Jayne joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jayne's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Htet, a student from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Jayne has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 10 countries.
Jayne has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 10 countries.
Htet is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a village in Burma. Htet’s father peels coconuts for a living, while his mother works in a betel leaf garden. Their combined income is just enough for daily expenses. When Htet was nine months old, his mother noticed that his lips often turned blue when he cried. His symptoms were still there on his first birthday. His parents took him to a clinic in Yangon, where they were informed that Htet has a congenital heart disease. His father tried to treat him with traditional medicine, but Htet’s symptoms did not improve. When Htet is active, he feels very tired and has heart palpitations. He also eats very little and is often sick. Unfortunately, Htet has had to stop attending classes. He really enjoys school and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Htet and his parents visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, where they learned about Watsi and the possibility of having surgery. Htet's surgery is now scheduled for November 17. Htet's surgery will cost $1,500, which is too much for Htet's family to afford. Htet’s father says, “As a parent, both my wife and I feel very sad and guilty to see our son in this condition. I don’t care how long the treatment will take but if my son recovers, I can give my full time to him. My wife is worried and told me that she will work and that I must look after my son. If there is any way for my son to recover, I would sacrifice my life for him."
Lah is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She works with an organization that promotes women’s empowerment and involvement in public life. Her husband is a soldier. They are supported financially by friends and community supporters, so their income is sporadic. For the past ten years, Lah has always had a slight stomachache. She received investigative tests in Burma, but they were inconclusive. She was prescribed oral medication, but it didn’t help. Her stomach pain was more intense around meal times and was accompanied by acid reflux and back pain. In April 2017, the pain intensified. It was sometimes so severe that she felt she couldn’t breathe. She went to a clinic for testing and was diagnosed with a gallstone, which requires surgery. On October 4, Lah will undergo a cholecystectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to help fund the treatment. Lah says, "I look after women and children in my area. Those I care for are frequently discriminated against, and I am responsible for helping them support themselves and survive discrimination. I regret being unable to support the people who depend on me during my treatment, and I am hopeful that I can return to them soon."
Sakaiyan is a five-year-old girl from Kenya. She is playful but often reserved because she has an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. Sakaiyan's parents can't afford the surgeries required to treat their daughter's condition. Earlier this year, the family was referred to Watsi. In March, Sakaiyan received a colostomy. Doctors recommended she return in July for an anorectalplasty and colostomy closure. If left untreated, Sakaiyan will experience bowel dysfunction. On July 13, Sakaiyan will receive the operation she needs to complete her treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to fund the surgery. Sakaiyan’s father is grateful for the support. He says, “I want to see my daughter healthy so that she can lead a normal life like other children."
Myint is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a small village, where his father owns a rubber plantation. Myint's father and brother work on the plantation and his mother stays home to care for him. When Myint was two months old, his mother noticed that tips of his fingers were turning blue. She gave him different traditional medicines but nothing seemed to help. Growing up, Myint was physically weak, often tired, and struggled to stand up for more than five minutes. He has not been able to attend school for some time now. Recently, Myint's mother took him to a hospital, where he received a chest x-ray and an echocardiogram. Doctors diagnosed him with Tetralogy of Fallot and dextrocardia. Tetralogy of Fallot means that there is a hole between the lower chambers of the heart, an obstruction from the heart to the lungs, an incorrectly placed aorta, and an overly thick heart muscle. Dextrocardia means that his heart points to the right instead of the left. Surgery has been recommended. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Myint's treatment. He is scheduled for surgery at our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, on October 6. After treatment he will be able to return to school.
Htun is a 34-year-old man living with his family in Burma. Htun has experienced several episodes of jaundice since he was young. Then, a few months ago, he noticed a change in the color of his eyes and skin. He visited a nearby clinic, where the doctor diagnosed him with a gastric problem. However, the medication he received had no effect on his symptoms. He then visited another hospital, where he received ultrasound imaging, which revealed stones in his gallbladder. He then visited our medical partner's hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital. On August 16, Htun witll receive a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), which will cost $1,500. He looks forward to recovery, saying, “I've had to stop working because of my symptoms and I worry about not supporting my family. When I get better I will go back to work in order to support them.”
Kone is a 59-year-old nun from Burma who has been living at a monastery since she was 21 years old. Although she is post-menopausal, Kone has been experiencing vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain for the past few months. She has also noticed a mass in her lower abdomen. Her local health clinic referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, where Kone underwent imaging tests and was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. These are benign tumors in the uterus, but can cause patients substantial pain, as is the case for Kone. A total hysterectomy was recommended to relieve her of her pain. She is scheduled to have her hysterectomy on June 9, and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of the procedure. "I am very excited to have surgery soon,” shares Kone.
Abner is a four-month-old baby boy from Guatemala's rural highlands. While his father works as a day laborer, his mother stays at home to take care of the family and sell hand-woven textiles. Abner is the fifth child in his family. Because Abner's mother cannot produce breastmilk, Abner is already malnourished. Underweight and small for his age, Abner often cries from hunger. His mother can only afford warm sugar water to soothe him, however this diet has dangerous implications for Abner’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures and compromise brain development. To help his condition, Abner requires a formal nutrition plan, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund formula, nutrient supplements, and health education for Abner's mother that will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son and monitor Abner's health. With this treatment, Abner’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.
Heron is a five-year-old boy. He lives with his parents near the coast. His father works as a carpenter. Heron loves to play with his friends. Heron has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Heron will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Heron's mother hopes that someday her son will finish his studies.
Sim is a 72-year-old grandfather from Cambodia. He loves his three children and twelve grandchildren. He likes to read books on Buddhism, listen to monks pray on the radio, and join ceremonies at the pagoda. About a year ago, Sim developed cataracts in both eyes. This causes him to experience blurred vision and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for him to see things clearly, do work around the house, or go places on his own. He is worried about going blind. Sim traveled three hours with his daughter to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and their care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. He is scheduled to receive cataract surgery on February 13. Our medical partner is requesting $292 to cover the cost of surgery. After treatment, Sim will be able to see clearly again.
Nyunt is a 45-year-old man from a village in Burma. He is married and has six children. He is a subsistence farmer who grows rice and betel nut. His wife and oldest daughter work in Bangkok and send money home. In February 2016, Nyunt began experiencing stabbing pain in his abdomen and in his back. He also developed a distended abdomen. He visited a local hospital, where he was given medication. Unfortunately, this did not relieve his condition. A medic recommended he seek care with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Nyunt is now scheduled for a CT scan on March 18. This procedure will give his doctors more information about the cause of his abdominal pain, allowing them to plan for further care. Nyunt needs $414 to pay for the scan. Let's help him begin getting better!
Eunice is a 22-year-old mother from Uganda. She and her husband, Hudu, have one daughter and are currently expecting their second child. Eunice is a student in a tertiary institution, while her husband is a driver. Eunice enjoys spending time with friends and watching her daughter play with the other children in the community. Eunice has a severe form of oligohydromnios, a condition characterized by a deficiency of amniotic fluid. She also delivered her first child through C-section. For these reasons, her doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. They recommend that she receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On February 6, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, where she will undergo a C-section. After birth, Eunice and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 to help Eunice safely deliver her baby. Eunice is looking forward to giving birth to a healthy child. She says, "Thank you so much for the help with my safe delivery."
Zaw is an 11-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers. Zaw's mother sells watermelon in their town, while his father works on construction sites and cuts bamboo for neighbors. Zaw himself is a student who just finished the fourth grade. He loves to spend his free time playing football and marbles with friends. When Zaw was nine, his mother noticed a nasal polyp, or growth, inside both of his nostrils. At night, he began to have difficulty breathing. Zaw's condition has caused him to stop attending the fifth grade. Zaw's family could not afford medication or travel to a clinic. Finally, Zaw visited our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. There, he will undergo a CT scan on January 11. This scan will help his doctors plan for further treatment. Zaw's parents earn an inconsistent income. They need help to fund this $1,500 procedure. His mother hopes her son will recover soon. “If I am fully recovered, I will go back to school,” Zaw says.