Ryland joined Watsi on May 16th, 2014. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ryland's most recent donation traveled 9,000 miles to support Jamson, a man from Malawi, to fund prostate surgery.
Ryland has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 12 countries.
Ryland has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 12 countries.
Jamson is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have nine children. In addition to farming, Jamson raises livestock. In his free time, he enjoys worshipping at his local church with his family and friends. Since November, Jamson has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Jamson's surgery. On January 11, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Jamson was thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to going home and tending his crops pain-free. He says, "I thank you for this wonderful gift."
Nyunt is a 67-years-old woman from Burma. She lives with her children and used to work as a subsistence farmer. She also raises some chickens and pigs. In her free time, she enjoys going to the temple and listening to the monks’ sermons. Nyunt started to feel unwell in 2015, when she experienced pain in her lower abdomen. She stopped working because of her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Nyunt's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Nyunt is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on December 14. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Nyunt will no longer experience abdominal pain. She says, "“After I recover, I would like to look after my chickens and pig, and go to the temple to meditate.”
Wai is an 18-year-old woman from Burma. For the past seven months, she has lived in Thailand crafting jewelry to be sold in Bangkok. About five months ago, Wai began experiencing pain in her abdomen and back. She is very worried about her condition. She has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus. She needs to undergo a myomectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove the fibroids. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $960 to fund Wai's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on November 14 at BCMF's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. Wai says, "I am constantly worried about my family. A while ago, I had to resign from my work as I could not request leave from work whenever I am in pain."
Andy is a 12-year-old boy from Dominican Republic. He lives with his parents. His mother works as an office administrator, and his father works as a chef to support their family. Andy enjoys going to school and watching baseball on TV. Andy was born with a complex congenital heart condition that involves many defects including one heart valve that does not open and close properly, causing blood to back up into his heart, and leaving him feeling weak and short of breath. Throughout his childhood, Andy has undergone many heart surgeries to repair his heart. This surgery is the last one he needs to repair his mitral valve. Andy will fly to the Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On August 31, he will undergo cardiac surgery. This $27,000 surgery is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman. Andy's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Andy's family overseas. Although Andy is not from Haiti, Haiti Cardiac Alliance is collaborating with partners to make his surgery possible. "I would like to share my entire family's gratitude to everyone who is helping my son become healthy!" says Andy's mother.
Precios, also called 'Preng-preng,' is a five-year-old girl from a far-flung community in the Philippines. Her father is a farmer. Precios plays with toy dolls that she borrows from neighbors. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), has a home-based feeding program that provides nutrient-enriched food packs, ensuring malnourished children get the additional food they require 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. "I hope that my child will recover from malnutrition and finish her studies," says Precios's mother. Watsi is requesting $173 to help fund Precios's supplemental nutrition, health trainer, and medication.
Pascal is a 76-year-old father from Kashenyi, Uganda. Pascal and his wife are small farmers who grow coffee and tea, and live with their five children and 15 grandchildren. When not picking coffee, Pascal walks to the gardens with his grandchildren and tells them hunting stories from when he was younger. Over the past month, Pascal's prostate has become enlarged and has caused him a lot of pain. He tried taking pain relief drugs, but they didn't improve his condition. He finally visited our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, where they informed him that his prostate should be removed. Pascal is scheduled to have his prostate removed on May 3. Although he has been able to save $7.00 to supplement his treatment, he is still in need of $314 to cover the total cost of his procedure. While many men have retired at his age, after his surgery, Pascal looks forward to getting healthy and going back to work on his farm with his grandchildren again. “I thank the donors for helping pay for my surgery. I could not afford the costs due to not having a stable income or even making enough to meet my house needs. God is rewarding me for the good deeds I did in my younger days. I was not sure of what to do about the surgery,” explains Pascal.
Meet Yojana, a seven-month-old baby girl from the rural highlands of Guatemala. Yojana loves playing with her older siblings, and her favorite food to eat is bean soup. Yojana has been diagnosed with severe stunting as a result of malnutrition. She is underweight and small for her age. Her parents wish for their daughter to grow up healthy and strong, but they do not have the resources to pay for Yojana's treatment. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, Yojana will receive a supply of micronutrients, beans, and eggs. A community health worker will also visit her family and advise her parents on how to prepare nutrient-rich meals for their daughter. Yojana's treatment program will begin on April 17. For just $492, we can help give Yojana a chance to grow up happy, healthy, and strong.
Uwase is a 39-year-old mother of two currently living with her family in Kenya. She is originally from Congo. Her husband sells firewood to support their family, and her two children are in primary school. A few years ago, Uwase was attacked while selling medicine in her village. As a result, she developed an incisional hernia, a condition in which a hernia forms when a wound does not heal completely. On March 7, Uwase will undergo surgery to correct her hernia at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $425 to cover the cost of her surgery and accompanying hospital and medication fees. Uwase is very grateful to all the donors who will help support her. After surgery, she looks forward to being able to work, so she can help her husband support their family.
Shamim is a 25-year-old woman from the Central Region village of Mhona in Malawi. Shamim lives with her mother and her two children, while her husband is away working in another part of Malawi. Shamim helps her mother with the farm and taking care of the family. She stays busy looking after her two young children. When she gets a few minutes to herself, she likes to watch Nigerian cinema. Since 2015, Shamim has been dealing with a painful hernia. The hernia has made life difficult. It is hard to do her chores and take care of her children. When Shamim was told about Watsi, she was incredibly relieved. She needs help to raise $334 to fund hernia repair surgery. Shamim's surgery is scheduled for March 14. Once her operation is complete, she is expected to make a full recovery. "I really need this operation. I am so grateful I will now have it," says Shamim.
Maria lives with her family in Guatemala. She has two sons and a seven-year-old daughter. Her husband works as an agricultural day laborer, and Maria weaves and manages the household. For four years, Maria has been experiencing seizures. Recently, she began taking medication, which has been largely effective, allowing her to live seizure-free. However, the cause of her seizures is still unknown, and her life remains negatively impacted by her condition. She frequently experiences painful headaches and feels tired. To determine the cause of her seizures, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, needs additional diagnostic information. Maria is scheduled to undergo testing on January 20. She will receive a full diagnostic work-up, including labs, an MRI, and a consultation to determine the cause of her seizures. Then, our medical partner's team will develop a personalized treatment plan to reduce the frequency and length of her seizures. This will improve Maria's quality of life. While Maria and her husband work hard, they are unable to pay for this expensive diagnostic workup. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,044 to fund her procedure. "I want to see my children grow up well, and then to see my grandchildren," says Maria.
Rakith is a 22-year-old man from Cambodia who loves to play music and sing songs. In fact, Rakith has shaped his life around this passion—he is a professional DJ. Having a job that relies so heavily on listening has made Rakith’s current medical condition especially difficult. When he was five years old, Rakith had an infection in his left ear that went untreated. He developed a cholesteatoma, an atypical skin growth in the bone behind the eardrum. Although non-cancerous, the cholesteatoma has caused Rakith significant problems. He now experiences hearing loss and ringing or buzzing in the ear. Rakith traveled two hours to our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, where he was told his hearing problems can be fixed with a mastoidectomy. When Rakith undergoes this operation on February 8, surgeons will remove part of his ear’s mastoid bone so that they can remove the cholesteatoma. When the growth is gone, Rakith’s hearing will improve. Rakith and his wife cannot afford to pay for this treatment on their own. For $842, we can fund the procedure he needs, as well as the lab tests and two-day hospital stay necessary to ensure he recovers safely.
Aron is a 21-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the oldest child in his family. One day, Aron's parents noticed that he was in pain. He began to vomit after eating. He was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia, a swelling near his navel. Aron's family was advised to visit our medical partner's hospital, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Without treatment, he was at risk of intestinal damage. Fortunately, on January 2, ALMC surgeons performed a hernia repair procedure. Aron's parents operate a small business to earn a living. Their income, however, is not sufficient to pay for Aron's surgery. They need help to raise $610. "My wish is that my son will be able to eat well without feeling sick or vomiting," says Aron's mother.