Michael joined Watsi on December 7th, 2014. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michael's most recent donation traveled 7,800 miles to support Butamanya, a man from Uganda, to fund hydrocele surgery.
Michael has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 10 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 10 countries.
Butamanya is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. He is married with eight children. For two years, Butamanya has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. Fortunately, on March 12, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Butamanya's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Butamanya says, “I will be glad to have this condition treated and I live a good quality of life and continue to cultivate.”
Kyaw Myat is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in Ma Gyi Pin Village, Tigyaing Township, Sagaing Division. Kyaw Myat was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Kyaw Myat, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 19, and, once completed, will greatly improve Kyaw Myat's quality of life. His father says, "After my son underwent MRI, the result shows that he is suffering from hydrocephalus and need surgery. I hope he will feel better after this surgery."
Telesa is a mother of three from Malawi. She lives with her husband and works on the family farm. She enjoys chatting with her four grandchildren in her free time. Since February 2019, Telesa has been experiencing abdominal pain and extensive bleeding, causing severe anemia. She has been diagnosed with unspecified vaginal bleeding. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Telesa's surgery. On March 28, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She and her family have accepted the need for surgery to remove the disease. They are so happy to know that she will soon be feeling better after this procedure. She says, "I look forward to being strong and able to do my work at home, on the farm, and around the house for my family. This program is helping very much to remove the disease."
Maria lives with her family in Guatemala. She has two sons and a seven-year-old daughter. Her husband works as an agricultural day laborer, and Maria weaves and manages the household. For four years, Maria has been experiencing seizures. Recently, she began taking medication, which has been largely effective, allowing her to live seizure-free. However, the cause of her seizures is still unknown, and her life remains negatively impacted by her condition. She frequently experiences painful headaches and feels tired. To determine the cause of her seizures, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, needs additional diagnostic information. Maria is scheduled to undergo testing on January 20. She will receive a full diagnostic work-up, including labs, an MRI, and a consultation to determine the cause of her seizures. Then, our medical partner's team will develop a personalized treatment plan to reduce the frequency and length of her seizures. This will improve Maria's quality of life. While Maria and her husband work hard, they are unable to pay for this expensive diagnostic workup. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,044 to fund her procedure. "I want to see my children grow up well, and then to see my grandchildren," says Maria.
Sambath is a 65-year-old farmer who is married and lives with his children. He likes to watch the news on the TV, read books, and listen to old songs. Sambath has a history of spinal tuberculosis (TB), an infectious bacterial disease. He has received treatment for TB for four months, but he continues to experience severe back pain. He has also developed an abscess in the tissue around his spine. Sambath heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor. He traveled for two hours with his son to reach CSC for treatment. On January 19, Sambath will undergo treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform a procedure to drain the abscess to help treat Sambath's spinal TB and allow him to feel more comfortable. CSC is requesting $224 for this procedure.
Four-year-old Cecilia lives with her parents in Tanzania. Open cooking fires are common in Tanzania, and Cecilia’s home is no different. When she was seven months old, Cecilia crawled to the cooking fire and pulled a pot of boiling tea onto herself, burning herself badly. Her parents sought treatment at the district hospital. After the treatment, however, the ring and middle fingers of her left hand had fused, and she had a scar. One day, Cecilia's father noticed a car from our medical partner, Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT). He asked the drivers about CCBRT, and they referred him to the organization's disability hospital. At CCBRT, a surgeon examined Cecilia and said something could be done to correct her fingers and remove the scar. However, her father, a mason, cannot afford to pay for Cecilia’s treatment. Cecilia is scheduled to undergo surgery to release the contractures on her hand on March 1. Her family needs help raising $1,036 to pay for the operation, as well as one month of hospital care after surgery, food, medicine, medical supplies, and dressing changes. Cecilia’s father is optimistic that, after treatment, she will be able to attend and succeed in school. He hopes she will pursue her education to the highest level, enabling her to live a good life.
"I am desperate to get treated because of my children,” shares Shiela, a single mother of three from the Philippines. Two years ago, Shiela was hit by a tree that fell through her house during a storm. She was rushed to the hospital to undergo emergency surgery. Since then, she has undergone several more operations to address various injuries she sustained in the accident. However, her right leg still has still not healed properly, and she must use a crutch to walk. Shiela’s walking issues pose a major problem for the family. She has not been able to keep a job, and her family’s sole earnings now come from the herbal medicine that she sells informally. Because of their low income, Shiela and her children are presently living with her older brother. This can change if Shiela receives the proper surgery. Our medical partner's physicians have concluded that her fractured tibia can be fully repaired with an open reduction internal fixation procedure. On February 21, doctors will surgically realign the broken parts of Shiela’s leg bone and secure it in place using an internal nail. This will ensure that her leg heals properly. We can sponsor this procedure, as well as the three-day hospital stay and medications Shiela will need to recover safely, for $1,500. Shiela is looking forward to walking again without pain or limping. “This will really help us and change my life and the future of my children,” Shiela says. “Thank you so much in advance."
Than Than is a 32-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her parents and her two children. Her husband passed away three years ago, so Than Than supports the family. She sells flowers around her village. When she is out, her mother looks after her children. Six weeks ago, Than Than began to feel sick. She had been experiencing lower back pain since age 15, but the pain had grown severe. She sought treatment at the village clinic without success. A doctor at a local hospital administered an ultrasound and diagnosed her with a kidney stone. Than Than knew she needed surgery, but she could not afford healthcare. Fortunately, a friend suggested she visit our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic. She received medication and is scheduled to undergo a nephrolithotomy on January 4, 2017. During this procedure, surgeons will remove her kidney stone. Now, our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund her treatment. "I look forward to having the surgery," says Than Than. "I hope to become healthy again, so I can continue to work for my beloved family."
Chanthy is an 18-year-old ice cream seller who has three older sisters and three older brothers. She likes to talk with friends, do housework, and watch TV. Chanthy developed a cholesteatoma, or a skin growth, in her left ear when she was 16 years old. Since then, it caused her ear discharge and hearing loss. She visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in November, where doctors gave her ear drops to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Then, on December 19, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a mastoidectomy in Chanthy's left ear. After recovery, her symptoms will cease, and her hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I can go to work as normal after I heal," says Chanthy.
Nyein is a 28-year-old woman originally from Burma. When she was a child, her mother opened a mohinga, a Burmese noodle shop. Nyein quit school after sixth grade to help her mother in the shop. When she was 18 years old, Nyein moved to Bangkok to support her mother financially. She currently works as a babysitter and housekeeper in Bangkok, living with her employer’s family. She looks after the young children, prepares food, cleans the house, and does laundry. Nyein sends most of her income home to her mother, who she visits once a year. Three years ago, she paid for her mother to undergo two cataract surgeries to restore her vision. In September of 2016, Nyein began to experience stomachaches. She took painkillers, but the pain continued. Finally, she visited a public hospital in Bangkok, where she underwent an X-ray and was diagnosed with stomach flu. Despite taking oral medication, her symptoms were alleviated only temporarily. Nyein decided to return to Burma to see her mother. There, she learned about our medical partner’s clinic, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). When Nyein visited MTC, she was diagnosed with a benign colon tumor. She underwent a tumor removal procedure on December 19. During her free time, Nyein loves watching Thai movies and listening to Thai music on her mobile phone. She hopes that she will be fully cured so that she can return to work and continue to support her mother. For now, she needs help to pay for this $1,500 surgery.
Cristina is a 17-month-old girl from Guatemala, but she is only the size of a healthy nine-month-old. Her family cannot afford to give her a healthy diet, so she is not growing well or hitting her developmental milestones. For example, she cannot sit on her own. Cristina has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, she began malnutrition treatment on November 8, 2016. Cristina lives with her family in an adobe house. She was adopted by her biological aunt and uncle. Her uncle works as a tailor, and her aunt takes care of the household. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Cristina recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Cristina a chance to grow healthy and strong. "We are so excited to have a little girl," says Cristina's aunt. "We want to give her the best. She came to us like a light, and we want her to be a good person when she grows up."
Aneti is a 30-year-old woman from Uganda who enjoys chatting with her friends. She is a subsistence farmer, renting land to grow crops for food. During the delivery of her first child, Aneti developed an uncomfortable condition in a sensitive area. She has experienced pain and urinary dysfunction for ten years. On October 26, Aneti underwent a repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. Now, she needs help to fund this $547 procedure. After recovery, Aneti hopes to return to her former job as a cook at a local primary school. “Thanks very much to the donors, and may God enrich their helping hands," says Aneti.