Cindy joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. 201 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Cindy's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Myo, a future teacher from Burma, to fund cardiac surgery.
Cindy has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Cindy has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Myo is a 16-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four brothers in northern Rakhine State. Myo is a student in grade nine and his four brothers also go to school. However, they have been unable to study since the Covid-19 pandemic shut all schools. Myo’s parents are day laborers, and their family's combined income is just enough to cover their daily expenses since Myo and his brothers’ schooling is free. To survive with limited income, they forage for vegetables and fish. If they fall ill, they use traditional medicine, which is more affordable then going to a clinic or a hospital. Myo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, which is 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, Myo cannot walk long distances or climb stairs because of his tiredness. Sometimes, he cannot breathe very well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Myo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 7th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Myo shared, “I am worried about my health and I feel sorry for my parents. Because of my health problems, my father had to work more days to earn more money. Also, my mother cannot work because she accompanies me and has to take care of me. I hope my school will reopen soon so that I can go back to school. One day I hope that I can become a teacher. I want to teach because there are not enough teachers in my village.”
Gyi is an agricultural day labourer from Thailand. He lives with his wife, who also works as a day labourer. However, both Gyi and his wife struggle to find work and often have to borrow money to make ends meet. On January 12, 2021, Gyi started to experience difficulty urinating. His abdomen became distended, and he felt uncomfortable as if he had severe gas. For the next two days, Gyi was able to pass urine without difficulty, but he started developing pain on the right side of his abdomen. Four days later, he was unable to pass neither urine nor stool. Gyi and his wife went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where a medic assessed him and thought he might be suffering from partial obstruction of his bowel. Doctors want Gyi 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 his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Gyi's CT scan and care, scheduled for January 20th. In the future, Gyi shared, "I want to continue working in the fields. Also, I would like to move back to Burma one day."
Meet baby Marisa from Guatemala. She's two-months-old, the youngest of three children, and a welcome addition to her loving family. Marisa was a premature baby, weighing only three pounds at birth. Her mother has not been able to produce milk for her and formula is prohibitively expensive for the family. The family was referred to Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq' (WK), which has worked with a number of other Watsi patients in Guatemala to tackle malnutrition. "I was really happy when I learned about your program, and I hope you can help my baby," Marisa's mother told the WK team. Marisa is in good hands, and with our help, well on her way to good health, too. "With close nutritional followup and counseling, as well as the all important provision of the necessary milk formula, Marisa will gain weight, grow normally, and develop normally," the WK team tells us. $1220 will cover the cost of comprehensive and personalized care the WK team will provide Marisa. Let's fund this little one's care and get her on track for a healthy and productive life.
This is nine-year-old Walter from Guatemala. He's under the care of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq' (WK). WK operates out of central Guatemala and is able to provide comprehensive care to Kaqchikel-speaking families like Walter's. Walter has been having multiple seizures on a daily basis since the age of two. "As a result, he is very developmentally delayed - he can't walk or talk," WK tells us. "He spends most of his time sleepy and lethargic from successive seizures and he doesn't really have time to recover from one seizure before he has another." "Walter's mom is very diligent in caring for her child, and she's brought him to see us because she's heard from other patients and families of the great things that we've been able to do for other children with similar conditions," WK continues. And with $745, we can ensure that the efforts of Walter's mother, family and the WK team come to fruition. "We will perform extensive evaluation, including mapping of the seizures electrically and imaging of the brain to help best define the optimal treatment," WK writes. "With this in hand, we are confident that we will be able to get Walter's seizures under control so that his brain can start to develop and he can begin to gain some life skills and develop motor skills." We're halfway to a better prognosis for Walter in the long run. Let's help this effort come full circle by funding his care.
This wide-eyed little guy is Andri, a one-year-old from Guatemala. Andri gets frequent intestinal infections, which lead to poor appetite and weight loss. He’s not developing motor skills or growing at the rate he should be, which has his family worried. Andri’s parents come from a poor rural area. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, says, “They have limited food to feed their children and no economic ability to pay for medical care. They've been very concerned about how poorly Andri is doing, and they've come to us looking for help.” For $535, Andri can receive intensive nutritional therapy to help him start growing again. This will stop his infections, improve his appetite and get him on track to a healthy childhood. Let’s help him out!
Joseph is resilient. Both of his parents died when he was young. He lived with his uncle for a few years, but was chased away because of his poor health. After leaving his uncle’s care, with nowhere to go, Joseph lived on the streets until a social worker arranged for his care at an orphanage. Now, Joseph has a Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the connective tissue, on his foot. The tumor makes it difficult and painful for him to walk, and risks serious complications if the cancer spreads. "I dream of becoming either a doctor or an engineer," Joseph, who is currently in secondary school studying science, shares. "If God will bless me financially, I will give back to the orphanage that has been taking care of me with great love." Although the orphanage is fully supportive of Joseph’s education, there are not enough funds to provide for his medical needs. For $800 we can pay for Joseph to undergo a below-knee amputation and receive a prosthesis so he can still walk. With this treatment, doctors expect that Joseph will be pain free, able to walk normally, and no longer at risk of cancer. Let's pull together for Joseph's bright future!
This is six-year-old Humphrey! The youngest in a family of four children, Humphrey lives with his parents and siblings in Kenya. Humphrey’s mother sells vegetables by the roadside and his father is a farmer. Since he was one (that’s right, five years ago), Humphrey has had trouble breathing and a constant running nose. His mother took him to numerous hospitals that were unable to help. He has finally been diagnosed with adenoids, which are masses of enlarged tissue between the back of his nose and throat. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation explains that “without treatment, Humphrey will continue having breathing problems, difficulty sleeping, and participating in the extracurricular activities of other children his age.” “I look forward to the day when my child will sleep comfortably,” Humphrey’s mother says. Let’s raise $550 so Humphrey can receive an adenoidectomy at our partner hospital. With this surgery, Humphrey's breathing will improve, he will be able to sleep comfortably, and he will be able to run and play with his friends and family.
Meet Joseph! Joseph is a hard-working husband, farmer, and father of seven living in Kenya. While working on the farm late last year, Joseph injured himself in the field. An innocent cut turned into an infected and debilitating wound, and he was diagnosed as having a severe ulcer in need of immediate medical treatment. Since Joseph is diabetic, the surgery is critical. If he doesn't receive surgery, his leg will likely need amputation. For $940, Joseph will receive the debridement and skin graft necessary to heal his leg. Joseph says, “I want to get well so that I can work hard and improve my family’s life.” Let’s help Joseph save his leg and continue supporting his family!
Meet Teshom, a happy eight-year-old boy from Ethiopia. He is a second grade student who loves to read and dreams of becoming a pilot when he grows up. Due to extreme scoliosis, Teshom cannot stand up straight while walking, experiences chronic back pain and has difficulty breathing. He is unable to sleep while laying on his back and has difficulty performing daily tasks. With surgery, Teshom is expected to make a full recovery. The insertion of a growing rod into his spine will allow for natural growth and will prevent any future curvature of the spine. Although he will not be able to return to contact sports , the surgery will prevent further discomfort and significantly increase his quality of life. Let's work together to help Teshom!
Meet Poe. He is a seven-year-old boy from Burma who loves to play with his friends and wants to be a doctor when he grows up. About a year ago, Poe's arm was badly burned in an accident. His parents told our medical partner that Poe was very brave after his accident and tried not to cry, even though he was in immense pain. Now, Poe has a hard time sleeping because of discomfort caused by residual scar tissue. The damaged skin on his arm has hardened and tightened, rendering it mostly immobile. He is shy about going outside, and has a hard time doing active things like playing with his friends and participating in festivals. With our support, Poe can receive the surgery he needs to regain mobility in his arm and reduce his discomfort. $1,500 will enable our partner, Burma Border Projects, to provide Poe with the care he needs to have the future he deserves!
Sylvia is a 12-year-old girl who lives with her aunt in Kenya. Sylvia has a dislocated left elbow which makes it difficult for her to use her arm. If her elbow is not operated on, Sylvia could lose function of her entire arm. Sylvia's mother passed away from chronic illness when Sylvia was less than two-years-old. Sylvia's aunt works as a house maid, but she barely makes enough money to take care of Sylvia, let alone pay her expensive medical bills. If we can raise $1200, Sylvia will receive elbow reconstruction surgery. This surgery will make it possible for Sylvia to regain full range of motion in her elbow joint and use her arm properly. Sylvia dreams of becoming a doctor when she grows up and this surgery will allow her to work towards this goal.