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Success! Naw Aye from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund surgery that will repair her fractured left elbow.

Naw Aye
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Fully funded
Naw Aye's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2020.

Photo of Naw Aye post-operation

August 27, 2020

Naw Aye underwent surgery to repair her fractured left elbow.

Naw Aye’s arm is healing well and she is able to play with her friends again. Her arm is no longer in a sling and she is no longer experiencing pain. She is excited to return back to school. Her parents are incredibly happy with her treatment.

Naw Aye’s mother said, “We have been relieved of this worry about our daughter’s condition. Before, we were worried about her future if her arm did not heal well. But now we know that she is recovering so we are very happy for her.”

Naw Aye's arm is healing well and she is able to play with her friends again. Her arm is no longer in a sling and she is no longer experienc...

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July 10, 2020

Naw Aye is a 4-year-old primary school student from Thailand. She lives with her family in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. In 2003, her parents fled to the camp due to the unstable situations between the local armed group and the government army near their village in Burma. Their family receives 2,169 baht (approx. 72 USD) as part of their camp food support from an organization called The Border Consortium. Despite receiving food support as well as free basic health care and education in the camp, Naw Aye’s father has had to earn additional income to cover their expanses. Therefore, he has opened a small shop in front of their home, through which he earns 1,000 baht (approx. 33 USD) in a month.

On 29 June 2020, Naw Aye was playing outside when she fell down and landed on her left elbow. Immediately after Naw Aye’s father took her to the camp’s clinic. The doctor examined Naw Aye and suspected she had broken her elbow but would need to receive an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. She received an x-ray that confirmed the fracture and was referred to our partner Burma Children Medical Fund in order to access treatment. Currently, Naw Aye’s left arm is in pain and she cannot bend it or lift anything.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Naw Aye will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 10th and will cost $1,500. After she receives surgery, she will be no longer be in pain and she will be able to use her left arm again. Once she returns home she will be able to continue her studies.

Naw Aye’s father shared, “Naw Aye loves to play outside. She also likes to color and draw when she comes home from school. When she gets bored of playing outside with her friends and drawing, she likes to watch cartoon clips.”

Naw Aye is a 4-year-old primary school student from Thailand. She lives with her family in a refugee camp in northern Thailand. In 2003, her...

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Naw Aye's Timeline

  • July 10, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 10, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Naw Aye 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.

  • July 10, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naw Aye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 06, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naw Aye's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Naw Aye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
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  • 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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