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Success! Tha Gay from Burma raised $1,500 for surgery to treat his fractured forearm.

Tha Gay
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Fully funded
Tha Gay's treatment was fully funded on July 15, 2016.

Photo of Tha Gay post-operation

August 22, 2016

Tha Gay received treatment for his fractured forearm.

After surgery, Tha Gay is able to move his hand again. He was in a lot pain after the anesthesia wore off, but it subsided and he no longer worries about his condition. After his post-op follow up, he will go back to his work to serve people as he did before.

“After my fractured arm is healed, I will continue work as health worker at the clinic in Karen State,” Tha Gay shared, “because I have to help people get basic health care. I would like to thank all donors and staffs who help me to get treatment and [enable me] to work again as health worker.”

After surgery, Tha Gay is able to move his hand again. He was in a lot pain after the anesthesia wore off, but it subsided and he no longer ...

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June 21, 2016

Tha Gay is a 26-year-old mobile health worker. He studied medicine at the refugee camp where he lived in high school to pursue his dream: helping people in need of basic healthcare in rural areas of southern Burma. But at the moment, Tha Gay is not able to do this work that he is passionate about.

About a month ago, Tha Gay was in a motorbike accident while transferring clinic supplies to a remote area. He suffered a severe fracture in his right arm. His friends helped him get back to the clinic where he works to access the free healthcare there—a bandage and painkillers for his arm. However, Tha Gay did not try to access more advanced medical treatment for his condition in Burma because he could not afford the cost and difficult transportation due to bad weather.

Currently, Tha Gay is not able to move his right arm nor lift up, grab anything, or wash his clothing. He feels guilty that his broken arm has taken him out of commission for his medical work. There are currently only a few health workers at the clinic where he is employed, and many patients come there during the rainy season for diseases like malaria.

We can help Tha Gay gets back to work soon. For $1,500, doctors will perform an open reduction internal fixation operation on his arm. In this procedure, they will surgically align the broken parts of his arm, then will set them in place using a rod or screw. This implanted equipment will guide the bone as it heals to make sure it grows back in the correct position. The requested sum will also cover the cost of the week-long hospital stay that Tha Gay will need to recuperate from the procedure.

“After my fractured arm is healed, I will continue work as a health worker at the clinic because I want to help people get basic healthcare,” Tha Gay shared.

Tha Gay is a 26-year-old mobile health worker. He studied medicine at the refugee camp where he lived in high school to pursue his dream: he...

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Tha Gay's Timeline

  • June 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tha Gay was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • June 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tha Gay received treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital in Thailand. 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 2, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tha Gay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tha Gay's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 22, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tha Gay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
ORIF
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The patient has broken bones and experiences pain and swelling.

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

The patient will experience decreased mobility. He or she will not be able to do normal daily activities.

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

Many people in remote areas try to fix broken legs and arms by themselves. They also visit spiritual healers or traditional massagers. Sometimes, broken bones heal in incorrect positions.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After a series of x-rays, the doctor decides to perform fracture repair surgery.

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

Healing takes time. When the bones have completely healed, patients will resume their normal activities without pain or swelling.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include allergic response, infection, malignancy, and osteoporosis.

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 alternatives. If the broken bones are not fixed, the patient will spend his or her life in pain. Decreased mobility will cause the patient to require help from others.

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