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Success! D from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair surgery so he can walk again.

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Fully funded
D's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2021.

Photo of D post-operation

November 19, 2021

D underwent fracture repair surgery and is walking again.

In the past, D could not walk or get around on his own. He experienced severe pain in his right leg and felt hopeless when people around him did not want to help him. He shared with us that he felt emotionally depressed. Now after surgery, he is able to walk without crutches, and he no longer has pain in his right leg. He is relieved that he no longer has to rely on others to help him all of the time.

D shared, “Before, I felt hopeless when my leg was broken. I lost my job and hope, and I did not know where to go and get food to survive. I cannot imagine what my life would be like without your help. Now I am so happy and thankful to your organisation for supporting for the cost of my treatment. I hope that I can find work soon and able to earn money again.”

In the past, D could not walk or get around on his own. He experienced severe pain in his right leg and felt hopeless when people around him...

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May 21, 2021

D is a 38-year-old man who lives by himself and used to wash cars in a mechanic’s shop until his accident. Unfortunately, he had to quit his job because of his condition and he has had no income since.

On April 2nd, his friends asked him to pick mangos. After climbing up the tree, the branch he was holding onto suddenly broke and he fell onto a rock. He broke his right lower leg in the fall. Unable to stand up by himself, his two friends supported him and arranged for his transportation to a local hospital.

At the hospital, he received an x-ray and the doctor wrapped his lower leg in a bandage. He scheduled a follow-up appointment for the following week and went home. However, D did not go back to the hospital because he had no money. Two weeks later, he visited a local clinic because he was still in pain. He was referred to our medical partner’s care center where an x-ray showed that he had broken both of the bones in his right lower leg and he was told that he would need surgery. Currently, he cannot walk and experiences pain in his lower right leg when he moves.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, D will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for May 23rd and will cost $1,500. This surgery will help D walk again and he will be able to find work after he has made a full recovery.

D shared, “I lost my job after my leg was injured. I no longer have an income or a place to live. I do not have anyone I can depend on and I feel like I have no more hope living with this condition.”

D is a 38-year-old man who lives by himself and used to wash cars in a mechanic's shop until his accident. Unfortunately, he had to quit his...

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D's Timeline

  • May 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    D 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.

  • May 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    D's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 6, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    D's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 19, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    D's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
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  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The patient has broken bones and experiences pain and swelling.

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

The patient will experience decreased mobility. He or she will not be able to do normal daily activities.

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

Many people in remote areas try to fix broken legs and arms by themselves. They also visit spiritual healers or traditional massagers. Sometimes, broken bones heal in incorrect positions.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After a series of x-rays, the doctor decides to perform fracture repair surgery.

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

Healing takes time. When the bones have completely healed, patients will resume their normal activities without pain or swelling.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include allergic response, infection, malignancy, and osteoporosis.

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 alternatives. If the broken bones are not fixed, the patient will spend his or her life in pain. Decreased mobility will cause the patient to require help from others.

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Paw

Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”

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