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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 joined the Universal Fund and became the 237th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,874 more people have joined! Marilyn's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Tabaro, a farmer from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery.


Marilyn has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 12 countries.

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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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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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