Ravi joined Watsi on July 27th, 2015. Seven years ago, Ravi joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Ravi's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Loveness, a future doctor from Tanzania, to find clubfoot treatment so she can walk easily and go after her dreams.
Ravi has funded healthcare for 109 patients in 13 countries.
Ravi has funded healthcare for 109 patients in 13 countries.
Loveness is a charming, friendly and smart girl who is currently in the 8th grade. She is a charismatic girl who makes friends easily. Loveness wishes to be a doctor in the future, and she is already working hard towards fulfilling her dreams. Her best subjects are mathematics, science, biology, and physics. She says English as a subject is giving her a hard time, but she is determined to keep improving. She enjoys drawing and painting in her spare time. Loveness lost her mother when she was just two years old. After her mother passed away, her aunt on her mother’s side decided to take Loveness and raise her as her own daughter because, she shared, the father had a hard time managing by himself. Loveness 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, Loveness traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 7th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Loveness's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Loveness says, “I wish I could have my foot treated so that I can walk normally.”
Sakana is a 20-year-old farmer who enjoys cooking, watching Thai movies, listening to music and taking walks with her husband. She has been married to her husband for two years, and both work as potato farmers to earn a living. In November of 2019, Sakana was in a motor vehicle accident, which resulted in the fracturing of her right femur. After the accident, she underwent surgery at a local government hospital, which entailed the insertion of nails to repair the fracture. Now, nearly three years later, the bone is completely healed and Sakana needs to have the metal hardware removed from her femur. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 12th, Sakana will undergo a hardware removal procedure at our medical partner's care center Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre. Sakana was able to contribute $100 towards her treatment. With this procedure, Sakana will be able to complete her rehabilitation and resume her normal activities without discomfort. Sakana said, "I hope the surgery will be easy and my leg will heal quickly."
Kay is 43-year-old woman and garment factory worker. She lives alone on the border of Thailand and Burma. Kay supports her parents in Burma by sending them money every month. In her free time, she enjoys reading books about Buddhism. In the middle of 2021, Kay began experiencing pain and abnormal bleeding. By September of 2022, the pain and symptoms had worsened. Kay has been diagnosed with myoma, or a noncancerous growth in the uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, which would surgically remove her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Kay's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Kay is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on September 19th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain or abnormal bleeding. She will be able to go back to work, and to continue supporting her family. “When I recover fully, I will continue to work in the garment factory. I will save my money and I will pay back my debt. I will try to continue supporting my parents,” said Kay.
Maureen is a small-business owner and a single mom to three children. She moved near the capital city of Nairobi to start her business as a food hawker, cooking and selling Asian, Islamic, and local cuisines. For about ten years, Maureen has been experiencing abdominal pain, headaches, dizziness, and other worrisome symptoms. This condition has made it challenging for her to operate her business. She visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), and doctors diagnosed her condition as cystic adenomyosis. To heal she needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, AMH can help Maureen finally heal. On April 29th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at the care center, so she can resume her daily activities free of pain once she recovers. AMH is requesting $755 to fund Maureen’s surgery. Maureen shared, “This condition has affected my normal life, even taking care of my children is a problem, and the doctor told me surgery should be done soon. I am humbly requesting help so that I can be back to my normal self to continue caring for them.”
Meet Djounailena, an 11-year-old girl who lives with her parents and two sisters in a small city on the west coast of Haiti. Djounailena is currently in fifth grade and shares that she aspires to become a teacher when she grows up! As a result of a bout of rheumatic fever, Djounailena developed a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. Since her rheumatic fever was not treated quickly enough, one of the four valves of her heart was severely damaged. This now causes her to experience weakness and shortness of breath because her heart cannot adequately pump blood throughout her body. Fortunately, Djounailena is scheduled to fly to the Cayman Islands where she will undergo cardiac surgery at Health City Cayman Islands on September 13th. Surgeons will initially attempt to repair her damaged valve; however, if they are unsuccessful, an artificial replacement valve will be implanted. A portion of the cost of Djounailena's treatment is being supported by Have a Heart Cayman. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), is raising the remaining $1,500 to cover the costs of her surgery prep, which includes all labs, medication, check-up and follow-up appointments, and the passports needed for HCA’s social workers to accompany Djounailena and her family overseas. Djounailena's mother says, "Our family is all praying for our daughter's heart to be healthy after the surgery is finished."
Sen Rith is a thirteen-year-old student. Sen Rith is in grade six and lives at the Sunrise Children's Village, where abandoned children are given a home, food, schooling, and vocational training to help support themselves when they turn 18. When not studying, Sen Rith likes watching funny stories on TV and playing with other children. For the past two years, Sen Rith has been experiencing a sore throat, cough, and difficulty swallowing. Sen Rith often has pain and fever and experiences difficulty eating and sleeping. When he feels poorly, Sen Rith does not attend school, and cannot eat anything. Sen Rith was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause symptoms to persist and intensify over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $265 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Sen Rith, which is scheduled to take place on May 11th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids, hopefully relieving Sen Rith of his symptoms and helping him live much more comfortably. Sen Rith shared, "I want to go to school, but cannot when I feel bad. I hope to stop my throat infections and feel healthy again."
Meet Lucy, a 3-year-old jovial girl. She is the second born and last born in the family. Her family hails from Mai-Mahiu village in Nakuru County of Kenya. Lucy's mother separated from her father after having challenges in the family. Now they live in a two-room rental house in their village and her mom does laundry, farming, and any other work she can get within the village. Our medical partner met Lucy at the Kijabe clinic, where she came with her mother. Lucy has a fracture on her hand that was sustained after a fall last year. She was taken to a hospital in Kiambu county, where casting was done, and she was later told that the hand had healed. Lucy's mother noticed, however, that her hand is still not well and she is not able to lift things or do all that she should be able to. Lucy is scheduled to undergo osteotomy surgery to correct her left hand. Her mother is not able to raise the hospital bill and has requested support. "Any help to assist my daughter with undergoing surgery will be highly appreciated," Lucy’s mother shared.
Ya is a 40-year-old woman and a mother of four daughters. She works as a factory housekeeper, while her husband works in construction in the capital city Phnom Penh, which is three hours from their province. Their daughters are all in public school. When Ya is not caring for them, she likes to listen and sing along to music and spend time with her mother. Thirty-five years ago, Ya developed an ear infection that caused her left ear's tympanic membrane (or eardrum) to perforate. As a result, Ya experiences hearing loss, frequent ear infections, tinnitus, and severe pain. Ya shared that it's also difficult to communicate with others, which has been really hard on her self-esteem. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is helping Ya finally heal. On March 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear, during which surgeons will close the perforation. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure; this covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Ya is hopeful that her hearing will finally improve and she will be rid of the chronic infections because of her surgery.
Hiek is a mother of five with two daughters, three sons, and five grandchildren. Hiek lives with her youngest daughter who is a garment worker. She enjoys listening to comedies and the news. Two years ago, Hiek developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so is not able to go places on her own. When Hiek learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there hoping for treatment. On February 23rd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Hiek says, "I hope I can see well again after surgery so I can take care of my grandchildren and help more with my housework."
Voeun is a 48-year-old man who is married and farms along with his wife. The couple has two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. In his free time, Voeun enjoys playing with his grandchildren, fishing, and listening to the radio. In January 2022, Voeun fell from a truck and badly injured his lower left leg. After the accident, he stayed at home for 13 days without medical care, and has developed skin necrosis on the back of his leg. He has no sensation or pulse in the leg, and now he is unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), are helping Voeun receive medical treatment. On February 7th, surgeons at CSC will perform a knee disarticulation amputation, leaving the patella and femur in tact. This type of lower leg amputation will not cut through bone. After surgery, physical therapists will work Voeun while he recovers and learns to walk with a prosthesis. Now, he needs help raising $446 to fund his procedure and care. Voeun shared, "I hope I will heal soon and an artificial leg will allow me to work again."
Rosemary is a loving grandmother and a single mother of five children, who have all grown now. Because of Rosemary's medical condition, she has not been able to work and therefore has no current source of income. She is currently staying with her sister who is taking care of her. Four months ago, Rosemary was hit by a car and has been confined to a wheelchair ever since. An X-ray revealed that her femur/thigh bone that connects to the hip socket is broken affecting her mobility. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 14th, Rosemary will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation, to help heal her condition and hopefully be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure and care. Rosemary shared, "I used to be well, and I could use my legs well. But after the accident, I am just confined to this wheelchair and cannot do anything without help. I hope this treatment will help me get back to my feet.”
Sambath is a 46-year-old fisherman. He is married and has one daughter and two sons. Sambath's wife also fishes. In his free time, Sambath enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Two years ago, Sambath developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside. When Sambath learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On January 4th, doctors will perform cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $229 to fund this procedure. Sambath shared, "I hope after surgery my vision will improve so I can return to fishing and working without problems."