Brandon Peterson
Brandon's Story

Brandon joined Watsi on March 15th, 2016. 40 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Brandon's most recent donation supported Katalibabu, a trader from Uganda, to fund hernia repair surgery.


Brandon has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Brandon

Tha Zin is an 18-year-old student from Mogok Township, Kachin State, Burma (near Mandalay Division). She lives with her mother, father, and her three sisters. Tha Zin's father supports the family. His job is to cut and polish gemstones and he earns approximately 300,000 kyat (approximately 300 USD) per month. This income is usually enough to support the family's daily expenses and they have even been able to save money. However, since Tha Zin became ill the family has spent all their savings on her medical care and now her older sister is unable to return to university because the funds saved for her university fees have been spent also. Tha Zin first started to experience painful headaches in February 2015. Her father took her to many hospitals with several admissions but she was not diagnosed properly. In September 2015 she was admitted to Mogok hospital because she was losing her memory and could not walk or talk. The doctor there suggested Tha Zin's father take her to medical partner Mandalay Hospital for a CT scan. Tha Zin and her father travelled to Mandalay where she was diagnosed with multiple brain abscesses. Tha Zin's family was so worried that nothing further could be done. Tha Zin felt sad, lost hope and became depressed. She stayed at home, mainly lying in bed. Her family has given up hope about finding further treatment because they have spent all their money on medical and associated costs and they were already in debt. Tha Zin's father recently accompanied his younger daughter, Tha Zin's sister, to a doctor's appointment at the Mogok clinic. At this time the monk from the Ananda Myitta Clinic (AMC) was visiting to meet with the doctor and heard the story of Tha Zin's medical condition from her father. The monk encouraged Tha Zin's father to travel with her to Mae Sot, Thailand to BCMF. Tha Zin said, "I feel hopeless and thought I will die soon. My family has spent a lot of money on hospital and medical costs. I feel like a burden and trouble for my family. My sisters are also so worried for me all the time. If I have a future I want to study and live with my family for a long time." She added, "I want to be well soon. I would like to go to university and then become a teacher and help my community." With the support from Watsi, Tha Zin underwent a CT scan on October 11. The result showed mass-like growths which needed to be removed very quickly. Tha Zin had this growth removal surgery on October 22.

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A Wuqu' Kawoq (WK) health worker met three-month-old Axel and his family when visiting homes in rural Guatemala, recruiting patients for a malnutrition program. Axel lives with his seven siblings and his parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. They are indigenous Maya, and have few educational and health care resources available to them. His mother works at home, cooking and cleaning and taking care of Axel and his siblings. His father is an assistant to a bricklayer, who makes only a couple dollars per day. Axel's malnutrition was so severe that the WK community health worker decided to give Axel a preliminary supply of formula until he could be evaluated by a nutritionist. He has been losing weight and has not grown taller since he was born because of frequent sicknesses, and could be at risk of seizures and diarrhea if he is unable to receive formula. Axel's mother has had trouble producing breast milk for all of her eight children-- Axel being the youngest. For her other children, a sugary rice drink has helped them to stop crying and supplement the little breast milk she produces. Unfortunately for Axel, this has not been enough since her breast milk production has gone down even more. Although lactational failure is a dangerous condition, it is simple to help supplement children's nutrition to overcome this lack of maternal milk. For $1016, Axel will receive formula which will give him the protein, calories, and nutrients he needs to grow and thrive. His family will also receive motivational nutrition education, so they will be able to give Axel the best diet possible once he starts to eat solid foods. This treatment will give Axel's parents the tools to prevent future malnutrition and help their son have a full and healthy life. "I hope my son can grow healthy so he can be a good student," shares Axel's mother.

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Moo Wah is a one-year-old boy who lives in a Thai refugee camp with his mother, Naw Lah. Naw Lah adopted Moo Wah shortly after he was born; his biological mother was abandoned by her husband during the pregnancy and could not care for Moo Wah in addition to her three other children. Presently, Naw Lah is taking care of Moo Wah on her own; her husband moved to the United States shortly after they were married. Naw Lah is hoping to move with her son once her husband is settled. Moo Wah was born with hydrocephalus - a condition that causes fluid to build up in the skull and put pressure on the brain. This causes vomiting, pain, and discomfort. Even with the financial help from her husband overseas, Naw Lah sometimes has to borrow money from friends to get through the month. Moo Wah only drinks milk powder instead of breast feeding and Naw Lah is not able to afford his food in addition to his other medical expenses. Naw Lah cannot afford the surgery Moo Wah needs, but without it he is very lethargic and irritable. He has had frequent fevers and requires constant attention. Naw Lah is physically and mentally tired from the frequent trips to clinics and hospitals and eager for her son to get better. With $1,485, Moo Wah will receive the operation he needs to alleviate his symptoms. A surgical shunt will drain the excess fluid built up in his skull and alleviate the pressure on his brain causing him to be tired and irritable. With this intervention, Moo Wah will get a new start on life and the chance to lead a healthy childhood.

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Demian injured himself when he was constructing a chicken coop. He fell from the roof of the coop and landed on his wrist, badly breaking his arm and hand. Right after falling, Demian tied his wrist in an attempt to set the bones at home. When that failed, he went to bone setters who applied herbs to his hand. His fracture has only gotten worse with time and he now has osteomyelitis (infection) of the carpal bones, a condition that makes it difficult and painful to move his hand. Demian is a single father to two girls and lives with them in rural Uganda. Demian is 35-years-old and used to work as a security guard, until one year ago after his accident. Demian likes raising animals and finds his pleasure in seeing his animals grow and mature. “I feel a long journey has been moved and it is always rewarding when these animals mature, I either get milk from the goats or eggs from the poultry,” Demian shared. Now, Demian cannot take care of his poultry. He hired a person to help him take care of the farm but the work is too much and he needs more help. The chickens are not producing enough eggs to sell for money so Demian cannot afford to hire more help or have his fracture reset. With $500, Demian will have surgery to reset his fractured bones and remove scar tissue that has made his hand difficult to use. This will ensure that his hand heals properly so he can use it again, and will also eliminate his pain. Demian hopes to go back to his job after the treatment and also continue his farming. "I am thankful to everyone supporting my hospital care. May God bless you,” he says.

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