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Success! U Than from Burma raised $1,500 to fund fracture repair surgery so he can use his right arm again.

U Than
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Fully funded
U Than's treatment was fully funded on April 17, 2022.

Photo of U Than post-operation

May 4, 2022

U Than underwent fracture repair surgery so he can use his right arm again.

Before surgery, U Than’s right arm hurt and he needed to take pain medication every day. He could not eat with his right hand nor use his right arm and hand completing his daily tasks. After surgery, now, his right arm is no longer in pain and he is happy to be able to do so much more. He’s able to eat on his own and no longer has a problem with his everyday tasks.

U Than is thankful to the organization BCMF and the Watsi donors for helping him. He told us, “Thank you very much to BCMF and all the donors for helping me during this difficult time. Without you, I wouldn’t know where should I go and ask for help.”

Before surgery, U Than’s right arm hurt and he needed to take pain medication every day. He could not eat with his right hand nor use his ri...

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January 26, 2022

U Than is a 45-year-old man from Burma who lived by himself in a village. He used to look after his neighbor’s cows in exchange for rice. However, since January 2022, U Than is unfortunately unemployed, has no income and no permanent address.

In mid-January 2022, U Than was on his way to Thailand to find better work. He arrived at a bus station, and, after requesting a ride to a local guest house, he was left on the side of the road and mugged. He visited a local hospital where he had an x-ray of his right arm that showed that both of the bones in his forearm were broken. The nurse there wrapped his arm in a bandage and gave him some pain medication, but told him he would need to get surgery elsewhere. Currently, he cannot use his right arm and has difficulty grabbing things with his right hand.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping U Than receive treatment. On January 26th, he will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure will help him recover and find work again. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund his procedure and care.

U Than shared, “I feel very uncomfortable using my left hand when I eat or go to the toilet as I usually never use my left hand. I feel so sad that I have this unexpected problem. I thought that my life will be better when I come here and find work. This was not what I was expecting. I am happy to hear that there will be donors to help pay for my treatment’s cost. Thank you.”

U Than is a 45-year-old man from Burma who lived by himself in a village. He used to look after his neighbor's cows in exchange for rice. Ho...

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U Than's Timeline

  • January 26, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 26, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    U Than received treatment at Mae Sot General 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.

  • January 27, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    U Than's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 17, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    U Than's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 4, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    U Than's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 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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