Ryan joined Watsi on September 4th, 2019. Two years ago, Ryan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Ryan's most recent donation supported Barkot, a nine-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia, to fund a colostomy closure.
Ryan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 8 countries.
Ryan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 8 countries.
Barkot is a nine-month-old baby boy from Ethiopia who loves to play with his parents and with toys. He is his parents' first child. Barkot's father is a salesperson in an electronics shop. The family lives in a rented house, and other relatives help support the family's needs. Barkot underwent a colostomy, where a piece of the colon was diverted to an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may require closure. Barkot's colostomy will require closure in order to restore his bowel function and to prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,009 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Barkot. The surgery is scheduled to take place on September 14th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Barkot’s father shared, “Barkot’s mother is not working now. When Barkot finishes the surgery and when he can make a stool normally, we hope she will start working. We hope psychologically we will be stable just like before. We hope he can socialize now. We feared socializing with Barkot because of facing stigma and discrimination. We feared people might pick on him when he grows up and we hid him from others to protect him.”
Ra is a married 32-year-old metal worker from Cambodia. Ra's wife works in a factory, and they have two school-aged daughters. Eight months ago Ra fell and developed severe lower back and left hip pain, leading to difficulty walking. Ra was diagnosed with avascular necrosis, which is the death of bone tissue due to lack of blood supply. Fortunately, Ra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Ra of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for June 24th, and Ra needs help raising $1,087 to pay for this procedure. Ra looks forward to his recovery, "I am happy that I can get an operation here. After surgery I hope I heal and can return to work without pain."
Jackline is a nine-year-old student who does well in school and enjoys helping with household chores. Her favorite subject in school is Kiswahili. Jackline's mother is a housewife, while her father is a casual laborer who works at construction sites. Three years ago, Jackline was playing at home with friends when she fell and injured her left leg. She was taken to a nearby hospital where her leg was casted, but since then, she has been limping and experiences pain in her hip. She is unable to walk well or play with her friends, and the pain has affected her schooling. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jackline to receive treatment. She visited AMH's care center for an orthopedic consultation and is scheduled to undergo an osteotomy on July 15th. The procedure will improve Jackline's mobility. Now, AMH is requesting $1,224 to fund Jackline's procedure. Jackline's mother shared, “I would like to see my daughter walking and continue with her normal life."
Kennedy is a 23-year-old high school graduate and the second born of four children in his family. Kennedy shared that his father sadly passed away in 2006, and his mother works as a house helper in Nairobi. His older brother works as a watchman in the city and his younger siblings are still in school. He is not working currently, and he lives alone in his family home on a quarter-acre of land. On May 22nd, while training to drive a motorbike so that he may be able to do this for an income, he was hit by a speeding vehicle and lost control. He fell along the roadside and fractured his right leg. It is difficult for him to walk and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 2nd, Kennedy will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Kennedy shared, “I recently finished my form four and I have my future to think of. I need to be able to walk well but first I need the surgery to help me.”
Tambwe is a 17-year-old and the oldest in his family of five children. Since childhood, Tambwe has had a right inguinal hernia. Over the years, without treatment, his condition became a lot more severe. Eventually, Tambwe stopped attending school in Form Two because the pain made him unable to concentrate on his studies. Unable to study or work jobs to earn money, Tambwe is unable to afford the cost of his care and appeals for financial support. Fortunately, on May 3rd, Tambwe will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $566 to fund Tambwe's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Tabwe shared, "I wish to have this condition treated so that I could at least be able to work and make a living for myself. I appreciate any support you can provide."
To is a 57-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has been married for 12 years and has 3 sons and 2 daughters. His oldest child is in the ninth grade, while the others are not in school yet. To's wife works as a vegetable seller. In his free time, To enjoys working around the house, taking care of his children, and helping his wife to sell vegetables. In August 2020, To was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his right hand. His family took him to a provincial hospital for wound repair, where he stayed for ten days. After this, To tried a Khmer traditional treatment, but it proved ineffective and the fracture did not heal. His relatives told him to come to Children's Surgical Center, our medical partner's care center, for treatment. There, surgeons assessed that his fracture is still mobile and he cannot use his hand. He has wrist drop and muscle atrophy, and is in chronic pain. On January 18th, To will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. Surgeons plan to conduct an ORIF (open reduction internal fixation) technique and will put a plate, screws and a bone graft in his hand. In addition, they will explore the radial nerve to assess for any damage. This procedure will help him to use his hand again so that he can work to support his family. To shared, "I hope that my hand will be fixed with a good result, and I will have no more pain. I wish I could be working but need my hand to heal first."
Losieku is a nine-year-old boy and the youngest child born to his mother, who has six children. He is a friendly, cheerful and hard-working boy. He has not had the chance to go to school yet, though his father says he has plans to enroll him in school next year if everything goes well. Losieku lives in Northern Tanzania. The majority of people in this area are traditional Maasai and are livestock farmers. Losieku's father has a few goats that Losieku and his siblings take out to graze. They also practice small-scale farming of maize and vegetables as a source of food. About three years ago, Losieku was out playing with his siblings. He fell and his left hand went into an open fireplace where a bit of hot charcoal was burning below ashes. He sustained burns which were treated at home using traditional herbal medication due to lack of money and distance to the closest hospital. Over the years, the skin around his fingers has contracted and he is unable to straighten them. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Losieku receive treatment. On March 3, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that he will be able to use his fingers freely. Now, he needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Losieku’s father shared, "it’s really challenging for my son to carry out his daily activities because of his hand. He is a hardworking boy, and if he gets his hand corrected, it will help him do more with ease.”
Ravy is a 61-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two sons, three daughters, and many grandchildren. Ravy's husband is a driver. She enjoys listening to the monks praying on the radio and at the pagoda. Two years ago, Ravy developed a cataract, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces of her family and friends, and going places independently. When Ravy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her daughter seeking treatment. On December 16th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her both eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Ravy said, "I want to see clearly again so I can help my daughter at home and get around outside by myself."
Saw Ki is a 10-year-old boy living with his parents, sister and a brother in Mae Ra Ma Luang Refugee Camp in Thailand. Saw Ki is in grade two and his siblings also attend school in the camp. At school, Saw Ki’s favorite subject is Koraen literature. In the future, he would like to become an agricultural day laborer and work hard like his father. On the morning of January 30, 2021, Saw Ki was playing with his friends when he slipped on some rocks and fell onto his left arm. Right away, his left arm became extremely painful and his left arm looked deformed. Saw Ki was brought to the refugee camp’s hospital run by Malteser International (MI) Thailand. After a medic completed a physical examination, the medic told him that they thought his left forearm was broken. Saw Ki was referred to Mae Sariang Hospital to receive an x-ray. There, the doctor confirmed that his left forearm was broken and referred him to Chiang Mai Hospital for surgery right away. Currently, Saw Ki cannot move his left hand and he is in a lot of pain. He has been receiving pain medication while waiting for surgery. This surgery is costly for Saw Ki and his family. Saw Ki's father used to work as an agricultural day laborer in nearby villages, but he can no longer work since the refugee camp went into lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19. His mother is a homemaker. Although their household receives a cash card with 2,200 baht (approx. 74 USD) every month to purchase rations, this amount is not enough. Their family struggles to make ends meet without Saw Ki’s father’s income, and they appeal for financial support. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Ki will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Saw Ki will no longer be in pain and he will be able to return home, play with his friends and also continue his studies. Saw Ki shared, "I want to play a lot of games with both of my hands, like before. I am not scared of receiving surgery."
Sam Eth is a 53-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. Sam Eth has two sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. She lives with her husband who is also a rice farmer and enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV. Even at her young age, three years ago, Sam Eth developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sam Eth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours with her daughter seeking treatment. On September 23rd, doctors will perform Phacoemulsification (Phaco) 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. Sam Eth says, "I hope after surgery I can do all my work on the farm easily and travel outside on my own without help."
Sokhom is a 72-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and twelve grandchildren. She lives with her daughter and helps take care of her grandchildren. Her husband passed away fifteen years ago. She cooks and does housework, and in her free time she goes for walks with her grandchildren and visits the pagoda. Ten years ago, Sokhom developed entropion of the eyelids. This means that her eyelashes have turned in and are scratching the surface of her eyes. She feels constant irritation, experiences tearing and occasional eye pain. Sokhom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 6th, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to repair her eyelids. Now, Sokhom needs help to raise $225 to fund this procedure. Sokhom shared, "If my eyelid stops causing this irritation I will be much more relaxed and happy. I want to see my family well and take my youngest grandchild out to play and not worry that I cannot see."
Kadugara is a mason from Uganda. He is married with four children, two are builders and two in secondary school. They hustle to get their school fees as he doesn’t have permanent job and at the same time his wife practices small-scale farming. Kadugara arrived at the hospital during a surgical campaign with massive swelling on his right shoulder. He has had the condition for six years now and experiences pain and discomfort. He is not able to sleep on his side. On April 7th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kadugara needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure. Kadugara says, “I am hopeful that when I am done with my surgery through your support, I will be able to resume my work of building for survival."