Nina joined Watsi on March 13th, 2013. Five years ago, Nina became the 525th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,399 more people have become monthly donors! Nina's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Phyo, a 2-year-old from Thailand, to fund bilateral hernia repair.
Nina has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 13 countries.
Phyo is a two-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and sisters and a brother in Fo Fai Village. His parents are originally from Bago Division in Burma and moved to Thailand in search of better job opportunities around 10 years ago. Both of his parents are agricultural day laborers. Phyo’s parents cannot afford to send him or his siblings to school and they are looked after by his six-year-old sister when his parents are working. Phyo was born a healthy baby boy at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). In June 2019, Phyo’s mother noticed that both of Phyo’s testicles were swollen. At first she thought that the swelling was caused by an insect bite and that the swelling would come down on its own. However, the swelling never reduced. Busy with work and since Phyo did no complain of any pain and looked otherwise healthy, his mother did not take him to a clinic or a hospital. In the beginning of November 2019, his mother realized that his testicles were increasing in size and he was uncomfortable. His mother decided to have this checked and brought him to MTC in early November. When they arrived at the clinic, the medic completed a physical examination and gave him antibiotics. The medic also told Phyo’s mother that they could not treat him further because the medic was not completely sure what his diagnosis was. They were told that Phyo would need to receive an x-ray at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) so that they could diagnose him properly. Since his mother did not have enough money to pay for the x-ray and she had work she had to do at home, she brought Phyo back to their village. At home, Phyo took the antibiotics the medic had given him, which seemed to reduce the size of his testicles. However, on April 7th, 2020, Phyo’s mother noticed that his swelling was increasing in size again and that he could not pass urine nor stool; she became worried when she noted that he ate and drank a lot the whole day. The next day, his mother asked her pastor if they could take them back to MTC, as she did not have enough money to pay for transportation. Their pastor agreed to help them and drove them to the clinic. At MTC Phyo received a physical examination and the medic explained to Phyo’s mother that he might have a hernia. The medic diagnosed him with incarcerated inguinal hernia and told them that he would need to receive surgery at the nearby hospital. Phyo has an inguinal hernia and currently cannot pass urine nor stool. He cannot walk or stand for the past two days as his swelling is severe and uncomfortable. Fortunately, on April 8th, 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 Phyo's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 8th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Phyo's mother said, “I feel very stressed and worried about my son. I can’t help him any further as I don’t have money. His father has also not come back since he went back to Burma [a month ago to take care of his sick parents]. I cannot work and I have no income as we have less work during this time of the year. Sometimes our neighbors have to give us a meal. Now I have a debt of 600 baht (approx. 20 USD) already from my neighbor, without interest.”
Pha is a 26-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has six sisters, and enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and helping around the house when he has time. In January 2020, Pha was in a motorcycle accident and was treated for an open fracture of his left leg at a hospital in the city. Now, his leg has healed but is approximately 1.5 inches shorter than his other leg. He still experiences chronic pain and cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On February 24th, Pha will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Treatment will fix Pha with internal hardware to help his injuries to heal in alignment so he will be able to walk easily again. "I am so worried abut my son's leg and I hope that he will feel better soon and will be able to return to work so he can help our family make money again." -Pha's Mother
Mya Mya is a 40-year-old-woman who lives and work with her elder sister for a herbal medicine production workshop in Sanchaung Township, Yangon Division in Burma. They are originally from Bago Division and moved a few years ago. Since Mya Mya was 18 years old she has felt bronchial asthma and suffered from difficulty breathing. Sometimes she feels severely tired. She went to a health worker at her village and the health worker told her to go and see heart specialist in Yangon. However, at that time she did not have money to go to Yangon, so she did not go. She has only used herbal medicine for treating difficulty breathing since she was 18-year-old, which did help her feel better. For the last four months at night she has severe difficulty breathing, so she woke her sister up and asked her sister to send her to a private clinic called Yaung Chi Oo in Yangon. After the doctor's examination, she was told her that she needs to go and see heart specialist doctor. Then the doctor gave her an injection and some oral medication. Then, she went to Thiri Sandar Private Hospital on January 31, 2020 where she received an echocardiogram. The doctor told her that she has heart disease and she needs surgery. On February 5, Mya Mya went to Kan Thar Yar Hospital (KTYH) as suggested by the doctor at Thiri Sandar Hospital. The doctor at KTYH performed another echo before diagnosing her with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). The doctor at KTYH also told her that she needs surgery. Unfortunately, Mya Mya and her family cannot afford to pay for the surgery. After talking to the nurses and doctor about her problem, the nurses who know Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) refered her to BCMF. Mya May needs to stop working because of her tiredness. She is worried about her parents because if she cannot work. She shared, "If I recover from my disease, I need to work for my parents, to support them.”
Sandra is an 11-year-old student from Haiti. She lives with her parents in a city in northwest Haiti. She is in the fifth grade and especially likes reading and art. Sandra has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect and pulmonary hypertension. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart; she also has blood flowing through her lungs at much higher pressures than normal. Sandra will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On February 24th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will first perform a catheterization to make sure the high pressures in her lungs can be reversed. If the results of this procedure are positive, she will go on to have open-heart surgery in which doctors will close the hole in her heart with a patch. Sandra's family needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and check-up and follow-up appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Sandra's family overseas. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $17,000 to pay for her surgery. Sandra shared, "I am looking forward to being able to walk to and from school without stopping to rest!"
Joseph is a boy from Kenya. He is the firstborn of four children and lives with his parents and younger siblings in a two-room house in Central Kenya. Joseph is yet to join high school because of the condition as he fears the stigma. His mother works in their local market selling porridge and chapatis’ while his father does any casual task ranging from construction work to farming to sustain the family needs. Joseph was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Joseph is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to join my peers and not feel left out,” says Joseph.
Chan Leap is a 20-month-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child, and loves playing with her toys and watching television. In October of 2018, Kry Chan accidentally came into contact with an open flame. Since the skin has scarred over the burn site, she finds it difficult to extend her fingers and move her hand properly. When Chan Leap learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her to flex her fingers easily and regain normal movement in her hand. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's operation, she will be able to move her fingers without any difficulty."
Chandy Lina is a 25-year-old mother of two from Cambodia. She likes to watch television, take care of her children, cook, and go for walks with her family. In February 2019, Chandy Lina was involved in a motor vehicle accident, fracturing her left thigh. It is difficult for her to walk, and she often experiences pain and cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 29, Chandy Lina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help to realign the bones in her thigh so they can heal properly and allow her to walk normally. She says, "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have any pain when I walk, and I can walk like normal and return to my work as a vegetable farmer."
Sovan is a 37-year-old hairdresser from Cambodia. He is the youngest of nine children, and enjoys watching television in his free time. When he was fifteen years old, Sovan had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Sovan experiences ear discharge, headaches, tinnitus, itchiness, and hearing loss. He has a difficult time understanding and communicating with others. Sovan traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 6, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly and my ear infection will heal."
U Kyaw is a 44-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his his wife, three daughters, and a grandson in Karen State, Burma. U Kyaw is a soldier who lost his left leg when he stepped on a land mind five years ago. U Kyaw is unable to see in both his eyes. The doctor told him that he cannot restore vision in his right eye but he can help him with his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for U Kyaw. On March 26, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove U Kyaw's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.
Faimu is a baby from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Faimu has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Faimu will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Faimu that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 21 and will drain the excess fluid from Faimu's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Faimu will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.
Ramadhani is a boy from Kenya. He has two siblings and lives with his grandmother. He is in third grade. Ramadhani has an ear perforation that has affected his hearing ability. This has in turn impacted his academics. Now, it has been recommended that he undergo a tympanoplasty. If not treated, Ramadhani risks total hearing loss. Surgery is scheduled for February 12 and will cost $591. Ramadhani’s grandmother says, “My prayer is to have my grandson treated and be able to hear. Its will give me joy and progress."
Htun is a 35-year old man who has lived with his family in Mai village in Mandalay Township, Mandalay Division, Burma all his life. He is a factory worker who weaves bamboo. His wife makes cheroots, traditional Burmese cigarettes. His 12-year-old son goes to school and is in fifth grade. Htun first noticed symptoms related to his current health problem in early October 2017. He started to frequently experience severe chest pains and was not able to move or walk. He noticed experiencing heart palpitations while he was working. He also had some problems with sleeping. Fortunately, Htun is now scheduled to undergo heart surgery on January 31 to treat his condition. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Htun says, “I just want to be healthy again. I want to fulfill my responsibility as a father by financially supporting for my children’s schooling. I only hope the best for my children.”