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Success! Htar from Burma raised $1,500 to fund spleen surgery.

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

Photo of Htar post-operation

July 27, 2018

Htar underwent spleen surgery.

Htar is feeling much better after the surgery. She is more active and can eat comfortably. She is planning to go back to school this August.

Her mother says, “I could not afford to get the surgery for my daughter. The financial support from BCMF and donors means a lot to my daughter and me. We will never forget your help. Thank you very much.”

Htar is feeling much better after the surgery. She is more active and can eat comfortably. She is planning to go back to school this August....

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February 20, 2018

Htar is an eight-year-old girl who has a blood disorder called thalassemia. Due to her poor health, she has had to drop out of school.

She lives with her parents, an older brother, and a younger sister in Hpa-An, Karen State, Burma. Her parents and oldest brother work as subsistence farmers on their rice field, while her sister goes to school.

Up until she was six years old, Htar did not show any symptoms of having thalassemia. Gradually, she grew pale, was constantly tired, and developed a stomachache. When her mother noticed her symptoms, she brought her to a clinic in Hpa-An, where she was given blood transfusions twice a month without any explanation about her diagnosis.

Htar mother finally took Htar to Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner’s care center, where she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital and the doctor informed the family that Htar would require surgery for her condition. If not, she might need blood transfusions very often, and her condition would not improve.

She is scheduled to undergo a splenectomy on February 23 at our medical partner’s care center. Now, the family needs help raising $1,500 to pay for surgery.

Htar is an eight-year-old girl who has a blood disorder called thalassemia. Due to her poor health, she has had to drop out of school. Sh...

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Htar's Timeline

  • February 20, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 21, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Htar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 02, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Htar's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 17, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Htar 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.

  • July 27, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Htar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Splenectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,081 for Htar's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,581 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,648
Medical Staff
$1,291
Medication
$25
Supplies
$478
Labs
$130
Radiology
$167
Other
$342
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has an enlarged spleen, causing him or her to need a blood transfusion. The patient is pale and fatigued.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients with thalassemia are usually chronically fatigued. They do not grow normally. Because of the need for frequent blood transfusions, patients spend less time at school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Although patients can receive blood transfusions at all hospitals, there is only one center in Yangon that specializes in treating thalassemia patients. Patients who live far away have difficulty traveling there for a splenectomy.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will depend on the size of the patient's spleen and the patient's blood iron level. If a patient has received regular blood transfusions, his or her blood iron level may need to be controlled before surgery.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After the surgery, the patient will not grow tired as easily. The patient will be more active and be able to eat and sleep well. In most cases, the patient will need blood transfusions less frequently. However, the patient must be careful. Once the spleen is removed, it cannot protect the patient from infections, so he or she can get sick more frequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, blood clots, and infections.

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 alternative treatments. If the spleen grows very large, it can rupture, causing excessive internal bleeding that could lead to death.

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