Ramachandran Syamkumar


Ramachandran's Story

Ramachandran joined Watsi on July 16th, 2014. Five years ago, Ramachandran joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Ramachandran's most recent donation supported Saw Moo, a 7-year-old refugee from Thailand, to fund retina reattachment surgery so he can see clearly.


Ramachandran has funded healthcare for 65 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Ramachandran

Daw Mya

Daw Mya is a 59-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter, granddaughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Yangon, Burma. Daw Mya is currently too ill to work, but her daughter works as a seamstress in a factory. Her granddaughter goes to school, her son is a taxi driver, her daughter-in-law looks after their son at home. Her daughter and her son both help look after Daw Mya and try to support her as best they can. Daw Mya was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Daw Mya feels tired and experiences heart palpitations with chest pain. She has no appetite and cannot sleep well at night, and both of her legs are swollen. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Mya. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 21st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Mya said, “I want to get better soon so that I can help my family. I want to help them because my daughter-in-law is always looking after me and her child [my grandson], so she cannot work. If I can look after the household chores and take care of the family, they can go to work and earn more income for our family. I cannot go anywhere because of my condition. They always take care of me and they spend too much of their money on me.”

80% funded

$291to go

Than is a 42-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, three daughters, three sons, son-in-law and granddaughter. Than and her family moved from Burma to Thailand ten years ago in search of better job opportunities. Her husband, her oldest daughter, one son, and her son-in-law work as day labourers on their employer’s farm, growing and harvesting tapioca, corn, and cabbage. Her two other sons go to school, while her youngest daughter and her granddaughter are too young to go to school. Than and her second oldest daughter are homemakers. On November 7th, 2020, Than discovered that she had an incisional hernia. Currently, Than experiences abdominal pain throughout the week and has to take pain medication to decrease her pain. She feels uncomfortable when she sits, and when she is in pain, she has to walk or lie down for the pain to ease. Fortunately, on January 28th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Than's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 28th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and go about her daily activities normally. Than shared, “I was so happy when I learned that I was to go to Mae Tao Clinic [and later Mae Sot Hospital] for treatment. My children are also happy that I will receive treatment with help from donors.”

75% funded

$372to go

Aron is a seven-year-old from Kenya. He's a happy young boy and plays with his mother’s phone while meeting with our local Watsi rep. His mother shared his story with us: when he was younger she took him to a facility near their home for circumcision and the doctor assessed that he had undescended testes. The doctor referred Aron's family to Watsi's medicap partner care center BethanyKids Hospital for an orchidopexy surgery. If Aron's condition is left untreated, he may have long-term medical complications. Aron’s mother earns money washing clothes for people in their home area. She has been doing this ever since she separated with her husband a few years ago. With this job, she has been able to provide her family of two children. With the few savings she had accumulated over the years, she had managed to raise just enough funds for her son's circumcision which has been postponed. Aron is now scheduled to undergo testicular surgery, but his mother is not able to raise enough funds for his treatment and is requesting financial help. Aron was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Aron has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Aron will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on December 17th. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Aron’s mother says, “When I heard about the upcoming surgery for my son, I did know what to do as I have no money. As a parent, I want my child to be in good health. Any financial help will be highly appreciated.”

100% funded

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