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Lah Ku from Thailand raised $1,015 for surgery to remove her spleen.

Lah Ku
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Fully funded
Lah Ku's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2015.

Photo of Lah Ku post-operation

September 20, 2015

Lah Ku received surgery to remove her spleen.

“Lah Ku does not get tired easy and is much more active than before,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “Lah Ku says that now she feels more energy, plays a lot, and has no headaches or fever.”

“Her mother says that she really happy to have had surgery,” BBP continues. “Before the surgery she had to worry a lot and the family incurred some financial problems. Now, her mother said that she has no need to worry for her daughter, and all of her family are delighted that Lah Ku has received treatment.”

Lah Ku adds, “Thank you to all of the donors and staff who have given me new life and also for giving me a long life. I am very grateful for all of the help. For my future I want to continue to go to school and want to be a doctor when I grow up. I want to be a good person in the future and support my parents when I grow up.”

"Lah Ku does not get tired easy and is much more active than before," shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "Lah Ku says ...

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August 13, 2015

“Our greatest wish for our daughter is to get better and go to school,” say the parents of Lah Ku, an 11-year-old girl who lives in Thailand.

Lah Ku came to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), with thalassemia—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. To help control these symptoms, individuals with thalassemia receive frequent blood transfusions.

“Lah Ku is visibly jaundiced and currently has frequent nosebleeds and fever, headaches, and abdominal pain,” reports BBP. “Immediately after she receives her monthly blood transfusions, she plays a lot at first and has good energy, but her energy decreases over time, and most of the time she is very fatigued.” BBP adds, “Lah Ku does not attend school because the pain from her condition is too great.”

“Now,” BBP tells us, “Lah Ku’s spleen is enlarged and needs to be removed.” An enlarged spleen, known as splenomegaly, 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.

Lah Ku’s parents work as farmers and barely earn enough money to pay for food and daily expenses for themselves and their four children. As a result, there is no money to cover Lah Ku’s medical care.

With $1,015 in funding, Lah Ku can undergo a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) and receive seven days of hospital care and follow-up appointments after surgery. “Surgery will relieve Lah Ku’s pain and allow her to attend school,” shares BBP. “She will have more energy and a much better quality of life, as she will no longer require monthly blood transfusions.”

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“Our greatest wish for our daughter is to get better and go to school,” say the parents of Lah Ku, an 11-year-old girl who lives in Thailand...

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Lah Ku's Timeline

  • August 13, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lah Ku was submitted by Connor Brown at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • August 23, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lah Ku received treatment. 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.

  • August 23, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lah Ku's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 01, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lah Ku's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 20, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Lah Ku. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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