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Success! Ko from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Ko
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ko's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2018.

Photo of Ko post-operation

March 15, 2018

Ko underwent fracture repair surgery.

Ko’s arm is healing well, and the cast has been removed. His arm was put into a sling, and he has been given different exercises for stretching and strengthening his arm and regaining full mobility.

“He is looking forward to going home to his family and attending school again, where he can play with his classmates,” said Ko’s teacher.

Ko's arm is healing well, and the cast has been removed. His arm was put into a sling, and he has been given different exercises for stretch...

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February 6, 2018

Ko is a young student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Phop Phra, Tak Province. He likes to play football during his free time.

On February 6, Ko and his classmates went to a farm to pick chilis. On the way back to school, the students were all crowded into the back of a pickup truck. When they arrived at the school, all the students scrambled to jump out of the truck. In the chaos, someone stepped on the back of Ko’s shirt, causing him to lose his balance and fall out of the truck onto his right arm, fracturing it. Currently, Ko is in pain. His arm has temporarily been put into a splint.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ko will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for February 6 and will cost $1,500. The surgery will help Ko recover from pain so that he can return to school.

Ko says, “I hope to have surgery soon so that I will be able to return to school and also after I am fully recovered I can play football with my friends again.”

Ko is a young student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Phop Phra, Tak Province. He likes to play football during his free time. ...

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Ko's Timeline

  • February 6, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 06, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ko 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.

  • February 06, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ko's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ko's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 02, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ko's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 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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