Shashank joined Watsi on April 30th, 2013. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Shashank's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Mu Ki, a mother and farmer from Thailand, to treat multiple gallstones and free her from stomach pain.
Shashank has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
“Mu Ki is looking forward to getting well very soon, so that she can be a supportive wife and caring mother for her three children again,” says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. Mu Ki is a 37-year-old woman from Thailand who plants rice and corn for a living. She was diagnosed with multiple gallstones, meaning that small stones, made of cholesterol, formed in her gallbladder. She has been experiencing severe stomach pain, and is unable to help her husband on the farm or do household chores most of the time. For a short time, she was taking analgesics to help relieve her symptoms; however, she still experiences pain. Mu Ki and her husband make 20,000 Baht (USD $650) a year. This amount is not enough for them to pay for proper medical treatment, especially when their children are still in school. For $810, we can help ensure that Mu Ki no longer experiences pain and can go back to work. “I’m very lucky and fortunate to be able to get help for my surgery. I can’t wait to have treatment and go home to be a happy mother again,” Mu Ki tells us. Let's help make that possible!
Meet Fostina! She is a sweet, ten-year-old girl from Zambia who “was nothing but healthy and brought only joy to her family” for the first six of years of her life, according to our medical partner CURE International. Then, at age six, her family began to notice a slight bow in her legs, but doctors had high hopes she would outgrow the condition. The opposite happened. Now at ten years of age, her legs are severely bowed out and far beyond the ability of her local doctor to correct. "Fostina has trouble walking," her doctors say, "which is extremely painful, awkward, and embarrassing. This also causes stress on other joints in her ankles and hips and she has experienced social difficulties due to her very noticeable disability, because her culture largely believes in curses.” Thankfully, Fostina was referred to our partner, CURE International. Fostina has already had one successful surgery, thanks to Watsi donors. She needs our help to fund her final operation. For $1000, Fostima will receive a proximal tibial osteotomy, which will correctly realign her legs. She is expected to recover fully; she will walk out pain-free and with a new source of confidence.
Meet Durga, a caring 45-year-old woman in need of medical care. She lives with her 15-year-old granddaughter in Nepal, while her husband and three sons live in India. She and her granddaughter look after a small field, which only yields enough for six months of the year. Recently, Durga stumbled on a stone while carrying water from the well to her home. Unfortunately, she fractured her right knee, making it extremely difficult to move. Despite her own physical injury, Durga told our medical partner that her main concerns are about her granddaughter's annual exams coming up in school. Durga doesn't want her granddaughter worrying about her health while she is busy studying. For $1040 we can cover the cost of surgery to correct Durga's knee. Let's come together and help this selfless woman be mobile again!
Benita is a vigorous 46-year-old Kaqchikel woman with severe cholelithiasis (gall stones). Benita is widowed and has grown children. Due to her condition, she has been unable to work, and so cannot afford the surgery that she needs to remove the gall stones that are interrupting her life. Her gall stones have predisposed Benita to infections and caused her to have episodes of pain, nausea, and diarrhea multiple times a day. We are raising a total of $400 to help Benita get the care that she needs. Her surgery will cost $200, and labs and transportation will each cost $100. After surgery, Benita's doctors say she will no longer have significant pain and will be able to resume normal life!