Ravi joined Watsi on July 27th, 2015. Five years ago, Ravi became the 1384th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,544 more people have become monthly donors! Ravi's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support John, a farmer with epilepsy from Kenya, to fund burn treatment.
Ravi has funded healthcare for 74 patients in 13 countries.
John is a 45-year-old man who is married with 5 children (20yrs, 16yrs, 11yrs, 9yrs, and 7yrs). Two of his children are in a secondary school and the youngest three are in a public primary school. John withdrew from the school while he was in eighth grade as a result of financial problems. His other siblings also did not continue due to the same problem. He and his siblings are all manual laborers for survival. John is not financially stable. His father passed away and he lives with his elderly mother. John farms khat and some cash crops and his wife helps on the farm. Through their both efforts, they are able to make enough to support their family as well as their aged mother. John and his family, live in a small timber house, within his father’s homeland. During the COVID 19 pandemic, no khat business is going on, which means the economy is very low. John is an epileptic and he arrived at the hospital with back burns which have resulted in a chronic wound. During the interview, he said that he fell on the hot charcoal cooker while preparing tea after suffering an epileptic episode. He was taken to a private clinic for burn dressing. Within a few days, his condition deteriorated and he was referred to a surgeon, who recommended him for debridement to treat his would. A lack of treatment will lead to wound infection and continued bleeding.
Robert is a casual laborer from Kenya. Robert works as a construction site worker in the capital while his wife takes up jobs such as laundry services. The father of two lives in a two-roomed house, paying $31 per month. They share bathroom amenities in a pro-poor home of the city. Robert walked to our facility in the late hours of 22 April 2020, with complaints of Achilles tendon injury. A week ago, he was bathing in their shared bathroom when he slid and his right foot got stuck by the toilet bowl sustaining the injury. Without treatment, Robert might not be able to walk with ease again and risks further wound infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Robert receive treatment. On April 23rd, surgeons will treat his Achillies injury and perform a debridement and skin graft procedure. Following treatment, he will be able to walk so he can return home and care for his family. Now, Robert needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Robert says, “Thank you for expressing a wish to support me. I did not have money for the motel lodge last night and do not have any money for the planned surgery. God bless you.”
Bernard is a bodaboda (motorcycle) operator from Kenya. Bernard and his brother were riding home on the night of March 21st when they were involved in a head-on collision with a lorry truck near his home. He sustained several fractures of his ribs and femur. He also sustained facial abrasions and they were rushed to Watsi's partner medical facility. His brother was admitted in the ICU in critical condition. Bernard requires tractions and an ORIF fracture repair in the coming days. Without the right treatment, he risks complications and being unable to move. Bernard is a father of two. He operates a motorcycle taxi commonly referred to as bodaboda to make a living. His wife is not employed and takes up casual labour like washing people’s clothes to complement her husband’s income. The family is financially strained and with two brothers in the hospital, the burden gets heavier. Bernard’s mother appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 30th, Bernard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will allow Bernard walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Bernard says, “Please help me be treated so I can continue providing for my family.”
Su is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Shwe Pyi Thar Township in Burma. Her husband works as a day laborer at a construction site while she does all the household chores. Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. In 2010, Su started to experience severe coughing so she went to see a doctor at Tun Foundation Clinic in Yangon. The doctor noticed that she has abnormal breathing and told her that she has a heart problem and she would not be able to have baby. The doctor also provided her with three days’ worth of medication and suggested she go to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) to meet with a cardiologist. The next day, she went to YGH and she received an echocardiogram and x-ray. Following this, the doctor told her that she would need surgery right away. She was told that the surgery would cost around five million kyat (approx. 5,000 USD) but she could not afford to pay such a large sum. When she told the doctor this, she received medication to stabilize her heart condition and was provided with a follow-up appointment. In 2015, she started to feel tired whenever she walked for more than 10 minutes or if she used the stairs. She went back to Tun Foundation Clinic where she received medications to stabilize her condition. Currently, she cannot sleep or eat well. She also suffers from fatigue and rapid breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Su said, “I worry a lot that I will have a stroke if I do not take my medication daily. But it is had for my husband to come up with money [for my medication]. I want to live long with my family. When I talked to Watsi's partner BCMF, I felt like I had been released from the worry of paying for my surgery. Thank you so much!”
U Min is a 49-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, son, and daughter. He and his son work as day laborers. His wife stays home to look after household chores, while his daughter studies in grade school. About a month ago, U Min's right heel was injured while he was getting off from the tractor he was driving at work. It was very painful that he went to a clinic in his village to receive treatment. However, his condition did not improved with the treatment, and the wound worsened day by day. He was then advised by the health workers at his village to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) for further treatment. At MCLH, the doctor did detail assessment of U Min's condition and said that because of his injury, the blood supply to his heel was insufficient. His wound by then has turned into black color, as the tissues around his heel were damaged and have died, and it causes him severe pain, especially at night. Since the doctor could no longer help to make his ulcer healed by treatments, the only option is to do a below knee amputation. U Min said, "It's so painful that I can't bear it anymore. I just want to receive surgery as soon as possible."
Ko is a 19-year-old from Burma. He has seven siblings who are all studying in different schools in Burma. As for Ko, he was able to attend school only up to third grade because he needed to help his father in their farm. In March 2019, Ko started to have pain in his left lower abdomen as well as in his back. The pain sometimes is bearable but it becomes severe, especially when he lifted heavy things. He also passed cloudy urine and he frequently needed to urinate. He went to a clinic in his village and he received oral medication, which only helped him for a short period of time. When his symptoms returned, the medic at the clinic advised him to go into town for further investigation. Ko then visited a private clinic where he had an x-ray. The result revealed a stone in his ureter. Although the doctor advised him to go to Yangon for further treatment, Ko did not go to Yangon because he did not have money. Currently, Ko has pain in left side his lower abdomen and back. It is difficult for him to urinate and he experiences burning urination. Fortunately, he was connected with Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) to receive further treatment at Mae Sot Hospital. Ko said, “When I am fully recovered, I can help my father again to bring in income for our family."
Paw is a 62-year-old widow from Thailand. She lives with her older brother in Thaw Lae Hta Village, Mae Sariang Town, Mae Hong Son Province. Paw has works as a homemaker taking care of her brother who cannot work due to congenital mental and physical disabilities. Paw has a younger sister in the same town who supports her financially and is her main source of income. Since 2014, Paw has been experiencing some abnormal pain in her right lower abdomen. She has been diagnosed with a myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Paw's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Paw is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 19th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Paw will no longer abdominal pain and she will be able to take care of her brother. Paw said, "Since 2019, I have been experiencing increased levels of pain in my right lower abdomen, increased back pain, and difficulty sleeping. Riding a motorbike aggravates the pain even more. I also experience dysuria and sometimes it takes me longer to use the bathroom. My appetite is good, but I cannot eat as much as I want because I experiences abdominal tightness, difficulty breathing, and fullness in my stomach when I eat too much."
Mee is a 53-years-old woman who lives with her husband and two daughters who are studying in grade nine and six at a local high school. Mee’s husband is a carpenter and she is a homemaker. Their income is not enough to cover their expenses. About ten years ago, Mee had joint pain and swollen knees. She went to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) where she received blood test and vital signs. The results showed Mee has hypertension as well as arthritis. She also found out that she has a goiter related problem. She received one month worth of medication for all three conditions. Since then, Mee went back to MTC every month for follow-up appointment and to received medication. After three years of taking medication, Mee was told that she does not need to take medication for goiter anymore. Up until now, Mee has been going back to the same clinic for regular medication for her goiter. Meanwhile, Mee feels like her goiter has grown bigger. One day, she happened to meet a health worker in her village who told her to go and seek treatment at MTC. So Mee, along with her friend, went to MTC. From there, she was told to go to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. Mee then went to MSH the following day and she received blood tests and an ultrasound. With the results, the doctor confirmed Mee has a goiter. He said Mee needs to undergo surgery because oral medication or injection would not decrease the size of her goiter. Currently, Mee cannot sleep well but she can eat well. Sometimes, when she carries heavy things, she feels pain in her neck.
Wilkes is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince; he is studying business administration at a local university. Wilkes has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two of the main blood vessels that connect to the heart; blood leaks through this hole, leaving him weak and short of breath. Wilkes will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 20th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which Doctors will use a device attached to the end of catheter to plug the hole so that blood can no longer leak through it.. Another organization, Baylor Scott and White Heart Hospital, is contributing $15000 to pay for surgery. Wilkes'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 Wilkes's family overseas. Wilkes said, "I am looking forward to having a normal heart and a new chance for my life!"
Naw is a 32-year-old agricultural day laborer from Thailand. She lives with her husband while her daughter and son live with her sister-in-law in Burma. In her free time, Naw likes to stay at home and do housework. For the past eight months, Naw has been experiencing a mass that is slowly increasing in size in her lower abdomen. She has been diagnosed with a dermoid cyst in her right ovary. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries. Fortunately, Naw is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on August 15. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. “After I recover fully, I will continue to work as an agricultural day laborer and save some money to visit my children one day,” she says.
Sok Hin is a 29-year-old soldier from Cambodia. He has one daughter and one son, and enjoys playing with his kids in his free time. When he was ten years old, Sok Hin had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sok Hin experiences tinnitus, discharge, and itchiness. He finds it difficult to communicate well with others and cannot focus at work. Sok Hin traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 4, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. He says, "I hope that after my operation, my hearing will improve and I will no longer have an infection."
Hnin is a 15 year-old student from Thailand. In early June, she fell from a roof and fractured her arm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hnin will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 26 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Hnin will no longer be in pain, and she will be able to continue her studies. Hnin says, “I want to be a medical doctor in the future and treat sick people."