Mia joined Watsi on June 25th, 2015. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mia's most recent donation supported Tin, a teacher from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Mia has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Mia has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Tin is a 37-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her family and works as a schoolteacher. Two years ago, Tin started to experience difficulty breathing when walking up the stairs to get to her classroom. She could feel her heart beating fast and often experienced shortness of breath when performing regular daily activities. Tin later visited a local clinic, where doctors explained that she has a large hole in her heart. Over time, the medications that she received stopped working. Tin visited several other clinics and spent a lot of money to treat her condition, however her symptoms failed to improve. Finally, Tin was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further treatment. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of an atrial septal defect closure that will close the hole in Tin's heart. The treatment is scheduled to take place on July 15, and, once completed, will hopefully allow Tin to live much more comfortably. "Currently I am still suffering from the same symptoms, but I cannot take too much time off work, otherwise my salary will be cut," says Tin. "Once I recover, I hope to return to teaching private lessons to my students."
Jackyto is a six-year-old boy from southern Haiti. He is in the first grade and likes going to school and drawing. Jackyto has four siblings and his parents are farmers. Jackyto was born with a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This means he has a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to his body, leaving him sick and weak. Although Watsi has already funded Jackyto's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/e95b7420cae8-jackyto) to the hospital for his surgery, he is still in need of $1,500 to cover exams, heart surgery prep, and medications. Have a Heart Cayman is also contributing $22,000 to the costs of his heart surgery. "I am so thankful Jackyto will be able to travel for his surgery!" says Jackyto’s mother.
Purity is a 41-year old dressmaker and a single mother of two from Kenya who is often described as having an infectious smile. In May of 2017, Purity was involved in a road accident that resulted in two fractured femurs. She counts herself lucky to have survived. Without treatment, Purity may suffer malunion or non-union of the fractures, permanently impairing her mobility. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund an open reduction and internal fixation surgery for Purity, which is scheduled to take place on June 5. Surgeons will align her fractures and stabilize them with hardware in order to promote healing. Once completed, the treatment will hopefully help Purity to live more comfortably and return to the activities that she enjoys. “I miss my children and hope to see them soon," shares Purity.
Neema is a six-year-old student who likes studying and drawing. She lives with her mother in Tanzania. Her mother works hard as a vegetable seller to provide for her daughter. Neema has been diagnosed with a case of enlarged tonsils and adenoids. This makes it difficult for Neema to breathe and swallow. On April 27, Neema will undergo a tonsillectomy to remove her swollen and infected tonsils. Neema's family has raised $24 for her surgery, but they require an extra $633 to fully cover the costs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for donations to assist Neema's family. Neema's mother says, "I will be very happy to see her attending school and becoming a nurse." Let's help Neema to achieve that goal!
Phoeun is a 54-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married with three sons and four daughters. In his free time, he likes listening to the news on the radio and planting vegetables behind his home. Phoeun slipped and fell onto his left knee on February 10, 2017, causing a fracture of his left patella. He went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. Phoeun finds it difficult to walk and has been experiencing considerable pain. Phoeun came to know about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from people in his village. He traveled for three hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. Phoeun needs to have an ORIF procedure, which is an open reduction internal fixation surgical procedure to fix a severe bone fracture. On May 10, surgeons at CSC will perform an ORIF procedure on Phoeun's left patella to heal his fracture and allow him to walk as before. Our medical partner, CSC, is requesting $411 to fund this procedure. The requested $411 pays for surgical materials, medication, two weeks of hospital stay, and physiotherapy.
Lo is a 47-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is married and has two daughters and one son. In his free time, Lo enjoys fishing, watching TV, and relaxing at home. In October 2016, Lo was in a motorcycle accident, in which he sustained a fractured right foot. He was treated at a local hospital, where surgeons placed hardware in his foot to heal his fracture. However, Lo's foot became infected, leaving his bone exposed and making it difficult for him to walk. After hearing about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor, Lo traveled with his wife seeking further treatment. On April 28, Lo will undergo surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, CSC's care center. Surgeons will remove the hardware to help Lo walk easily again. CSC is asking for $143 to cover the cost of his care. Lo is looking forward to walking easily again!
Neil Jhon, fondly called "Jimboy," is a one-year-old boy from the Philippines who lives with his family in a small house. At home, Neil Jhon enjoys playing with his sisters. Neil Jhon has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Neil Jhon 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. Neil Jhon's mother says, "I hope that Neil Jhon will recover from malnutrition and finish his studies."
Moeun is a 70-year-old housewife from Cambodia with five sons and two daughters. She likes to stay at home, look after her grandchildren, and cook for her family. In 2011, Moeun fell, resulting in a fracture in her right femur. In 2012, she first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal her fracture. She traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Later that year, she returned to remove the hardware from the procedure. However, a few days later, she fractured her femur once again, and surgeons performed another ORIF procedure and bone graft to heal her injury. Moeun recently returned to CSC because it is difficult for her to walk, and she is in pain. Surgeons at CSC will remove the hardware from her second ORIF procedure to allow Moeun to feel comfortable again. The surgery is scheduled for January 17, and our medical partner is requesting $411 to fund the treatment.
Meet Jeevan, a young boy who lives with his parents and siblings in Nepal. His father works abroad in India to help support the family, while his mother works hard in their cattle farm. Jeevan was walking down the stairs one day when he slipped and injured his left elbow. This resulted in an elbow dislocation and severe swelling of his hand. Jeevan is in pain and needs assistance for simple everyday tasks, such as eating and bathing. Jeevan's grandfather took him to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. Jeevan has been diagnosed with a closed elbow fracture. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $195 to help cover Jeevan's treatment plan and physiotherapy. He will receive treatment on February 5. Jeevan's grandfather hopes that his grandson "will be all right."
Musisi is a 63-year-old farmer from Uganda. Married and the father of 16 children, he says he is happiest when he is with his family. He earns a living cultivating sugarcane and maize, and he spends most of his income on his children’s education. Four years ago, Musisi developed a swelling on the right side of his abdomen. Three years later, he developed another swelling on the left side. Eating became painful, and he was unable to dig or do any heavy lifting, making his work as a farmer much more difficult. In November, Musisi visited a public hospital and was diagnosed with two hernias. In other words, part of his intestines were protruding through a gap in his abdominal wall. He was admitted as a patient but was unable to pay for surgery. Following the advice of someone at the public hospital, Mususi came to our medical partner’s care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. “I have pain,” Musisi says, “but I am unable to pay for my treatment.” Musisi is scheduled to receive repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner is requesting $249 to cover the cost of surgical supplies, medicine, and three nights of hospital stay. After treatment, Musisi hopes to resume farming.
Grace is a 26-year-old mother of two from a village in rural Uganda. She enjoys spending her free time with her two daughters and helping them with their homework. Grace ended her education after junior high school, but she hopes her children will complete their education and serve their community. Grace had an uncomfortable gynecological condition. One year ago, she began to experience back and pelvic pain, which she believed to be the result of her long working hours. She reduced her working hours, but her symptoms did not improve. Recently, her pain grew severe, and she sought treatment from clinics, where she received painkillers. These medications were not working, so Grace visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. She underwent a hysterectomy on November 30. This procedure should alleviate her pain. Grace cannot afford the cost of surgery. She is a subsistence farmer, while her husband, Simon, drives a motorcycle taxi. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $321 in funding. Upon recovery, Grace plans to start a small business selling used clothing in the market. "I thank the donors for the support," she says.
Two-year-old Kyle is a small boy for his age and lives with his family in a remote part of the community. Their house is made of meager lightweight materials. One of Kyle's favorite things to do is to play with his neighbor. One out of every five children under the age of 5-years in International Care Ministries (ICM) communities is either severely or moderately acutely 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. Kyle was enrolled in ICM's Home-Based Feeding program on October 19. Now, Kyle needs help to fund his $268 treatment. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get the additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child being 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. "I hope he finishes his school someday," says Kyle's parents.