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Success! Boe from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair surgery so she can walk easily again.

Boe
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Boe's treatment was fully funded on April 30, 2022.

Photo of Boe post-operation

May 9, 2022

Boe underwent fracture repair surgery so she can walk easily again.

Before her surgery, Boe could not put any weight on her left foot and she could not walk. Her left knee was swollen, and she had to take pain medication to be able to sleep at night. She could not stand up or sit down easily because of the pain in her left knee area.

After her surgery, she is able to walk and do day-to-day necessities without assistance. She does not experience anymore pain and she is able to sleep well at night. She is able to walk around her house and able to help with some household chores like cooking or cleaning.

Her husband said, “We are very happy for the help we receive from the donors. We are refugees and we do not have money. If the donors do not help us, we will not find the way to get support. In the future and after the lockdown, Boe hopes to work outside of the camp.” Boe added, “I am very happy that I am able to walk again. Thank you to all donors and Watsi for helping me.”

Before her surgery, Boe could not put any weight on her left foot and she could not walk. Her left knee was swollen, and she had to take pai...

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February 8, 2022

Boe is a 59-year-old Burmese woman who lives with her husband and granddaughter in a refugee camp in Thailand. She and her husband used to work as day laborers, but unfortunately, they have not been able to leave the camp for work since April 2020 due to Covid-19 restrictions. Their family relies on a monthly cash card they receive from a local organization called The Border Consortium.

On February 4th, Boe was buying snacks at a shop in the refugee camp. While she was standing in front of the shop on the road, a motorcycle ran her over, fracturing her left knee. Currently, Boe experiences pain in her leg and cannot put any weight on her left foot. Her left knee is swollen and she has to take pain medication to sleep at night.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Boe will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 8th. Once recovered, Boe will be able to walk again and will no longer experience pain. Now, Boe needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care.

Boe shared, “I am very scared to have surgery but the doctor told me that I will not be able to walk again if I do not receive it. So I agree with the doctor’s plan. I am happy to hear that there will be donors to pay for my treatment. Without donors I could never afford to receive surgery.”

Boe is a 59-year-old Burmese woman who lives with her husband and granddaughter in a refugee camp in Thailand. She and her husband used to w...

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Boe's Timeline

  • February 8, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Boe 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.

  • February 9, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Boe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 30, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Boe's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 9, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Boe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.