Pratik's Story

Pratik joined Watsi on May 17th, 2016. Four years ago, Pratik joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Pratik's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Jayden, a smiley six-month-old from Kenya, to fund reparative surgery for a birth condition.


Pratik has funded healthcare for 55 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Pratik

Isaack is an energetic 21-year-old from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of seven. His mother works as a housewife and his father works as a small businessman and lives in western Kenya. Isaack works on construction sites and enjoys playing football during his free time. Last Sunday, Isaack was playing football with his friends when he bumped into a fellow player and fell. Instantly they knew his injury was serious because his tibial shaft assumed a C-like shape and begun to swell. Isaack was brought to Nazareth Hospital. The fracture was stabilized with a splint. Isaack was instructed to go home and await for potential surgery while the swelling went down. Upon review by the surgeon, an implant is recommended to ensure he heals. When Isaack was informed of the money required for surgery he asked the surgeon if there was any other treatment option because he had no way to raise the funds necessary and his family was not in a position to contribute to his bill. The surgeon explained that the nature of the fracture requires surgery for proper healing and referred him to the Watsi-AMH program. If not treated the fracture on Isaack’s left leg may heal with a deformity leading to reduced functionality of his left lower limb, thus affecting his mobility, which is an important for allowing him to work and earn money to support himself and his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner AMH can help. On September 2nd, Isaack will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. If treated, the fracture on Isaack’s left leg will heal without any deformity and allow him to walk with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Isaack remarked, “I look forward to the day I will be able to play on the football field again and go to work with ease so that I can fend for myself as I am used to.”

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Saroh is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her parents, two younger brothers and a younger sister in a village in Burma. Her sister and brothers attend school while Saroh has never gone to school due to her health. Saroh’s parents are farmers and they grow rice. Saroh was around five or six months old, when her mother noticed that when Saroh tried to roll over, her lips, toes and fingers would turn blue. Saroh's mother was unable to take Saroh to a clinic or hospital because they did not have enough money to do so. When Saroh was 5 years old she would often become tired when playing with her friends. Her lips, toes and fingers were also still blue. On a recommendation from a family friend, Saroh’s mother brought Saroh to a free clinic where she was referred to a hospital for further investigation. Following diagnostics exams, Saroh’s mother was told that Saroh was born with a heart condition. In order to get treatment Saroh would have to be transferred to a hospital that was very far. Without enough information or money to travel and pay for treatments, Saroh and her mother traveled back to their village. Saroh was then treated with traditional medicine which according to Saroh’s mother seemed to stabilize her condition. In the middle of 2019, Saroh started to experience back pain. She also felt more tired and had difficulty breathing. Her mother did not know what to do as they had no money to bring her to a hospital or a clinic. Saroh’s mother asked their friends if they knew of a way that Saroh could receive treatment. In May 2020, Saroh’s uncle told his friend about Saroh’s condition. That friend happened to be a former staff member of our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and told Saroh’s uncle about how BCMF could help. BCMF agreed to help Saroh access the treatment she needs, and is requesting $1500 to fund her cardiac surgery. Now staying at the patient house in Chiang Mai, Saroh is learning how to read and write with the help of BCMF staff who teaches here during her free time while waiting for her treatment. Saroh said, “If I feel better, I want to help my mother with household chores. In the future, I think I want to go to Bible school and become a missionary. I am very thankful to all the donors who are willing to help pay for the cost of my treatment.”

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Ayebazibwe is a farmer from Uganda. She came to the hospital with a swelling on her right cheek, which she has had for over three years. She shared that the swelling brings her headaches and causes her paralysis around the localized area on her face. She feels it more on voluntary actives like chewing and when she widens the mouth as she is coughing. This has hindered her quality of health and lifestyle which if not treated, may continue impacting her quality of health. Ayebazibwe had never been to a hospital for medical treatment for her condition citing her limited finances. Further, the swelling was less painful at the beginning but has gradually worsened prompting her to seek medical care. She came to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center Nyakibale Hospital and was diagnosed with subcutaneous lipoma that requires removal. However, she is afraid that due to the cost required, she might not receive the treatment. Ayebazibwe is a 47-year-old widow and mother to three children. Her son is a hawker trying to sell small items, and her two daughters are married, practicing small-scale farming. She studied and completed primary seven in school but never proceeded due to lack money for school fees. She stayed at home cultivating crops until she got married when she was 16 years old. She had only spent ten years with her husband by the time of his passing. Her major source of income is from farming where she has a banana and coffee plantation from which she generates a living to sustain her family and help pay school fees for her two grandchildren. However, she is unable to afford the cost of her surgery and appeals for help. Ayebazibwe traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 6th, surgeons will remove her mass. Now, Ayebazibwe needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. Ayebazibwe shared hopefully, “I expect to have a better life and recover from all the pain after a full recovery."

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