UNIVERSAL FUND MEMBERI am a family medicine doc who practices palliative care.
United States • Born on August 28th
Parin joined Watsi on October 18th, 2015. Seven years ago, Parin joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Parin's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Godson, a toddler from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.
Parin has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Parin has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Godson is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. His parents are farmers. Godson has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Godson traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Godson's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Godson’s mother says, “If there is a way to treat him, I would be very happy to see my son walk normally like other kids.”
Saw is a 28-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, daughter, and two nephews. He used to work as a chef in Thailand, but three months ago, he moved back to his village in Burma. His wife works around the home, caring for their daughter and their nephews. Two months ago, Saw climbed a palm tree to collect coconuts. When he reached the top, he suddenly fainted and fell down, breaking his left femur and arm. Since the accident, he has not been able to work. In April 2018, he underwent internal fixation for his broken femur at Mae Sot Hospital. He felt a lot better after surgery, but in late June 2018, he accidentally fell from his bed and broke his left femur again. A few days after the accident, Saw started to experience pain in his left leg. Now, he cannot walk anymore. Saw says, "I am afraid to move because of the pain and I also have pain in my left arm when I try to walk and use crutches." He needs to undergo further treatment, including a removal of the hardware installed during his first surgery and then another internal fixation surgery to heal the fracture. Fortunately, after visiting our medical partner's care center, he was scheduled for surgery on July 17. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund surgery.
Faraja is a baby from Tanzania. She is the second born in a family of two kids. Her parents are small-scale farmers who depend on what they harvest for their sustenance. Faraja 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, Faraja has been experiencing vomiting and an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Faraja 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 Faraja that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 15 and will drain the excess fluid from Faraja's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Faraja will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Faraja’s father says, “We cannot afford the cost of the surgery but we wouldn’t want our baby to grow up a disabled child. Please help us, we don’t know any where else to go for help."
Peris is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of a three young children. Peris and husband farm together in order to provide for their children. Peris has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Peris. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 22. After treatment, Peris will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Peris says, “My prayer is that soon I will be treated and able to raise my children. I am really hopeful in God."
Abraham is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. His father is a farmer, and his mother stays home to take care of him. He was born healthy but suffered a terrible fire accident when he was one month old. While sleeping, he fell out of bed and rolled. His right foot landed on the ashes of the burning fire. This injury left him with a contracture, whereby his toes have attached to his tibia. Now, he cannot straighten his leg, which is painful and prevents him from walking. Abraham needs to undergo a foot amputation. After recovery, he will be able to walk with a prosthesis. Surgery is scheduled for April 20, and his family needs help raising $1,035 to fund the procedure. Abraham’s grandmother says, “I am grateful that my grandson will get this treatment and that he will be able to walk without difficulty or pain. Please help him.”
Vanessa is a young child from Tanzania. She looks forward to starting school. She has five brothers and three sisters. Vanessa lives with her parents, who are farmers. A few years ago, Vanessa was burned by hot porridge on her left hand and elbow. She was taken to the hospital and received treatment. She later developed burn contractures (tightened skin) and keloids (raised scar tissue). Vanessa cannot stretch her left hand because of the burn scar contractures and keloids around her elbow. She cannot carry things or play happily with her friends. Vanessa traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Vanessa needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. “I am very excited that I will receive treatment soon and join school," Vanessa said.
Kyaw is a 68-year-old cow herder from Burma. He lives with his wife in Karen State, Burma, earning just enough to cover their daily expenses. In January 2018, Kyaw experienced a sharp pain in his stomach. Since there are no clinics or community health workers in his village, he tried to treat himself with herbal medicine. When this did not work, he was brought to Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center, by a friend who was visiting his village. Due to his illness, he is not able to work anymore. Kyaw has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Kyaw's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Kyaw is scheduled to undergo his biliary obstruction repair on March 8. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kyaw's procedure and care. “After my recovery, I would like to stop working, and go to the monastery to become a monk, and live an easy life," says Kyaw.
Shine is a three-month-old baby boy from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae Sot, Tak province. Since he was one month old, Shine has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia is at risk of becoming strangulated, or cut off from circulation of the blood supply, which can damage or kill the tissue. Fortunately, on February 14, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Shine's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 14 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
Nwet (BB) is a 23-day-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. When he was born, the nurses noticed a protrusion on the back of his skull, a neurological condition called encephalocele. The protrusion is very sensitive. Nwet (BB) was born with encephalocele, a type of neural type defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of nervous tissue through openings in the skull. Both incomplete bone fusion in the skull and incomplete closure of the neural tube contribute to this condition. If left untreated, the lump will continue to grow, heightening the risks of developmental delays and permanent neurological impairment. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help cover the cost of corrective cranial surgery for Nwet (BB), which is scheduled to take place on January 15. Surgeons will remove the protrusion and correct the skull defect, hopefully eliminating the risk of future neurological complications and allowing Nwet (BB) to develop along a healthy trajectory. Nwet Yee, his mother says, "I am worry for my son but I cannot do anything for him. I hope that the surgery will make him well and become a normal person like other children."
Stephanie is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and younger brothers and sisters in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She is in the tenth grade and hopes to become a doctor when she grows up. Stephanie has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart was severely damaged from a rheumatic fever she suffered in childhood. It can no longer pump blood adequately through her body, leaving her in heart failure. Stephanie will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On December 15, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair the damaged valve, or replace it with an implanted artificial valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Stephanie's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Stephanie's family overseas. She says, "I am happy to have this surgery so that I can walk to and from school without getting tired."
Htet is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a village in Burma. Htet’s father peels coconuts for a living, while his mother works in a betel leaf garden. Their combined income is just enough for daily expenses. When Htet was nine months old, his mother noticed that his lips often turned blue when he cried. His symptoms were still there on his first birthday. His parents took him to a clinic in Yangon, where they were informed that Htet has a congenital heart disease. His father tried to treat him with traditional medicine, but Htet’s symptoms did not improve. When Htet is active, he feels very tired and has heart palpitations. He also eats very little and is often sick. Unfortunately, Htet has had to stop attending classes. He really enjoys school and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Htet and his parents visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, where they learned about Watsi and the possibility of having surgery. Htet's surgery is now scheduled for November 17. Htet's surgery will cost $1,500, which is too much for Htet's family to afford. Htet’s father says, “As a parent, both my wife and I feel very sad and guilty to see our son in this condition. I don’t care how long the treatment will take but if my son recovers, I can give my full time to him. My wife is worried and told me that she will work and that I must look after my son. If there is any way for my son to recover, I would sacrifice my life for him."
Yar is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She is unemployed and lives with her 70-year-old father. After experiencing severe stomach pains, Yar recently underwent abdominal surgery at a local hospital. A few days into recovery, she noticed that her incision did not appear to be healing properly. She returned to the hospital, where they discovered that her intestine was protruding through the wound. On July 19, surgeons will operate on Yar's abdomen to address the improperly healing wound. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to cover her treatment. In the future, Yar looks forward to recovering and regaining independence. "I hope to raise pigs and chickens for a source of income once I am recovered," she says.