Ryan joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. Five years ago, Ryan became the 330th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,384 more people have become monthly donors! Ryan's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Sandar, a pastor from Burma, to fund a hysterectomy.
Ryan has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 13 countries.
Sandar is is a 48-year-old pastor from Burma. She lives with her husband, daughter, and seven children who she is sheltering. In her free time, Sandar likes to prepare for her sermons, read the Bible, and pray for others in need. Since 2017, Sandar has been experiencing high blood pressure and heavy abnormal vaginal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with pelvic mass and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Sandar's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Sandar is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on February 24th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience abnormal bleeding or discomfort. "I worry about the children I shelter," said Sandar. "Currently, I have to buy a lot of sanitary pads and my daughter borrowed 500,000 kyat (approx. 500 USD) from her boss to support me, which she will pay back in installments.”
Tra is a 20-year-old rubber tree farmer from Cambodia. He is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and watching television. Six months ago, Tra was in a traffic accident and fractured his lower left leg. After initial treatment at a nearby hospital, Tra's bone is now exposed, and he is unable to walk without support and is in constant pain. When Tra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On January 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin flap and debridement procedure, as well as an external frame to help his wounds to heal properly and allow him to walk comfortably again. Now, he needs help to fund this $657 procedure. "I hope that my injuries will be able to heal and that I will no longer be in pain and can walk again," he shared.
On May 28th 2019, Min was playing tag with his friend in front of his house, when he decided to climb up a tree. Unfortunately, the tree was slippery due to the rainy season, and Min slipped and fell out of the tree. At first, he was able to stand on his right leg, but he was not able to walk. When Min’s mother heard the news, she immediately came to see him. In the morning, his mother and grandmother rented a car and brought him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). The staff at MTC then sent him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for an X-ray, which indicated that his left femur was broken. After they received the results of his X-ray, MTC referred Min to Watsi partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for help in accessing the treatment he needed. On May 31st, Min underwent surgery to place a metal rod into his leg. He was discharged from the hospital on June 5th. Within the past two months, Min returned to MSH for three follow-up visits. At his most recent follow-up, he was told his prognosis was good, and he was scheduled for surgery to remove the metal rod on January 2nd, 2020. “I feel normal again,” he said. “I’m no longer in pain. I can walk, sit, and take a shower by myself again. Before, I couldn’t do anything. I could only lay on my back and watch as people around me had to do everything. After my second surgery I want to work with my older brother in the factory.”
Tun is a 61-year-old man from Burma. He works as a day labourer at a parking lot and supports his family. He loves listening to music when he has free time. About 18 years ago, Tun's right foot was injured in a road accident. He just self-treated the wound because he could not afford to go to any clinics or hospitals. Although the wound did not cause him any pain or any other problems, it never was healed properly. About 3 months ago, Tun started to experience intermittent pain, especially at night. The pain worsened over time until he could no longer hide it and screamed whenever the pain struck. When his neighbors and co-workers found out about it, they advised him to go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). Once at the hospital, the doctor examined him and said that his leg is in a bad condition. The doctor also explained that, with the failed joint and non-healing ulcer, the best treatment for him is to have a below-knee amputation. Tun said, "I can’t work daily because of my ulcer. That's why I have no money to seek treatment. My children are not able to work as they are still young. I‘m not happy. I am in debt and it's increasing daily."
Khu is a 22-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, grandmother and an older sister in Ei Tu Hta Internally Displaced Camp in Hpa-pun Township, Karen State. Since birth, Khu has had an inguinal hernia. When he turned one and a half years old, he started to learn to speak. Since then, whenever he cried, he touched his scrotum and said that it was painful. His parents were very sad to see Khu in pain but they could not do anything for him. Fortunately, on October 10, he 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 Khu's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Khu's mother said, “When Khu is in pain, he would ask me to carry him on my back. If I do not do it, he would cry a lot. I feel very sorry that I cannot help him”. Khu loves playing with his older sister and friends when he is not in pain. His father said, “I want to see him playing happily."
Tina is a 59-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in a village in Myawaddy Township, Karen State. She stopped working five months ago because of her poor health and now, she looks after the household chores and takes care of her grandchildren. Both of her grandchildren go to school while her daughter works as a health worker in their village. Both Tina’s son and her son-in-law work as agricultural day labourers on different farms. In January 2019, Tina began to experience that her right eye started to hurt. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for she to see clearly. Tina was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, she could lose vision completely. Tina is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach her retina on September 20. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After his surgery, Tina's vision will hopefully be restored, and she will resume her daily activities comfortably. She is not able to sleep well because she worries about her condition. “When I have free time, I weave bags for my grandchildren,” said Tina. “I hope that I will feel better soon so that I can go back to work and pay back my debt.”
Vireakneat is a four-year-old boy from Cambodia. He likes to play toys with his friends, watch television, and go for walks with his family. He received a poorly administered injection in his upper leg, causing a flexion contracture of his left thigh. He is unable to full extend his leg and experiences difficulty walking. When Vireakneat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On July 15, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his left leg to help him walk without difficulty. Now, Vireakneat needs help to fund this $413 procedure. His mother says, "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have to worry about my son and he will be able to walk and run normally."
Christian is a baby from Kenya. He was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Christian is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I do not have another source of income. Please help me,” says Christine’s mother.
Lucito is a boy from Haiti. He was born with a cardiac condition called double outlet right ventricle, in which the aorta connects to the wrong chamber of the heart, causing the heart to pump oxygen-depleted blood to his body. He will require an open-heart surgery to correct this condition. Lucito lives in a small city in western Haiti with his parents and four siblings. He has not yet started school because of his cardiac problems, but is studying at home with his mother. Lucito will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 7, he will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Rotary International, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. His family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany his family overseas.
Luza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and siblings on a small farm in the mountains of central Haiti. Luza has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Luza also has Down syndrome. Luza will fly to Canada to receive treatment. On May 30, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in her heart, and will remove the muscular blockage in one of her valves. Another organization, The Herbie Fund, is contributing $15,000 to pay for surgery. Luza's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Luza's family overseas. Her father says, "We are so happy that Luza finally has this chance to have surgery!"
Vichheka is a 23-year-old teacher from Cambodia. She has one daughter, and enjoys reading books in her free time. When she was a small child, Vichheka had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Vichheka experiences discharge, headaches, hearing loss, and itchiness. It is difficult for her to focus and listen to her students when she is at school. Vichheka traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 26, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope that after my surgery, the ear infection will stop and I will no longer have any ear discharge."
Liz is a toddler from Kenya. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Liz has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Liz will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Liz that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 22 and will drain the excess fluid from Liz's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Liz will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I hope my daughter will achieve the normal milestones once she gets treated," says Liz’s mother.