Michelle joined Watsi on March 19th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michelle's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Thaw, a woman from Burma, to fund gynecological surgery.
Michelle has funded healthcare for 52 patients in 13 countries.
Michelle has funded healthcare for 52 patients in 13 countries.
Thaw is a 44-year-old woman from Burma. She lives in Hpa-An, Karen State with her friends. She is a Christian missionary. Thaw has a mass in her uterus. She has been diagnosed with a myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Thaw's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Thaw is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on July 1. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Thaw will be able to return home and continue her work as a missionary.
Hack is a 72-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Karen State. His children are subsistence farmers, and they also grow vegetables and sell livestock to supplement their household income. Hack and his wife are retired and take care of their grandchildren at home. Six months ago, Hack started to experience pain under his left ribcage. The pain was inconsistent. In February 2019, Hack felt a mass in the left side of his abdomen, where the pain was emanating from. Since then, the pain has become constant. He then went to his local clinic for medicine but it did not help. Doctors want Hack 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 $469 to cover the cost of Hack's CT scan and care, scheduled for May 28. He says, "When the pain worsened at night, I could not sleep well. Food is tasteless because of the pain."
Remedan is a baby from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with people. He loves food. Remedan was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Remedan is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on May 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Remedan's procedure and care. After his recovery, Remedan will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.
Monicah is a baby from Kenya. She is the only child to her young mother. Monicah has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Monicah has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Monicah will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Monicah that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 17 and will drain the excess fluid from Monicah's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Monicah will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “We had lost hope of getting treatment for our daughter and we pray that our hopes will be revived here,” says Monicah’s mother.
Somab is a woman from Cambodia. Somab really likes to cook and go for walks with her family in her free time. She developed a curve in her lower spine about two months ago, which is progressing, making it difficult to sit for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Surgery is scheduled for Mach 13 and will cost $930. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to go back to work and take care of my family without having any pain or difficulty."
Sogomo is a grandmother from Kenya. She plants millet and cassava. She is the mother of five children. Early this month, Sogomo slipped and broke her right hand while crossing a fence. She is now unable to stretch or lift her right hand. Sogomo will not be able to perform her normal duties of farming and fetching water for her house if she is not treated. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 13, Sogomo will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She will be able to use her hand again with no pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Sogomo’s son says, “We were forced as family to borrow money from a money lender with high interest rates to pay bills for Sogomo’s first treatment. We are unable to afford for her second treatment again."
Sophal is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three brothers and four sisters. She likes to plant vegetables in her small garden at home. When she was fifteen, Sophal had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sophal experiences ear discharge and pain. She cannot communicate easily with others. Sophal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 7, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope my ear pain goes away and I can return home soon after surgery."
Mzee is a farmer with a wife and six kids from Malawi. He enjoys fishing and chatting with his friends in his free time. For four months, Mzee has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Mzee's surgery. On November 1, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He is looking forward to relief from pain. He is eager to complete the operation and begin recovery. He says, "I am thanking God for this program which will help me get better and be able to work again. Please continue to help others like me in this way. Thank you!"
Paul is a young boy and the fifth in a family of six children. He is playful and very social. His parents are planning to enroll him in school next year. Paul was born with a malformation of his left leg, which was caused by the amniotic band wrapping around it and preventing blood flow during development. His parents were advised to let him grow for a few years before undergoing surgery. Now, on October 11, Paul is scheduled to undergo an amputation, which is going to enable him to use a prosthetic leg. His family needs help raising $1,035 to fund this procedure. His father says, “We wish to get the needed surgery for our son so that he can be able to use a prosthetic leg and be able to walk to school like other children, but we are unable to afford the cost of the surgery. Please help us.”
Shedrack is a baby from Tanzania. His mother sells vegetables at the market, while his father is a construction worker. For two months, Shedrack has been experiencing difficulty breathing. He also has difficulty sleeping. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Shedrack's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Shedrack, which is scheduled to take place on October 3. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Shedrack of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Shadrack’s mother says, “We would like to help our son but the surgery cost is too high for us to afford. Please help our son.”
Menghour is a young boy who likes to play with his toys at home and drink Coca Cola. He lives in Cambodia. He has two brothers and a sister. He wants to be a tuk tuk driver when he grows up. Two years ago, Menghour's left hand was injured by a conveyor belt. He has since developed skin contractures that make it hard to move his hand. He needs to undergo a contracture release surgery to freely use his hand again. His father says, "My son's hand does not move easily." Fortunately, Menghour is scheduled for surgery on August 9. Now, his family needs help raising $417 to fund this procedure. He will be able to use his hand normally after the operation.
Joshua is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of three kids. Unfortunately, Joshua’s father died when his mother was seven months pregnant with him. His mother has no savings and works as a farmer to support her children. Joshua has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Joshua has been experiencing vomiting and regular fevers. Without treatment, Joshua will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Joshua that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 17 and will drain the excess fluid from Joshua's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joshua will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Joshua’s mother says, “Please help my son.”