Rhyan joined Watsi on May 17th, 2016. Five years ago, Rhyan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Rhyan's most recent donation supported Iden, a baby from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.
Rhyan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 9 countries.
Rhyan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 9 countries.
Iden is a baby from Tanzania. He is the second born in a family of two children. His father is poultry farmer and owns a small shop that helps him to provide for his family. Iden has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Iden traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 6. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Iden's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk when he gets older.. Iden’s father says, “Please help my child get the treatment for his legs. We really do not want him to grow up with a disability that is going to hinder him from living a normal life and having same opportunity like other kids."
Chai is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family. Chai has poor vision, and he depends on his mother to look after him. He had to drop out of school because his vision is blurry. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Chai. On May 16, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Chai's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. “I would like to go back to school and one day become a primary school teacher,” said Chai.
Isaka is a baby from Tanzania. Isaka’s parents are both pastoralists. His mother helps her husband with milking the cows, but she does not earn any income of her own. Isaka has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Isaka traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Isaka's clubfoot repair. This treatment will allow him to walk, run, and play without pain or discomfort when he grows up. Isaka’s mother says, “I am happy that my Isaka will be okay and he will be able to have a normal happy childhood and that he will be able to walk like a normal child. Thank you so much for helping my son get this treatment.”
Eh is a one-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his mother, father, and grandmother. His parents work as farmers on a villager’s farm, and receive a share of the crop as payment. When he was one month old, Eh’s mother noticed his left eye was tearing up more than usual. At ten months old, both his pupils became white. Eh suffers from severe discomfort from bright lights and when the wind blows into his eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Eh. On March 23, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Eh's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "I want him to become a medic as there are many patients in my village and I want him to return home to help them when he is grow up," says his mother.
Ko is a young student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Phop Phra, Tak Province. He likes to play football during his free time. On February 6, Ko and his classmates went to a farm to pick chilis. On the way back to school, the students were all crowded into the back of a pickup truck. When they arrived at the school, all the students scrambled to jump out of the truck. In the chaos, someone stepped on the back of Ko’s shirt, causing him to lose his balance and fall out of the truck onto his right arm, fracturing it. Currently, Ko is in pain. His arm has temporarily been put into a splint. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ko will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 6 and will cost $1,500. The surgery will help Ko recover from pain so that he can return to school. Ko says, "I hope to have surgery soon so that I will be able to return to school and also after I am fully recovered I can play football with my friends again."
Lin is construction worker from Cambodia. He likes watching movies and playing games on his phone. Five years ago, Lin fell at his house and has been experiencing pain ever since. Due to a recurrent hip dislocation, he has difficulty walking and working. Fortunately, Lin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Lin of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 17, and Lin needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. After recovery, he hopes he can return to work.
Sanare is an active and happy four-month-old baby boy who lives with his family of eight in Tanzania. Sanare’s parents are small-scale farmers. They raise cattle and goats and grow maize and beans. Sanare has bilateral clubfeet, which is congenital deformity involving both feet. The feet look like they are turned inwards at the ankle. This may affect Sanare's school attendance. He will have difficulty walking, experience pain, and may be subjected to stigma. After a procedure called "manipulation and casting," which uses gradual treatments to correct this condition, Sanare will be able to walk without difficulty. His treatments are scheduled to begin on October 17. Sanare’s father says, “I will be very thankful and very happy to see Sanare get treatment. I promise to take him to school when he grows up." Watsi is requesting $890 to fund Sanare's treatment.
Vitalina is a 47-year-old widow who lives with one of her granddaughters in rural Guatemala. Years ago, Vitalina sustained an accident in which she fell into a steep ravine. She severely injured her leg, and it had to be amputated. Since then, Vitalina's life has changed drastically—she can no longer work, and completing everyday tasks is a challenge. Since she is unable to work, she is dependent upon her eldest son. Without a steady source of income, Vitalina cannot cover the cost of a prosthetic leg. Receiving a prosthetic leg will change Vitalina's life. She hopes that receiving a prosthetic will allow her to find a job so that she can support herself and her granddaughter. On August 9, Vitalina will be fitted for a prosthetic leg. Now she is requesting financial support to cover her $1,166 treatment costs. "I am grateful to enter this program and receive a prosthetic leg. I will work very hard doing my physical therapies so that I can do more things," shares Vitalina.
Aung is a 22-year-old living in Mae Sot, Thailand with his mother and older brother. Sadly, Aung's father passed away many years ago. Aung and his brother have been working together as blacksmiths that build roofs and chairs. A month ago, Aung got a small cut on the big toe of his right foot. Considering it to be only a small cut, Aung did not seek treatment and continued to walk. However after two weeks, his toes started to blacken. Aung tried some traditional Burmese medicine to no avail. His infection spread and his foot is now black up to his ankle, with a hole and maggots in it. The pain is so severe that Aung is unable to walk and work. There is no other choice than to amputate his leg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Aung's amputation. The surgery is scheduled to take place on June 30 and, if all goes well, Aung will be able to recover smoothly. Aung remains optimistic, saying, "I am hoping to be able to continue working and someday being a manager after I recover."
Nit is a seven-year-old girl who lives with her mother and brother in Thailand. She also has two older sisters who sell noodles in the city in order to help support the family. Nit is in first grade and, according to her school teacher, is one of the brightest students in the class. Unfortunately, her recent neurological condition has affected her studies. Not long ago, Nit's family noticed that Nit began to cry more frequently, became easily irritable, and developed a tilted head and dropping eyes. Upon visiting the hospital, Nit underwent a CT scan. Doctors noticed that there is fluid built up in Nit's head, a defining characteristic of hydrocephalus, and advised insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt in order to drain the fluid as quickly as possible. Without treatment, Nit is at risk of suffering severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Nit's surgery, which is scheduled to take place on May 19. The shunt will reduce the pressure on Nit's brain by draining the excess fluid and, once inserted and functionally operating, will allow Nit to develop along a healthy trajectory.
Sopheak is a 41-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He is married, with two sons and one daughter. In his free time, he likes to look after his cows, watch TV, and maintain the grass behind his home. In July 2015, Sopheak was walking in a forest when he tripped over an electric fence, causing an electrical burn on his right ankle. He received initial treatment for his injuries in 2015. While his wounds have healed nicely, it is still difficult for him to walk, and he is in pain. On May 22, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure to fuse Sopheak's ankle and relieve him of his pain. CSC requests $450 to fund Sopheak's medical care.
Mao is 62 years old. She is married and has three sons, five daughters, and eight grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio, look after her grandchildren, and go to the pagoda. Two years ago, Mao developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and itchiness. Mao has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and working on her own. When Mao learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On April 25, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Mao will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure.