Silvio Clausen


Silvio's Story

Silvio joined Watsi on August 24th, 2015. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Silvio's most recent donation traveled 4,300 miles to support Mary, a 36-year-old day laborer from Kenya, to fund burn repair surgery.


Silvio has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Silvio

Lah Naw

Meet 15-year-old Lah Naw from Burma. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us, “Lah Naw lives with her grandmother, father, brother, and sister. Her mother is deceased. Her father supports the entire family by running a snack shop out of their home and makes about 100 USD per month.” Though their father sometimes has to borrow money for school fees, Lah Naw’s father wants both his children to attend school. As BBP explains, “Lah Naw has completed grade 8, but she misses school frequently because of her condition and has not yet been able to start grade 9.” Lah Naw has a sinonasal papilloma, a benign tumor of the nasal cavity. BBP reports, “Lah Naw first noticed her problem two years ago when she started to get nosebleeds and could feel a mass on the inside of her nose. She went to a clinic in Burma and received medicine to ease the bleeding, but the mass has continued to grow since then.” Currently, Lah Naw has frequent and serious nosebleeds. BBP informs us, “She has to say home from school multiple times per month because of the nosebleeds. Lah Naw is scared that if her condition does not improve, she will not be able to return to school.” With $1,500 in funding, Lah Naw will receive surgery to remove the mass in her nasal cavity, putting an end to her nosebleeds. Funding covers the cost of pre-surgery and post-surgery outpatient visits, hospitalization for scans and surgery, transportation, and food allowance. “After surgery, Lah Naw will be able to go back to school and will be relieved of her symptoms,” confirms BBP. Lah Naw is eager to return to her daily life and looks forward to a bright future. She shares, “I want to go back to school, and after I complete grade 12, I want to continue my education further.”

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Lah Ku

“Our greatest wish for our daughter is to get better and go to school,” say the parents of Lah Ku, an 11-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Lah Ku came to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), with thalassemia—a genetic condition in which the body does not make enough red blood cells, and the existing red blood cells do not transport oxygen efficiently. This is problematic because red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the body’s organs. When an organ’s oxygen supply is inadequate, the organ cannot function properly, and symptoms such as fatigue, pallor (pale skin), and slow growth rates can result. To help control these symptoms, individuals with thalassemia receive frequent blood transfusions. “Lah Ku is visibly jaundiced and currently has frequent nosebleeds and fever, headaches, and abdominal pain,” reports BBP. “Immediately after she receives her monthly blood transfusions, she plays a lot at first and has good energy, but her energy decreases over time, and most of the time she is very fatigued.” BBP adds, “Lah Ku does not attend school because the pain from her condition is too great.” “Now,” BBP tells us, “Lah Ku’s spleen is enlarged and needs to be removed.” An enlarged spleen, known as splenomegaly, is common in individuals with thalassemia. The spleen is responsible for destroying old and defective red blood cells. In thalassemia, the rate of destruction is increased in response to the abnormal and transfused red blood cells in circulation, and the spleen grows larger due to the increased activity. Lah Ku’s parents work as farmers and barely earn enough money to pay for food and daily expenses for themselves and their four children. As a result, there is no money to cover Lah Ku’s medical care. With $1,015 in funding, Lah Ku can undergo a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) and receive seven days of hospital care and follow-up appointments after surgery. “Surgery will relieve Lah Ku's pain and allow her to attend school,” shares BBP. “She will have more energy and a much better quality of life, as she will no longer require monthly blood transfusions.” Let’s help fund surgery for Lah Ku!

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