Micah joined Watsi on September 26th, 2014. Four years ago, Micah became the 1476th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,151 more people have become monthly donors! Micah's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Tun, a man from Burma, to fund a leg amputation.
Micah has funded healthcare for 54 patients in 11 countries.
Tun is a 61-year-old man from Burma. He works as a day labourer at a parking lot and supports his family. He loves listening to music when he has free time. About 18 years ago, Tun's right foot was injured in a road accident. He just self-treated the wound because he could not afford to go to any clinics or hospitals. Although the wound did not cause him any pain or any other problems, it never was healed properly. About 3 months ago, Tun started to experience intermittent pain, especially at night. The pain worsened over time until he could no longer hide it and screamed whenever the pain struck. When his neighbors and co-workers found out about it, they advised him to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). Once at the hospital, the doctor examined him and said that his leg is in a bad condition. The doctor also explained that, with the failed joint and non-healing ulcer, the best treatment for him is to have a below-knee amputation. Tun said, "I can’t work daily because of my ulcer. That's why I have no money to seek treatment. My children are not able to work as they are still young. I‘m not happy. I am in debt and it's increasing daily."
Mary is a smart fifth grade girl from Kenya who aspires to be a pilot. She was diagnosed with adenoids at age one. Her mother would take her daughter to the local hospital and would be given medicine which did not improve her condition. Around July this year, a friend advised that they visit Kijabe Hospital where Mary was diagnosed with adenoids and tonsils and surgery recommended. The surgery, however, was a cost Mary’s parents could not bear. They resigned to fate but hoped someday they would get help. Mary’s parents are both casual cleaners at a company close to where they live with a monthly pay of Kes. 7000 each. The income is barely enough to cater for their family's basic needs. The family of two children lives in a one-room rental house in Nairobi. They hope that their daughter will get the treatment she so needs to improve on her breathing and clogging of her nasal airway. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $779 to fund an adenotonsillectomy for Mary, which is scheduled to take place on December 13th. Surgeons will remove her tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Mary of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. “I want to be a pilot in future,” shared Mary.
Myat is a two-month-old boy who lives with his family in Hpa-An Town, Karen State, Burma. His father passed away when his mother was two months pregnant with him. Myat’s mother is a homemaker and she takes care of him at home. All of his sister and brothers are students. Myat’s grandfather drives a tricycle taxi. On 6 June 2019, Myat was born without any complications at HGH. Since he was born, his mother noticed that he has been passing white coloured stools, but she did not do anything about it because she thought it was normal. When he was just over a month old, his mother noticed that Myat’s navel was bigger than normal. His mother then took him to HGH. The doctor examined his navel and told his mother not to worry too much and he also told her come back if it becomes bigger. A few days later, Myat’s mother noticed that his navel has become bigger and his mother took him to the hospital again. The doctor again took a look at Myat’s navel and advised his mother to take him to a hospital in Yangon for treatment. However, Myat’s mother did not have money to go to Yangon. On 6 September 2019 Myat received an X-ray at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) and was given a diagnosis of a bulging navel and biliary atresia, a childhood disease of the liver in which one or more bile ducts are abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent. Currently, Myat still passes white coloured stools. He also has a bulging navel which never goes away. His mother is very much worried for him, especially that she just learned about his liver disease. Myat’s mother said, “I would like him to be like other children. I feel bad for him but at the same time happy that an organization Burma Children Medical Fund will help him for his treatment.”
Wim is a 48-year-old monk from Burma. He lives in a monastery in Taungoo, Bago Division. He became a monk three years ago, after he got divorced. Wim was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Wim feels tired and cannot walk long distance. Sometimes, he has back pain and he feels like he cannot breathe well. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Wim. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 06 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Wim said, “I would to remain a monk and study Buddhism. I would really like to thank the donors, BCMF and the doctors for helping me receive surgery [in the future]. I am very happy right now.”
Maulito is a young man from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother; he used to work repairing electronics but has not been able to continue since falling ill. Maulito has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in his heart has been severely damaged due to a rheumatic fever he suffered several years ago. Maulito will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 9th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove his damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $35,000 to pay for surgery. Maulito's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Maulito's family overseas. "I am looking forward to being able to focus on my future after having surgery!"
Reaksmey is a 21-year-old taxi driver from Cambodia. He enjoys exercising, listening to music, and helping his family with the housework. In April 2019, Reaksmey was in a severe motorcycle accident injuring his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. 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 work due to his injuries, and his family is concerned that he will not be able to continue making a living. Reaksmey traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 13, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will regain function in his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "I hope that after surgery, I will be able to use my arm and I will be able to return to work."
Ibrahim is a baby from Tanzania. He has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ibrahim traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ibrahim's clubfoot repair. After treatment, e will be able to wear shoes and walk when the time comes. Ibrahim’s mother says, “With no income and a single mother I don’t think I will ever be able to afford my son’s treatment cost please help my son.”
Si Thu is one-month-old baby boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents. Since last week, Si Thu has had an inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on June 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Si Thu's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Si Thu’s mother said, “In the past, there were no doctors and hospitals in my village. My mother lost her life on her way to the hospital to give birth to me. Because of this incident, I want my son to become a doctor when he grows up to save the life of mothers and save children from becoming orphans.”
Michmana is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and younger sisters in the mountains of southern Haiti; she has not yet finished high school because of her heart condition. Michmana has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Michmana will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in her heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blockage in her valve. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $46,000 to pay for surgery. Michmana's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Michmana's family overseas. She says, "I have been hoping for many years that I could one day have this surgery, so I am very happy!"
Dominick is a toddler from Tanzania. He is the first of two children. Dominick was born a healthy baby but he soon developed a left inguinal hernia. His condition is worsening as he is growing up. Fortunately, on April 11, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Dominick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Dominick’s mother says, “Please help my son get this treatment, so that he may be well.”
Somab is a woman from Cambodia. Somab really likes to cook and go for walks with her family in her free time. She developed a curve in her lower spine about two months ago, which is progressing, making it difficult to sit for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of her spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Surgery is scheduled for Mach 13 and will cost $930. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, I am able to go back to work and take care of my family without having any pain or difficulty."
Flora is a baby from Haiti. She lives with her parents and older sister in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She is a very curious and active child. Flora has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. Several holes exist between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks between the chambers without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. On February 11, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. While she is too small to repair all of the holes in her heart, surgeons will place a band around her pulmonary artery that will allow her to grow without immediate danger from this heart condition, so that in one or two years she can safely have the rest of the holes closed. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Flora's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "Our family is all praying that everything will go well with our daughter's surgery!"