Curt's Story

Curt joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Three months ago, Curt joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Curt's most recent donation supported John, a 12-year-old boy from Haiti, to fund pre and post operative care for his heart surgery.


Curt has funded healthcare for 125 patients in 14 countries.

All patients funded by Curt

Aye Myat is a 34-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife and father in-law in a village in Karen State. He is a subsistence farmer and part-time day laborer. Aye Myat's father in-law is too ill to work and his wife is a homemaker, so Aye works very hard to support his family. In early November 2021, Aye Myat felt like something was stuck in his throat. When Aye Myat checked in the mirror, he could see a lump bulging from the left side of his upper throat. The following month, Aye Myat received a CT scan at a local hospital in Hpa-An. The lump was found to be noncancerous and surgery at a hospital in Yangon would be required to remove the lump. Due to the civil war in Burma, Aye Myat was worried about traveling to Yangon so he instead asked his relatives to arrange safe passage for him to Mae Sot, Thailand. A doctor at Mae Sot Hospital scheduled Aye Myat to undergo another CT scan to confirm the previous diagnosis before scheduling surgery. This additional scan will help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. The mass does not cause Aye Myat pain, but he feels like there is something constantly stuck in his throat, making it hard to breathe and eat at times. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Aye Myat raise $414 to cover the cost of the CT scan scheduled for February 9th. Aye Myat’s wife said, “I told him not to worry so much about his condition being cancer, but he cannot stop worrying. I can understand how he feels and I also worry about him. I hope that he will hear good news when he receives his CT scan result.”

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Titus is a 22-year-old motorcyclist and is the sixth born in a family of nine: six boys and three girls. His father earns wages from farming and working in other people’s farms, while his mother takes care of their house and family. They live in a two-roomed iron-built house in their village. Two months ago, Titus was involved in a road accident. He was riding a motorcycle that lost brake power and fell into a ditch. Titus sustained lacerations on his knee and fractured his right patella, and was rushed to a nearby district hospital where he was sutured and discharged home. Three weeks later, when he tried to stretch his leg, his wound opened and an X-Ray imaging of his leg revealed an open patella fracture. The doctor has recommended open reduction and internal fixation surgery and skin grafting to avoid further complications and further wound infection. Currently, Titus is in pain and has to use a walking frame to get around. His parents have desperately searched for a solution, but their socioeconomic status with the family of many children in school with fees has limited the options of helping Titus. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 13th, Titus will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will relieve him of his pain and he'll be able to use his leg once he recovers. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Titus shared, "My biggest hope is to get an opportunity to be treated so that I can go home to better my life.”

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Moe lives with his two uncles, one aunt, two nephews and a niece in a village in Mont State in Burma. Moe's two uncles are retired, his niece looks after his youngest nephew who is a baby, and he had to stop working two years ago after he had a stroke. His aunt and his older nephew are shop vendors, earning 150,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) together in a month. In his free time, Moe likes to read magazines. Two months ago, Moe noticed that he had a blister on his right big toe. Three days after he first noticed the blister, it ruptured. Over time, the area around the blister turned red and swollen, before developing pus and becoming itchy. He went to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) after a nurse at the village clinic advised him to go there to get help. At MCLH, the doctor examined his toe and performed surgery to clean and remove necrotic tissue. Moe returned to that hospital several times, however, his toe never healed. He has diabetes and it is especially difficult for his body to heal from an injury like this. His doctor at MCLH has now determined that he needs to have his toe amputated. By this point, Moe has run out of money and can no longer pay for his treatment. Moe cannot walk long distances and he cannot sleep well due to pain that worsens at night. He hopes that with this treatment, he can finally feel well again. "I don't have any money to pay for my surgery and I feel sad about this. I worry about my toe getting worse and I feel sorry that my aunt [and nephew] have to work hard to support our family. But I feel so happy to receive support from you," said Moe.

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Evans works hard as a motorcycle taxi driver. He's the second-born in a family of five and had to drop out of school in grade 8 after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. He opted to take a “Boda boda” (motorcycle taxi) job so that he could support his siblings and his children. Evans has two children that he works hard to provide for and he hopes to get married in the future. Now, he worries about not walking again. He is a hardworking and industrious man who makes ends meet for his young children. Two days ago, Evans sustained a traumatic right femur and tibia fracture after he was involved in a road traffic accident. He was rushed to the hospital for x-rays. Because he had an open wound on his femur, Evans was taken to the operating room for emergency washout surgery. A cast was placed and he was admitted to the surgical ward as doctors plan for his care. Evans is unable to walk or lift his right leg due to the fractures. He is worried that he'll continue lying in the hospital bed in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Evans will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Evans will heal and be able to work. He'll be able to fend for himself and help out his family and children. AMH is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure. Being single and without a proper job, Evans has very little to help him undergo this surgery. He has come out to ask well-wishers to help him raise money for his surgery so that he can walk again and continue supporting his family. Evans says, “If I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."

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