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Su is a 10-year-old girl from Thailand who needs $1,500 to fund hip replacement surgery to allow her to walk without pain.

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November 23, 2022

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends.

Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions.

In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment.

In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery.

Su’s father said, “I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children.”

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In h...

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Su's Timeline

  • November 23, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 25, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Su was scheduled to receive treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Su's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Su is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Su's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

Funded by 37 donors

Treatment
Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $23,203 for Su's treatment
Subsidies fund $21,703 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$15,692
Medical Staff
$847
Medication
$67
Supplies
$1,500
Labs
$130
Radiology
$167
Other
$4,800
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients may need a hip replacement to treat broken bones, a dislocated hip, pain, or swelling.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients will experience a decrease in mobility and will not be able to participate in normal daily activities.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Many people in remote areas attempt to fix broken bones by themselves or visit spiritual or traditional massagers for healing. Often, a broken bone will heal in the incorrect position.

  • 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 will schedule surgery. After the hip replacement, the patient will attend physiotherapy sessions to get used to the artificial hip.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Healing takes time. When the bones have completely healed, patients will be able to return to 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, osteoporosis, and migration.

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?

None. If the broken bones are not fixed, patients will have to spend their lives in pain.

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John is a hawker (the local name for a street vendor) from Kenya. He has six children all under the age of 18 years. His wife helps at home and John is the family's sole breadwinner. Lately, due to his condition, John has been unable to work. He has no alternate source of income, and shared that he is struggling to raise his family. John first started experiencing a loss of appetite and stomach pain in April 2022. He visited a local health center and was treated for stomach aches, but his condition did not improve. He later started having episodes of diarrhea and has lost a significant amount of weight. He also has been experiencing bleeding that has caused him anemia. As a result, he has had several blood transfusions and hospital admissions. Recently, a biopsy at Kijabe Hospital revealed that John has colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is a disease in which cells in the colon grow out of control. At the current stage, his doctors feel the cancer can be stopped surgically from spreading. However, the procedure has to be done as soon as possible because it is urgent. He is now scheduled to undergo surgery and needs support. Unfortunately, John does not have medical coverage and cannot afford the surgery. He is requesting financial assistance to support the $1,074 needed for his medical care. John says, “I cannot eat, and I have lost a lot of weight. I have had several blood transfusions because of bleeding. I need this surgery to help fight the cancer.”

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