Gina joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. Five years ago, Gina joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Gina's most recent donation supported Myo, a 40-year-old fisherman from Burma, to fund surgery for an infection on his left foot.
Gina has funded healthcare for 89 patients in 13 countries.
Gina has funded healthcare for 89 patients in 13 countries.
Myo is 40-years-old and lives with his two sisters, two nephews, and two nieces in a village in Burma. He was a fisherman but stopped working when he started to experience problems on his left foot. As a result, his sisters support their household. One year ago, Myo noticed that his left big toe was itchy and swollen after he came home from fishing. Soon enough, it developed into an ulcer. Without enough money to go to a clinic or a hospital, he used traditional medicine and bought pain medicine to clean the infection. However, each time Myo would clean the ulcer, it would heal but returning a month later. Four months after he first developed the ulcer, the recurrent ulcer worsened until he could no longer walk without support from his sister. Eventually, he saved enough funds to visit a health clinic. When the ulcer still did not heal, he went to a second clinic and was referred to our medical partner's care center, Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). At MCLH, the doctor tried to first clean and treat the infection. When that did not work, the doctor told him that they would have to amputate his left big toe and referred Myo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance accessing treatment. On January 13th, Myo will undergo treatment to amputate his left big toe so that his infection can finally be treated and not spread to other parts of his body. For the treatment, BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help cover the costs. Hopefully, he will be able to return to fishing and other activities he previously enjoyed soon. Myo is hopeful that things will be better after surgery and shared, "When I recover, I will find work and support my sisters’ families.”
Veasna is a 37-year-old man who has six siblings: two brothers and four sisters, and he lives with his parents, who work as farmers. Veasna underwent an accident many years ago in which he fell from a tree and shattered his arm, which resulted in a permanent physical disability. In his free time, Veasna likes to watch boxing on TV and spend time with his nephew. Two years ago, Veasna developed a cataract in his left eye, causing blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. As a result, he has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Veasna learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 10th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Veasna shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well again. I will be able to take care of myself and help my nephew and niece with schoolwork."
Daw Htar is retired and lives with her daughter. In her free time, Daw Htar like to help clean the house and sew clothes. Daw Htar has lost most of the vision in her right eye. Sometimes, her eye feels watery or itchy. She has difficulty seeing clearly and recognizing faces. Because the vision in her left eye is also blurry, for the past month she has had to rely on her daughter to guide her when she walks. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Daw Htar receive treatment. On December 20th, she will undergo lens replacement surgery, during which they will remove Daw Htar's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 for her procedure and care. Daw Htar shared, "I feel so upset that my condition worsens every day. I cannot sleep well, because I am worried about what will happen if I do not get better."
Rin is a 36-year-old accountant. He's been married for 11 years and has two children. His daughter is ten years old and in grade five, while his son is eight years old and in grade three. His wife grows sugar palms and sells sugar and sweets. In May, Rin was in a motor vehicle accident where he fractured his right humerus. The fracture also caused paralysis of his right wrist. He was treated with a Khmer traditional treatment, but his fracture did not heal. He then had a cast for one month, but there was no improvement to his condition. He's been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. 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. He is unable to lift his wrist and he cannot work. Rin traveled to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. On September 8th, he will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery and, after recovery, he will be able to use his wrist again. Now, CSC is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Rin shared that he hopes that he can use his wrist again and return to work.
Dennis is a nine-year-old student. He's the youngest of four children in his family and is in grade six at school. Sadly, his mother passed away several years ago and his father was unable to take care of him. He now lives with a neighbor, who is his guardian. He enjoys playing football and other games in school, although his condition makes it difficult. Dennis was born with clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which the feet are twisted out of shape causing difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. He experiences pain and difficulty walking, and cannot wear shoes. He is unable to play games, like football, which he enjoys. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Dennis receive treatment. On November 22nd, he will undergo clubfoot repair surgery at AMH's care center. After treatment, he will be able to walk well, wear shoes, play with friends and continue with his studies. Now, they need help raising $1,286 to fund his procedure and care. Dennis shared, "I would love to have my feet corrected so that I can walk well and play with my friends."
Deng is a 18-year-old student who lives with his mother and his three siblings. His mother works at a local restaurant and in town as a cleaner. His older brother is a construction worker, and Deng plans to start working along side him soon to help support his family. In his free time, he likes to play soccer with his friends. In May, Deng was in a motor vehicle accident, where he injured his right ankle. His wound was dressed at a clinic, but now has become infected. Deng experiences constant pain and it is difficult for him to walk. When Deng learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled across the country for six hours seeking treatment. On July 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to help him walk easily again. Now, Deng needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Deng shared, "I hope that I can heal quickly and begin work with my brother, so I can make more money for my family."
Noriannis is a curious and energetic 2-year old girl from Venezuela. Two months after she was born, her parents decided to leave Venezuela seeking better opportunities in Colombia. The family has been living in Medellin ever since. Noriannis has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is helping Noriannis to receive treatment. On December 15th, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. After treatment, she will be able to wear shoes and walk easily without pain. Now, Clínica Noel is requesting $1,422 to fund Noriannis's procedure and care. Noriannis's mother shared, "coming to Clínica Noel and finding out that someone can help our little girl to have a normal life is a complete blessing. As a parent you wish that nothing will happen to your kid and you constantly feel bad because you cant help them. You wish you were the one having problems or in pain. I can't just thank you enough for what you are doing for my little princess."
Bo is a 61-year-old who is married with five sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren. Bo is retired from his job as an assistant to the village chief. Now, he takes care of his grandchildren who are all in school. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio in his free time. Five years ago, Bo developed a cataract in his right eye causing him blurry vision, sensitivity to light, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Bo learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his son seeking treatment. On June 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Bo shared, "I hope I can see clearly after surgery so I can travel places on my own, read, write, and teach my grandchildren well."
Leakhen is a bright and hardworking 12-year-old girl. She and her brother live with their parents, who are rainy day farmers, in Takeo province in Cambodia. Leakhen enjoys playing with her brother, reading books, and doing homework. When she grows up, Leakhen would like to be a teacher. Leakhen was born with congenital scoliosis. Congenital scoliosis is the presence of an abnormal curvature of the spine. The curvature causes the spinal column to bend left or right. Leakhen is not able to stand up straight or expand her lungs, which causes her frequent fatigue and chronic pain. Because of the stress that scoliosis places on the vital organs of adolescents and their ability to grow, active treatment is required. If not corrected, she could experience progressive weakness, numbness, or a loss of coordination. Leakhen is embarrassed to go places because of her condition. She has had two previous surgical procedures, and surgeons have determined that she needs a revision of her spinal rod to help her heal. Leakhen and her family traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On September 17th, she will undergo a revision of her spinal rod. During this procedure, surgeons will implant and expand a rod to allow her to continue to grow normally. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. This support will help her feel confident and be active like other children her age. Leakhen said, "I hope that my spine will look better and I can play with other children."
Sokun is a 57-year-old driver and is married with three daughters and four grandchildren. Sokun works as a driver for the Ministry of Health and, in his free time, he enjoys listening to the radio. Two months ago, Sokun developed a chalazion in his left eye, causing him pain, itchiness, and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. It is difficult for him to see clearly and drive safely. Sokun traveled for two and a half hours with his wife to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On June 2nd, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Sokun's symptoms should improve and he can continue working. He needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Sokun shared, "I hope my eye swelling goes away and I can see well again so I can return to work without worries."
Bo is a 16-year-old student. He's in eighth grade and lives in the school dormitory in the Tak Province during the school year. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left arm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left arm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling is now very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper arm. Bo is in a lot of pain and cannot use his left arm. He cannot lift it, nor carry anything due to the pain and the swelling. Bo sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Bo is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 18th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "I want to become a policeman one day but I do not know if this will be possible," said Bo.
Seng Hout is a 44-year-old farmer who has been married for 15 years and has one son and one daughter. Seng Hout shared that his son is 10 years old and in 5th grade, and his daughter just turned one year old. When Seng Hout is not farming, he also works in construction building houses. In his free time, he enjoys listening to the radio and drinking with his friends. On April 18th, Seng Hout fell hard from a mango tree and fractured his right ankle. He takes pain medication to ease the symptoms but he still experiences pain and stiffness in the area. It is difficult for him to walk and work normally. When Seng Hout learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for six hours from his province seeking treatment. On May 19th, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre will perform an ankle fusion procedure to relocate and secure the joint. Now, Seng Hout needs help to fund this $518 procedure. Seng Hout shared, "I hope I can walk without pain and return to my work as soon as possible."