Gopal Patel
Gopal's Story

Gopal joined Watsi on July 10th, 2014. 191 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Gopal's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Savin, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.


Gopal has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Gopal

“When I grow up, I would like to become a primary school teacher,” shares Ramadhani, a happy, hard-working, 13-year-old boy who lives with his grandparents in Tanzania. He loves going to school, where he is in class three and enjoys mathematics and science. Ramadhani was born with talipes equinovarus, a condition commonly known as congenital clubfoot. His right foot is twisted out of position due to short tendons in the foot and ankle, preventing him from stepping on the sole of his right foot as he walks. Even with his deformed right foot, Ramadhani likes to run and jump around with other children. Ramadhani’s parents are small-scale farmers who grow potatoes and cassava. They look after Ramadhani and his two younger siblings as well as their parents. For many years, they have not been able to get proper treatment for their son. It is through word of mouth that Ramadhani’s grandfather heard about The Plaster House and what it does and collected enough cash to transport Ramadhani to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre for treatment. For $1,160, Ramadhani will undergo surgery to release the tendons in his foot and ankle. Doctors will then move his foot into the proper position and place it in a cast for up to two months. Funding also covers the costs of cast changes, braces, and a four-month stay at The Plaster House for recovery and rehabilitation after surgery. After receiving care, Ramadhani will be able to properly step on his right foot and wear shoes.

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“I want to become a doctor," shares Lavenda, a seven-year-old girl who lives with her aunt in Kenya. In the fall of 2014, Lavenda's grandmother became concerned about her granddaughter's low sound perception and inability to talk. Lavenda was taken to a medical facility for ear, nose, and throat conditions. While there, doctors cleaned her ears, but her hearing did not improve. In 2016, Lavenda was referred to our facility for further treatment and was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs as a result of damage to the sensory cells in the inner ear or the nerve pathways leading from the inner ear to the brain. Possible causes include illnesses, medications, aging, head trauma, and exposure to loud noises. In most cases, there are no medical or surgical interventions to restore normal hearing, making it the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Doctors recommended that Lavenda wear hearing aids to amplify the sound vibrations transmitted to her ears, but her aunt, who sells goods at a grocery shop to earn a living, is unable to raise the full amount of money needed to pay for them. Lavenda does not receive any financial support from her mother and father, who separated with Lavenda was only a year old. Without the hearing aids, Lavenda will have weak academic and social performance. She is still in pre-school due to learning difficulties attributed to her hearing problem. For $712, Lavenda will receive two hearing aids, batteries, and molds to ensure proper fit within her ears. “I know Lavenda is bright, and I want the best for her," says her aunt. "Please help her."

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