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Mohammad Haris

Mohammad's Story

Mohammad joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,775 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mohammad's most recent donation supported Wel, five year old from Burma, to fund eye surgery.

Impact

Mohammad has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Mohammad

Wel

Wel is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and an older sister and brother. His parents are subsistence farmers while he and his siblings are students. His mother forages for food and fishes to supplement their meals, while his father also works as a day laborer. The income he receives is just enough to cover their daily expanses but is not enough to pay for basic healthcare. On the 26th of December 2019, Wel was playing with pebbles at school with his friends. When he came back home that afternoon, he was crying but no one was home; his mother was away fishing. When she came back home and saw him still crying, she asked him what was wrong. Wel told her that while he was playing with his friends at school, one of his friends threw a pebble that hit him in his left eye. Since then, his left eye hurt a lot. His mother checked his eye, but she did not see any redness, and thought that the pain would go away after a while. Five days later, Wel complained that his left eye hurt more than before. His mother then took him to Hpa-An General Hospital, where his eye was checked. The doctor saw pus in his left eye and told his mother to take him to a hospital in Yangon as they cannot do anything for him there. The doctor provided him with eye drops and they returned home. Wel's mother did not have enough money to go to Yangon. His mother administered the eye drops for him, but his eye did not get better. His mother started to worry more about him and tried to look for a way to take him to another hospital. One of their neighbors suggested that she bring him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Mae Sot, Thailand, as she has been to the clinic before. On the 5th of January 2020, Wel's mother borrowed 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) from a neighbor and took him to MTC. There, his eye was checked but the medic referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), as they could not treat Wel at the clinic. When Wel arrived at MSH, the doctor examined his eye and told Wel’s mother that he has an ulcer in the cornea of his left eye. His left eye had turned white and he also had pus due to the infection in his eye. The doctor told them that unfortunately the only option left was to remove his left eye so that his right eye would not become infected as well. Wel cried when he learned that his left eye had to be removed. Wel's mother however agreed to the procedure and he was scheduled to receive surgery on the 20th of January. Unable to pay for the surgery, the medic at MTC referred Wel to Watsi medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing treatment. Currently, Wel's left eye is itchy and has discharge coming from it. He cannot look at sunlight, as if he does his eye hurts. Before he stated taking the painkillers provided by MSH, his eye was very painful. He can no longer see anything with his left eye. "I want him to continue his studies after he receives treatment and I would like him to become either a teacher or a nurse in the future," said Wel's mother. "I don’t want him to work on the farm like us because he will have only one eye, so I want him to get a good job.”

90% funded

90%funded
$1,350raised
$150to go
Saw Eh

Saw Eh is a cheerful, six-year-old from Burma who lives with his parents, his brother, and his sister. He loves having his friends over to his house to play. "He wishes he could attend school like other children his age," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). However, Saw Eh has kidney stones, and he is in too much pain and discomfort to begin school. "Saw Eh's parents first became aware of his condition in late 2014 when he developed a fever and began to excrete cloudy urine," BBP explains. After a visit to a hospital, he was given an ultrasound that revealed stones in both of his kidneys. Saw Eh's condition causes him to suffer from fevers and pain in his lower left side. "His parents are both farmers, growing rice and vegetables," says BBP. "All of the rice produced is kept for their family’s consumption, but they sell the few vegetables grown on their farm. They earn approximately 2 USD per day, however this varies based on the success of their crops. Saw Eh's condition has put significant financial strain on the family; treatment and transportation costs have forced Saw Eh's parents to take loans with interest from money lenders, and they are currently deep in debt." For $1500, Saw Eh will receive surgery to remove the kidney stones. This cost also includes transportation from his home to the hospital, eight days of hospitalization for the surgery, and food and accommodation for 30 days. "Surgery will allow Saw Eh to live without pain and will stop his fevers," says BBP. "He will be able to attend school for the first time and begin his education. Right now, Saw Eh's parents are doing their best to balance the responsibilities of working on the farm and caring for their child; after treatment they will be able to earn more money and provide a better life for their family."

100% funded

$1,500raised
Fully funded