Melanie joined Watsi on March 3rd, 2017. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Melanie's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Dah Htoo, a young boy from Burma, to fund burn repair.
Melanie has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.
Dah Htoo is a two-year-old boy who lives in a village near the Thai-Burma border. He lives with his parents, uncle, grandmother, and younger brother. His father is a subsistence farmer and an agricultural day laborer. When Dah Htoo was one year old, he was crawling in the kitchen while his mother cooked soup. He accidentally knocked over the boiling soup, spilling it over his arm. His parents brought him straight to a clinic, where medics bandaged his arm and hand. Over time, Dah Htoo lost functionality in his arm and hand. Dah Htoo underwent two successful surgeries to treat his injuries. After recovery, he could straighten his arm. On November 23, Dah Htoo underwent a third surgery to improve the functionality of his hand. Now, his family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. “My son’s health is more important than other things,” says his father, “so I left my farm and came with my son to get treatment.”
Nan is a 44-year-old woman with one son and one daughter. She likes to cook, look after her children, and take care of her home. In July, a cow hit Nan's right elbow, causing a dislocation. She initially visited a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for Nan to use her right arm, and she is unable to cook for her family. Nan heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) from a radio program, and she traveled for four hours with her husband to reach CSC for treatment. On October 26, surgeons performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure to relocate and secure her right elbow. She needs help to fund this $411 procedure.