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Ravi Gadad


United States

Ravi's Story

Ravi joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Four years ago, Ravi became the 17th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,518 more people have become monthly donors! Ravi's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Abigael, a teenage girl from Kenya, to fund surgery to help her walk.


Ravi has funded healthcare for 55 patients in 11 countries.

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Flora is a 57-year-old woman from Uganda. She and her husband have a small farm, on which they grow cassava, beans, potatoes, and various vegetables for their family. In addition to farming, Flora weaves mats for domestic use. In her free time, she enjoys teaching her grandchildren to do domestic chores and attending church. She has two children living at home. Seven months ago, Flora was knocked down by a motorcycle when she was walking along the side of a road. She sustained a left Barton’s fracture—a fracture of the arm bone (radius) that attaches to the wrist below the thumb. Her wrist was set in a cast, but it has not healed well, and joint ankylosis (stiffness) has set in. Her injury has made it difficult for her to work on the farm. Flora's doctors recommend that she undergo a surgical procedure known as open reduction and internal fixation to reposition and set the broken bone. This surgery is only available at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, once a year when visiting specialists are available at the hospital. Flora's husband earns some money from his role as a catechist in church, but the income is not enough to pay for her treatment and provide for the family. As a result, Flora needs help raising $496 to pay for her surgery, ten-day hospital stay, lab tests, and medicine. Her surgery is scheduled for March 27. After surgery, Flora hopes to have full function of her hand again so she can work in her garden and resume farming. "I thank the donors for all of their support in helping me have this surgery," says Flora. "Without the help, I would not be able to afford it."

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Rhean is a two-year-old girl living in a small house made of natural materials. Her family cannot afford electricity and must fetch their water from the spring. Her father, a farm laborer, cannot support the family on his salary. Rhean has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 20. Rhean will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Her mother hopes that she will recover from being malnourished.

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