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Naw Eh from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a fracture repair so she can walk again.

Naw Eh
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Fully funded
Naw Eh's treatment was fully funded on November 2, 2021.
December 7, 2021

Naw Eh underwent surgery and the medical team identified the underlying cause of her illness.

We received an update from our Medical Partner that we wanted to share with you. While Naw Eh was undergoing care for her leg, doctors carried out additional tests and have diagnosed her with Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer. She began chemo treatment and the team has been supporting her to make sure she is doing as well as possible and limiting her pain and discomfort. Naw Eh is at home and we are all thinking of her and wishing her the best. Naw Eh’s brother said, “The only thing we can do is keep her happy. She looks happy when her family is around her.” Naw Eh’s brother is thankful to the doctors and medical staff for trying their best to treat Naw Eh. He said, “Thank you to the donors for helping Naw Eh. If it is God’s will, she will recover. That is what we believe.”

We received an update from our Medical Partner that we wanted to share with you. While Naw Eh was undergoing care for her leg, doctors carri...

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September 1, 2021

Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the refugee camp while her mother weaves traditional indigenous Karen shirts to earn extra income for their household. In her free time, Naw Eh loves to play with her younger brother at home. Sometimes, she will play with her friends close to her house. She wants to be an English teacher at a primary school in the future.

In late July 2021, Naw Eh went out to buy some snacks from a shop. On the way to the shop, she slipped and fell on the muddy road. When she fell she hurt her left leg. Since she was able to walk slowly, the medic in the camp did not think her leg was broken and only gave her pain medication. On 19 August 2021, Naw Eh lost her grip when she was sitting down in a chair and fell down. This time she could not stand up or walk. After a doctor at Mae Sariang Hospital diagnosed her with a fractured femur, she was referred to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. At that hospital, the doctor told Naw Eh’s brother that they want to do an MRI of her leg to check if she has any underlying conditions that caused her to break her femur so easily. With support from Watsi, the MRI was possible and now the surgeon has determined that surgery is required to help her leg heal properly.

Currently, Naw Eh suffers from pain in her left leg and she cannot move or put weight on that leg. If she moves her leg, the pain increases. Her brother needs to help her use the bedpan as she cannot walk to the toilet. He also needs to help her get dressed. She is taking pain medication to help her sleep at night. She is worried that if her condition is not treated properly, she will never be able to walk again. She misses going to school and wants to continue her studies in grade four once her school reopens.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Eh will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 2nd and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Naw Eh will no longer experience pain in her leg and she will be able to get herself dress and be able to walk to the toilet.

Naw Eh said, “I am worried that if I do not receive surgery and receive proper treatment, I will not be able to walk again.”

Naw Eh is a 11-year-old girl who lives with her mother, five brother and two sisters in a refugee camp. She and her siblings study in the re...

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Naw Eh's Timeline

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 1, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

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

  • September 2, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Naw Eh was scheduled to receive 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.

  • November 2, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naw Eh's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 7, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Naw Eh's treatment was started but not completed. Read the update.

Funded by 35 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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