Keshav's Story

Keshav joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Eleven months ago, Keshav joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Keshav's most recent donation traveled 3,100 miles to support Mercy, an aspiring doctor from Kenya, to fund surgery on her knees.


Keshav has funded healthcare for 87 patients in 13 countries.

Patients funded by Keshav

Irene is a 43-year-old mother dedicated and resilient mother from Philippines who diligently cares for her family, despite facing the challenges of stomach pain and financial constraints. Her dedication is evident as she strives to provide for her five children by taking on various chores. Her husband works as a room attendant and is the sole provider of the family. The burden of her health issues not only affects her but also weighs heavily on the concerns of her entire family. Five years ago, Irene began to experience troubling symptoms, including severe stomach and back pain. When she was examined, the attending physician recommended an open cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, her symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), Irene is scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy on December 8th. A portion of the cost of the procedure is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP and Irene need your help raising the remaining $1,128 to cover the cost of Irene's surgery and care. Irene shared, "I am hoping to be one of the beneficiaries for this surgery. This would be an immense blessing not just for me but also for my family who also suffers greatly from my illness. I would never be able to afford an expensive surgery and so I am very grateful to everyone who will make this possible for me."

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Emelyn is a 34-year-old mother of two from the Philippines. She works as a health worker, while her husband works as a traffic enforcer. In May 2022, during her pregnancy, she noticed a palpable mass in her left breast. After a few months, she experienced frequent bouts of pain in the area. She was advised to consult a surgeon. Following an assessment, it was recommended that she undergo an operation to remove the mass and have a biopsy. Due to potential threats to her pregnancy, the operation was deferred. In December 2022, one month postpartum, she was advised to undergo an ultrasound to assess the progress of her condition and have a biopsy. Unfortunately, Emelyn has now been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing (spreading to other sites in the body). Fortunately, our medical partner World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP) is helping Emelyn receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a mastectomy on August 12th. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is requesting help to raise $1,058 to cover the remaining cost. After treatment, Emelyn will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Emelyn shared, "Thank you, Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! Thank you for having a good heart and being willing to help people. You are a testimony that God truly provides."

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Peace is a primary school teacher. She is currently teaching grade 5 and proudly works as the headteacher at her school. Peace shared that her husband died in 1997 and left her family a three-room, semi-permanent home. She is a mother of 5 children. Her firstborn child is 34-years-old and married, while her last born is 24-years-old and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in education. Peace has worked hard to raise her children and shared that she raised the school fees for her children through manageable loans that she paid over time. In April 2020, Peace began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck pains accompanied by periodic difficulty breathing and swallowing. While at church, her friend noticed that her neck was swelling, especially whenever she tried to sing or speak, and advised her to see a doctor. Currently, Peace develops a cough every morning and suffers from airway obstruction. She is a talented singer and enjoys singing at church but has been greatly affected by her current condition. She visited the hospital at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), for review. Doctors diagnosed her condition as a toxic goiter, which requires surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. On December 14th, Peace will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMHF's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. AMHF is requesting $333 to fund Peace’s procedure. Peace shared, “I hope to get relieved of the goiter and the complications I am currently facing so that I may be able to continue teaching comfortably.”

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