Randall Ryan
Randall's Story

Randall joined Watsi on February 24th, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Randall's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Chit, a 12-year-old girl from Thailand, to fund eye surgery.

Impact

Randall has funded healthcare for 363 patients in 17 countries.

Patients funded by Randall

Flora is a single mother of a baby boy aged 1.5 years. She is a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo who found herself in Malawi in the year 2022 in search of her sister Esperance. Flora grew up in her sister’s house since she lost all her parents through war. She shared that they got separated in 2016 during a war where Esperance's husband was killed and the family all scattered. Esperance, the sister, found herself in a refugee camp in Malawi in 2016 where Flora was able to trace her 6 years later. They both now run a saloon business which earns them a little income that helps to meet their needs. Flora was doing well until her recent pregnancy. During one of her antenatal clinics that was done at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), she was noted to have uterine fibroids through abdominal ultrasound scanning. She had a successful caesarian section in June 2022. However, since the birth of her child, Flora has been experiencing difficult symptoms leading to frequent blood transfusions due to anemia. Flora is weak at the moment and has been seeking medical attention frequently. On January 17th this year, Flora was taken back to KCH due a dangerous low blood level. She received three pints of whole blood, recovered, and was discharged home. On January 31st, she was seen by the gynecologist at KCH who recommended a hysterectomy but due to the long list at KCH, she is not able to be seen for many months. The gynecologist referred her to our medical partner's care center PIH for urgent attention due to her condition. Her sister brought her to PIH where the surgeon confirmed her diagnosis and the need for a total abdominal hysterectomy, which is the removal of the uterus, including the cervix. Flora was then referred to the Watsi program due to her financial status. Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in a woman's uterus. Fibroids might become quite large leading to severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. If left untreated, fibroids continue to grow, both in size and number worsening the symptoms. The heavy bleeding may become worse causing anemia which may be fatal. Flora needs help raising $1,363 to fund her hysterectomy surgery scheduled for February 3rd. After the surgery, it is expected that Flora will be able to live her normal life, and continue taking care of her baby as she works hand-in-hand with her sister. Flora Said, “Kindly help me to get better. I have already come through a lot in my life."

$1,363raised
Fully funded

Benedict is a 57-year-old father from the Philippines. His wife, two daughters, and two stepchildren all reside with him and he works hard to support them. He keeps himself occupied by caring for doves, which is a love that become his hobby. He lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide for his family, he turned his hobby into a business. Benedict now sells doves which is the family's only source of income. He usually earns around Php 8,000 ($141 USD) a month doing this. One month ago, Benedict began experiencing troubling symptoms, including excruciating discomfort, which restricts his ability to perform his day to day tasks. He suffers greatly from even the smallest movement. He cannot sit, stand up, or walk without pain. Benedict was diagnosed with Mixed Hemorrhoids Grade IV, the most severe level of internal hemorrhoids. He needs surgery to prevent his symptoms from getting worse. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Benedict receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo a hemorrhoidectomy on September 30 at WSFP's care center. A portion of the cost of his treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising the remaining $1,285 to cover the cost of Benedict's procedure and care. Benedict said: "I hope to be a beneficiary of surgery as we cannot afford the expenses for the operation. Our family does not have a lot of income and I am hoping to remove the pain of my illness to return to work as the breadwinner for my family."

$1,285raised
Fully funded

Khen resides in a household with her parents, dedicated rice farmers, and three siblings. Among her siblings, she has a 25-year-old brother and a 23-year-old sister who are actively involved in farming alongside their parents. Additionally, there's an 18-year-old brother currently pursuing his studies in the 11th grade. Khen, herself, is a 9th-grade student who finds joy in her chemistry class and cherishes the time spent with her friends. During her leisure hours, she likes to play volleyball and savor a good bowl of soup. She would like to attend a university and become a teacher when she graduates. Khen has developed a hard mass on the medial side of her left femur, and its growth over the past three months has become a source of worry for her parents. The pain she experiences while walking or standing for extended periods adds to their concerns. A villager told the family about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, which specializes in pediatric bone diseases. Recognizing the financial constraints that often hinder access to essential medical care, the family took a ten-hour journey over rough roads to reach the center for a diagnosis and potential cure for their daughter. Doctors have diagnosed her condition as osteochondroma, usually a benign lesion in children, characterized by a hard bump starting from the bone, usually near one end of a bone segment. On December 12, they plan to remove the hard mass attached to her femur. However, the family faces a financial hurdle, as the total cost of the complex procedure amounts to $726, which includes surgery, hospitalization, medications, and post-op rehabilitation. Khen said: "I am hoping to have an easy surgery so I can walk well soon with no pain and no more infection."

$726raised
Fully funded