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Success! U Kaung from Thailand raised $1,500 to fix a bone fracture.

U Kaung
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Fully funded
U Kaung's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2020.

Photo of U Kaung post-operation

December 5, 2019

U Kaung received care to fix his bone fracture.

Compared to before, U Kaung’s condition has improved a lot. His left leg is no longer painful or swollen. He is able to walk with crutches and no longer needs a wheelchair. He can go to the bathroom with the crutches and he does not need his wife’s assistance to take a shower or eat. He believes that he will be able to help his wife with household chores after he is fully recovered.

U Kaung said, “I am lucky to have my wife who loves me and took care of me while I was admitted at the hospital. I will be a good husband and I will help her as much as I can in the future.”

Compared to before, U Kaung’s condition has improved a lot. His left leg is no longer painful or swollen. He is able to walk with crutches a...

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September 16, 2019

U Kaung is a 52-year-old man from Thailand. He is originally from Mon State, Burma. In his free time, U Kaung likes to forage for vegetables and cut firewood.

On the 6th of September 2019, U Kaung went to visit his friend on his bicycle. The road was slippery, and his bike slid, causing him to fall off his bike and break his lower left leg. Currently, U Kaung suffers from a sharp pain in his left leg, which is also swollen. Even though he is taking painkillers, the pain is not alleviated. He cannot walk or place any weight onto his left leg. Presently, he has to use a wheelchair whenever he needs to use the toilet.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, U Kaung will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 17 and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help him walk again and relieve him on the pain.

“When I recover fully, I will continue to stay at home and do all the housework,” said U Kaung.

U Kaung is a 52-year-old man from Thailand. He is originally from Mon State, Burma. In his free time, U Kaung likes to forage for vegetables...

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U Kaung's Timeline

  • September 16, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    U Kaung was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • September 20, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    U Kaung received treatment at Mae Sot General 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 22, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    U Kaung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 05, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    U Kaung's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 03, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    U Kaung's treatment was fully funded.

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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