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

Ma Htun
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Fully funded
Ma Htun's treatment was fully funded on August 4, 2021.

Photo of Ma Htun post-operation

October 8, 2021

Ma Htun underwent mobility-restoring fracture repair surgery.

Ma Htun had successful surgery and is recovering well! Before her surgery, Ma Htun was unable to move her right leg or walk due to pain and now she is getting around on crutches and soon won’t need them at all. Ma Htun is very happy that she is no longer in pain, and she can sleep well at night. She can start doing some of the housework again. She can also cook, wash her own clothes and she even started foraging vegetables in the forest again too.

In the future, Ma Htun wants to raise some chickens and pigs for her family to eat, once she can afford them.

Ma Htun’s daughter said, “I cannot thank the donors and BCMF enough for helping my mother with our treatment cost. If not for your help, I will be in debt for sure. When I was told that my mother needs surgery and we need to deposit money to the hospital, I was so worried and I was thinking who I should borrow money from to pay for deposit. I also worried how can I pay it back if I borrow a high amount, but when I heard that there is an organization who will help find donors for my mother’s treatment cost, I was so happy and released from my worry. Thank you very much for your help and I will never forget your kindness for helping my family.”

Now that Ma Htun is able to walk and do some household chores on her own, her son is able to find work again. Her son shared, “Thank you very much for your help. If without your help, our family will not be able to afford to pay for my mother’s treatment cost.”

Ma Htun had successful surgery and is recovering well! Before her surgery, Ma Htun was unable to move her right leg or walk due to pain and ...

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July 29, 2021

Ma Htun is a 60-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her son. She and her family moved to Thailand from Burma about 17 years ago in search of better job opportunities. Since early 2020, Ma Htun has been retired. She is now a homemaker and takes care of the household chores. In her free time, she forages for vegetables in the forest. She has a daughter who is married and a son who works as a day laborer.

On July 27, Ma Htun was walking home in the rain after visiting a shop to buy food. She slipped and fell and experienced a sharp pain in her right leg. Her son and her neighbor took her to the hospital where an x-ray confirmed that Ma Htun had fractured a bone in her thigh. Currently, she is unable to move her right leg or walk due to pain, and she has difficulty sleeping.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Ma Htun will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 30th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Ma Htun to be free from pain and to walk again.

Ma Htun’s son shared, “I want my mother to receive surgery and get well soon. I feel bad that I cannot afford to pay for her surgery.”

Ma Htun is a 60-year-old woman from Thailand who lives with her son. She and her family moved to Thailand from Burma about 17 years ago in s...

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Ma Htun's Timeline

  • July 29, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ma Htun was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • July 29, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ma Htun's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 30, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ma Htun 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.

  • August 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ma Htun's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 8, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ma Htun'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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69% funded

69%funded
$565raised
$249to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Bo

Bo is an eighth grader who lives in the school dormitory during the school year. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. He recently had his arm is amputated to help treat his bone cancer condition, so he is no longer able to play guitar anymore. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left forearm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left forearm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling grew very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper forearm. Bo was in a lot of pain and could not use his left arm. Doctors diagnosed him with bone cancer and amputated his left arm to help stop his cancer from spreading further. He has also undergone chemo treatment after his amputation and now his doctor wants to do an MRI to assess his prognosis and plan for any further treatment that may be needed to protect his health. An MRI is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Bo's MRI and care, scheduled for March 11th. Bo said, "Since I finished my surgery and finished chemo injection, I am able to continue my studies without any pain. I hope that I will be able to continue my studies until I gradate from school."

69% funded

69%funded
$565raised
$249to go