Victoria joined Watsi on November 7th, 2014. Seven years ago, Victoria joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Victoria's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Myint, a woman from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Victoria has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 11 countries.
Victoria has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 11 countries.
Myint is a woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and two children. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver, while Myint takes care of her children. Myint 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, Myint has difficulty breathing and no appetite. She is always tired and has pain under her lower ribs. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Myint. The treatment is scheduled to take place on September 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.
Onesiforo is a student from Tanzania. He is eight years old and the second-born child in a family of two. Last year, Onesiforo was sitting next to a fire. Suddenly, the cloth in which he was wrapped caught fire. He sustained burns across his body. Now, the burns on his hands have turned into contractures, limiting his ability to move his hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Onesiforo receive treatment. On August 7, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help him regain motion. Now, Onesiforo needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Onesiforo’s father says, “Please help my son if you can, he has stopped going to school due to the stares other kids give him. This other wound has refused to heal. If you can help us please do.”
Ka Buh is a 13-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and older brother. His family members are farmers. On May 28, Ka Buh slipped, and stones fell onto his left leg and chest. The stone on his leg was very heavy, and he sustained a fracture. Currently, he is in a lot of pain and he is unable to walk or sit properly. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ka Buh will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 29 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Ka Buh will be able to walk again.
Gladness is a baby from Tanzania. She is nine months old and the first child to her newlywed parents. Gladness was born premature and with yellow fever. She stayed in the hospital for three weeks, and unfortunately she had an allergic reaction to her treatment that caused a burn-like wound on her lower left leg. Eventually, the wound caused her foot to contract and attach to her tibia. This has made it difficult for her to walk. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gladness receive treatment. On May 18, surgeons at their care center will perform a contracture release surgery to help her walk. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Gladness’s mother says, “I am worried for my daughter that she will not be able to walk well without pain or discomfort. Please help us get her treatment.”
Kimsrieng is a government worker from Cambodia. He has one daughter. He likes to read the newspaper and listen the news on the radio. One year ago, Kimsrieng developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kimsrieng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hour seeking treatment. On April 23, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. He says, "I want to continue my work and spend time with my family."
Godlove is a 28-year-old man from Tanzania. He works as a poultry farmer and has just started his own business. In late 2015, Godlove was traveling with his family in a vehicle that caught fire. He managed to escape the fire, but he sadly lost his wife and son. After his injuries healed, he was left with extensive contractures on his body, which made it difficult for him to work or even take care of himself. He has undergone several surgeries, but he still needs treatment to make a full recovery. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Godlove receive treatment. On April 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery on his hands. This surgery will give Godlove a new life. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Godlove says, “I hope I will be able to return home healed and able to use both my hands to do my day to day duties and be able to help my family more.”
Abdala is a boy from Tanzania. He is an eight-year-old who loves school and enjoys teaching his friends how to read. His father earns a living by fixing machines, and his mother sells mandazi (Tanzanian donuts) on the side of the road. In August 2016, Abdala was burned in an accident with a cooking fire. He is not able to use his right hand at all. This means he cannot wash, write, or flex his fingers. For this reason, he is unable to keep up with his classmates at school. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Abdala receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to allow Abdallah to have full flexion of his arm. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Abdallah says, “I hope I will be able to write again with my right hand once my surgery is done. I love school and I cannot wait to go back. Thank you for helping me get this treatment.”
Vorn is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has nine children and four grandchildren and likes to visit the pagoda in his spare time. In September 2017, he fell in the rice field and developed pain on his left side. He is not working anymore and is experiencing chronic pain. He can only walk about three meters. Fortunately, Vorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Vorn of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 11, and Vorn needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I hope I can walk again."
Sanare is an active and happy four-month-old baby boy who lives with his family of eight in Tanzania. Sanare’s parents are small-scale farmers. They raise cattle and goats and grow maize and beans. Sanare has bilateral clubfeet, which is congenital deformity involving both feet. The feet look like they are turned inwards at the ankle. This may affect Sanare's school attendance. He will have difficulty walking, experience pain, and may be subjected to stigma. After a procedure called "manipulation and casting," which uses gradual treatments to correct this condition, Sanare will be able to walk without difficulty. His treatments are scheduled to begin on October 17. Sanare’s father says, “I will be very thankful and very happy to see Sanare get treatment. I promise to take him to school when he grows up." Watsi is requesting $890 to fund Sanare's treatment.
Thet is a 19-year-old farmer who lives with his family in a village in Mon State, Burma. His family owns a rubber tree farm where they harvest the sticky resin and create rubber sheets to sell. A few months ago, Thet began feeling tired and experiencing chest pain and difficulty breathing. Thet tried oral medication from a local hospital, however his symptoms still failed to improve and ultimately forced him to take leave from farming. A month later, Thet decided to go to a private clinic. Following the administration of an echocardiogram, doctors diagnosed Thet with an atrial septal defect, or a hole in the wall between the two upper chambers of his heart. The cost of surgery was too high, so Thet returned to his home without treatment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to repair the defect in Thet's heart. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 10 and, once completed, will greatly improve Thet's quality of life. Thet worries about his family’s finances and hopes to be able to go back to work as soon as possible. He looks forward to being able to save up for his future, saying, “I would like to save some money first, and then later have children."
Dah is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She retired from farming, and now her adopted son supports her. For over two months, Dah has been experiencing urinary difficulty and discomfort while walking or sitting. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Dah's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Dah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 8. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able sit or walk without discomfort. Dah says, “I would like to stay at home and just rest for a while.”
Eh is an eight-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his family in a small village in Tak, a province on the nation's western border. Since birth, Eh has suffered from a blood disorder called thalassemia, which means that he has less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells than a typical, healthy blood system. This year, Eh developed a cough and headache. He and his family sought treatment at a nearby hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with an enlarged spleen. Eh's family was unable to pay for the surgery and Eh received medication to control his symptoms instead. He returned to the hospital several times, after which he was referred to our medical partner's care center for treatment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eh's operation. He is scheduled for surgery on August 21 at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. After treatment, Eh's mother is hopeful that he will be able to attend school and pursue his dreams. "I want to be a doctor when I grow up," Eh says.