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

Taw
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Fully funded
Taw's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2021.

Photo of Taw post-operation

December 22, 2021

Taw underwent a fracture repair surgery.

Before surgery, Taw’s left arm was in pain whenever she sat down or moved her left arm. However, since her surgery, Taw is no longer experiencing this pain. She shared that she can already do some household chores, such as washing her clothes, sweeping, and helping with the dishes and cooking; however, Taw still experiences slight pain when moving her hand so she is taking things slowly as she heals. She’s happy to have returned to teaching via online classes.

Taw shared, “I pray that may all the donors and everyone who helped me and arranged for my treatment be healthy and happy. I am healthy now.”

Before surgery, Taw’s left arm was in pain whenever she sat down or moved her left arm. However, since her surgery, Taw is no longer experie...

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September 4, 2021

Taw is a 43-year-old teacher who lives with her family in the refugee camp. Taw and her husband work at the same school and their daughter is also enrolled there in the nursery program. In her free time, Taw enjoys singing and reading with her students. Taw also loves to grow vegetables around her house, and she is very proud that the vegetables she grows are organic. Growing her own vegetables also helps to reduce her household expenses.

Last month, Taw was walking home with a branch from a banana tree she had just cut down to cook for dinner. That afternoon it was drizzling and the dirt road was slippery. Taw slipped and fell onto her left arm, breaking both bones in her left forearm. With the help of Watsi donors, she underwent surgery to insert a metal rod into her forearm at the end of August at Chiang Mai Hospital. A few days after her surgery, Taw’s wound got an infection and the doctor had to perform another surgery to remove the rod from her arm. Once the infection cleared up with the help of antibiotics, the doctor scheduled another surgery to have the rod reinserted into Taw’s arm to finally help her heal. Taw’s left arm is still in pain. She is in pain whenever she sits down, and the pain increases when she moves her arm. If she lies down and puts her left arm on a pillow, she feels better.

With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Taw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 7th and will cost $1,500. After the procedure, Taw will no longer be in pain and she will be able to go back home and see her family. She will be able to teach again and garden like before.

Taw said, “I really miss my family and my daughter. I hope that I will receive proper treatment and be able to go back home again soon.”

Taw is a 43-year-old teacher who lives with her family in the refugee camp. Taw and her husband work at the same school and their daughter i...

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Taw's Timeline

  • September 4, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Taw received 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.

  • September 9, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Taw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Taw's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Taw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 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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