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Success! Saw Eh from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a fracture repair on his right leg so he can walk again.

Saw Eh
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Saw Eh's treatment was fully funded on November 18, 2020.

Photo of Saw Eh post-operation

September 4, 2020

Saw Eh underwent a fracture repair so he can walk again.

Our medical partner shared that Saw Eh feels a lot better. He now only experiences slight pain when he touches his foot to the ground while using crutches. He is happy that his leg was not amputated and he is looking forward to regaining full mobility of his right leg in the near future.

“I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I wouldn’t have received proper treatment for my right leg,” said Saw Eh. “I am very happy for the support I received for my surgery from BCMF, Maltesar International, the hospital staff and most importantly Watsi donors.”

Our medical partner shared that Saw Eh feels a lot better. He now only experiences slight pain when he touches his foot to the ground while ...

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June 1, 2020

Saw Eh is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and two children in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. He works as a security guard in the camp while his wife looks after their two young children. His family receives 821 baht (approx. 27 USD) each month from an organisation called The Border Consortium as part of their rations, and he also earns 700 baht (approx. 23 USD) in a month from working as a security guard. Their monthly income is just enough to pay for their basic expenses.

In the early morning of June 1st, 2020, at around 9:00 am, Saw Eh left the camp to forage for bamboo shoots in the jungle. While climbing over some slippery boulders, a few larger rocks from above him rolled down towards him. Unfortunately, Saw Eh could not avoid the falling rocks and was hit on the head and right leg. He was knocked unconscious and had no idea how long it took him to regain consciousness. When he did, he was in severe pain and cried out loudly for help. Luckily, a man was nearby and heard him shouting for help. The man fetched a few others to help him carry Saw Eh to the clinic in the refugee camp. At the clinic, the medic directly referred Saw Eh to Mae Sariang Hospital, as they knew they could not treat him in the camp. When he arrived at Mae Sariang Hospital, he received an x-ray, which confirmed that both bones in Saw Eh’s right lower leg are fractured. The doctor then referred him to a hospital in Chiang Mai immediately, as he would need to receive surgery at a larger hospital, to ensure his leg heals properly. Currently, Saw Eh’s right leg is in pain as well as his head. He cannot walk nor move his right leg.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Saw Eh will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 1st and will cost $1,500. The surgery will stop Saw Eh from being in pain and will help his leg heal properly. He will then be able to walk again.

Saw Eh is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and two children in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. He works as a sec...

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Saw Eh's Timeline

  • June 1, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Saw Eh was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • June 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saw Eh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 09, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saw Eh received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. 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.

  • September 04, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saw Eh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 18, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saw Eh's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
ORIF
  • 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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