Meet Our Patients (25): Basis’s Story – Stroke Case

Basis was 36-year-old when he decided to move to Thailand to look for a job opportunity. He suffered a severe stroke in 2015. Since then he has been having various aftereffects — he couldn’t move or walk. Although he went to see doctors at Thai government hospital, his condition did not improve. His friend suggested that he should visit Mae Tao Clinic as the clinic provides acupuncture and physiotherapy. He came to MTC if anything can improve his condition. The medic at MTC suggested him for the physiotherapy with acupuncture.

Basis gets acupuncture at the acupuncture centre, MTC

Basis is 64-year-old. He has 6 children (3 male and 3 female). He has been living in Mae Sot,[1] Thailand with his family since 1989. He was 36-year-old when he decided to move to Thailand to look for a job opportunity. He is originally from Mawlamyine, Burma/Myanmar.[2]

Basis suffered a severe stroke. Since then he has been having various aftereffects for almost 3 years. He couldn’t move or walk. He used to go see doctors at Mae Sot General Hospital (MSGH) to get treatment. Nevertheless, his symptoms never got better while receiving outpatient treatment at the MSGH. As there was no improvement on his health condition, his friend suggested that he should visit Mae Tao Clinic as the clinic provides acupuncture and physiotherapy. He came to MTC if anything can improve his condition. The medic at MTC suggested him for the physiotherapy with acupuncture.

Basis has been attending the physiotherapy program for 1 year — the physical treatment with the acupuncture. He’s been following the program schedule from every day to three times a week and now he attends it once a week while he is prescribed medication from MSGH. He has a Foreign Registration Card, which he needs to extend every 5 years, that covers some medical expenses in Thailand. The physiotherapy staff said that Basis has not only suffers from aftereffects from the stroke but also from diabetes and heart disease.

The patient gets a physiotherapy with assist from a medic at MTC

“I feel much better and my condition has improved a lot. Thanks to the clinic now I can walk and move. All medics at MTC are doing a great job,” said Basis during the interview. He didn’t forget to proffer a heartfelt advice to the staff that “However, I’d like to recommend that the clinic should have the exclusive space for the physiotherapy.” The patients in need of physiotherapy, including him, currently have to do exercises at the entrance and/or on the pedestrian passage between each department due to the limited space.

“I wish the health staff at MTC would be able to keep doing their great job, providing health care services to the patients who suffer from chronic diseases like me.”


We are increasingly seeing more patients with chronic non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes or cardiovascular diseases. Non-communicable diseases are a challenge for us as they often involve lifelong treatment, costly investigations and regular follow-up.

Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases 2016

Diagnosis Cases
Diabetes 282
Hypertension 754
Asthma 322
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 234
Haematological Disorder 515

[1] Mawlamyine is the fourth largest city of Burma/Myanmar, 300 km south east of Yangon. The city is the capital and largest city of Mon State, Burma/Myanmar and is the main trading center and seaport in south eastern Myanmar. [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mawlamyine]

[2] Mae Sot is a city in western Thailand that shares a border with Burma to the west. It is notable as a trade hub and for its substantial population of Burmese migrants and refugees. [Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mae_Sot]