Howard and Pip Shin
Howard's Story

Howard joined Watsi on February 28th, 2021. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Howard's most recent donation supported Koem Hen, a mother and rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund treatment for a pterygium in her right eye.


Howard has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 4 countries.

Patients funded by Howard

Koem Hen is a mother of five and a 62-year-old rice farmer who has three daughters, two sons, and many grandchildren. Because Koem Hen is older, she no longer works in the field. Nowadays, she helps her youngest daughter to take care of grandchildren and sell food out of their house. Her husband passed away from tetanus 20 years ago. In her free time, she likes to listen to the radio, especially the chanting and preaching of the monks, and watch Khmer dramas on TV. Ten years ago, Koem Hen developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her eye to look unsightly, with itchiness and frequent tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Koem Hen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours with her daughter seeking treatment. Koem Hen needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for January 18th. Koem Hen shared, "I hope that after surgery, I will have good eyesight again. I want to take care of myself and my grandchildren, cook for my family, and help my daughter."

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Su is a 16-year-old girl from Burma. She has three siblings. Su’s mother is a home maker, and her older brother works as a day labourer. Su and her youngest sister are students and this year Su is in grade seven. Her family's combined monthly income is around 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) per month, which is just enough for their daily expenses, but not enough to pay for basic healthcare. When she has free time, Su loves to play football with her friends at school and she likes to be the goalkeeper. She also loves to read books and watch movies. Su plans to continue her studies as soon as she finishes her treatment. Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, 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, Su still feels tired, but not as much as before she started taking her medication. When she feels more tired, her breath quickens. Su has stopped attending school since she got sick. Although she wants to go back to school, her mother worries for her as her school is a little far and she normally walks there. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12nd and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su's mother shared, “Su really wants to go to school but I worry that the long walking distance from our house to her school will make her tired and worsen her condition. So, I asked her to stay home for a while until she can get treated.”

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