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Marilyn Ong


United States   •   Born on February 4

Marilyn's Story

Marilyn joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three years ago, Marilyn became the 237th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,937 more people have become monthly donors! Marilyn's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Zaw, a young man from Burma, to fund heart surgery.


Marilyn has funded healthcare for 58 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Marilyn


San is a 36-year-old woman who lives in Bangkok with her husband. She used to work on a construction site, but recent health issues have prevented her from working. Her husband, who works as a bricklayer, is the sole income earner for the family. When San was 21 years old, she began to experience painful gynecological symptoms. She managed her condition with painkillers. When she turned 28 years old, the pain grew severe. She visited a nearby clinic, where she learned that she had a mass in her uterus. She was advised to undergo surgery. Fearing surgery, San decided to return home. Eventually, San began to experience painful symptoms again. She used oral medications, until the pain grew severe in November of 2016. San visited a private hospital, where an ultrasound revealed a mass in her uterus. San’s friends suggested that she visit our medical partner’s care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). They loaned San money to make the journey from Bangkok to MTC. San was diagnosed with a myoma, a benign tumor that develops in or around the uterus. On January 5, she will undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy. This procedure will alleviate her symptoms and improve her quality of life. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. “My wife has been sick since we got married. It makes me sad,” says San’s husband, “But now I’m very happy from hearing that we will receive help for her surgery. This means we will overcome this problem soon.”

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