Mariah joined Watsi on August 25th, 2015. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mariah's most recent donation supported Lah Naw, an aspiring high school student from Burma, to remove a tumor in her nose.
Mariah has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Meet 15-year-old Lah Naw from Burma. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us, “Lah Naw lives with her grandmother, father, brother, and sister. Her mother is deceased. Her father supports the entire family by running a snack shop out of their home and makes about 100 USD per month.” Though their father sometimes has to borrow money for school fees, Lah Naw’s father wants both his children to attend school. As BBP explains, “Lah Naw has completed grade 8, but she misses school frequently because of her condition and has not yet been able to start grade 9.” Lah Naw has a sinonasal papilloma, a benign tumor of the nasal cavity. BBP reports, “Lah Naw first noticed her problem two years ago when she started to get nosebleeds and could feel a mass on the inside of her nose. She went to a clinic in Burma and received medicine to ease the bleeding, but the mass has continued to grow since then.” Currently, Lah Naw has frequent and serious nosebleeds. BBP informs us, “She has to say home from school multiple times per month because of the nosebleeds. Lah Naw is scared that if her condition does not improve, she will not be able to return to school.” With $1,500 in funding, Lah Naw will receive surgery to remove the mass in her nasal cavity, putting an end to her nosebleeds. Funding covers the cost of pre-surgery and post-surgery outpatient visits, hospitalization for scans and surgery, transportation, and food allowance. “After surgery, Lah Naw will be able to go back to school and will be relieved of her symptoms,” confirms BBP. Lah Naw is eager to return to her daily life and looks forward to a bright future. She shares, “I want to go back to school, and after I complete grade 12, I want to continue my education further.”
“Justin is the youngest of four children. He likes to play with toy balls and little cars," our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) tells us. Justin is one-year-old and lives with his family in Guatemala. “Justin is battling malnutrition due to limited food supply and constant diarrhea and vomiting,” reports WK. “During one particularly bad episode, his mother took Justin to the health center, where she was told that her son was malnourished. However, the health center offered zero counseling and medication to assist.” If acute malnutrition goes uncorrected, Justin will suffer developmental setbacks. His health will flag as his immune system deteriorates, subjecting him to chronic illnesses. He will have difficulty keeping up in school and will fall behind his peers mentally and physically. Justin’s father is unable to work, so his mother is the breadwinner of the family. She often works in the field days at a time to provide for the family. With the strain of supporting four children, it is difficult for her to supply the resources for them all and supply Justin with the extra food and medication to address his malnutrition. She shares, “I am so glad you are here, because I have heard about you and I know that with your help Justin will be able to grow and reach his full potential.” $535 can provide the treatment Justin needs to get his health back on track. This money will provide Justin with macronutrient support to recoup the height and weight he has lost. Medication will help stop the episodes of vomiting and diarrhea, and in time his immune system will become strong enough to ensure he does not continue to get ill. To ensure that Justin and his siblings maintain their health long-term, Justin’s mother will receive nutritional education. “This treatment will give Justin’s mother the education and support she needs to help Justin avoid the permanent effects of malnutrition,” explains WK. “She will feel confident in her care decisions and be able to offer Justin and his siblings higher quality food options via differences in preparation, not cost.” Let’s help Justin and his family take the necessary steps to gain long-term health!
“Ly is married with seven children and ten grandchildren. She spends her days cooking food for the monks and cleaning up around her local pagoda,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Ly is an 82-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has hypermature cataracts in both eyes. Cataracts are a clouding of the internal lens in the eye. They are common among the elderly and can cause functional blindness if left untreated. CSC tells us, “Ly can't see anything out of her left eye. If she has to go outside she has to bother someone in her family to hold her hand.” $225 will fund the cataract surgery Ly needs to correct her vision. The procedure involves removing the affected lens and replacing it with a clear artificial lens. CSC reports, “Ly will be able to see clearly from her left eye and can return to have surgery on the right eye in one to two weeks.” CSC says, “Ly is looking forward to going back to the pagoda, taking care of her grandchildren and getting some of her independence back.”