Miguel joined Watsi on June 27th, 2014. 21 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Miguel's most recent donation traveled 5,300 miles to support Win, a woman from Burma, to fund gynecological surgery.
Miguel has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 11 countries.
Miguel has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 11 countries.
Win is a 28-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother in Myawaddy, Karen State. She works as a day laborer. She love to spend time with her mother and to collect edible plants in the forest for food. Since 2013, Win has been experiencing troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on July 24. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Win will no longer worry about her condition, and she will be able to look after her mother. Win says, “After my surgery, I want to work as a day laborer again."
Aahil is a baby from Tanzania. His mother is a primary school teacher, and she supports the family, as Aahil’s father does not have a job at the moment. Aahil has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Aahil traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 25. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Aahil's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily as he grows. Aahil’s mother says, “Please help my son get treatment for his leg. We wish we could afford the treatment but we can’t. We will always be thankful if we get the help."
Nwet (BB) is a five-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. He is a smiling boy. Nwet (BB) was recently diagnosed with hydrocehpalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Nwet (BB), which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 22, and, once completed, will greatly improve Nwet (BB)'s quality of life. His mother says, "I love to see my son's smile and want him to recover and grow up happily."
Tha Zin is 13-year-old student from Burma. She attends a local school in her home village and is currently in grade seven. In her free time, Tha Zin enjoys drawing. Since 2017, Tha Zin has been experiencing regular episodes of lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus. She needs to undergo a myomectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove the fibroids. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $960 to fund Tha Zin's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on April 18 at BCMF's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. “When I grow up, I want to become an engineer,” says Tha Zin.
Emmanuel is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of three children, and they reside in the rift valley region. His parents are farmers. Emmanuel was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Emmanuel is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Emmanuel's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 26. This procedure will hopefully spare Emmanuel from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “Some good Samaritans funded our travel expenses since we were not able to. The cost of surgery is too much and no matter how much we tried, we cannot raise such funds,” shares Emmanuel’s mother.
Htar is an eight-year-old girl who has a blood disorder called thalassemia. Due to her poor health, she has had to drop out of school. She lives with her parents, an older brother, and a younger sister in Hpa-An, Karen State, Burma. Her parents and oldest brother work as subsistence farmers on their rice field, while her sister goes to school. Up until she was six years old, Htar did not show any symptoms of having thalassemia. Gradually, she grew pale, was constantly tired, and developed a stomachache. When her mother noticed her symptoms, she brought her to a clinic in Hpa-An, where she was given blood transfusions twice a month without any explanation about her diagnosis. Htar mother finally took Htar to Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center, where she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital and the doctor informed the family that Htar would require surgery for her condition. If not, she might need blood transfusions very often, and her condition would not improve. She is scheduled to undergo a splenectomy on February 23 at our medical partner's care center. Now, the family needs help raising $1,500 to pay for surgery.
Bariki is a student from Tanzania. He recently excelled in his primary school education and is looking forward to starting his secondary school this year. Bariki has been diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inwards so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he cannot walk for long distances without pain. This affects his school attendance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Bariki. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Bariki's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Bariki says, “I just want to be able to play football, run, and play with friends without being in pain.”
Dibora is a 14-year-old girl from Ethiopa. She is one of 10 children, and her parents work as farmers to support their large family. Dibora was born with anorectal malformation, a birth defect in which the anus and the rectum do not develop properly. As a result, Dibora cannot make stool and urine in a normal way. Furthermore, Dibora has had to drop out of school several times and is now many grade levels behind her peers. She has faced discrimination from other students and community members because of her medical condition, which has been very psychologically taxing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund corrective surgery for Dibora. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Dibora to live more comfortably and confidently. Dibora's father says “I lost all hope and the money I had after we returned home for the third time without a treatment. All these years, Dibora has been without treatment, facing so many social and psychological problems. I couldn’t bear to see her situation and I tried to find someone who can help us in my hometown and in other towns. I found this organization who told me about the service you are providing and they brought me here.”
Moses is a 42-year-old man who lives in Kenya with his wife and two children. He roasts green maize at the roadside. He was crossing the road this October when he was hit by a car. The accident fractured his left tibia and fibula (the two lower bones in the leg). He was brought to the hospital, where an ORIF treatment was ordered. This is a surgical method of realigning the bones and fixing them together with rods or plates so that they rejoin. If not treated, Moses may have malunion, nonunion, or infection. His treatment is scheduled for October 23. Moses hopes that he can "be well and go back to caring for my family." Watsi is requesting $998 to fund Moses's treatment.
Willy is a 22-year-old man from Kenya. He is the the second born in a family of eight children. Willy's parents are peasant farmers. Willy was hit by a vehicle and sustained bilateral hip injuries. Willy has not received any treatment since the accident occurred, due to his family's tight finances. Willy is in pain and cannot stand or walk without support. Willy's family is not able to raise the funds needed for his treatment. Willy's mother says, “Please help my son go for surgery. Even if we went back home, there is no way could raise the money. In fact the money we used to come to the hospital was raised by well-wishers.” Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,231 to fund Willy's surgery. He will undergo surgery to repair his hip injuries on July 10.
Marie-Litane is a 61-year-old woman from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She has one daughter and three grandchildren, all of whom she adores. Before the development of her condition, Marie-Litane operated a small beauty salon from within her home. She also cooks, loves to bake, and farms a little as well. Upon feeling a potential mass in her breast, Marie-Litane had a mammogram and multiple exams conducted at a nearby health center. Results confirmed a diagnosis of breast cancer. Marie-Litane has since undergone four sessions of chemotherapy. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund a mastectomy for Marie-Litane, which is scheduled to take place on July 29. The procedure will greatly decrease the risk of cancer metastasis and will hopefully allow her to return to the activities that she greatly enjoys. Marie-Litane has not felt like herself in a long time; following surgery, she is looking forward to being healthy and more independent.
Ashley is a four-year-old girl who lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with her mother, who stays at home to take cafe of her, and her father, a machinist. She is a sweet, outgoing child who loves to make new friends. Ashley was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus ateriosus, which means she was born with a hole in her heart between two major blood vessels. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving Ashley short of breath. Ashley also has Down syndrome. On May 26, Ashley will travel from the Dominican Republic to Haiti to begin treatment at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Pediatrico Robert Reid Cabral. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to fund Ashley's travel costs, cardiac exams, medications, and social support. Ashley's cardiac care is being subsidized by Gift of Life International by $4,500. Ashley's mother says, "Our family is very excited that Ashley can finally have this chance to heal her heart."