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Success! Cha from Burma raised $1,500 to fund jaw fracture repair.

Cha
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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Fully funded
Cha's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2020.

Photo of Cha post-operation

July 9, 2020

Cha underwent jaw fracture repair surgery.

Since receiving treatment, Cha’s condition has significantly improved. He no longer has pain in his jaw and the swelling has gone down, and he is now able to sleep well at night without taking painkillers. Due to the wire that is still in his jaw, he cannot yet open his mouth normally. But he hopes that after the wire is removed, he will able to eat and talk properly. Cha feels grateful for all that has been done to help him receive care.

“If I did not receive surgery, I would not be able to recover. I would also be worrying that my condition would get worse because of the infection. My family would not have beeb able to help pay for my surgery without help from donors. Now, I am well again because of the treatment that I have received,” Cha shared.

Cha’s friend who accompanied him said, “I do not know what to say but on behalf of my friend and also his family, I would like to say thank you very much for helping my friend.”

Since receiving treatment, Cha’s condition has significantly improved. He no longer has pain in his jaw and the swelling has gone down, and ...

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May 26, 2020

Cha is a 20-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his father, older sister, brother-in-law, and three nieces in Hpapun Township of Karen State. Cha is a student and his oldest niece goes to school while the other two are still too young to attend. His father and brother-in-law are subsistence farmers while his sister is a homemaker. In his spare time, Cha loves to play cane ball and football with his friends. He also likes to help his family with farming during school holidays.

Cha goes to the nearest high school to his village, located four to five hours away by motorbike in the village of Day Bu Noh. During the school year he lives in a dormitory and he does not have to pay for school and dormitory fees. On May 6th, Cha was getting ready to move back home for the summer holidays. He borrowed his friend’s motorbike and started the trip back to his village. Not long after he left Day Bu Noh Village, his motorcycle slipped on the uneven dirt road and he fell from the motorcycle. The next thing Cha remembered was waking up at a clinic in Day Bu Noh Village with his friend beside him. When he asked his friend what had happened, his friend told him that some of the villagers had found him unconscious on the side of the road and brought him to the clinic.

The medic at the clinic examined Cha and told him that his lower jaw was fractured but they could not treat him at the clinic. The medic gave him injections and oral medications to help control the pain. Cha’s friend, who works for the district’s office in the Day Bu Noh village, told his superiors about Cha’s situation and that Cha did not know how he could receive treatment at another clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand where another friend works. However, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Thailand had shut its borders to neighboring countries. His friend’s superiors were able to arrange for Cha to be brought to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), accompanied by Cha’s friend. Cha was discharged from the clinic in Day Bu Noh Village on May 15th and started to make their way to MTC. After they crossed over into Thailand on a boat, Chan and his friend arrived at MTC on May 16th.

At the clinic, the medic examined Cha before telling him that he will have to go to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for an x-ray. He also received some oral pain medication from the medic and, on May 20th, Cha received an x-ray at MSH. The x-ray showed that Cha had fractured his lower jaw in two locations, the left side and in the middle, as well as that the fracture was now infected. He was told that he will need to receive injections to treat the infection and that he will need surgery to help his jaw heal properly.

Currently, Cha’s jaw is swollen and painful. He cannot eat solid food and is only able to eat boiled rice and drink liquid food. One of his teeth hurts and he cannot open his mouth wide. He is not able to speak properly, and his lower jaw is extremely painful, especially on the left side.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Cha will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 29th and will cost $1,500. The surgery will help Cha to be free from the pain and he will be able to talk properly again.

“I feel sad that I cannot help my family during this summer holiday,” Cha said. In the future, Cha said that he plans to continue his studies next year at Mu Traw Junior College in Day Bu Noh Village. He is also interested in working with his friend at the district office in the branch that looks after the environment, forest, and wild animals.

Cha is a 20-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his father, older sister, brother-in-law, and three nieces in Hpapun Township of Ka...

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Cha's Timeline

  • May 26, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 29, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Cha 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.

  • July 9, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Cha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Cha's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Internal Fixation
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $2,656 for Cha's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,156 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,323
Medical Staff
$660
Medication
$54
Supplies
$303
Labs
$50
Radiology
$135
Other
$131

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