Hayes joined Watsi on August 14th, 2016. Six years ago, Hayes joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Hayes' most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Hla, a 43-year-old refugee from Thailand, to fund mass removal surgery.
Hayes has funded healthcare for 104 patients in 13 countries.
Hayes has funded healthcare for 104 patients in 13 countries.
Hla is a 43-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in a village in Thailand. They fled from across the border in Burma seven months ago because of fighting in their area. She used to be an agriculture day labourer but stopped working a month ago since her condition is worsened. Her husband is also an agriculture day labourer and her son is a student. Two years ago, Hla felt a small mass in her breast. The mass was not painful so she need not seek treatment. A few months ago, the mass started to increase in size and became painful. Currently, Hla still feels pain and feels stressed about her condition and also worries if her condition can be treatable or not. Fortunately, Hla sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on September 11th. She needs $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Hla said, "I am very happy that I will be able to receive surgery soon. I hope that I will be able to work again after my surgery."
Nak is married and has three adult sons. His wife works in a factory, making clothes. In 1985, he was injured in a landmine explosion; both of his lower legs were amputated and he lost most of the fingers on his left hand. Nak has done well with his disability until recently, when he started having pain in his left leg. He is unable to walk, feels poorly, and is in pain. A local hospital sent him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre were able to help. On April 20th, Nak will undergo debridement of the wound and a stump revision. Our medical partner requested $391 to fund his procedure and care. Once the surgery and recovery are completed, Nak will be able to resume his normal activities at home. He shared, "I hope after surgery, I can walk again and have no more infections."
Dina is a 31-year-old woman. She has four siblings and lives with her mother, who is a rice farmer and the sole supporter of the family. Due to a physical disability, Dina is unable to attend school and helps her family in the rice field. In February, Dina fell out of her wheelchair and broke her left arm. Her mother took her to a local clinic, but Dina's arm is still tender and in pain, so the doctors referred her to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. On April 4th, Dina will undergo a fracture repair procedure to eliminate her pain and allow her to regain full use of her arm again. CSC is requesting $465 to fund this procedure. Dina's mother shared her hope that her daughter's left elbow will heal and that she is no longer in pain.
Him is a 40-year-old woman who used to work in the market near her home. She is married to a rice farmer and has two sons and one daughter. Her sons are 15 and 12 years old, her daughter is 6 years old. Him enjoys cooking for her family, walking her daughter to and from school, and watching Khmer movies. She was a clothes seller at the market, but stopped after her injury. Last August, Him was in a traffic accident and fractured the bone in her right upper arm. She went to a government hospital for surgery to repair the bone. She left soon after the operation because they couldn't afford the cost to stay, even though her fracture had not yet healed well. Now she has an open wound, feels poorly, and cannot use her arm. A neighbor suggested Him visit Children's Surgical Centre for further treatment. She and her family traveled two hours to the hospital, where surgeons diagnosed a Volkmann contracture, which occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to the forearm. There is increased pressure due to swelling, a condition called compartment syndrome. Surgeons have determined they are not able to save her arm and plan to do an above-the-elbow amputation. The total cost of his procedure is $446, which covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. The procedure is scheduled for March 10th and Him needs help to pay for this procedure. Him shared, "I hope after surgery I won't have pain or infection anymore. This treatment will help me in the future to work to support my family."
Nchambi is a bright and creative 8-year-old student. She is the fifth born in a family of seven children from her mother. She is currently in class six, but she unfortunately had to stop her studies to seek treatment for her condition. Some of her favorite subjects in school are arts and crafts, social studies, and mathematics. Nchambi was diagnosed with left genu varus, meaning her left leg is bent at the knee, making it difficult to walk. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she struggles with walking to school and carrying out her daily life activities, such as helping her mother with small home chores like cleaning cloths, washing plates, and sweeping. They shared that fetching water is now something she cannot do at all due to her leg condition. Recently, every morning before school, Nchambi has had to wake up extra early to prepare because it takes her a long time to make the one-kilometer walk to her school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Nchambi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 5th. Treatment will hopefully restore Nchambi's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Nchambi shares, “I can’t catch up with my friends when walking to school because I am slow. I can’t walk as fast as them because of my leg.”
Meet Maripet, a 9 year-old-girl, living with her parents and two siblings. Her father is a farmer, while her mother stays home to look after the children. In August of last year, Maripet began experiencing persistent, severe headaches. Her parents brought her to a local hospital, where she was prescribed medication, and sent home. When her headaches didn't improve, her parents brought her to a second hospital, where she was given additional medication and sent home, once again. Her family tried traditional medicine, but nothing worked. When Maripet's headaches continued, her parents brought her back to the first hospital they had visited, and this time, brain scans were performed. Maripet's family was immediately referred to our BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, but without funds for her care they had to delay for visit for one month. During that time, Maripet lost her ability to walk and to move her head, and she also lost her eyesight for a few days. She is now in a wheelchair. When she arrived to BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, Maripet was examined and booked for immediate surgery to remove a brain tumor. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help make sure she can finally access the treatment she needs. They are seeking $1,500 to fund Maripet's surgery and medical care. Maripet’s mother says: “I’m very much worried about my daughter's condition. I just pray and hope that she will be fine.”
Saray is a 34-year-old garment worker. He is married and has two daughters. Saray's first daughter is four and his second daughter is one. His wife is a rice farmer and raises pigs. Saray was in a car accident and fractured his left forearm. He traveled far away for surgery and screws were fixated to heal the bone. Now the bone is healed and the hardware needs to be removed so he can fully heal and prevent infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 1st, Saray will undergo a fracture hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will prevent any future complications and allow him to be fully healed. Saray says, "I look forward to healing and returning to work so I can support my family."
Myo Htay is a 22-year-old who lives with his parents and younger brother in the border region of Burma. His parents work as day laborers at a gold mine, carrying dirt and debris. Myo used to work with his parents but stopped last November when his health deteriorated. Because the gold mine closes during the rainy season, his parents only have work for six months out of the year. The rest of the time they try to live off of their savings. Around six months ago, Myo started to feel tired when he worked. At first he thought he was tired from working too hard. When he continued to feel tired for over a month, he thought that he needed to see a doctor. However, because of their limited funds, he did not want his parents to spend what they had on a trip to a clinic or a hospital. Around the middle of April, his condition worsened. He had difficulty breathing, experienced chest pain, and also heart palpitations. His parents brought him to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart disease. The doctor told them to bring him to Yangon for further treatment. After Myo's parents borrowed money, they went to Yangon and took him to two different hospitals. At the last hospital, Myo was admitted for five days as he was unwell at that time. He received a follow-up appointment for two weeks later, but was brought back on April 30th when he developed rapid breathing, heart palpitations, chest pain and oedema (swelling) in both his legs. Myo was readmitted to the hospital, and the doctor told Myo's parents that his surgery would cost 20,000,000 kyat (approx. $11,000 USD). When they told the doctor that they cannot afford to pay for his surgery, a nurse gave them the phone number of an abbot in Yangon. After they called the abbot and told him what the doctor had said, the abbot referred Myo to our medical parter Burma Children Medical Fund for the assistance accessing the cardiac treatment he needs. Currently, Myo is on oxygen. If he does not receive oxygen, he has difficulty breathing as well as heart palpitations. He cannot walk for more than three minutes and if he does, he feels extremely tired. His whole family is worried about his condition. Fortunately, Myo's surgery has been scheduled for May 8th. He will have both valves of his heart replaced. His family needs $1,500 to help with the total cost of his surgery and care. Myo’s mother said, “I would give up everything to save my son’s life. I would sleep on the ground if we had no home to live in. I only wish to see my son getting better.”
Htee is a 63-yeear-old woman who lives alone on near Thai-Burma border. Htee's daughter and son work in Bangkok and send 1,500 baht (approx. 50 USD) each month to help support their mother. Htee also has a good friend who will often help her when she is unwell, bringing her cooked food and accompanying her to her appointments. In her free time, Htee enjoys visiting with her friend, meditating, and going to the local monastery. Htee has a cataract in her right eye causing her vision to be very blurry. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund lens replacement surgery for Htee. This surgery is scheduled for February 14th and will help Htee see clearly and keep her independence. Htee shared, "When I recover from surgery, I will visit my friend. Later on, I want to move into the monastery where my friend's parents live. They are a monk and nun. I will be able to help them with cooking and cleaning and I can meditate there."
Thaung is a 31-year-old man who is married with one daughter. His wife and him work together as agricultural day laborers. Thaung's monthly income is just enough to meet their daily needs. He shared that he had to borrow money for food from his neighbor when he was out of work due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the military coup in Burma, and he is working to pay them back. In October 2021, Thaung noticed a small ulcer and went to see a retired army doctor who lives in his village. He received some medication, and his ulcer healed. However, a few months later, the growth returned. Thuang and his family were able to fundraise through their church to visit a local hospital. Upon review, he was diagnosed with cancer and the doctor informed him that he would need to undergo surgery. Currently, Thaung is in pain and has difficulty working and sleeping. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Thaung receive treatment. On April 11th, he is scheduled to undergo surgery. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Thaung shared, “When I recover from surgery, I will work hard to pay back my debt to the neighbors we borrowed money from. I want to live with my family for a long time, and I want to support my family as much as I can.”
Yen is a 65-year-old widowed rice farmer. She has two sons and six grandchildren. She shared that her husband passed away many years ago, so she lives with her youngest son. Yen no longer works in the rice field and instead enjoys playing with her grandchildren and listening to monks on her radio. Two years ago, Yen developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her photophobia and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking. As a result, she is unable to go places on her own. When Yen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On January 18th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Yen shared, "After surgery, I hope I will see well. I want to be able to go to the pagoda and take care of my grandchildren well."
Phea is a 37-year-old farmer. Together with his wife, they have five children, including one son and four daughters. In November 2021, Phea was in a motor vehicle accident where he fractured his right tibia. He visited a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but unfortunately his leg became infected. He feels very ill and is depressed that he cannot support and feed his family. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in now pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 8th, Phea will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will rid his leg of the infection and help him walk again. Phea shared, "I hope I can walk again and return to my job as soon as possible."