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jared laser

UF MEMBER

United States   •   Born on August 20

jared's Story

jared joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. Three years ago, jared joined the Universal Fund and became the 138th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,607 more people have joined! jared's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Talent, a student from Uganda, to fund a safe delivery.

Impact

jared has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by jared

Nyein

Nyein is a 28-year-old woman originally from Burma. When she was a child, her mother opened a mohinga, a Burmese noodle shop. Nyein quit school after sixth grade to help her mother in the shop. When she was 18 years old, Nyein moved to Bangkok to support her mother financially. She currently works as a babysitter and housekeeper in Bangkok, living with her employer’s family. She looks after the young children, prepares food, cleans the house, and does laundry. Nyein sends most of her income home to her mother, who she visits once a year. Three years ago, she paid for her mother to undergo two cataract surgeries to restore her vision. In September of 2016, Nyein began to experience stomachaches. She took painkillers, but the pain continued. Finally, she visited a public hospital in Bangkok, where she underwent an X-ray and was diagnosed with stomach flu. Despite taking oral medication, her symptoms were alleviated only temporarily. Nyein decided to return to Burma to see her mother. There, she learned about our medical partner’s clinic, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). When Nyein visited MTC, she was diagnosed with a benign colon tumor. She underwent a tumor removal procedure on December 19. During her free time, Nyein loves watching Thai movies and listening to Thai music on her mobile phone. She hopes that she will be fully cured so that she can return to work and continue to support her mother. For now, she needs help to pay for this $1,500 surgery.

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Jose

Meet Jose, an 11-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He is the youngest child in his family. Jose has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. He is well below the normal size for his age, all because he has not had access to a healthy diet full of protein, nutrients, and calories. Jose began to have issues when he was born, as his mother did not have sufficient breastmilk to nourish him. He frequently got sick, and once he was old enough to eat solid foods, he still wasn't able to gain weight like he should. Frequent bouts of diarrhea make him dangerously dehydrated, take away his appetite, and force his body to waste energy on getting better, instead of growing and developing. Jose's mother is worried because the local health center told her he was dangerously underweight, but did not offer to help. She is very appreciative to receive support from Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), and Watsi. Jose loves to play with his toy car, and smiles at people when they talk to him. His parents are very caring and hardworking, but lack the resources to buy Jose the foods he needs. Many days, his family only has enough money to feed the kids a few corn tortillas and nothing else. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Jose recover from malnutrition. He will gain weight, grow taller, and his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally. In addition to Jose's treatment, his parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Jose the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. "I want my son to be better," Jose's mother shares. "I want to see him grow big, and when he is big, I hope that he is a teacher."

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Moe Shwe

Moe Shwe is a 45-year-old woman originally from a village in Southern Shan State in Burma. She came to our medical partner with a diagnosis of myoma - a uterine mass. Moe Shwe moved to Thailand to work in a factory as a seamstress. She doesn’t know yet what her income will be because within days of arriving in Thailand she started to feel very unwell and worked for less than one week. Her husband still lives in Burma and works in his garden growing vegetables beside the family home. Currently the combined family income is not enough to cover daily expenses, therefore, they have been unable to save money and cannot afford health care costs. Moe Shwe has been experiencing symptoms related to her current health problem since early April, 2016. At that time she went to a clinic because she was having trouble passing urine. The doctor told her that she would need surgery and that the surgery cost would be 30,000 THB (approx. 1000 USD) but she could not afford this cost and returned home. One of her friends from the factory knew about Mae Tao Clinic (a Watsi partner) and encouraged her to attend the Clinic. On April 22nd, 2016 Moe Shwe came to the Mae Tao Clinic with her friend. Her abdomen was swollen and she had difficulty urinating. She also had sharp pain and numbness in her lower abdomen. At Mae Tao Clinic she received a blood test, urine test, and ultrasound. During her examination, the doctor detected a mass and she was diagnosed with a Myoma. Moe Shwe is currently unable to work because of her symptoms and she is very sad about her health problems and the effects they have on her life. She said that she does not have any siblings who can help pay for her treatment and even with the help of her daughter she is unable to afford treatment. She became so emotional that she began crying during the interview. Her daughter is waiting to hear if she has passed her Year 12 exams and will be accepted to university. "I am worried a lot and I cannot sleep well," Moe Shwe said. "I hope that I will be able to have surgery soon and when I get healthy again, I want to return to work in the factory and save money for my daughter’s university fees."

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