Khaled Al Saud
Khaled's Story

Khaled joined Watsi on August 28th, 2016. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Khaled's most recent donation traveled 3,200 miles to support Tin, a baby girl from Burma, to remove a teratoma from her body.

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Khaled has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 10 countries.

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Tin was born via normal delivery at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand on July 16th, 2016. After her birth, doctors discovered that she has a large teratoma—a benign tumor that contains cells that can grow hair, teeth, or nails—protruding from her groin. The teratoma is about half the baby’s body size. Baby Tin is able to urinate and pass waste, but her breathing is labored, and her heartbeat has lowered slightly because her body is under the strain of having to pump blood and oxygen in and out of the large teratoma. Since two months before Tin's birth, her mother has been living at Social Action for Women (SAW), an organization in Mae Sot, Thailand, that helps women in need. When she arrived at SAW, she traveled to MTC with a medic who works at the clinic because she thought she had a mass in her abdomen. There, she learned that she was seven months pregnant. She did not know that Tin had a large growth on her body until she was born. Tin will need surgery to remove the teratoma so that she can grow and develop normally. Unfortunately, Tin's mother has no income and no family support. She receives a small stipend from SAW to cover minor expenses, and she sleeps and eats for free at SAW’s safe house. MTC referred Tin to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for surgical care. $1500 pays for surgery to remove the teratoma from Tin's body as well as transportation to and from the hospital, pre- and post-surgical consults, and 40 days of hospital care, including lab tests, imaging, medicine, and food for Tin and her mother. Let's help fund surgery for Baby Tin!

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Susan is a 34-year-old housewife from the Philippines who lives in a native house her husband, her three children, and her parents. She is a loving mother to her children, who are still very young. For the last 10 years, Susan has had an enlarged thyroid gland, commonly known as a goiter. Typically presenting as a lump or swelling at the front of the neck, a goiter can become large enough to obstruct nearby structures and cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. Most goiters are due to a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the body’s production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. Susan is very worried that her goiter will become bigger. She currently experiences pain with swallowing and eats only semi-solid food or soft foods. Because of her condition, she tires easily and finds it difficult to carry out daily activities such as washing the laundry, cleaning the house, and selling snacks in her neighborhood. Susan is also self-conscious when interacting with other people. Susan's husband has long wanted his wife to be examined by a specialist, but he could not afford to pay for her medical care. The income he earns as a family driver barely meets their family's basic needs. Susan received a medical examination during a health screening week sponsored by International Care Ministries. When she was told to come to town for her first consultation, she did not hesitate because she really wants the swelling in her neck to be gone so she can do things she wants to do without difficulty or pain. At the consultation, Susan was advised that she could undergo surgery—a thyroidectomy—to remove her thyroid gland. $1,500 covers the costs of Susan's surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and blood tests—and medication to take after she goes home. Susan is very optimistic about the operation. "I am very excited to undergo surgery to remove this mass in my neck," she shares. "I am thankful that my prayers were answered and someone will sponsor me for my surgery. My family and I were overjoyed at this good news. After the surgery, I will look for a job, so I can help my husband meet the needs of our family and provide for the future of our children."

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Zaw is a 30-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife and son at his parent in-law’s home. Though they live together, household income and expenses are not intermingled as his in-laws have their own children to care for. His wife stays at home to take care of their son while he works as a agriculture day laborer. In 2014, Zaw became aware of the symptoms caused by his condition. Whenever he tried to do heavy lifting he would experience laboured breathing. He became especially alarmed when he began walking from sleep due to his difficulty breathing. Besides feeling weak and tiring easily, his legs would sometimes tremble. On January 10, 2015 Zaw and his wife went to the National Heart & Lung Centre in Rangoon, which performed a cardiogram and referred him to Asia Royal Hospital for further testing. The doctor gave Zaw an appointment date to go back but because he ran out of money, he had to travel back home to borrow more money. Returning on time for their appointment, Asia Royal Hospital conducted a CT carotid angiogram. Zaw was told that treatment for his condition could cost 5,000,000 kyat (approx. 5,000 USD), Zaw and his wife returned home. Back in their village, concerned neighbors recommended Zaw travel to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), a Watsi partner. Departing from Mon State and accompanied by his wife and two aunts, they made a costly journey to Thailand. Upon arrival at MTC in July 2016, staff conducted an echocardiogram and diagnosed Zaw with a heart condition called Mitral valve regurgitation. He requires surgery to correct the condition and get healthy again. When Zaw isn’t working, he looks forward to spending time with his son. Because work is hard, he rests during his time off and occasionally the family will go on outings to visit relatives. "I look forward to returning to the days when I can work and provide for my family as I once did in the past," Zaw shared.

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