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

Hla
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Hla's treatment was fully funded on August 8, 2018.

Photo of Hla post-operation

June 25, 2018

Hla underwent fracture repair surgery.

After surgery, Hla feels a lot better. She experiences no more pain and she said that she feels relieved about being able to cook and wash clothes for her son again. She also feel grateful that she will be able to work again.

Hla said, “After the surgery, I was able to work again and not worrying about financially supporting my son’s schooling. I believe everything will get better.”

After surgery, Hla feels a lot better. She experiences no more pain and she said that she feels relieved about being able to cook and wash c...

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June 8, 2018

Hla is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She is originally from Karen State, Burma but moved to Thailand when she was 12 years old. She lives with her 11-year-old son. She sells vegetables, which she picks on different farms around Mae Sot.

In June, Hla had an accident while she was riding a bicycle with her son from school. She is now suffering with pain in her arm. Her left forearm and fingers are swollen, and she is unable to move and use them properly.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hla will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 8 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Hla will be able to return home.

She says, “I am worried that soon I might not be able to pay rent for our house anymore. Also, I am worried about my arm. I hope that I will be able to use it again in the future, so that I can go back to work and support me and my son.”

Hla is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She is originally from Karen State, Burma but moved to Thailand when she was 12 years old. She liv...

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Hla's Timeline

  • June 8, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hla was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • June 08, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hla received treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital. 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.

  • June 11, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 25, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hla's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.