Ravinder's Story

Ravinder joined Watsi on April 1st, 2013. Eight years ago, Ravinder joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Ravinder's most recent donation traveled 4,200 miles to support Maria, a tenacious one-year-old from Bolivia, to fund the surgical closure of two small holes in her heart.


Ravinder has funded healthcare for 97 patients in 15 countries.

Patients funded by Ravinder

Dollores is a hardworking 59-year-old woman from Philippines. She was an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher, and then worked as a call center agent. Unfortunately, in October 2022, she was dismissed from her job due to being medically unfit. Now, she lives with her daughter and family, and the sole breadwinner is her son-in-law, who works in finance. In June 2022, Dollores noticed a mass on her right breast. At her initial examination, she was told that the mass was benign, but in a follow-up biopsy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, or a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been recommended to remove the cancer and prevent it from metastasizing. Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Dollores receive treatment. On January 7th, she will undergo a mastectomy at WSFP's care center. After treatment, Dollores will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. Dollores needs help raising $1,058 to cover the remaining cost of her procedure and care. Dollores shared tearfully, "your help brings relief to my heart and mind. This will ease my worries, especially about the medical bill. I believe that there's a reason why you're saving me, and that's for me to continue with my life. Thank you, WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! I hope to give back the help that you've given me."

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Jackline is a happy 24-year-old woman with a broad smile. She is Ugandan by birth and came to Kenya with her elder sister looking for a job some years back. She is the fourth born in a family of six, whose parents and other siblings are still in Uganda. Jackline has a ten-year-old daughter who lives with her sister some distance away. She has been earning money as a housekeeper in a nearby village. This helps her to take care of her basic needs, and to be able to send money to help provide for her child and her parents. Jackline has experienced abdominal pains that have persisted for four years, and she has been using pain medication throughout this time. The pain is worse during her periods and after eating. Sometimes, there is bleeding at the umbilical region. She has a mass at the umbilicus that has increased in size. Upon further examination and an ultrasound, doctors diagnosed that she has an umbilical hernia. They recommended surgery in order to give Jackline relief from her pain and discomfort. Jackline earns low wages and has a lot of needs so she has not been able to get medical insurance coverage. She now needs surgery and is not able to raise the required amount. Therefore, she is requesting help from every well-wisher reading her story in order to get the surgery she needs. Jackline says, "Most of the time I feel the pain that prevents me from carrying out my duties as before. I am worried as it may affect my job and I don’t have any other source of income. Kindly help me.”

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Khin is a 40-year-old woman who enjoys growing flowers and vegetables in her free time. She lives with her husband, son, and four daughters in Burma. She is a homemaker and takes care of her youngest daughter while her husband sells snacks in front of their home. Her son works in a teashop and her three oldest daughters currently attend primary school. Khin shares that she hopes to run a fruit shop to further support her family once she recovers. When Khin was 22 years old, she developed an ulcer on her right heel that made it difficult to put weight on her foot and walk. Fortunately, she received multiple skin grafts and the ulcer eventually healed. However, the ulcer returned in 2019, and despite receiving the same treatment as before, she was only able to walk with a limp after surgery. Last April, Khin began experiencing severe pain on her right heel once again. She eventually sought medical attention and was told by her doctor that she has cancer in her right lower leg. Her doctor advised that she have her leg amputated below her knee, but due to financial constraints, she could not proceed with the surgery and returned home. After three months, the pain continued to worsen and Khin visited our medical partner's care center, Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), to request painkillers. After examining her leg, the doctor at MCLH told her that she would have to have her lower right leg amputated to prevent the spread of the cancer. Just as before, Khin refused the amputation. The doctor then referred her to the oncology department of Mawlamyine General Hospital and recommended that she receive a biopsy to confirm her diagnosis and need for surgery. The biopsy revealed that she has skin cancer. Khin decided that she wanted to proceed with the amputation despite being unable to fund the cost. The doctor admitted her that same day and fortunately referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for financial assistance accessing treatment. On September 1st, surgeons at MCLH's care center will perform a leg amputation. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund Khin's life-changing procedure. Khin shares, “I just came to MCLH for painkillers, and I did not know that the doctor would help me through donors. When I heard that I could have surgery with the help of donors, I felt so happy and my stress was relieved. My family also encouraged me to have the amputation so I can live a longer life with my children. I would like to say thank you to the donors for giving me a chance to live longer with my children.”

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