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Success! Ko from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Ko
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Ko's treatment was fully funded on June 24, 2021.

Photo of Ko post-operation

August 26, 2021

Ko underwent fracture repair surgery.

Before his surgery, Ko experienced severe pain and an infection in his left leg and had difficulty walking. Since his surgery, Ko feels a lot better. He is now able to help out with household chores and is no longer in pain. Thanks to the exercises he completes twice a day, he is now able to stand without crutches. He is eager to get back to playing cane ball and taking care of his children.

“This gives me hope because I thought I would be using a wheelchair for the rest of my life,” said Ko. “Although I am not allowed to remove the device [from my leg], I am grateful that my leg is healing without pain and that my wound is no longer infected. The device saved me from having my leg amputated and from becoming disabled. I cannot thank the donors enough for saving me from losing my leg!”

Before his surgery, Ko experienced severe pain and an infection in his left leg and had difficulty walking. Since his surgery, Ko feels a lo...

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March 12, 2021

Ko is a 37-year-old father of five who lives with his wife, three daughters and two sons in a refugee camp in Thailand. His family receives a cash card every month from an organization, but this is not enough to cover their expenses. Therefore, he also works as an agricultural day laborer in a nearby Thai village. In his free time, Ko enjoys playing cane ball and spending time with his friends.

On December 11, 2020, Ko slipped and fell onto rocks outside of the camp. When he tried to get up, Ko could tell that his leg was broken. He went to the hospital in the refugee camp run by Malteser International (MI). He was eventually referred to a hospital where he underwent surgery to insert a metal rod into his leg on December 25, 2020.

When he went back to the hospital for his follow-up appointment on February 3, 2021, the doctor observed that the surgical wound was infected and he underwent surgery to clean his wound. When the wound still did not heal, the doctor referred him to another hospital, where the doctor told him he would need an additional surgery to remove necrotic tissue and replace the rod in his leg. Currently, Ko is experiencing a lot of pain. It is difficult for him to walk and he is worried about his family in the camp.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ko will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and finally heal. This procedure will allow Ko to walk and his leg to heal properly. The procedure is scheduled for March 12th and will cost $1,500.

Ko shared, “I really want to work to support my family as soon as possible. I cannot imagine what life would be like for my family if my leg never heals.”

Ko is a 37-year-old father of five who lives with his wife, three daughters and two sons in a refugee camp in Thailand. His family receives ...

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Ko's Timeline

  • March 12, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ko was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • March 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ko 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.

  • March 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ko's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 24, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ko's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ko's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Internal Fixation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $21,155 for Ko's treatment
Subsidies fund $19,655 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$13,499
Medical Staff
$4,554
Medication
$22
Supplies
$1,673
Travel
$176
Labs
$40
Radiology
$29
Other
$1,162

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Ko

Ko Kyaw lives with his wife and two daughters in the border region of Tak Province in Thailand. He is a homemaker while his wife works as a day laborer. He plans to send his older daughter to a Thai school in the new school year, but his younger daughter is still too young to go to school. In early 2021, Kyaw was still living in his village in Myawaddy Township in Burma but it has been a very challenging time for his community ever since the military coup. He and his wife were injured in an emergency involving the local soldiers who came to their area. Luckily other villagers came to their rescue and Kyaw was treated for fractures on both his upper and lower leg, where a metal rod was inserted to help him heal. Now the bone in his thigh is misshapen and doctors have diagnosed osteomyelitis (infected bone). His doctor told him that in order to heal, he would need to have the metal rods replaced in both his upper and lower leg. Currently, Kyaw’s left leg is in a lot of pain. He can only bend his leg slightly and needs to use crutches to get around. With his leg in pain, Ko Kyaw spends most of his time helping out with household chores he can do and teaching his oldest daughter how to read and write in Burmese. He feels frustrated that since his leg was broken, he cannot support his family. Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping to pay the cost of his treatment and is raising $1500 to cover his surgery, which will take place on May 10th. “I feel upset that I cannot support my family as the head of the house,” he said. “We only have my wife’s income. We do not have our own house to live in. I want to say a lot of things but I cannot express what I want to say. I never thought that I would lose my house, my possessions and that my leg would be in pain.”

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