My name is Ranjaye Remotin. I am 32 years old and currently living here in Italy for 2years now. The reason why I registered here in GoGetFunding is to be able to raise money that is enough to get a surgery and therapy for my right knee whom I have for more than 7 years already. I got my injury when I was playing Ultimate Frisbee last February of 2009. My right knee snaps moment after I jumped. It hurts a lot that I almost couldn't walk. After a week I went to have it X-ray since the pain doesn't go, fortunately my bones are okay. The radiologist told me to get a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to check my ligaments and tendons because maybe its where the problem is. But the price is so expensive that I couldn't afford it. And so decided to move forward and live with it thinking that the pain will just pass in a while.
My life changes when I felt that I am not normal after injury. The pain remains, I couldn't run, jump because most of the times I fell down the ground, no balance, due to lack of support in the knee. Sometimes I experience it just by walking or by standing still. Then reality bites me, my knee is unstable. I quit playing sports.
Anyway, my life after injury was not very amusing. I also got miscarriage twice a year after. Apart from the pain of losing the child, the pain in the knee got worse because of the weight I gained during pregnancy. But, God has a good plan for me after everything that happens. September 2011, a month after my 2nd miscarriage I received a mail from a friend who referred me to a Danish family whose looking for an Au-pair to work with them. This wonderful family have helped me a lot during my down times. They took me to Denmark on March of 2012 and accepted me as part of their family. I stayed with them for 2 years as it is by law of no extension after contract expires. With them, my life changes, I became happy and feel normal again. Though my knee still bothers me, I just didn't fully care about it since I can still manage to walk though with limits.
March of 2014 I left Denmark and got a contract as an Au-pair in Italy. Actually, the Italian law never accepts Non-Eu citizen to be an Aupair in Italy, but mine was approved with a SPECIAL CASE. Which means its non-renewable and non-convertible. And if I want to continue working here, I have to go back to my own country (Philippines) and re-apply for any available seasonal jobs or another option is became a student. But at that time there is no available jobs and coming back as a student will need a huge amount of money. Anyway, I was given a 3 months contract to work as an Aupair and 6 month valid visa.
My visa expires September of 2014. And so I made a big decision of not going back home to Philippines and decided to stay undocumented in Italy. I got jobs as a babysitter, cleaner and animal sitting just to be able to send money to Philippines and make ends meet. I tried to live a normal life despite having limits in mobilization. I'm still positive and happy.
The turning point again which reality comes back to remind me that I should not take for granted my knee injury was February this year(2016), I woke up having a painful twist-like inside my knee where my injury is located. At this time I couldn't walk without knee bands or straps to hold my knee firmly. And so I went to the radiologist a week after to have it (MRI) scanned, finally. It turns out right, I have a torn ligament, the cause of my old injury. The new one was a broken meniscus, which I got this February when I woke up from sleep.
Since I am not regular, or let me say I am undocumented/ illegally living in Italy, I can't acquire any health benefits the way Italians or regular immigrants get on their medications. And now I am desperate to fix my knee. It was wrong to think it's okay to live with enduring pain. Money was the number one reason I decided not to put focus on it. I was totally wrong of not considering my health. Even working and living in Denmark and Italy doesn't make me lots of money. I work for my every day living here, and some for my family. And so health was not prioritize. Life is hard but I am still on my 100% positive on life.
I have done my first step by doing the MRI scan last February, then I was scheduled to see the Orthopedic April. Then I realized that a scan and a doctor visit are so costly that I was hesitant to do the surgery operation. Then I was told that it is a must to undergo surgery if I still wanted to walk.
I went to Immigration Agencies to ask some help and assistance on how to resolve my problem but what they say is it will be very hard due to my case as an undocumented. The good thing is that the Hospital will still accomodate me, that's if I can pay in Private.
So now, with all my heart I am here humbly asking a donation of any amount. It will be enough to help me get through this load that I have been carrying for more than 7 years. My doctor have scheduled my operation this coming July 12, 2016 in Humanitas Hospital in Milano. Please help me and share my stories.
God speed and thank you for reading my story.