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Success! Pree from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund spleen surgery.

Pree
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pree's treatment was fully funded on August 22, 2018.

Photo of Pree post-operation

July 27, 2018

Pree underwent spleen surgery.

His stomach is no longer swollen, and he can eat food comfortably now.

His grandmother says, “I want to deliver the messages to donors, BCMF, and doctors that I really thank them a lot for supporting my grandson to successfully get surgery and to be healthier.”

His stomach is no longer swollen, and he can eat food comfortably now. His grandmother says, "I want to deliver the messages to donors, ...

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July 9, 2018

Pree is a seven-year-old boy who lives with his parents and grandmother in Thailand. His family is originally from Bago Division, Burma. His parents work in a factory in Mae Sot.

When Pree was three years old, his grandmother noticed that he was very pale and that his stomach was swollen. He visited several hospitals and received medications and blood transfusions, but his symptoms did not improve. Finally, he was referred to our medical partner’s care center, Mae Sot Hospital.

Currently, Pree feels very tired and does not have an appetite. He has missed many months of school due to his illness. He has been diagnosed with thalassemia and needs to undergo a splenectomy, which is scheduled for July 9 and will cost $1,500.

“When I grow up I want to be a doctor, so I can take care for my mother,” he says.

Pree is a seven-year-old boy who lives with his parents and grandmother in Thailand. His family is originally from Bago Division, Burma. His...

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Pree's Timeline

  • July 9, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pree was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • July 10, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pree received treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • July 11, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pree's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 27, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pree's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 22, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pree's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Splenectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,081 for Pree's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,581 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,648
Medical Staff
$1,291
Medication
$25
Supplies
$478
Labs
$130
Radiology
$167
Other
$342
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has an enlarged spleen, causing him or her to need a blood transfusion. The patient is pale and fatigued.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients with thalassemia are usually chronically fatigued. They do not grow normally. Because of the need for frequent blood transfusions, patients spend less time at school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Although patients can receive blood transfusions at all hospitals, there is only one center in Yangon that specializes in treating thalassemia patients. Patients who live far away have difficulty traveling there for a splenectomy.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will depend on the size of the patient's spleen and the patient's blood iron level. If a patient has received regular blood transfusions, his or her blood iron level may need to be controlled before surgery.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After the surgery, the patient will not grow tired as easily. The patient will be more active and be able to eat and sleep well. In most cases, the patient will need blood transfusions less frequently. However, the patient must be careful. Once the spleen is removed, it cannot protect the patient from infections, so he or she can get sick more frequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, blood clots, and infections.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternative treatments. If the spleen grows very large, it can rupture, causing excessive internal bleeding that could lead to death.

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