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Success! Maung Shwe from Burma raised $1,500 to treat his fractured leg.

Maung Shwe
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Fully funded
Maung Shwe's treatment was fully funded on April 4, 2016.

Photo of Maung Shwe post-operation

April 29, 2016

Maung Shwe received successful treatment for his fractured leg.

Following the surgery, Maung Shwe feels so happy, and he can go back home after post-operative follow up. Although it is still too early post-operative for him to be walking, the pain is reduced and he is much happier at the prospect of walking again. His daughter is very happy with him and she can go back to work again.

“I will not work in the farm again but I hope that I can be able to help the family by staying home and doing the cooking and cleaning,” said Maung Shwe.

Following the surgery, Maung Shwe feels so happy, and he can go back home after post-operative follow up. Although it is still too early pos...

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March 29, 2016

In December 2015, Maung Shwe was walking on a dirt road when an out-of-control motorbike crashed into him and fractured his leg. He sustained several flesh wounds that healed in the subsequent weeks. He first sought treatment on the day of the incident with a traditional healer but this was ineffective. Next, he visited the local village health worker who could only provide him with injections to relieve his pain temporarily.

The care provided by the health worker cost him a lot of money. Treatment at a hospital would have been too costly for him. He has never sought out treatment at a Burmese hospital but heard they are expensive. Maung Shwe’s nephew works for Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and he encouraged his uncle to visit. In March 2016, he borrowed a mount of money from his friend for food and transportation so he and his daughter could make the trip to Mae Sot.

Maung Shwe is a 62-year-old man who has always lived in a village in Karen State, Burma. He is a retired farmer and currently lives with his daughter and son-in-law. His daughter used to be a domestic worker in Bangkok and his son-in-law is a subsistence farmer. They do not generate an income, but when his family needs money, they sell their leftover rice yield or their chickens and pigs.

Maung Shwe’s current symptoms include pain upon movement and the inability to walk. His daughter had to quit working as a domestic worker in Bangkok in order to care for him. She assists him with tasks like helping him walk, escorting him to bathroom, and cooking for him. There are no wheelchairs in his village, so his daughter must tend to him at all times

For $1,500, Maung Shwe will receive the operation he needs to treat his fracture permanently. This cost includes surgery, casting, and rehabilitation. Following surgery, Maung Shwe should no longer suffer from pain upon movement, and he should be able to walk again.

In December 2015, Maung Shwe was walking on a dirt road when an out-of-control motorbike crashed into him and fractured his leg. He sustaine...

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Maung Shwe's Timeline

  • March 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 31, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maung Shwe 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.

  • April 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maung Shwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 4, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maung Shwe's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 29, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maung Shwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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