Jan joined Watsi on October 2nd, 2015. Four years ago, Jan became the 1525th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,303 more people have become monthly donors! Jan's most recent donation supported Nyo, a mother from Burma, to fund cardiac surgery.
Jan has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 8 countries.
Nyo is a 50-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her husband, her son, and her daughter in a village in Shwe Bo Township. Nyo’s husband is a subsistence farmer while she is a homemaker. Her son sells bus tickets at the bus station in Taunggyi Town, Shan State and he sends some pocket money to his parents at home. Nyo’s husband sometimes work as a construction day laborer. Nyo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, she is tired and cannot walk long distances. She also has chest pain and a poor appetite. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nyo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 16th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Nyo said, “I am very upset that I have to suffer this kind of condition.”
Saitabau is a 4-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is the only child to his parents who depend on livestock keeping for their living and their income is very little to get them by. Saitabau has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Saitabau has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and irritability. Without treatment, Saitabau will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Saitabau that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 2nd and will drain the excess fluid from Saitabau's brain and replace the previous insertion that is blocked. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Saitabau will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Saitabau’s mother says, “My son had gotten better but now he is sick again please help him get another surgery.”
Khin lives with his wife and five children along the Thai-Burma border. Khin and his wife work as porters on the river that runs between the Thai-Burma border. They carry items to and from the boats that bring Burma people across to Thailand. However, Khin has been unable to work for the past year, and his wife stopped working in December 2019, when she accompanied Khin to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). His eldest son works at a bicycle shop as a salesman and earns 200 baht (approx. 7 USD) per day. Khin’s other children all go to school. One day in February 2019, Khin was playing football with his friends. During the game, Khin went to hit the ball with the inside of his right foot. However, someone from the opponent team accidentally kicked him above his right ankle when they tried to take the ball away from him. Right away, Khin’s leg hurt and he was unable to continue with the game. His friend brought him back home. For the next two months, Khin sought help from a traditional masseuse and a traditional healer. When neither treatments helped, he sought help from a health worker. There, he received an injection into his right leg, close to his injury. Khin said, “As soon as I received the injection, I felt better but it did not last for a long time and the pain returned.” He returned twice more and each time he received another injection that at first helped reduce the pain. One day, Khin heard about a traditional healer from a friend. When he went to see them, the traditional healer applied a bandage with herbs to his injured leg and provided him with instructions on how to reapply the bandage at home. Afterward, whenever Khin applied the bandage with herbs, he felt better so he continued to reapply it for the next six months. Khin thought his leg would finally heal, but after using the bandage for six months, he noticed that the area around his ankle and his right foot had become swollen, and that there was pus from sores on his ankle and the sole of his foot. A friend told him about a charitable clinic called MTC right across the border in Mae Sot, Thailand. Khin decided to seek help there, so accompanied by his wife, they arrived at MTC on the 1st of December 2019. He was admitted right away and he received oral medication, injections and had his leg dressed and changed daily. Every 10 days, he also had the pus in his injured leg drained. During the first week of January 2020, MTC brought Khin to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further treatment. There, he received blood tests and an X-ray before the doctor told him that he needs to receive surgery which would cost him around 30,000 baht (approx. 1,000 USD). However, Khin was unable to pay for surgery. Once Khin was brought back to MTC, the medic saw that he had been diagnosed with chronic osteomyelitis, a severe infection of his bone, and referred him to Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment. BCMF connected him to Mawlamyine Christine Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) in Burma. After the doctor reviewed his medical records, the doctor recommended an amputation of his right leg below the knee. Currently, Khin suffers from a lot of pain in his right leg at night and he is not able to sleep. During the day however, the pain lessens if he does not walk long distances. He also needs to use crutches to get around. Khin said, “I would like to feel better as soon as possible so that I can go back to work to support my family and so that we can pay back our loan.”
Collins is a young child from Kenya, who is the first born in a family of two children. His family hails from Mpuri village in Meru County. His mother is a housewife while his father is a mason. Collins has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Collins traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 13th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Collins's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I am pleading for help for my son to undergo surgery so that he can walk and play like other children. I don’t want to see him struggling to walk. I will be happy to if you consider my son. God bless you,” Collin’s mother said.
Brian is 16 years old and the second born in a family of four children in Kenya. His mother used to look after the cerebral palsy children at the cerebral palsy society of Kenya but is currently at home while his father is a hawker in Nairobi. Brian was born without any complications but at the age of one he suffered from malaria and while on treatment the doctors confirmed he had cerebral palsy. He can neither walk nor sit upright. His mother often takes him to a therapy session 3 times a week to avoid stiffness of his hand and leg. “Last week Brian started crying uncontrollably. I noticed a swelling on his hip and we immediately took him to Mama Lucy Kibaki hospitals. An x-ray was taken and showed a fracture on his femur, so we were referred to CURE hospital for specialized care,” Brian’s mother told us. Currently Brian is in pain and discomfort as he cannot stretch his foot further. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo hip repair surgery. This treatment will be good as it will stabilize and heal the broken bone as well as re-align the bone. It will enhance his mobility once he heals and reduce his pain. Brian's father shared, “I am kindly requesting for support; my joy would be to see my son without pain and walking like other children. God bless you."
Salome is a child from Kenya. Salome is a shy girl aged six years from Uplands, Limuru Kiambu County. She likes to play a lot with friends and is also very responsible. She is the last born in a family of six children and in pre-primary class 2. Their mother separated with the father leaving the six of them under her care. Life has not been easy because this mother is just a casual laborer at neighbor’s farms. On Sunday 15th September Salome was sent to the shop by her mother, which was a normal thing for her. Unfortunately as she went to the shop she was hit by motor cycle and sustained open fracture tibia and femur of the left leg. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 23rd, Salome will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I don’t have anyone to turn to and yet I feel for my daughter. I hope to get help so that she can be able to walk again and continue with her school. This will also relieve her from the severe pain she is experiencing” said Salome's mother.
Wilson is a teenager from Tanzania. Wilson is seventeen years old boy and the last born child in a family of six children. Wilson loves playing soccer with his friends but now he says playing football has become hard since he lacks strength on both of his legs and he can’t run due to his knocked knees. He was able to study until class seven but he did not pass his final exams to join secondary school. He didn’t want to repeat the class again. Wilson’s mother has been working as a cook for over twenty years working at someone’s house. Through her little income, she has been able to make ends meet for her family of six. Wilson was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs bow outward. 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 without difficulty. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Wilson. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 27. Treatment will hopefully restore Wilson's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Wilson says “My legs were able to be corrected and now I no longer have knocked knees but I need another surgery to correct the bowing and help make my legs better, please help me”
Sokea is a twelve-year-old girl from Cambodia. She was born with a congenital deformation of her left foot. She is unable to properly extend and move her foot or walk normally. Surgery will help to lengthen the Achilles tendon, allowing for further range of motion and congruent length of both her legs. She will also be able to walk and move her leg and foot without any difficulty. Surgery is scheduled for July 9 and will cost $497. Sokea is the youngest of five children, and she hopes to become a doctor when she gets older.
Mulhat is a toddler from Tanzania. For three months, Mulhat has had an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes her pain. Fortunately, on June 21, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Mulhat's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Mulhat’s mother says, “I would have treated her condition long time ago if I could afford it, please help my daughter get this surgery.”
Seang Khy is a woman from Cambodia. In March 2019, Seang Khy was in a motorcycle accident, dislocating her left hip. She is unable to walk without support, and experiences pain all along her left leg. Surgery will allow her to walk normally without any pain. Surgery is scheduled for May 2 and will cost $390. In her free time, Seang Khy likes to grow vegetables and feed the farm animals nearby her house. She is looking forward to returning to her work and regaining her independence. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to walk like normal again and I can return to my work selling rice."
Soeun is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six grandchildren and in his spare time, he likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. Five months ago, Soeun developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Soeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 5, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to see better and go back to my work on the rice farm."
Daung Naw is a four-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, grandmother and an older brother who goes to school. Her parents opened a copy and print shop in the village, and they both work together. According to her mother, Daung Naaw likes drawing and painting. When she was born, she had a problem with breathing. The doctor placed her on oxygen for a few months. After that her throat became narrow and she was not able to breathe properly. She was referred to Mandalay Hospital and underwent a tracheostomy, which provides an airway passage to help her breathe. Doctors want Daung Naw to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Daung Naw's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 25. Daung Naung says, “I want to be an actress. “