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Success! Naw Ree from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a fracture repair.

Naw Ree
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Fully funded
Naw Ree's treatment was fully funded on March 19, 2021.

Photo of Naw Ree post-operation

March 22, 2021

Naw Ree underwent a fracture repair surgery.

Before receiving surgery, Naw Ree was in pain and had to manage all her household chores alone using only one hand. After the surgery, she felt much better and only experiences a bit of pain in her left wrist when she is doing physical therapy exercises using her left arm. Although she still does not have full usage of her left hand, she has been able to do some of her normal household chores. She is very happy that she will be able to help her community again.

Naw Ree shared, “I am extremely thankful to the donors and all the BCMF and MI staff [that] have helped me while I received treatment. Thanks to my surgery, I can now continue working for my community.”

Before receiving surgery, Naw Ree was in pain and had to manage all her household chores alone using only one hand. After the surgery, she f...

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January 6, 2021

Naw Ree is a 49-year-old woman from Thailand. Naw Ree has lived by herself in a refugee camp in northern Thailand since 2009. As a camp resident, Naw Ree receives 243 baht (approx. $8 USD) each month from an organization that supports refugee camp residents. She also works as a maternal and child health worker, receiving 900 baht (approx. $30 USD) per month. Naw Ree raises chickens and grows vegetables. Despite receiving free health care services in the camp, Naw Ree is struggling to make ends meet.

On December 16th, 2020, Naw Ree went to see a woman who had recently given birth, to remind her about vaccinating her baby on time. After sitting and talking to the woman in her home, Naw Ree stood up to leave but felt light headed and fell. She put out her left hand to stop her fall, and hurt her left arm.

She went to the hospital in the camp, run by Malteser International [MI] Thailand, and received pain medication and her arm was put into a sling. The next day, she was referred to Mae Seriang General Hospital for further treatment. At the hospital she received x-rays and the doctor told her that she had fractured one of the bones in her left forearm. She was then referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment, but her transfer was delayed for over two weeks due to an outbreak in COVID-19 cases in northern Thailand. Since Naw Ree lives by herself, she has to cook, wash her clothes, and feed her chickens without anyone’s help, a difficult feat with her broken arm. Currently, she is in pain but has no fever. She can only fall asleep if she takes pain medication.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Ree will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for January 6th and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Ree will no longer be in pain. She will be able to go back to work as a health worker and she will be able to complete her household chores without pain or discomfort.

Naw Ree shared, “My greatest wish is that I recover and that I may be able to use my left arm again.”

Naw Ree is a 49-year-old woman from Thailand. Naw Ree has lived by herself in a refugee camp in northern Thailand since 2009. As a camp resi...

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Naw Ree's Timeline

  • January 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Naw Ree was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • January 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Naw Ree received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • January 7, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naw Ree's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 19, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naw Ree's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Naw Ree's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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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