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Saw Kaw

Saw Kaw is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He is a soldier for the Karen National Union (KNU) and moves around frequently. In December 2016, Saw Kaw was helping people repair parts of the road around their village by clearing trees for road work. He was cutting a tree when it fell on his upper leg. He was admitted to a local clinic for treatment, but after two months, his leg did not feel any better. The clinic sent him for an X-ray, which showed a broken femur. He was referred to Watsi's medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for evaluation and treatment. At the time of his interview with BCMF, Saw Kaw’s entire leg was swollen. He shared that he had been unable to walk since the injury occurred and was often in a lot of pain, especially at night. Saw Kaw needs help raising $1,500 to pay for an operation to repair his broken femur. During the operation, an orthopedic surgeon will insert a metal rod through the hollow center of the femur and secure it with screws. The rod will stabilize the broken bone until it is strong enough to support Saw Kaw's weight. Saw Kaw is scheduled to undergo surgery on February 17. Funding for Saw Kaw also covers the costs of seven nights in the hospital, lab tests, X-rays, physical therapy, surgical supplies, and crutches. "I really want to work for my community and the KNU, but I cannot do it right now," shares Saw Kaw. "I hope to recover fully so I can return to my village to work on the plantation with my family again."

33% funded

$991to go

Zaw is an 11-year-old boy from Burma who has an abnormal growth in his nostrils. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers. Zaw has completed fourth grade, but he stopped attending fifth grade earlier this year due to his nasal condition. Both of Zaw's siblings are currently in school. When he was nine years old, Zaw's mother noticed that he had a nasal problem, but she could not see the abnormal growth inside his nostrils. His condition would worsen at night, when Zaw found it difficult to breathe. Finally, they visited a clinic, where Zaw's mother was informed that Zaw had nasal polyps in both of his nostrils. These polyps are benign growths that form on the lining of the nose or sinuses. Several months after his visit to the clinic, the nasal polyps became visible. Unfortunately, Zaw's family could not afford to pay for more treatment. Both of Zaw's parents work. His mother sells watermelon in town, and his father cuts bamboo and works as a day laborer on construction sites. Most months, the family income is not sufficient to cover basic costs. Zaw's mother borrowed money from a neighbor to make the trip to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where the office of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is based. After a CT scan, our medical partner's doctors scheduled Zaw for surgery. Currently, Zaw’s condition is poor. He cannot breathe well, and he often feels fatigued and dizzy. Zaw is scheduled to undergo sinus surgery on February 19. Burma Children Medical Fund is requesting $1,500 for the procedure. Zaw's mother hopes that her son will recover quickly so that he can go back to his studies. “I want him to be a medical doctor because he often dreams of being one," she says. “If I am fully recovered, I will go back to school,” Zaw adds.

28% funded

$1,078to go

Aye is a 40-year-old farmer from Burma who moved to Thailand ten years ago in search of better work opportunities. She and her husband currently work on a corn and onion farm, although their income is barely enough to cover their daily expenses. They have two children who are too young to attend school, so they stay with neighbors while Aye and her husband are working. In late 2016, Aye first noticed that her lower abdomen felt firm. She began to have constant abdominal discomfort. Gradually, her lower abdomen started to enlarge, and she developed worsening pain in both her lower back and abdomen. Aye has been unable to work for the past two months due to this pain. When Aye visited a local clinic and hospital for her symptoms, imaging showed that she has an ovarian cyst, a small fluid-filled sac in her ovary. To treat this condition, she will need to have a total abdominal hysterectomy. This is a surgical procedure in which the uterus and one or both sets of ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed. On April 9, surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital, will perform a total abdominal hysterectomy. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 for Aye's treatment. This will pay for her surgery, medications, follow-up appointments, laboratory tests, imaging, and twelve nights in the hospital. After Aye recovers from her surgery, she looks forward to returning to work, saying, “I will work on the farm again to help support my family.”

11% funded

$1,328to go
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