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Hawanatu from Ghana raised $1,500 to get healthy.

Hawanatu
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Fully funded
Hawanatu's treatment was fully funded on November 26, 2013.

Photo of Hawanatu post-operation

February 12, 2015

Hawanatu received surgery to correct the alignment of her spine.

Our medical partner in Ghana, where Hawanatu received treatment, report that this surgery saved her life. Had she not received surgery, this spine deformity would have claimed Hawanatu’s life by the time she turned 30. After several months of wearing a back brace and undertaking physical therapy, Hawanatu is expected to live a normal life with no threat of orthopedic deformity in the future. She is already able to stand tall, rest on her back and her lung function has significantly increased.

Hawanatu’s family wasn’t able to be at the hospital during her rehabilitation. A caretaker at the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital informed us about her recovery: “Hawanatu is making great progress… she has regained her energy and has been amazed at her physical abilities. Simply laying on her back to go to sleep seems like a miracle to her. We look forward to her future.”

Our medical partner in Ghana, where Hawanatu received treatment, report that this surgery saved her life. Had she not received surgery, thi...

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November 8, 2013

Hawanatu is five years old. She lives with her family in Sierra Leone, but came to our medical partner in Ghana to seek treatment for a condition called kyphosis, which causes an abnormal curve in her spine.

This curvature constricts the space Hawanatu’s lungs have to expand, making it difficult for her to breathe deeply. Hawanatu’s limited lung capacity impacts her ability to walk, or even sit up, for short amounts of time. Her condition made it so difficult for her to keep up with her classmates in school, that she was bullied to the point where she could no longer attend.

Hawanatu’s parents are hopeful that their daughter will get better soon, but neither can afford her treatment. Her father works as a school teacher in Sierra Leone but is rarely paid.

For $1,500 we can pay for an operation to correct Hawanatu’s spine. This surgery will alleviate the pressure on her lungs, make it possible for her to stand and walk on her own, and allow her to move about like the other children in her class. Let’s give this sweet girl a shot at a normal and healthy life!

Hawanatu is five years old. She lives with her family in Sierra Leone, but came to our medical partner in Ghana to seek treatment for a cond...

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Hawanatu's Timeline

  • November 8, 2013
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hawanatu was submitted by Meghan Wood at Ortho FOCOS.

  • November 22, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hawanatu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 25, 2013
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hawanatu received treatment. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • November 26, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hawanatu's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Hawanatu. Read the update.

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Funded by 9 donors

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Pwe

Pwe is a 56-year-old woman who lives with her husband, her older brother, her daughter and her grandson in a refugee camp in Tak Province, Thailand. Since they came to the refugee camp, Pwe teaches at one of the primary schools and she earns 1,060 baht (approx. 35 USD) per month. She has a resourceful family: Her daughter teaches piano on a keyboard, and she earns around 2,000 baht (approx. 67 USD) per month. Her older brother is a carpenter who earns income when someone commissions a piece of furniture. When he does have work, he will earn around 150 baht (approx. 5 USD) per day. Pwe's grandson is a nursery school student in the refugee camp. Her son-in-law went back to Burma to visit his parents in 2019. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, he has been unable to come back to the refugee camp since then. All together, they work hard to make finances meet their day to day needs. The doctors at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital (MSGH), have diagnosed Pwe with a cataract in her left eye. Currently, Pwe cannot see people’s faces and she can only perceive light out of her left eye. With her right eye, she can see things that are near, but nothing that's far away. She received a pair of eyeglasses from the doctor at MSGH after her first visit, which helps her see better with her right eye but if she does not wear the eyeglasses, she cannot read or teach her students. Fortunately, on February 23rd, doctors will perform a lens replacement surgery, during which they will remove Pwe's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again and go back to teaching her students without difficulty. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Pwe's treatment. She said, “Since the vision in my left eye worsened, I feel uncomfortable reading and teaching. Sometimes, I ask my daughter, who also graduated from high school in the refugee camp, to teach in my place as I cannot read or prepare my lesson plans.”

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