Raja's Story

Raja joined Watsi on December 23rd, 2014. Eight years ago, Raja joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Raja's most recent donation supported Sa, a 43-year-old woman from Thailand, to fund a total abdominal hysterectomy,.


Raja has funded healthcare for 105 patients in 15 countries.

Patients funded by Raja

Originally from Burma, Cherry is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her father's cousin and her two cousins in Tak Province, Thailand. Her two cousins are students, while Cherry is a homemaker. Her father's cousin runs her own small business, selling everything from makeup to food online or through her friends. They work hard to support their family. In the beginning of 2023, Cherry began to experience troubling symptoms, including swollen neck and discomfort when swallowing food. She was diagnosed with thyroid goiter. The thyroid is the gland located in front of your neck and produces thyroid hormones. These hormones are responsible for functions such as metabolism, growth and other bodily functions. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Cherry receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 24th at Mae Sot General Hospital. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. She and her family need help raising $1,500 for her treatment. Cherry said, "I feel stressed about my condition. Since I heard that my family who lives in Burma have now become displaced, I have felt more stressed and I am worried about them. I want to get treatment and recover soon so that I can look for a job and support my family back home. Thank you to all the donors and the organisation Burma Children Medical Fund for being willing to help me by paying for my treatment cost."

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Meshach is a 5-year-old boy child from Kenya. He recently was in a severe accident and needs our help. Meshach lives with his family in the Kiambaa area, about 20 km from Nairobi. He is the firstborn in a family of two children. His mother is single, born of a single mother who neglected her. Meshach's mother was raised by her grandmother. Meshach’s mother recently found employment and as a new employee is currently under probation. She is fearful she may lose her job as she is at the hospital with her son. Next to their home is a busy main road. About two weeks ago, Meshach came home from school and started playing with his friends. He decided to cross the road to visit other friends on the opposite side of the road. Unfortunately, as Meshach tried to cross, he was hit by a speeding motorcycle. He was badly injured. Fortunately, the motorcyclist picked him up, summoned good Samaritans and quickly brought him to Nazareth Hospital. Meshach's abdomen was torn open and he sustained a fracture of the right leg and face bruises. An emergency laparotomy--an open surgery of the abdomen--was done and he was placed in HDU (high dependency unit) to receive extensive care. His leg was stabilized as his internal injuries were treated. The surgery for his abdominal injuries was successful. The surgeon is prepared to now repair his fractured tibia with further surgery--ORIF, or open reduction internal fixation. The bones will be realigned and hardware will be inserted to hold the bones in place. This surgery is scheduled for October 10. Until the surgery, Meshach is experiencing pain, and the inability to use his leg or walk. Meshach's family is not able to meet the cost of this surgery. Already, the bill for the other surgery is more than Meshach's mother can afford. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Once treated, Meshach will be able to use his leg and walk again. He will resume school and his normal life. “I have seen the hand of God over the healing and life of my boy. I already have a heavy bill that am unable to pay for the treatment already given. As I thank the Hospital for the care they have taken on my child, I kindly request the sponsors to consider supporting him for this surgery, so that he can be fully well to go back to his normal life and growth,” said Meshach’s mother.

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Marites, who is 50 years old, is a dedicated wife and mother, living with her husband and two children in the Philippines. Currently, Marites is facing a challenging situation, as she deals with a painful mass in her left breast. While the mass was only mildly uncomfortable in the beginning, Marites did not seek medical attention because of her family's financial struggles. When she did finally meet with a doctor, she opted not to undergo the recommended surgery, because of the financial burden it would impose on her family. Over time, as Marites has lived with the breast mass, she has been left to endure sudden bouts of numbness, sleepless nights, and feelings of hopelessness. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, it is imperative for Marites to undergo surgery, to prevent the cancer from spreading. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Marites receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a mastectomy on July 19th, at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP needs to raise $1,058 to cover the remaining cost. After treatment, Marites will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Marites said: "It's a tremendous help because we don't know where else to turn to for the operation. I also want to extend my life for the sake of my children and my husband, who is also ill and relies on me. He's already 62 years old. I hope the assistance for people like us who are truly in need continues, and I hope you can help many others too."

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Ann is a 45-year-old woman from Kenya and a mother of four children aged between 23-27 years old. Her husband passed away in 1999. Her children have been unable to secure steady jobs, and Ann works as a casual laborer washing clothes to provide a living. However, she shared that her income is inconsistent, as it depends on the availability of work. She lives alone in a single room. Ann does not have medical coverage and is requesting assistance with her treatment costs. In April 2023, Ann slipped and fell on the road causing a fracture in her right wrist. She went to a local pharmacy for first aid and has since been using hot water and salt to treat the fracture due to a lack of medical coverage. However, her hand has continued to swell, and she is in chronic pain, making it challenging to use her right hand. A church member recommended Ann visit Kijabe Mission Hospital for review. Through church members’ contributions, Ann received an X-ray, and the doctor recommended she undergo surgery to treat the fracture. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 15th, Ann will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will heal the broken bones and enable her to use her hand again. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Ann says: “I can’t use my hand because it is broken. I am unable to work and sometimes sleep hungry because I depend on my hand to work and earn a living. I need the surgery to earn a livelihood.”

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Obadiah is a 26-year-old man from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family of three children. His mother passed away seven years ago due to cancer. Obadiah lives with his father and works as a casual laborer to support his father, who is in his old age. However, since Obadiah’s injury, it has been painful for him to work, and they have had a relative come and stay with them. Obadiah needs surgery to heal and is requesting assistance with his medical costs. Obadiah fell and sustained a fracture to his arm last year. At the time, he went to a hospital, received a splint, and underwent a plate fixation procedure. He has continued to experience persistent pain for the last year and cannot use his hand. Obadiah recently received an X-ray, which revealed that the fracture has not united and one of the screws has moved out of place so that the plate is no longer holding the fracture correctly. To finally heal, Obadiah must undergo a three-part procedure to align his bone and return it to a normal position. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 25th, Obadiah will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. Upon recovery, Obadiah’s fracture will be healed, he will no longer be in pain, and he will be able to work. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Obadiah shared: “I feel so sad when I depend on people to provide everything for me. I am sadder when I remember that my father is alone without a helper. I am so hopeful that one-day things will get back to normal, and I will be able to work and earn something. Kindly help me so that my father may no longer suffer.”

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