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Garry Tan


United States

Garry's Story

Garry joined Watsi on January 25th, 2014. Two years ago, Garry joined the Universal Fund and became the 598th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,363 more people have joined! Garry's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Panha, a soldier from Cambodia, to fund nerve repair surgery.


Garry has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Garry

Kar Aung

Kar Aung is a one-year-old boy from Burma. One of six siblings, he lives with his mother, father, and older brother on a relative’s farm. His mother hopes that he will become a medic when he grows up. Hours after Kar Aung was born in September 2015, his mother noticed an abnormal growth on his nose. A few days later, she took him to a private clinic, where the doctors diagnosed Kar Aung with nasofrontal encephalocele. This neural tube defect, resulting from a failure of the neural tube to fully close during fetal development, causes protrusions of the brain through openings in the skull. Kar Aung and his mother returned to the clinic four times, at great financial cost. Each time, they received medication, but his symptoms never improved. Finally, Kar Aung’s father contacted our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). In March of 2016, six-month-old Kar Aung and his parents made the long, expensive journey to MTC. Upon examination, Kar Aung was diagnosed with tuberculosis and nasofrontal encephalocele. “I worried that my son will not be cured, as I have never seen kids like this in my village,” Kar Aung’s mother says. “I will always love him." Fortunately, Kar Aung is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 13. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to cover medications, surgery, transportation, and two weeks of hospital stay. When Kar Aung is fully recovered, he should be pain-free and able to see clearly.

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Angel is a 22-month-old girl who lives with her grandparents in a small bamboo house. They source water from a deep well and share electricity with a neighbor. Her mother is a single mother who is a farm laborer. Angel loves to play house. Angel has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Angel will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Her mother hopes that Angel will gain weight and become healthy. She also hopes that Angel becomes a successful teacher someday.

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"I have not enough words to express my gratitude to people contributing to support my care. May God bless you abundantly," says Slyvia, a 45-year-old woman from Uganda. Over the past two years, Slyvia has dealt with an increasingly painful hernia-- a condition in which intestinal tissue protrudes through the abdominal wall. Slyvia already received a hernia operation in 2010, but her current hernia has developed in the same location. Due to her discomfort, she has difficulty working and eats very little food. When she eats larger amounts she feels substantial pain. Slyvia is married to Yonam, and together they have six children. Four of the children attend school. Slyvia is a hard-working woman who does not like to stay at home. She grows beans, maize, bananas, millet, pumpkins, and, more recently, tea. During her free time, Slyvia takes her tea leaves to various collection points and enjoys talking with the other people bringing tea leaves. She also likes listening to the farmers' program that is aired once a week on the radio. While she is contributing $8 for her surgery, Slyvia cannot afford the $208 hernia repair procedure that will return the herniated intestinal tissue to the abdominal cavity. Doctors will mend the weakness in her abdominal wall, preventing future recurrences and alleviating Slyvia's pain. "I hope to do activities that do not require a lot of energy and strain my body again," says Slyvia. "I will make sure that I grow enough food for my family." Let's help fund the procedure that will improve Slyvia's quality of life and her ability to provide for her family.

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