Sabrina joined Watsi on December 12th, 2013. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sabrina's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Ma Khin, a mother from Burma, to treat symptoms of rheumatic heart disease.
Sabrina has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Sabrina has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Say hello to Ma Khin, a 44-year-old woman from Burma! She’s living with rheumatic heart disease, which means she frequently experiences chest pain, heart palpitations and difficulty breathing. It’s hard for her to walk long distances, and she gets tired very quickly. As a result, she’s unable to leave the house without assistance, and had to close her small shop. Ma Khin lives with her mother and 20-year-old son. Her husband left eight months ago without taking responsibility for her health care, and her illness is causing stress for her other family members. Ma Khin’s older brother provided some money towards her medical expenses, but he is unable to pay for any more treatment. For $1500, Ma Khin can have valve replacement surgery which will stop her chest pain, fatigue and other symptoms. She will have the strength to re-open her shop and support her son so he can continue his studies. She said she’s grateful to have this opportunity for treatment, and would like to return to a normal, healthy life. Let’s help her out!
Florence is a lively two-year-old boy from Tanzania who loves to grab everything he sets his eyes on. His mother was a storekeeper at a wholesale store, but after giving birth to Florence she quit her job to give him the extra care he needs. Florence's father is a self-employed electrician who works diligently every day to support his wife and son. As you can see in the photo, Florence has a nasal encephalocele, which is a growing mass on his nose. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation reports that “if not treated, the mass may block his air passageway or it may burst. This could cause numerous severe health problems.” Although Florence’s father is working hard to provide for his family, he needs our help to give Florence the help he needs. “My son is growing well," Florence's mom says, "but the mass between his eyes worries me because it keeps growing bigger. He is our only boy and we would like for him to grow up like other children and later on be able to go to school and become independent.” For $850, Florence will receive grafting and a nasal bridge reconstruction, which will reduce the risk his mass will burst, improve his appearance, and ensure he can continue to breath safely. Let’s give Florence the opportunity to have a happy, healthy childhood!
Mireycy is a beautiful one-year-old girl living in Guatemala with her caring mother. Doctors say Mireycy has severe developmental delay. She has a lot of trouble moving her body. Her mother describes her as "completely floppy." Although her mom has been keeping up with Mireycy's nutrition, a common problem in Guatemala, Mireycy is still delayed for her age. Mireycy's mom is motivated to help her child succeed and hopes that treatment is possible. Aggressive physical therapy will help maximize Mireycy's mobility and development, and a medical workup can identify a treatable cause of her delay. For $500, we can make sure Mireycy receives the care she needs, promising this little girl a healthy and happy future.
Meet Ismael, a 65-year-old from Guatemala whom some Watsi donors might remember. We helped Ismael about a year ago with a serious problem with urinary blockage (https://watsi.org/profile/12432a97680c-ismael). Since then, Ismael's health has improved dramatically, and he has gotten his diabetes under control. Unfortunately, all the years of poor control have left their mark on his vision, which has deteriorated to the point where he is unable to get around on his own. Ismael is a model patient at our partner hospital, Wuqu’ Kawoq. In addition to being extremely diligent with his diabetes medications, he is also a great source of encouragement to other patients. While waiting to be seen at the clinic, he is always sharing his story about his condition with other patients, encouraging them to take steps to improve their health. He has no family members and really relies on the clinic and staff for his support and health. For $1,500, we can cover the cost of bilateral cataract surgery and bilateral photocoagulation. This will bring about improved vision for Ismael and stabilization of the retinal diabetic disease. He will have improved independence and safety from the reduced risk of falling in his home, where he lives alone. We've helped restore some of his health, let's see this through all the way!
Marie Marthe is a 47-year-old from Haiti. She works as a small farmer to support her three children. Four years ago, when she gave birth, she noticed that she had a bump on her breast. She felt headaches, loss of appetite, insomnia, and pain while lifting things. When she went to the hospital, Marie Marthe was told that she has breast cancer. She says that she cried a lot and felt hopeless, but has since received support from friends who tell her to stay strong. Since the onset of the symptoms she hasn't been able to work as strongly. For $1,500, Marie Marthe can get the surgery and chemotherapy required to treat this condition. Let's help Marie Marthe get this treatment done so she can return to her life and her family!
Meet Veth, a sunny first-grader from Cambodia! She loves grilled corn and says that her best friend is her sister. Veth accidently burned herself with boiling water from a rice pot a few months ago. Recently, the scar tissue from the burn near her hip thickened, making her skin tight and reducing her mobility. For $300, Veth will receive a skin graft on her burned area and her mobility will be restored. Let’s help Veth so she can play and move more freely!
Meet eight-year-old Christna, a playful young girl from Haiti. Christna loves to play with other children but is easily exhausted, especially in hot weather, because she has congenital heart disease. Caused when there is a hole in the septum that separates the ventricles in the heart, Christna’s condition makes her out of breath and very tired during and after physical activity and exertion. Without surgery, doctors say Christna will face serious complications and will continue to become tired after minimal activity. Christna lives with her parents, two brothers and sister. Her father is a farmer and her mother cares for the family. They cannot afford the cost of surgery. They say, “We think it is a blessing from God that Christna can have her surgery. It’s a miracle to us!” For $1,500, doctors can repair the hole in Christna’s heart by performing a cardiopulmonary bypass. With surgery, Christna will be able to grow up healthy and lead a normal life. Let’s help Christna play with her friends again!
Dilli is a 53-year-old farmer and father of two sons from Nepal. His family's farm only yields crops six months out of the year so he supplements his income by working as a security guard in India. Dilli's goals in life are to have a good family and live to see his grandchildren get married. About a week ago, Dilli experienced severe abdominal pain and was diagnosed with cholecystitis, an inflammation of the gallbladder, a condition that causes extreme pain. For $965, Dilli can receive surgery to have the gallbladder removed. Let's help Dilli to get back to his work and family!
Zin is a 19-year-old girl who was born with a mass on the left side of her stomach. One morning in April, she woke up completely numb on her left side. Unable to move, Zin was confined to her house. She soon started experiencing headaches, heaviness in her legs, and joint pain. For an entire month, Zin relied entirely on her younger sister to take care of her. Zin’s mother had to borrow money from friends for transportation costs to take Zin to an urban clinic where she was diagnosed with a kidney cyst. Zin’s mother is very worried about her daughter's health, and about their growing hospital bills. Zin needs a $1,330 surgery to remove the cyst and restore her quality of life. Let's fund her surgery so she can get back to living a healthy life!