Brooke's Story

Brooke joined Watsi on October 21st, 2015. Seven years ago, Brooke joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Brooke's most recent donation supported Chit Htun, a 21-year-old man from Burma, to fund surgery to place a shunt for his hydrocephalus condition.


Brooke has funded healthcare for 88 patients in 14 countries.

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Chit Htun is a 21-year-old man from Burma who lives with his mother, two sisters and a brother. His mother is a homemaker, while Chit Htun and his siblings are students. They are supported financially by two aunties and Chit Htun's former teacher. Chit Htun was born with spina bifida as well as hydrocephalus. When Chit Htun was just over a month old, he had a shunt inserted in his brain to control hydrocephalus. In October 202, Chit Htun fell down the stairs in his home and hit his head during the fall. Since that time, he has been experiencing headaches and dizziness with occasional loss of consciousness. Chit Htun's mother brought him to a hospital in Yangon, where he received a CT scans showing that the original shunt was in place. A second shunt was inserted to help with the loss of consciousness, but the headaches and dizziness continued to be a problem. In October 2022, Chit Htun had a seizure, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Chit Htun's mother brought him to Mae Sot Hospital, where he received a CT scan on November 28th, 2022 with the help of Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). The doctor diagnosed Chit Htun with severe chronic hydrocephalus and suspected shunt malfunction. BCMF is now fundraising $1,500 to help cover the cost of surgery to replace Chit Htun's current shunt. Chit Htun's mother shared, "My son and I have been in Mae Sot for the past two months and we are homesick already. I hope that he will receive surgery soon and recover from his symptoms."

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Mathew is a teenager from Kenya. Currently, he is not in school and herds the family cattle as part of his daily activities. He is the fourth-born in a family of nine children, and his first-born brother is the breadwinner. He does bodaboda business (motorcycle taxi) and has a pool table in the community where he charges a few shillings per game. Mathew was born at home, and a few days later his older brother noticed that he was not passing urine properly. His parents didn't take any action, thinking it was normal. His brother didn't know what to do at the time because he was not old enough to take Mathew to the hospital. Now 17 years later, Mathew's brother decided to take him under his wing and take him to the hospital despite not being subscribed to any health insurance program. They visited several hospitals, but nothing was done. A neighbor then referred them to a nearby clinic. Mathew was examined at the clinic and referred to BethanyKids for further review. His brother gathered some funds and managed to raise enough to bring Mathew for examination. Mathew was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility and cancer. Fortunately, Mathew is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Mathew's brother says, "I want my brother to be in good health and I know that this surgery will help boost his self-esteem."

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