Yi Swe is a 55-year-old woman who has been diagnosed with a cardiac condition, mitral valve stenosis. This means that a valve in her heart has narrowed and blocks blood flow. Throughout her life, Yi Swe has lived in nine different cities and towns in Burma, and for the past three years she has lived the capital. She has worked for a government agency since 1981. She lives with her two sisters. Their monthly income is enough to cover their daily expenses, but they cannot afford expensive healthcare. In 1990, Yi Swe noticed the symptoms of her cardiac condition for the first time. She grew tired easily and was sleeping poorly. She first sought care at a local clinic. The clinic gave her medication, which helped to improve her symptoms. In December of the same year, Yi Swe’s condition grew more severe. She was very tired and had difficulty breathing. She visited a hospital in Rangoon, where she underwent blood and urine tests and an x-ray. The doctor drained fluid from her lungs and performed a mitral valvotomy to open the narrowed valve. The surgery greatly improved her condition. For the next 25 years, Yi Swe’s condition was markedly better. However, in 2015, her original symptoms returned. She sought care at a local hospital. Over three visits, she underwent blood and urine tests, an x-ray, an echocardiogram, an electrocardiogram, and an ultrasound. She was advised to undergo a mitral valve replacement, and she was scheduled to receive surgery three years in the future, in 2019. Yi Swe started to look for an alternative treatment option and was eventually referred to our medical partner. On December 19, 2016, she underwent a mitral valve replacement. Throughout this whole process, Yi Swe has been working to pay for her treatments. Now, she needs help to fund this final $1,500 surgery.
Ma Nyein is a 42-year-old woman who has lived in a village in Burma her whole life. She lives with her parents, her 18-year-old son, and her seven-year-old nephew. Her daughter moved to Bangkok seven years ago to work in a food shop. Eight months ago, Ma Nyein stepped on a loose plank in the floor. The piece of wood swung up and hit the left side of her head. Soon, her left eye grew swollen and bruised. She began to experience numbness and pain in her head. She visited several healthcare centers, but all she received were painkillers. Ma Nyein's son, an eighth grader, left school to take care of her. Her condition also forced to her stop her sewing business. Finally, Ma Nyein came to our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), in October of 2016. She was seen by an eye surgeon and underwent a CT scan on October 19. The results should give her medical team a clearer picture of her condition. Now, Ma Nyein needs $414 to fund this scan. "I would like to get well soon. I wish to open a shop at home to sell dried food and the clothes I made," shares Ma Nyein.
Agatha is a 26-year-old mother of two from Uganda. She and her husband, Ambrose, live in a rural area and grow food crops for their family. Agatha enjoys weaving baskets and going to church. Agatha is currently expecting her third child. Due to complications, she has been referred from her local clinic to our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Doctors recommend that she attend prenatal visits, deliver the baby in the hospital, and return for a follow-up after the birth. Agatha is set to deliver her child on December 24. She is excited to deliver her baby during the Christmas season. Our medical partner, The Kellerman Foundation, is requesting $241 to cover the cost of Agatha's care. Agatha and Ambrose have already contributed $4. “I thank the donors for the support they are giving me to have a safe hospital birth,” Agatha says. She looks forward to raising her child, and she hopes to send her child to school in the future.
Jolamy is a 75-year-old man from a village in Malawi. He and his wife have four children and eleven grandchildren, and together they run a small farm. When not fetching firewood and tending to this farm, Jolamy enjoys relaxing and chatting with his village friends. One year ago, Jolamy started experiencing trouble while using the restroom. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which has impacted his ability to live and work comfortably. Jolamy is scheduled to receive prostate surgery on January 5 at our medical partner's hospital, Nkhoma Hospital. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $726 to fund this procedure. Jolamy says, "I have accepted surgery, and I am thankful for Watsi and the Nkhoma staff." Once Jolamy undergoes his prostate surgery, he is expected to return to his farm and family to live a healthy life.
Kabugho is a 42-year old wife and mother of six children from Uganda. In 2008, Kabugho developed a swelling in her left groin region. The swelling continued to increase in size, and it became painful at the beginning of 2016. Thus, she went to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, and was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Without treatment, she is at risk of intestinal obstruction and blockage of blood flow to the intestines. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 4. Both Kabugho and her husband are farmers. Their income is limited and seasonal, and they pay for their children’s education in installments. Prior to the diagnosis, Kabugho had never visited a hospital due to lack of money. She was relieved to hear that Watsi could help her receive financial support. For this reason, our medical partner is requesting $249 to fund Kabugho's hernia repair. “I have a lot of pain, but I don’t have money for my surgery,” says Kabugho.
Dennis is a 24-year-old father living in Kenya. On New Year's Day, he was involved in a motorcycle accident that left him with a fractured jaw and wrist. Dennis was unable to receive treatment from the government hospital due to a strike by the government doctors. Fortunately, he was referred to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, where he will receive treatment on January 6. The fracture repair surgery will cost $640. With daily expenses and school fees mounting, Dennis looks forward to receiving treatment and returning to assist his wife and parents with their work as farmers. “I hope to be treated and continue providing for my family. The pain is too much," he says.
Frances is a 70-year-old farmer and father to six children. With all six children still living in the house, Frances stays busy. But when he's not working, he enjoys attending fellowship meetings and services at the church in his village. For over a year, Frances has been experiencing symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate. It has caused him a great deal of pain and irritation and has ultimately prevented him from working. Fortunately, he will be undergoing surgery to remove his prostate on January 6. The surgery will be performed at our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, and will cost $314. Frances has contributed $4 of his own money. Once Frances has recovered, he'll return to tending his tea bushes and supporting his family. “Thank you to all the donors," says Frances. "I am appreciating them so much and hope God is good to them.”
Nyakatura is a 69-year-old father of seven children. He is a farmer who uses his income for basic needs, such as salt, sugar, and soap. His family eats most of the food he grows. In 2009, Nyakatura developed a painful swelling in his groin. Over time, the swelling increased in size. He visited a hospital, where he was diagnosed with a left hydrocele and was advised to undergo surgery. However, Nyakatura knew he could not afford to pay for surgery. He decided to live with the pain until he learned about our medical partner's hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital. Nyakatura is scheduled to undergo a hernia repair surgery on November 16. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund his care. After undergoing surgery, Nyakatura hopes to continue farming and taking care of his wife. He plans to save some money and start trading secondhand clothes.
Mariana is a 39-year-old woman who is pregnant with her ninth child. She lives with her husband, Barnard, and their eight children in a small house in rural Uganda. Seven of the children are in school, and Mariana and Barnard have difficulty paying their tuition. Both Mariana and Barnard are subsistence farmers who grow cassava, beans, sorghum, yams, and groundnuts to feed their family. Barnard also picks tea leaves to earn money. Mariana enjoys worshiping God, weaving mats and baskets, and chatting with friends in local village groups. Mariana’s doctors consider her pregnancy high-risk. On November 30, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, and her baby will be examined by a midwife. After birth, Mariana and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Mariana has contributed $8 to her care. For an additional $241, we can fund the remainder of this care. Mariana is looking forward to nursing her child. Mariana shares, "I thank donors for supporting my safe delivery at the hospital, and I appeal to them to always support the needy. God bless the donors!”
Hser Paw is a bright 21-year-old student from Burma. At a young age, she moved away from her village to pursue her dreams as a medic. Unfortunately, Hser Paw recently halted her studies due to challenges with her health. In late November of 2016, Hser Paw felt tingling and numbness in her left leg. A week later, the symptoms spread to the entire left side of her body. These symptoms made her normal day-to-day activities a challenge. Hser Paw was referred to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital, where she will undergo a full-body CT scan on December 9. The results of the scan will help her physicians diagnose the issue, which they believe is neurological. Our medical partner is requesting $414 to fund this diagnostic test. Hser Paw says, “I want to recover and continue my studies as a medic."
Zaw Win is a 17-year-old football enthusiast from Burma. He lives with his family and works at a local casino. In his spare time, Zaw Win enjoys playing football with his friends. At a game during the Karen New Year festival, Zaw Win was kicked in the arm. His bone fractured. His friends rushed him to a local clinic, but he did not receive adequate medical care. Zaw Win and his father traveled six hours to reach our medical partner's care center. There, he will undergo an internal fixation procedure on January 6. During this orthopedic operation, a metal rod is implanted to help the bone heal properly. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 for costs associated with Zaw Win's surgery.
Ram is a 60-year-old man from Nepal who takes care of a household of six. He works as a farmer, but he has difficulty providing for his family's needs. About three years ago, Ram started to experience swelling on the right side of his groin. Within a few days, walking became painful. At a district hospital, he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. In other words, part of his intestine had bulged through his abdominal wall. Doctors from the district hospital referred Ram to our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. Ram is currently scheduled to undergo repair surgery on January 8. Our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $451 to cover the expenses of the procedure, which will include the costs of the hospital stay, the medication, and the required X-rays. Ram is hopeful for the future, and says, "I wish that I could be fine again."