U Doe is a 80-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his daughter’s family and looks after his grandson. One month ago, U Doe’s big toe became black and painful. He visited our medical partner’s hospital, where the doctor explained that his foot had lost blood supply. He believed that U Doe’s chronic smoking was the cause. For ten days, U Doe took medication and underwent physiotherapy, but his symptoms did not improve. The doctor decided to amputate his toe. Although the surgery was successful, the wound did not heal correctly––again due to low blood supply. Soon, U Doe’s foot grew painful again. On December 1, U Doe’s leg was amputated below the knee. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I want to free from this pain and walk again,” sys U Doe. “After completing the treatment and getting the prosthesis, I will go back to my house. I will just stay at home to take care of my grandson so that my daughter and my son-in-law can go to work again."
Soe is a 35-year-old Burmese man who lives in a refugee camp with his wife and four daughters. His family moved to the camp to access education for his daughters. In his free time, Soe enjoys tending to his small garden. In 2009, Soe began to feel tired all the time. He had difficulty breathing, eating, and sleeping. His stomach swelled, and he experienced unexplained dizziness. When he visited a clinic, he was given medication but received no explanation of his condition. Over the next few years, Soe managed his symptoms with medication. After undergoing ultrasounds and x-rays at a hospital, he was diagnosed with chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and severe mitral valve stenosis. He was referred to our medical partner’s hospital. On December 13, he underwent a mitral valve replacement. Soe used to work as a day laborer, but his condition has prevented him from working. His wife supports the family by selling vegetables that they grow on their small plot of land. They also receive rations from the camp. Soe is requesting $1,500 to fund his healthcare. Let’s help support his family!
Fred is a 25-year-old man from Kenya. He has two other brothers, a plumber and a motorcycle operator. His single mother tends to their small farm to earn a living. Fred and his mother live together on their ancestral land. On December 20, Fred fell from a tank from which he was drawing water. He sustained a femur fracture and was rushed to our medical partner's hospital. He underwent an X-ray and is scheduled to undergo an open reduction internal fixation procedure on December 22. Fred's family contributed $260 to his care, but they need help to pay his remaining $1,451 medical bill. “I want to be well," says Fred, "to continue earning a living and probably start my own family."
Samnang is ten years old and in the fourth grade. He has three sisters and one brother. He likes to play games and watch animated movies on TV. Samnang had a laceration on his left heel, which made it difficult for him to flex his foot downward. Though his tendon was still intact, he felt pain when he walked on his left foot. When Samnang's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), the family traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On December 13, surgeons at CSC performed an achilles tendon repair surgery to help Samnang walk easily again. CSC is requesting $450 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my son can walk better and without pain," says Samnang's mother.
Tina is a 28-year-old farmer who is married and has one son. He likes to watch boxing on TV and feed his chickens at home. In May, Tina was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a brachial plexus injury (BPI) on his right side. A BPI occurs when nerves in the back are damaged or ripped from the spinal cord. Tina went to a hospital in Phnom Penh for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. He became unable to extend his right elbow and wrist, and he was in pain. Tina was referred to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), by the hospital in Phnom Penh. He traveled for five hours with his older brother to reach CSC for treatment. On December 13, surgeons performed a BPI repair surgery on Tina's right side to allow him to use his arm easily again. Now, CSC is requesting $450 to fund this procedure. "I hope that my right arm can function well again," says Tina.
Seyha is a 19-year-old tuk-tuk driver who has two sisters and one brother. He likes to watch movies, listen to the radio, and relax at home. In September, Seyha was in a motor vehicle accident that caused him head trauma. He was in a coma in a hospital in Vietnam for two weeks. He regained consciousness, but he developed a chronic dislocation of his left hip that made it difficult for him to walk. Seyha was in pain, and he became unable to work to support his family. When Seyha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for seven hours to seek treatment. On December 14, surgeons at CSC performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure to heal Seyha's left hip. After recovery, he should be able to walk easily again. CSC is requesting $411 to fund this procedure.
Aye Than is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her mother and siblings in a village close to the Thai-Burma border. At the age of 40, Aye Than started experiencing frequent headaches and a stiff neck. For five years, she treated her symptoms with medication from a local pharmacy. Recently, Aye Than was picking up a bucket of rainwater when she started to feel dizzy and could no longer stand. She sat down to rest, but she found she could no longer open her left eye. After several visits to different hospitals, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Through BCMF, Aye Than was transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. She underwent several diagnostic tests, including two CT scans––[one](https://watsi.org/profile/17128140c65d-aye-than) of which was funded by Watsi donors. The results of her tests showed an arteriovenous malformation with a proximal flow-related aneurysm and a fistula. In simpler terms, there was an aneurysm in Aye Than's brain. With this finding, her doctor performed an embolisation procedure on December 14. During this procedure, blood vessels were selectively blocked to treat her condition. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 in funding. “I am looking forward to getting better, so I can continue to work with my mother and resume my Buddhist practices: meditation, going to the monastery on full moon days, and maintaining the alter in my home," says Aye Than. She continues, "Without the donors, there was no chance for me to be treated properly. Thank you very much for your help."
Kyaw Zwar is a 38-year-old man with a brain meningioma, or a benign brain tumor. He and his wife live in in Burma. He works six days a week in a mechanical workshop, and his wife makes a living weaving mats. In 2006, Kyaw Zwar began to experience troubling symptoms, including sharp pain in his head and blurry vision. He visited many hospitals, but he could never afford treatment. Finally, a cousin told him about our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic, on the Thai-Burma border. Kyaw Zwar was transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, where he underwent a diagnostic [MRI](https://watsi.org/profile/138eb404d21f-kyaw-zwar) test supported by Watsi donors. There, he learned about his brain meningioma. He will undergo surgery to remove the tumor on December 25. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "We just want him to get well," says Kyaw Zwar's wife. "We feel like there is some hope now."
Wai Wai is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother and younger sister. They own a small shop, in which they sell goods made from bamboo. Eight years ago, Wai Wai started to experience pain in her joints. She was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis. She visited a clinic, where she received injections for the arthritis. After a year of receiving injections, her pain subsided. Wai Wai did not experience any health problems until March, when she began to cough and have difficulty breathing. She grew tired easily, and her joint pain returned. She experienced strong heart palpitations, which sometimes prevented her from sleeping. In May, Wai Wai visited a hospital and underwent a diagnostic echocardiogram. She was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis, a narrowing of the heart's mitral valve. Inflammatory diseases, such as Wai Wai's rheumatic arthritis, can affect the connective tissues of the body, particularly those in the heart. Her doctor recommended surgery, but she she could not afford treatment. She tried using traditional medicines, but her symptoms did not improve. Fortunately, Wai Wai was referred to our medical partner. She is now scheduled to undergo a mitral valve replacement on December 23. Wai Wai hopes to get well soon. She plans to help her sister with their business, and resume her religious activities, including meditation and teaching children about Buddhism. “I’m very happy now," says Wai Wai.
20-year-old Tha Zin had been in poor health since 2014. She had difficulty breathing and sleeping, and she experienced nausea after every meal. She visited a hospital, where she was diagnosed with nasal polyps. Despite her use of traditional medicines, her symptoms did not improve. With time, Tha Zin's vision became blurry, and her eyes swelled. In January of 2015, Tha Zin underwent surgery for her nasal polyps. Unfortunately, one month later, her eyes began to swell again, and she lost her vision. She could only differentiate between light and darkness. For this reason, she was forced to drop out of school. In July of 2016, Tha Zin was seen by an eye doctor, who informed her that she had a neurological problem. She visited a neurosurgeon, who ordered an MRI and discovered a benign tumor in her brain. On December 14, her doctor removed the tumor from her brain. Tha Zin's family cannot afford this treatment. They have already sold all of their jewelry and land to pay for her previous treatments. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund Tha Zin's healthcare. "I am glad I get to know the details of my health problem," says Tha Zin. "I feel a lot better now."
Chanya is a 20-year-old waitress. She has two sisters and one brother. She likes to sing and hang out with her friends. When she was a young girl, Chanya had an ear infection in her left ear. Due to the long-standing infection, she developed a cholesteatoma, a skin growth in the middle ear. Since then, she experienced ear discharge, hearing loss, pain, and buzzing in her ear. In 2014, Chanya went to a hospital in Phnom Penh, where surgeons performed a mastoidectomy to treat her condition. However, the mastoidectomy was poorly done, and she continued to experience her uncomfortable symptoms. When Chanya learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for half an hour to seek treatment. She was diagnosed with a residual cholesteatoma, which developed because her initial surgery failed to completely remove the original cholesteatoma. On December 16, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a mastoidectomy in Chanya's left ear. After recovery, her discharge and pain will stop, and her hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $842 to fund this procedure.
Chanthy is an 18-year-old ice cream seller who has three older sisters and three older brothers. She likes to talk with friends, do housework, and watch TV. Chanthy developed a cholesteatoma, or a skin growth, in her left ear when she was 16 years old. Since then, it caused her ear discharge and hearing loss. She visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), in November, where doctors gave her ear drops to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Then, on December 19, ENT surgeons at CSC performed a mastoidectomy in Chanthy's left ear. After recovery, her symptoms will cease, and her hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. "I hope that I can go to work as normal after I heal," says Chanthy.