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Success! Taw from Thailand raised $1,500 to heal his broken ankle.

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Taw's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.

Photo of Taw post-operation

January 24, 2022

Taw underwent treatment to heal his broken ankle.

Before surgery, Taw could not put pressure on his left ankle, and he had to use crutches to move around. He also had to take pain medication every day.

After surgery, Taw is no longer in pain, and he’s excited that he can already walk small distances without crutches. He is now studying online, since his school is not open to meet in the classroom yet, but he’s looking forward to going back.

Taw said, “Thank you so much for helping me and may God bless all of you. If you did not help me, I do not have money to treat myself and my family is also the same. I am so happy that now I am on the recovering process and all my family is happy for me. Before I thought if my leg needs to be amputated what should I do, but now I have no more worries about that anymore.”

Before surgery, Taw could not put pressure on his left ankle, and he had to use crutches to move around. He also had to take pain medication...

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November 26, 2021

Taw is a 16-year-old boy who lives with his family in a village in Tak Province, Thailand. Everyone in his family works as a farmer and he’s a student in the eighth grade. In September 2021, there was an outbreak of COVID-19 cases around his area and his school was closed. Since then, he helps out his family on the farm. Occasionally, he also helps out in their village to earn pocket money.

On November 21st, Taw was riding a motorbike on a small dirt road to his family’s fields. He was driving quickly, when suddenly another motorbike appeared driving straight towards him. He tried to move to the side of the road to let the other driver pass, but his motorbike slipped and his left ankle hit a stone beside the road, breaking his ankle in the process. At first he was in a lot of pain, but now the pain has lessened thanks to medication he is taking. However, the area around his left ankle hurts if he tries to move his left foot. Currently, Taw cannot put pressure on his left ankle and has to use crutches to do anything.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Taw will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 26th and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Taw will be able to walk again and he will no longer be in pain.

Taw said, “I want to get better. My teacher told me that my school will reopen soon. Thank you so much to the donors and the organization who are willing to help me. Without your help, my family could never come up with enough money to pay for my treatment.”

Taw is a 16-year-old boy who lives with his family in a village in Tak Province, Thailand. Everyone in his family works as a farmer and he's...

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Taw's Timeline

  • November 26, 2021

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

  • November 27, 2021

    Taw 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.

  • November 30, 2021

    Taw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2021

    Taw's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 24, 2022

    Taw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

  • 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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