Poe is a 34-year-old man from Burma. He works as a border security guard and protects the Burmese border. While on the way to get a haircut, Poe hit a patch of loose gravel and was thrown off his bike. Poe landed on the side of the road and was knocked unconscious. When Poe woke up after the accident, he knew that his leg was broken. He was unable to stand, and a passerby helped him get to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot Hospital, for an X-ray. The X-ray showed displaced fractures to the tibia and fibula of his right leg. The X-rays revealed that Poe will need surgery to fix the fractures. On January 27, Poe will undergo an internal fixation procedure to mend his broken bones. He needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "Thank you for helping me. I hope I will recover from this very soon so that I can play cane ball with my friends," he says.
Meet Maria, a baby girl from Guatemala. She is the sixth child in her family, and she is adored by her entire family. Maria's mother cannot produce breastmilk. Baby Maria often cries from hunger, and her mother uses warm sugar water to soothe her. However, a lack of nutrients means that Maria is not growing, her brain development is compromised, and she is malnourished. Without the appropriate nutrients and a treatment plan, Maria is at risk of long-term damage. However, we can give Maria a chance to grow into a strong, healthy, and energetic baby by supporting her treatment plan. Maria will begin nutritional supplementation on February 2 at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Panajachel. As part of her treatment, Maria's mother will receive a supply of baby milk formula and other nutritional supplements. Nutritionists will also visit their home and teach Maria's mother how to provide a nutritious diet for her daughter. A community health worker will monitor baby's Maria's growth and development. With a limited income, Maria's family cannot afford this treatment. To help Maria, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,107 in funding. Maria's mother wishes for her baby daughter to get healthier. She dreams for "her to be a good student and to have a stable job.”
Kheng is a 56-year-old construction worker from Cambodia. He is a husband and father of two sons and four daughters. In his free time, he likes to watch Khmer boxing on TV, listen to old songs, and listen to the news on the radio. In July 2016, Kheng fell from a height of two meters, resulting in a fracture in his left kneecap. As a result, he developed muscle atrophy, the wasting of muscle mass, in his quadriceps. It became difficult for him to extend his left leg, and he experienced a lot of pain. He traveled for two hours with his wife to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment. Surgeons will perform an open reduction internal fixation procedure, a surgical procedure that fixes severe bone fractures, in his left leg. The treatment is scheduled for February 2, and it will allow Kheng to walk easily again. Our medical partner is requesting $411 to fund the treatment.
Win Than is a 32-year-old housewife who lives with her husband and three children in Burma. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver and deliveryman and is the sole earner in the family. Her youngest child is in school, and her older children help her around the house. The family income is just enough for their daily expenses. About three months ago, Win Than began to experience lower abdominal pain. An ultrasound confirmed that Win Than had an ovarian cyst on her left ovary. She will undergo an oophorectomy to remove the ovary on February 3. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure.
Wilson is a twelve-year-old boy from rural Guatemala. He likes to play with toy cars and go to church with his family. His favorite foods include chicken, eggs, and bread. When he was just three days old, he became very sick. He spent a month in the hospital because he was experiencing jaundice and seizures. After being released from the hospital, he continued to experience regular fevers and missed several developmental milestones. At one year old, he weighed only eight pounds and was unable to speak or sit up on his own. Doctors have since learned that the seizures caused Wilson irreparable brain damage. Although he no longer experiences seizures, he cannot speak and uses hand signals to communicate with his family. In June of last year, Wilson received Watsi funding for [physical therapy](https://watsi.org/profile/8dfb4cfee510-wilson) to help him grow stronger and communicate more easily. His family reported that the therapy made his arms stronger. Although physical therapy was very helpful in improving Wilson’s life, he is still confined to his home. Any time Wilson needs to leave his house, his family has to carry him, which is becoming increasingly difficult as he grows. Wilson’s father works on a farm growing corn and beans, and his mother takes care of Wilson and the house. Their family cannot afford to buy a wheelchair. For this reason, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,034 to fund a wheelchair for Wilson. The wheelchair will allow him to travel to doctor’s appointments more easily and participate in community life. "I am very happy, and I hope that everything will keep getting better," says Wilson's mother.
Juan is a 78-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his wife in a rural part of the country, where he has worked for decades in agriculture. Recently, Juan was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a very common and very treatable form of cancer. In its early stages, symptoms include painful urination and discomfort in the groin area. Without treatment, it spread to other parts of the body. Recently, Juan has been unable to work because of his symptoms. Doctors have scheduled a surgery on January 31 to remove the cancer. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $910 to fund his surgery. "I will fight until I'm able to get better," says Juan.
Haswell is an energetic 72-year-old farmer from a village located in the Central Region of Malawi. In his 72 years, Haswell and his wife have been blessed with six children and thirteen grandchildren. He spends much of his day working on building projects. In his down time, his favorite thing to do is talk with his wife, who he affectionately refers to as "my one beloved." Three weeks ago, Haswell started experiencing urinary dysfunction. These troubling symptoms brought Haswell to our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, where he was diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. If left untreated, this condition can lead to urinary retention, bladder infections or stones, or kidney damage. Physicians have recommended a minimally invasive procedure known as a prostate resection, in which part of the prostate will be removed. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, has requested $726 to fund Haswell's procedure, scheduled for February 2. Haswell is looking forward to his surgery, saying, "I am happy to have surgery. I will have peace of mind".
Maung Chit is 43 years old and the father of a large family. He lives with his family in Burma. He works very hard as a day laborer, employed by several large farms. In April 2016, Maung Chit experienced an accident while unloading timber from a wagon. A portion of the load fell on top of him and broke his right leg above the ankle. In June 2016, he made the four-hour journey to a clinic, where an X-ray of his leg was taken. He was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), to examine the large bulge on his leg, which was preventing him from walking. In December 2016, Maung Chit underwent an internal and external fixation surgery. Maung Chit now needs another surgery to remove the rod placed during his first operation. Our medical partner, BCMF, is requesting $1,500 for this procedure.
Aung Shin is a 65-year-old man from Burma who lives at home with his wife and two of their seven children. He works as a farmer and carpenter, but his income is inconsistent. Aung Shin has been living with an uncomfortable urinary condition. He first received help three years ago, when he was evaluated and received surgery. The initial surgery was successful, but his symptoms have recently reappeared. With the reappearance of his symptoms, he visited a local hospital for an ultrasound, blood tests, and urinalysis. The ultrasound revealed an enlargement of his prostate and a mass in his urethra. He then visited our medical partner's care center. There, medics examined him and diagnosed his condition as benign hypertrophy of the prostate, or abnormal enlargement of the prostate. To confirm the diagnosis, doctors have scheduled for Aung Shin to undergo a CT scan on February 7. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to pay for the scan. After this scan, his doctors will be able to develop a treatment plan. Aung Shin says, “I am just hoping to regain my health so I can work better."
Htwe is a 35-year-old wife and mother from Burma who works as an agricultural day laborer. She lives with her three-year-old daughter, husband, and extended family. Two years ago, Htwe began to feel a lump developing in her lower abdomen. As the lump progressed in size, she began to experience severe back pain, eventually finding it unbearable to work. After two and a half years of intense pain, Htwe and her husband decided to seek treatment in January 2017. They were referred to our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital (MSH), where an ultrasound and other tests revealed that Htwe has a myoma, a benign, non-cancerous tumor in her uterus. It was recommended that she undergo surgery to remove her entire uterus. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a total abdominal hysterectomy on February 2. Due to Htwe and her husband’s inconsistent sources of income, they are unable to pay for the surgery without support. This family-focused mother hopes to return to her job after her surgery and support her daughter’s future. “I want to work hard to save money for my daughter’s education. I want my daughter to become a teacher or a nurse when she grows up. I don’t want her to do hard work like me,” she shares.
“I thank God for the support I am getting through the Watsi program,” says Gloria, a 40-year-old farmer from Uganda. Gloria is a mother of six and is currently expecting a seventh child. Gloria’s pregnancy has been identified by her local health facility as high-risk. Gloria’s childbirth process could be potentially dangerous because she is above the age of 35 and has undergone three C-sections in the past. For these reasons, Gloria needs to deliver through a carefully monitored C-section on February 4. However, the cost of this operation exceeds Gloria’s means. Gloria and her husband support all of their children’s schooling through farming. Even so, “we sold off most of the land we had for my previous operations,” Gloria explains. “There was very little land remaining, and even so, selling it would not raise enough money for the surgery I need now.” But for $258, we can fund Gloria’s C-section. Let’s make sure this mother returns to her family quickly and in good health.
Eunice is a 22-year-old mother from Uganda. She and her husband, Hudu, have one daughter and are currently expecting their second child. Eunice is a student in a tertiary institution, while her husband is a driver. Eunice enjoys spending time with friends and watching her daughter play with the other children in the community. Eunice has a severe form of oligohydromnios, a condition characterized by a deficiency of amniotic fluid. She also delivered her first child through C-section. For these reasons, her doctors consider her pregnancy to be high-risk. They recommend that she receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On February 6, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, where she will undergo a C-section. After birth, Eunice and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 to help Eunice safely deliver her baby. Eunice is looking forward to giving birth to a healthy child. She says, "Thank you so much for the help with my safe delivery."