Salil Doshi


United States

Salil's Story

Salil joined Watsi on November 7th, 2014. Three years ago, Salil became the 607th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,481 more people have become monthly donors! Salil's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Talusha, a girl from Haiti, to fund transport for heart surgery.



Salil has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Salil

Khin Wint

Meet Khin Wint, an 18-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives in a village with her mother, siblings, and extended family. Her father has been living and working in Thailand for the past two years, sending money back to his family twice a year. While this income covers the daily needs of the family, it is not enough to cover any extra unforeseen costs—including healthcare. This has become a problem for the family because Khin Wint recently underwent surgery for a rare birth defect known as encephalocele. This means that part of Khin Wint’s skull failed to close completely while she was in utero, and so a portion of her brain and its membranes protruded from between her eyes. Prior to surgery, Khin Wint’s encephalocele had been growing steadily in size and was painful to the touch. Fortunately, through the aid of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Khin Wint was able to receive an operation to remedy her encephalocele on April 3 of this year. She received Watsi funding for that [surgery](https://watsi.org/profile/b1f990acf80c-khin-wint). Now, however, Khin Wint has a fever. She needs to undergo a CT scan in order to determine whether the fever is due to excess fluid building up in the aftermath of the procedure. If this is the case, the doctor will insert a shunt to drain liquid away from the head and towards other parts of Khin Wint’s body, where the fluid can be safely absorbed. With your help, we can cover the cost of this vital test, set to take place on April 4. $693 will pay for Khin Wint’s CT scan, in addition to her three-day hospital stay and roundtrip travel to the medical center. "I am happy that my daughter has received surgery,” Khin Wint’s mother shares, “but I am still worried about her recovery.” Let’s help put those worries to rest by ensuring that Khin Wint’s doctor has all of the information necessary to oversee her safe recuperation.

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Bagonza is a 34-year-old married father of five children who lives in Uganda. He and his wife are farmers. However, in the past two years, he has been incapable of farming due to pain from an inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak region in the abdominal muscles. Its presence makes coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects very painful. Bagonza first began experiencing pain and swelling from the hernia ten years ago. He says he lived with this condition for so long because he lacked money for treatment. Due to the pain, he became unable to lift heavy items, dig, or do any straining. His wife was the only one supporting the family, and she did not earn enough money to pay their children's school fees. Bagonza came to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, after encouragement from a friend who knew about Watsi. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a reducible right inguinal hernia and was advised to have surgery. Without treatment, he was at risk of strangulation of the hernia, which might result in loss of life. On November 30, Bagonza underwent hernia repair surgery. During the surgery, the doctor pushed the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sewed together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. Funding for Bagonza also covers the costs of a three-day hospital stay, pain medicine, antibiotics, and blood tests. After surgery, Bagonza hopes to work hard and put his children back in school.

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