Lucy Yau
Lucy's Story

Lucy joined Watsi on January 23rd, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lucy's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Jayden, a 15 month-old toddler from Kenya, to fund urinary surgery.


Lucy has funded healthcare for 148 patients in 15 countries.

Patients funded by Lucy

Damaris is a tea picker from Kenya. She is 32 years old, the mother of four children, and separated from her husband. Damaris never went to school due to financial constraints of her family. Now, two of her children are in secondary school and two are in primary school. The money she earns is used to pay for her children's school fees and to buy food for her children. Damaris inherited a small piece of land from her parents where she grows maize, sukuma wiki (similar to kale or collard greens), and beans for home consumption. A lump began growing on Damaris's neck in 2004. She has never received any medical treatment due to a lack of money. The mass has grown larger, and now impinges on her nerve, causing occasional numbness in her right arm and hand. While in church recently, Damaris learned that a visiting physician/general surgeon was offering free consultation. Damaris sought an examination. An ultrasound was done, and it was determined that Damaris had a large cystic mass which the doctor recommended should be removed. Surgeons through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can provide the services Damaris needs. She traveled to AMH's care center Maua Hospital and on February 13th, surgeons will remove the mass. Following the surgery, there should be a release of pressure and the numbness and pain caused by the mass should be relieved. Damaris is not able to pay the hospital bill and appeals for support. She is seeking help to raise $529 to fund this surgery. Damaris says, "I kindly request for your support."

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Linn is a 50-year-old woman from Burma. She is divorced and lives with her mother and son in Karen State - a conflict area near the border of Burma and Thailand. She works as a shop vendor, selling steamed sticky rice with chicken and pork, and her mother is retired. Her 12-year-old son is in the fifth grade in Burma. Linn also cultivates vegetables in her garden and usually cooks meals using them. Linn enjoys watching movies in her free time, but she has not been able to do so for a while now. One year ago, Linn began to experience blurred and double vision. Currently, Linn cannot read, see, or walk well and requires a caregiver to assist her with daily activities. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for her to see clearly. Linn was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, she could lose vision completely. Linn is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach her retina. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), requests $1,500 to cover her procedure and care costs. After her surgery, Linn's vision will hopefully be restored, and she will resume her daily activities comfortably. Linn expressed, "I am very pleased to receive help and I am relieved that I can also stay at BCMF's patients' house in Chiang Mai. I wish for the success of my eye surgery. After recovery, I hope to restart my previous business again."

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Panha is a happy child from Kampong Chhnang province, approximately two hours away from the capital of Phnom Penh. She lives with her parents, an older sister, and her grandparents. Her father works in a local cloth weaving factory, her mother sells groceries, and her grandparents are rice farmers. At home, Panha likes to help her mother with the groceries and play with dolls. Her favorite meal is fried chicken and soup. Panha was born with macrodactyly of the toes on her left foot. Macrodactyly is a condition where toes or fingers are abnormally large due to the overgrowth of bone and soft tissue. Her parents are worried that as she grows, she may have difficulty walking, wearing shoes, and being teased by other kids when she starts school. Because her family could not afford care for her, a clinic referred her to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC), where they hoped she could receive free or low-cost care. Doctors at CSC have determined that one of her toes needs to be amputated, and two other toes must be disarticulated (separated from the joint to avoid further disfigurement). Her parents need assistance with the cost of the $479 operation to cover the cost of surgery, medications, hospitalization, and physical therapy post-operation. Panha's mother said: "I hope my daughter's foot will look normal like her other foot. We want her to walk without problems as she grows and hope children will not make fun of her when she goes to school."

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Sovannary is a 7-year-old who lives with her family in Banteay Meanchey province. Her parents make a living selling spices at the local food market. She also has an older sister who is 10 years old and in grade four. In school, Sovannary likes mathematics and aspires to become a teacher in the future. At home, she loves playing with her older sister and eating fried vegetables and meat her mother prepares for dinner. Three years ago, Sovannary's hands and legs were burned from a gas explosion. Despite receiving burn care at a local pediatric hospital, numerous scars persist. One particular web contracture has formed is on her right hand - web space contractures commonly occur in hand burns and can have a significant impact on overall hand function because it can create functional deficiencies including loss of grasp. When she tries to stretch the skin, it is very painful, and she cannot write with that hand. Sovannary's parents heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, from a local clinic, and traveled seven hours for a consultation. The recommended surgery is a burn contracture release surgery for her right fingers. She is scheduled for surgery on January 3rd. The total cost of the surgery, including hospitalization, medications, and physiotherapy, is $487. Now, her parents need help with the cost of the surgery to alleviate her pain and enhance her overall hand function. Sovannary's mother said: "My daughter wants to regain movement in her fingers so she can write. She also wants to have no pain, so we hope the operation will be successful."

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