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Success! Tha from Burma raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair surgery.

Tha
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Tha's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2018.

Photo of Tha post-operation

November 29, 2017

Tha underwent fracture repair surgery.

After the internal fixation and a cast, Tha is able to move her arms more freely. She does not feel pain, except a slight pain when she wakes up in the morning. She will return to the hospital next month to remove the cast. After Tha fully recovers, she will look after her younger siblings again, and she will return to school for the coming year.

Tha’s mother said, “I feel more relieved now. Before, I was worried about the cost of the treatment. Now I feel so much relieved; no more worry.”

After the internal fixation and a cast, Tha is able to move her arms more freely. She does not feel pain, except a slight pain when she wake...

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November 8, 2017

Tha is a 10-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers. She takes care of her brothers while her parents work as day laborers. She is in second grade.

On November 6, Tha was playing and wrestling with her friends. She lost her footing and fell to the ground. Before hitting the floor, her left arm was twisted backward, and it landed in a bad position. Now, she cannot lift her arm and she is in pain.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Tha will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 9 and will cost $1,500. She will no longer be in pain and will regain use of her arm.

Tha says, “I will continue my studies for the coming year, and I want to be a teacher when I grow up.”

Tha is a 10-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers. She takes care of her brothers while her parents ...

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Tha's Timeline

  • November 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 09, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tha 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.

  • November 09, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 29, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tha's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 30, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tha's treatment was fully funded.

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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