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Maryann from Kenya raised $430 to treat an umbilical hernia.

Maryann
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  • $430 raised, $0 to go
$430
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$0
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Fully funded
Maryann's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2015.

Photo of Maryann post-operation

September 22, 2015

Maryann was treated for her umbilical hernia.

“Maryann’s hernia repair was successful,” reports our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “Her treatment has prevented the risk of strangulation where blood supply to the intestines is blocked, and it eliminated the pain Maryann was experiencing. Maryann is recovering well and is excited to have made friends while in the children’s ward.”

“I am greatly indebted to you for the compassion and support you have shown us,” expresses Maryann’s mother.

"Maryann’s hernia repair was successful," reports our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation. "Her treatment has prevented th...

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August 12, 2015

“A very shy and beautiful girl,” is how our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), describes Maryann, a three-year-old from Kenya. While speaking with AMHF, “Maryann kept smiling and stealing glances.”

AMHF tells us, “Maryann’s father works on farms and construction sites while her mother washes clothes for people to earn a living.” Maryann has a six-year-old brother, and both children have had painful umbilical hernias.

Umbilical hernias occur when the opening for the umbilical cord does not completely close, allowing fatty tissue or part of the bowels to protrude.

AMHF says, “Maryann experiences severe sporadic stomach pain, and if the surgery is not done soon, she will continue experiencing pain and risks having her intestines strangulated – which would lead to a much more complicated mode of treatment.”

AMHF reports, “Early this year, friends and family came together to raise the funds for her brother’s treatment; since then, her parents have been trying to raise the money needed for Maryann’s treatment, but they have not been able to.”

$430 will fund Maryann’s surgery—a procedure that will push the bulge on her abdomen back into place, and to make her abdominal wall stronger.

Maryann’s mother shares, “All I ask for my daughter is to no longer be in pain, I wish I could taker her pain away; when she cries asking me to make it stop, it breaks my heart because I am not able to do anything.”

We can help take Maryann’s pain away– let’s do it.

“A very shy and beautiful girl,” is how our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), describes Maryann, a three-year-o...

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Maryann's Timeline

  • August 12, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maryann was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • August 13, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maryann 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.

  • September 01, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maryann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 01, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maryann's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 22, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Maryann. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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U Chit

U Chit is a 55-year-old man from Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. He divorced his wife seven years ago and has two daughters and three sons. His youngest daughter lives with his ex-wife in Yangon and their other children live in Myawaddy Township. In March 2019, he entered into monkhood. Now, he receives alms from laypeople and from his children. In February 2019, U Chit began to experience back pain and a burning sensation when urinating. To treat his symptoms, he bought medication from a nearby pharmacy. However, after taking the medicine, he did not feel any better. He later went to a local clinic where he received more medication for his symptoms. They suggested that he go to Myawadday Hospital to receive an ultrasound scan. However, he did not go to the hospital because he did not think he would be able to pay for the cost of the scan. Instead, he continued taking the medicine that the doctor had prescribed. Unfortunately, his pain when urinating did not get better. Finally, U Chit decided to visit Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where he got his hernia treated four years ago, to seek treatment. U Chit arrived at MTC on April 24th, 2019, where an ultrasound scan revealed that he had a bladder stone. The next day, he was sent to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) where he received an injection and oral medication. On May 16th, 2019, he received an Intravenous Pyelogram (IVP) test for further investigation. After the IVP test, the doctor told him that he requires surgery and is scheduled for 20th November 2019. Currently, U Chit experiences back pain and he continues to feel a burning sensation when urinating. Aside from his concerns about his condition, he is worried about financial problems because he is a monk and does not have a regular income. U Chit likes reading Buddhist texts and newspapers in his free time. He said, “I want to cure my condition as soon as possible and I would like to focus on religious activities. After I am cured, I also would like to help find treatment for my daughter who has suffered from a stroke.”

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$1,185raised
$315to go

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