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Success! Eh from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund spleen surgery.

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

Photo of Eh post-operation

October 3, 2017

Eh underwent spleen surgery.

Prior to his surgery, Eh was unhappy and did not want to talk to other people. But since he received treatment, he does not feel dizzy or have any of his old symptoms. He is more active and talks and plays with his friends.

Eh’s mother said, “I am so happy that my son’s surgery was a success and I don’t know how to express my emotions. Before I was always stressed looking after my son and worried about him every night. But now I feel like my mind has become bright and I can smell the feeling of happiness.”

Prior to his surgery, Eh was unhappy and did not want to talk to other people. But since he received treatment, he does not feel dizzy or ha...

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August 21, 2017

Eh is an eight-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his family in a small village in Tak, a province on the nation’s western border. Since birth, Eh has suffered from a blood disorder called thalassemia, which means that he has less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells than a typical, healthy blood system.

This year, Eh developed a cough and headache. He and his family sought treatment at a nearby hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with an enlarged spleen. Eh’s family was unable to pay for the surgery and Eh received medication to control his symptoms instead. He returned to the hospital several times, after which he was referred to our medical partner’s care center for treatment.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eh’s operation. He is scheduled for surgery on August 21 at our medical partner’s care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. After treatment, Eh’s mother is hopeful that he will be able to attend school and pursue his dreams.

“I want to be a doctor when I grow up,” Eh says.

Eh is an eight-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his family in a small village in Tak, a province on the nation's western border. Si...

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Eh's Timeline

  • August 21, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 25, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eh 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.

  • September 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 03, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eh's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Splenectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,081 for Eh's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,581 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,648
Medical Staff
$1,291
Medication
$25
Supplies
$478
Labs
$130
Radiology
$167
Other
$342
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has an enlarged spleen, causing him or her to need a blood transfusion. The patient is pale and fatigued.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients with thalassemia are usually chronically fatigued. They do not grow normally. Because of the need for frequent blood transfusions, patients spend less time at school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Although patients can receive blood transfusions at all hospitals, there is only one center in Yangon that specializes in treating thalassemia patients. Patients who live far away have difficulty traveling there for a splenectomy.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will depend on the size of the patient's spleen and the patient's blood iron level. If a patient has received regular blood transfusions, his or her blood iron level may need to be controlled before surgery.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After the surgery, the patient will not grow tired as easily. The patient will be more active and be able to eat and sleep well. In most cases, the patient will need blood transfusions less frequently. However, the patient must be careful. Once the spleen is removed, it cannot protect the patient from infections, so he or she can get sick more frequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, blood clots, and infections.

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 alternative treatments. If the spleen grows very large, it can rupture, causing excessive internal bleeding that could lead to death.

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