiac catheterization done, doctors advised her for angio PCI (Percutaneous coronary intervention), a nonsurgical technique that uses a balloon or a stent to open the narrow and obstructed arteries of the heart, but she is unable to afford the procedure. Left with no options, Khet only sought for medical care to alleviate her symptoms, not cure her condition. On June 24, 2016, Khet's condition became unstable. She was eventually referred to Watsi's medical partner, Burma Border Projects, for subsidized treatment. With the generosity of Watsi donors raising $1,500, doctors will be able to successfully treat Khet. As a nurse and patient now seeking treatment herself, she sympathizes with patients seeking care at Burmese hospitals where they cannot afford the treatment. She is very happy to learn about Burma Border Projects and the work they do. When she recovers, she would like to become a medical volunteer or try to open her own clinic near home. Khet feels relieved knowing she will undergo surgery. She is looking forward to continuing preparing for her Bible exam and teaching her grandchildren English.

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