Matthew joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. Six years ago, Matthew became the 416th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,592 more people have become monthly donors! Matthew's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Harrison, a nine month old from Kenya, to fund a life-saving laparotomy.
Matthew has funded healthcare for 69 patients in 13 countries.
Harrison is a nine month old baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. Harrison's father works as a casual laborer while his mother sells second hand clothes. A few days ago, Harrison began to experience diarrhea and vomiting and could not even retain breast milk. The mother took him to a dispensary and was advised to take him to a hospital. Since they didn’t have money they stayed at home, but last night his abdomen began to swell. A scan has showed intussusception, a small bowel obstruction. Surgeons recommend an emergency laparotomy. If not treated Harrison will continue having serious complications that may lead to death. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. Now, Harrison needs your help to fund the $788 cost of this procedure. “I am so worried about my baby, but I have no means of paying for this life-saving surgery. I plead for help so that my baby can be well again," shared Harrison's mother.
Win is a 46-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife and two sons in a village in Kyain Seikyi Township in Karen State. His elder daughter is a health worker where she works at a clinic in another village in Burma. His two youngest sons are students. Both he and his wife are a subsistence farmers. In his free time, he sometimes helps his communities with building a bridge or road as much as he can. In January 2020, he developed a painful urination, itchiness, and also difficulty urinating. He feels like something is blocking his urinary and also feels stomach pain in his right side. Doctors want Win to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Win's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 28. Win said, “I keep myself strong and I hope if I receive proper treatment I will be better.”
Pheaktra is a 21-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is the oldest child in a family of five. His mother is a teacher. After finishing high school studies, Pheaktra joined his father in working on their family farm. He enjoys listening to music while he works. A year ago, Pheaktra was in a motor accident and suffered trauma to his right shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his right side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Pheaktra cannot move his right arm or hand, and he cannot pick up or hold anything. Pheaktra traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 2nd, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will regain function in his shoulder and arm, and will be able to return to all the daily activities he could do before the accident. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Pheaktra said, "My family was so worried for me because I cannot recover, so I want to get better in order to make them feel better too."
Tola is a 28-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He lives with his parents in the Takeo province. He has two sisters and four brothers. His favorite sport is football and after work he helps his parents at home. When he was a child, he began experiencing ear pain, discharge, and discomfort. When he tried cleaning the ear discharge himself with cotton at home it only made his condition worse. Tola had a serious ear infection, which caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Tola experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, and ear discharge. He has difficulty hearing clearly at work and throughout his day. Tola traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 29th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that after surgery I can hear everything better, my ear infection will stop, and especially that the discharge will go away. I want to go back to working at the construction site to support my parents and family," Tola said.
Tin is a 20-year-old from Burma. He lives in a nunnery with his mother and aunt, who are nuns, in a village in Katha Township. Tin became a monk 13 years ago when his father passed away. His mother then became a nun. Tin left monkhood two months ago, when he became very ill. He is now unable to work, and he is looked after by his mother. However, sometimes when he feels better, he teaches Buddhist theology to boys from a nearby monastery. As his mother is a nun, she has no income except for whatever she is given during weekly alms collections. Usually she receives dried food staples such as rice in addition to money. Currently, Tin feels tried if he has to walk for a while and if he has to use stairs. Tin was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. Tin is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on March 15th to correct the condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tin's procedure and care. Tin said, “Sometimes I have chest pain and when I have them, I have difficulty breathing.”
Chit is a 68-year-old from Burma. He lives with his sister, brother-in-law, niece, his niece's husband and their son. All of his family members are farmers who grow rice for their own consumption and peanuts which they sell. Chit used to work as a cowherd, but stopped when he fell ill one year ago. Sometimes his niece's husband works as a day laborer. They also have two pigs and 10 chickens, which they sell in case they need emergency cash. Their income is just enough to cover their daily expenses and pay for basic health care. Three years ago, Chit start to experience frequent back pain. After hearing about Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), he decided to seek help there. At the clinic he received an ultrasound and a urine test. After reviewing the result, the medic told him there was nothing wrong with his bladder and provided him with medication. However, the medication did not work and his back pain kept returning on and off. In 2019, Chit developed severe pain in his lower left back in addition to difficulty passing urine accompanied by a burning sensation. He went to the nearest clinic where he received a urine test and an ultrasound. After checking his result, the doctor told him that he had a urinary tract infection and inflammation of the bladder. Doctors provided him with antibiotics and gave him an injection. Three week later, when he did not feel better, his niece brought him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) in Thailand, where he underwent another ultrasound and urine test. The results indicted that he has a stone in his bladder. The doctor gave him a follow-up appointment for 24th of January 2020 and he received two months' worth of medication in the meantime. When he returned for his appointment, he received an x-ray. Following this, the doctor told him that he needs surgery and a pre-surgical deposit of 15,000 baht (approx. $500 USD) would be required by the hospital. The doctor then scheduled his surgery for March 31st, 2020. Unable to pay for the surgery, Chit and his niece returned to MTC to ask for help. At MTC, Chit received a urinary catheter and a medic referred him to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment and support. Chit's niece said, “When I was young my uncle looked after me well. So I want to help and support his treatment as much as I can. I am very grateful that he has received this chance to have his treatment supported by you. As we have financial problems at home, I cannot find anyone to borrow money from easily if you would not support him.”
Pyae Pyae is 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters and four brothers in a village in Burma. Her father is a subsistence farmer, her mother is a homemaker and Pyae Pyae goes to school. She is currently in grade nine. Pyae Pyae 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, Pyae Pyae is taking medication which stops her from having difficulty breathing and feeling tired. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Pyae Pyae. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. "When I grow up I would like to become a nurse," said Pyae Pyae. "I would like to take care of others like me who suffer from a heart disease."
Gibson is a young playful boy from Being the firstborn in a family of two, he loves helping his mother around the kitchen and playing football. When he was two years old, Gibson suffered extensive burns on his left upper body after hot boiling beans spilt on him while playing with his friend in the kitchen. He was taken to the hospital and spent a long time healing. He healed with contractures on his left axilla and had a partial burn contracture release. The surgical site developed infections and he had skin grafting done but unfortunately failed and had a repeat surgery. He was reviewed by visiting surgeons and had skin flap surgery recommended to allow blood circulation. Without treatment, Gibson will be at risk of long term complications on his left hand.Gibson's parents are peasant farmers who rely on the few harvests they get to make ends meet. They are not able to consolidate sufficient funds for their child's surgery. The appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Gibson receive treatment. On September 26th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Once treated, he will be able to stretch his hand with ease and reduce further infections on the wound. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Gibson’s father says, “The doctors have advised on one more surgery to make my son even better but am unable to afford the cost, if it’s possible kindly help us.”
Kyu is 38-year-old-woman from Burma. She owns a farm which she is able to rent out for 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) for each season. In her free time, she enjoys doing housework such as cooking and cleaning. Kyu was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle that controls the flow of blood. Currently, Kyu has difficulty breathing, chest pain as well as pain in her neck. She also cannot walk fast or for long distances because she gets tired easily. Kyu is unable to sleep well for she worries about her condition. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Kyu. Once her treatment is completed, it will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I want to work and save money for my daughter,” said Kyu.
Rashid is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is the first born in a family of three. Rashid comes from a very poor family from Western Kenya, and came to Central Kenya (Limuru) to try and find a living. He has never been to school and so he searches for any casual work available especially in construction sites. About three months ago, when he was up a building he slipped and fell from the third floor of a building they were constructing and sustained fracture of the left humerus and a sprain on the back bone. He is unable to work or use his left hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 4th, Rashid will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help his hand heal well and he will be able to work again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure.
A few years back, Duncan displayed difficulties hearing though mild. As time went by, it intensified and people had to yell for him to respond. He would routinely turn up the volume on television and radio. It was quite strenuous for Duncan and people close to him. He began to miss gatherings of all sorts including church because he could barely hear a word. It has affected his interactions with people and he keeps asking what people are saying. Duncan’s son decided to bring him to Kijabe hospital where an audiogram test was done and severe to moderate hearing aids recommended. Duncan the father of three lives with his wife at their home in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. They both depend on their lastborn son who is a motorcycle driver and thriving better than their other two children. Duncan’s wife is diabetic and also restrains from working much. His son has raised 10,000 Kenyan Shillings towards his father’s treatment and cannot raise the entire funds needed. They are therefore appealing for help.
Simon is a child from Tanzania. He is the second born child to a family of four children. Simon’s parents depend on small scale farming of maize, beans and cassavas for their living. Simon has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Simon has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and inter-cranial pressure. Without treatment, Simon will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $728 to cover the cost of surgery for Simon that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 2nd and will drain the excess fluid from Simon's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Simon will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Simon’s mother says, “My son was doing so well after the surgery but now he is going through a lot of pain, he can’t eat well please help my son.”