Barry Bradford


United States

Barry's Story

Barry joined Watsi on September 19th, 2016. One year ago, Barry became the 2246th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,289 more people have become monthly donors! Barry's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Ivan, a toddler from Tanzania, to fund surgery to help him breathe.


Barry has funded healthcare for 19 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Barry


19-month-old Eber is a shy boy who lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Eber likes playing with his plastic ball and his toy car, and he often pretends that the car is taking him on long trips. Despite his love of lighthearted games, Eber is battling a serious medical condition: malnutrition. In the short term, malnutrition means that Eber’s immune system is weak and that he is underweight and small for his age—conditions that could result in permanent stunting if he does not regain his health soon. Other long-term consequences of his nutritional deficiency could include a lower IQ and a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Although Eber’s parents want badly to help their son recover from malnutrition, they do not have the resources to pay for the medical intervention he needs. Eber’s father works every day in the countryside planting corn, while the boy’s mother takes care of the household and weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Fortunately, we can give this family a hand. For $492, Eber will receive both short- and long-term help beginning on April 17. Food supplementation and micronutrients will make sure the boy returns quickly to a standard weight. One-on-one nutrition lessons between Eber's mother and a community health worker will make sure Eber remains healthy. “I am glad to be a part of this program so that my son has the opportunity to get better,” Eber’s mother shares. “I hope that over time he will develop into a healthy boy.”

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Nzamuramba is a 25-year-old man from Uganda who is happiest when he is at home with his family. He and his wife work as farmers to support themselves and their children. Five years ago, Nzamuramba developed a swelling in his left inguinal region. The swelling keeps increasing in size. He went to a health center, where he was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through weak points in the abdominal muscles. The protrusions present as painful bulges in the groin. Treatment for an inguinal hernia is an operation to push the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sew together the weakened muscle with pieces of synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue grows into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Doctors at the health center advised him to have surgery, but he could not afford to pay for it. He says, "I am poor, and I don’t have money for my surgery." Nzamuramba is experiencing pain from the hernia, which slows his movements and makes it difficult for him to lift heavy items or dig on his farm. Without treatment, Nzamuramba will continue experiencing pain and may experience intestinal tissue damage. Nzamuramba needs help raising $249 to undergo hernia repair surgery on April 5. Funding also covers the costs of three days in the hospital, medical supplies, lab tests, and medicine. After surgery, Nzamuramba hopes to resume digging, work hard, and save money so that he can pay for his children's education.

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