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Success! Khu from Burma raised $1,015 for life-changing surgery to treat a genetic condition.

Khu
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Khu's treatment was fully funded on March 1, 2016.

Photo of Khu post-operation

March 21, 2016

Khu received life-changing surgery to treat her genetic condition.

Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) removed Khu’s spleen and provided her with seven days of post-operative hospital care. The surgery was a success and Khu is breathing better and has much more energy. She is more active and is excited to return home and play with her friends. Khu hopes to return to school next year.

Khu’s family is very grateful for the surgery and support. Her mother says, “I hope that my daughter will no longer need blood transfusions and I’m excited for her to go back to school. Maybe she will become a medic when she grows up.”

Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) removed Khu's spleen and provided her with seven days of post-operative hospital care. The ...

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February 9, 2016

Nine-year-old Khu is the youngest of six children and lives on her family’s farm in Burma.

“When Khu was a year old, she first developed jaundice, fever, and a distended abdomen,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us. She was prescribed medicine from a local clinic to treat her symptoms, and at age six, she was diagnosed with thalassemia.

Thalassemia is a genetic condition in which the body does not make enough red blood cells, and the existing red blood cells do not transport oxygen efficiently. This is problematic because red blood cells carry oxygen to all of the body’s organs. When an organ’s oxygen supply is inadequate, the organ cannot function properly, and symptoms such as fatigue, pallor (pale skin), and slow growth rates can result.

“Khu needs a blood transfusion every month, and if [she does not receive it], she becomes pale and tired,” explains BBP. “Khu no longer goes to school as her illness continually forces her to miss classes, and she falls behind the rest of the class.”

Khu also has an enlarged spleen—known as splenomegaly— which is common in individuals with thalassemia. The spleen is responsible for destroying old and defective red blood cells. In thalassemia, the rate of destruction is increased in response to the abnormal and transfused red blood cells in circulation, and the spleen grows larger due to the increased activity. “With thalassemia, a splenectomy [removal of the spleen] is often required to alleviate symptoms,” BBP continues.

The family’s farm work—growing rice, selling livestock, fishing, and collecting wild fruits and vegetables—provides sufficient income for their day-to-day expenses, but they can afford only the most basic medications for Khu.

For $1,015, Khu will undergo a splenectomy and receive seven days of hospital care and follow-up appointments after surgery. “Following the surgery,” says BBP, “Khu should be able to go back to school, and she will no longer need blood transfusions.”

“Hopefully, my girl can regain her health, return to school, and possibly become a medic in her future,” shares Khu’s mother.

Nine-year-old Khu is the youngest of six children and lives on her family’s farm in Burma. “When Khu was a year old, she first developed ...

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Khu's Timeline

  • February 9, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 09, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khu 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.

  • February 26, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khu's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 21, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

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