Kal's Story

Kal joined Watsi on September 4th, 2015. Seven years ago, Kal joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Kal's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Thoun, a chef from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.

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Kal has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Kal

Aye Than is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her mother and siblings in a village close to the Thai-Burma border. At the age of 40, Aye Than started experiencing frequent headaches and a stiff neck. For five years, she treated her symptoms with medication from a local pharmacy. Recently, Aye Than was picking up a bucket of rainwater when she started to feel dizzy and could no longer stand. She sat down to rest, but she found she could no longer open her left eye. After several visits to different hospitals, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Through BCMF, Aye Than was transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. She underwent several diagnostic tests, including two CT scans––[one](https://watsi.org/profile/17128140c65d-aye-than) of which was funded by Watsi donors. The results of her tests showed an arteriovenous malformation with a proximal flow-related aneurysm and a fistula. In simpler terms, there was an aneurysm in Aye Than's brain. With this finding, her doctor performed an embolisation procedure on December 14. During this procedure, blood vessels were selectively blocked to treat her condition. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 in funding. “I am looking forward to getting better, so I can continue to work with my mother and resume my Buddhist practices: meditation, going to the monastery on full moon days, and maintaining the alter in my home," says Aye Than. She continues, "Without the donors, there was no chance for me to be treated properly. Thank you very much for your help."

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Three-month-old Kiiza lives with his parents and seven older siblings in Uganda. As casual laborers, his parents work in other peoples' gardens to make money to support their family. They work especially hard to pay for their children's education, and fortunately have some help from a friend who pays for one of their daughter's high school fees. When Kiiza was one-month-old, his mother noticed a swelling in his right scrotum. She took him to a health center where he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia-- a protrusion of a portion of intestine through a tear in the abdominal wall near the groin area. Doctors also discovered a congenital right hydrocele. Though this build-up of watery fluid near the testicle is typically painless, Kiiza's hernia causes him to cry a lot when he is in pain. Kiiza needs surgery to treat these two conditions. His brother also has a hernia, and unfortunately Kiiza's parents' income is not enough to support either of their medical costs. Without treatment, Kiiza is at risk of a hernia strangulation, where the protruded section of intestinal tissue may lose blood flow. "I am worried about the life of my children," shares Kiiza's mother. $249 will fund Kiiza's operation, where doctors will surgically reposition the protruded intestinal tissue back into place, and repair the tear near his groin. They will also drain the fluid from his hydrocele. After surgery, Kiiza will return to a healthy, happy childhood back home with his family. His mother hopes to have peace of mind and have time to work and produce food for her children.

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Meet Blessing, an adorable baby girl born to loving parents in Kenya. Her mother is a housewife while her father works in a hardware store. Ever since she was born, Blessing has had a series of health complications. Born with a mass swell on her lower back, Blessing underwent surgery which repaired her back two weeks after birth. A few weeks later, Blessing developed an infection and was readmitted in hospital for care. Just as she was getting better, the doctor diagnosed her to have hydrocephalus, a condition where one is found to have excess fluid in her skull. This condition is associated with a progressive increase in head circumference, headaches, and irritability. The resulting increased intracranial pressure can lead to brain stem compression. All the while, Blessing’s parents have been looking for financial support from family and friends, so that Blessing can receive the treatment she needs. Her parents are now in a dilemma as they are not in a position to raise the funds required for surgical care, let alone repay the debts. Watsi's medical partner will provide the surgery she needs to divert the excess fluid from her brain to her abdomen. The excess cerebrospinal fluid will then be drained and can relieve the overwhelming pressure on her swelling brain. In tears, Blessing's mother shared: "Blessing has spent most of her life in the hospital. We have incurred so much debt and we are not even close to clearing any of it. Watsi will be life saving."

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“We dream that our son will grow big and heathy, and be able to study when he is older,” shares Axel’s father. Two-month-old Axel is acutely malnourished because his mother cannot produce breast milk. She has been giving him water with sugar and rice. But he has still been losing weight steadily, and now weighs much less than when he was born. Recently, Axel has been crying and coughing a lot. With an immune system weakened by severe weight loss, even a simple cough or fever could be life-threatening. If Axel does not receive treatment soon, he could face the risk of seizures, permanent brain damage, and death. Axel is the youngest of four in his family. They live in a one-room house in a rural community in the mountains of Guatemala. His father works as a day laborer, making very little money when he finds work, and often having no source of income for days at a time. Axel’s mother spends her days caring for him and his siblings, cooking, and cleaning. Although Axel's life is in danger right now, treatment is simple and effective. For $1,016, he will receive formula for one year, until he is able to consume normal foods. This will help him gain weight, and develop normally both mentally and physically. His immune system will grow stronger, and his life will no longer be in danger. Furthermore, his mother and other family members will receive motivational nutrition classes in their home, so they will be able to know what foods to feed Axel so he can overcome his case of malnutrition and life a full and healthy life. Let’s help this family guide their son into a healthy childhood.

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