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Dafna's Story

Dafna joined Watsi on April 12th, 2013. Six years ago, Dafna joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Dafna's most recent donation traveled 6,200 miles to support Chy, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund a skin graft surgery on his leg.

Impact

Dafna has funded healthcare for 70 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Dafna

Htoo is a 29-year-old woman from Burma, and the headmistress for a middle school. She lives with her seven friends in a dormitory, and they are all teachers at the same middle school in the village. She raises chickens and also grows vegetables in a small garden beside the dormitory. She and her friends often go to the forest on weekends. Due to impacts of COVID-19 on her school, her income has been irregular since June 2020, but she and her friends share meals to make sure they have enough. In late March 2021, after a friend had mentioned how to do a self-exam for breast cancer, Htoo found a mass in her right breast later that night. Currently, Htoo does not experience any pain but she is very worried that the mass will turn cancerous. Htoo felt very scared to undergo surgery, as she feels stressed about her condition and she also thinks about the work she has to do at school which stresses her out even more. However, the doctors have recommended surgery to remove the tumor before it causes more risk or has a chance to spread. Htoo is seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo tumor removal surgery on May 25th and is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of her procedure and care. Htoo said, “When I think about my condition and my work, I become so stressed, and I cannot sleep well at night. I cry very often when I think about my condition. I feel like the stress has made me lose my appetite.”

$1,500raised
Fully funded

Dismas is a 26-year-old man who is very talkative and cheerful. Dismas works as a laborer getting jobs where he can and was employed recently to take care of a household in his small town. His parents passed away when he was young, so he stayed with his uncle when he was growing up. After he completed his schooling, Dismas joined a polytechnic program to pursue skills in plumbing. Dismas was married in 2017 and now has two children. On April 19th, Dismas presented to the hospital with a history of pain on his left thumb joint following a motorcycle accident. Dismas was a passenger on the motorcycle, which lost control and fell over. He also sustained wound lacerations on his face. After being reviewed by clinicians and undergoing an X-Ray, doctors confirmed he had left thumb metacarpophalangeal dislocation. Surgeons attempted to do a closed reduction surgery, but it was unsuccessful. Dismas was then planned for an open reduction and external fixation procedure to fix his painful dislocation. Unfortunately, Dismas cannot afford the cost of his care. He works hard to make ends meet and support his family. Dismas appeals for financial support for the treatment he needs. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo an open reduction and external fixation surgery on April 23rd. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare is requesting $801 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Once recovered, he will be free of pain and will be able to move and use his hand comfortably again. Dismas shared, “It’s barely been a month since I was employed and we have just re-united with my family. My hope is to get treated so that I can resume work, and continue supporting my family and be together with them.”

$801raised
Fully funded

Say is a four-year-old boy who lives with his mother, brother, sister, and grandfather in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand. His father returned to Burma to visit his village last year. When Thailand closed its borders because of the COVID-19 outbreak, his father could not come back to the camp. Say's grandfather is an assistant pastor in the camp and he receives his income through donations when he visits his church members for home prayers. Say goes to nursery school while both of his siblings go to primary school. His mother does all the household chores. Every month, their household receives some funding to purchase rations in the camp, which is just enough for their basic needs. They receive free healthcare and education in the camp, but specialized procedures like the care that Say needs are often not possible. In early February 2021, Say developed an inguinal hernia on his right side, which has resulted in swelling and pain. His mother has noticed that since he developed the hernia, his appetite has decreased, as eating more can sometimes cause additional discomfort. Fortunately, on March 25th, 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 Say's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Say's mother said, "When I heard that my son needs surgery, I became so worried because he is the youngest in our family." She is eager for the surgery to be complete and for Say to have healed.

$1,500raised
Fully funded

Rebecca is a 1-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of two children and has started to grow into a strong and beautiful girl. Both of her parents depend on small scale farming to support their family. Rebecca was initially brought to the hospital by her parents seeking treatment to help correct her spina bifida condition. Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord fail to form properly. This puts a child in danger of limb paralyses or death in case of a severe infection. At the time, Rebecca's parents could not afford the proposed surgery. Luckily, one of their friends advised them to seek help at our medical partner's care center, ALMC Plaster House. Through Watsi funding, Rebecca’s life was saved and she has been growing well since then. However, a few weeks ago, Rebecca's mother noticed her daughter's head was increasing in size at a very fast rate and she was complaining of headaches. Her parents had worked hard to save some money and got a health insurance card for their baby, so they decided to take her to the hospital to seek treatment. There, Rebecca was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. She needs to have an ETV surgery that will help relieve her of the pressure build-up, which would otherwise lead to brain damage. Unfortunately, their insurance has not matured enough to cover this kind of major surgery, so Rebecca's parents are appealing for financial support to help her. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Rebecca that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 25th and will drain the excess fluid from Rebecca's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Rebecca will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Rebecca’s mother shared, “My daughter’s head is increasing in size and it is making her sick. She needs surgery but the insurance we got for her cannot cover the cost. Please help once more if it is possible because we don’t know where to run to for help besides all of you.”

$1,300raised
Fully funded