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Amon from Kenya raised $2,000 to get healthy.

Amon
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Fully funded
Amon's treatment was fully funded on May 24, 2013.

Photo of Amon post-operation

Amon received surgery to remove a cerebral AVM and give him a chance at a normal life.

“Amon’s face says it all,” our medical partner writes. “His father is almost at a loss for words. In his local dialect as he looks at his son he says, ‘Only God knows the gratitude that lies deep in my heart.’”

"Amon's face says it all," our medical partner writes. "His father is almost at a loss for words. In his local dialect as he looks at his so...

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This is Amon’s second time on Watsi. His first surgery didn’t go as planned, so we’re hoping to fund his second chance at health.

Amon is a 17-year-old boy from Kenya who does well in school and hopes to become a policeman. He’s been diagnosed with cerebral arteriovenus malformation (AVM), a disorder caused by an abnormal cluster of veins in his brain. Amon suffers from severe headaches, dizziness, incoordination, and is at risk of sudden death if his AVM hemorrhages (bleeds into his brain).

Last month, Watsi donors funded surgery to remove Amon’s AVM. Unfortunately, when Amon’s doctors began operating, they realized that his AVM is much larger and more complex than they originally thought.

Now, Amon needs a second surgery. His doctors warn that his case is extremely difficult. But they say that if he doesn’t have surgery, it’s only a matter of time before his condition “will cause his death.”

When Amon’s father found out that Watsi donors were going to have the opportunity to fund his son’s treatment again, he said he was “speechless that people who have never met me and my son would carry our burden in their hearts.”

Let’s show Amon and his family that they’re not in this alone.

This is Amon's second time on Watsi. His first surgery didn't go as planned, so we're hoping to fund his second chance at health. Amon is...

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Amon's Timeline

  • May 21, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Amon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 24, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Amon's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Amon. Read the update.

Funded by 53 donors

Funded by 53 donors

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mya Mya

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.”

75% funded

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$360to go