October 8, 2020
Mo is 22-year-old student from Thailand. Mo lives with his father in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. In the camp, Mo finished high school and is now completing his post-high school education. Their household receives 480 baht (approx. $16 USD) each month as part of their food support from an organization called The Border Consortium. However, this amount is not enough to cover their daily needs. Mo’s father also works as a seasonal agricultural day laborer in a nearby village to earn an extra 350 baht (approx. $12 USD) each month. However this amount is still not enough and they struggle to make ends meet despite having free basic health care and education in their camp.
Mo was recently diagnosed with a mass in his brain and hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Watsi supporters are helping to fund his brain mass removal surgery, but without immediate surgery to treat his hydrocephalus and alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications.
Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Mo, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 9th, and, once completed, will greatly improve Mo’s quality of life.
“I dream of becoming a great medic after I finish my post-high school education, but for now I am in the care of the [hospital’s] medical team,” said Mo.
Mo is 22-year-old student from Thailand. Mo lives with his father in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. In the camp, Mo finished high ...
January 25, 2021
Mo was able to have his treatment combined with another surgery.
Our medical partner just shared an update with us that Mo had surgery and is doing well, but the doctors were able to combine his treatment with his other surgery that was taking place. At first the hospital felt that Mo would receive two different procedures for his treatment and Watsi hoped to support both for this talented young man. However, later his doctor was able to complete his treatment without inserting a ventricular shunt as had been planned. We would like to ask that you support another Watsi patient in need.
We are pleased to share that after Mo’s surgery, his condition significantly changed. He does not have insomnia and headaches anymore. He can read and write a short sentence properly even though he still has some blurry vision. While making conversation, he can use words properly and make eye-contact with the speaker. He can even walk downstairs and use the toilet without his father assistance. With the exception of his slightly blurry vision in his left eye, his problems prior to surgery are healing. He is very happy with the results and how he is feeling. His father has to stop him from helping with the house chores too much as he worries for his safety and injuries. When he was asked about his future goal, Mo told us: “I want to be a health worker and become a person who can pay back to my community.”
Our medical partner just shared an update with us that Mo had surgery and is doing well, but the doctors were able to combine his treatment ...