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Shin from Thailand raised $1,500 to improve his vision.

Shin
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Fully funded
Shin's treatment was fully funded on October 10, 2014.

Photo of Shin post-operation

February 12, 2015

Shin received lens replacement surgery to restore his eyesight.

Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects, shares, “When they returned home from hospital he said, ‘Mom, - I can see you.’ This filled his mother with so much delight she isn’t able to express it in words! If his mother needs something she can ask Shin to go to the shop and he can buy it by himself, he doesn’t need constant supervision anymore. He can play with his sister and he can walk by himself.”

Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects, shares, "When they returned home from hospital he said, 'Mom, - I can see you.' This filled his ...

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September 15, 2014

This is Shin, a five-year-old boy living in Thailand with his mother and father. Shin loves playing with toy cars and his mom often catches him talking about cars, too. His mother says that she wants him to go to school and study like other children, and after he has finished high school she says she will let him choose what he wants to do with his future.

When Shin was just over a month old his mother noticed he might have an eye condition when he wasn’t responding to light and other stimulus. At first, she thought her son was blind and that he would never be able to see. She only knew that her son’s condition was getting a little better when she caught him looking up at the moon. There is treatment available to provide Shin with clearer vision and prevent him from going blind. However, Shin’s father works in a furniture painting factory and his entire salary goes towards the family’s basic expenses, and there is not enough money for Shin’s treatment.

A bilateral lens replacement for both eyes will guarantee that Shin’s vision will improve. Shin’s mother tells the staff at Burma Border Projects that even if the process is long and complicated involving reoccurring doctor visits she wants to do what is best for her son. She says, “all I want is for my son to be healthy again. I want him to grow up to live a good, productive life.” For $1,500 we can give Shin the chance to improve his vision and promise him a better life.

This is Shin, a five-year-old boy living in Thailand with his mother and father. Shin loves playing with toy cars and his mom often catches ...

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Shin's Timeline

  • September 15, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Shin was submitted by Amelia King at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • September 22, 2014
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shin received treatment. 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.

  • October 3, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 10, 2014
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Shin. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

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Vicheka

Vicheka is the eldest of two children in her family and loves her younger sister who is three years old. Their family lives in Preah Vihear near the Thai border of Cambodia. Her father is a soldier and her mother is a potato farmer. At school, she is fond of math and Khmer literature and would like to be a teacher when she is older. She likes reading books, painting, playing with her little sister, and taking walks with her parents. When Vicheka was five, she was diagnosed with scoliosis of the spine—a sideways curvature of the spine that most often is diagnosed in adolescents. She has uneven shoulders, a bump in her lower back, difficulty standing up straight, and shortness of breath. It has become difficult for her to breathe, she tires easily, and she is having difficulty walking. This can be very difficult for young girls, they are often hidden at home because other children make fun of the way they look. A neighbor told her parents about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre, so they traveled over 10 hours for a diagnosis and surgery. Surgeons plan to put in expanding rods along her spine. The expanding rods will allow her to grow and keep her spine from curving further, which could cause her more health problems if left untreated. Their family needs $1,500 for the surgery, which will cover medications, implants, and post-operative care. Vicheka said, "I hope the doctors can fix my spine so I can play with my friends and my back will be straight. I want to continue in school but it is hard for me to keep up, and I miss school."

73% funded

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$1,100raised
$400to go

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