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Success! Maung from Burma raised $694 to fund surgery for a severe infection on his foot.

Maung
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  • $694 raised, $0 to go
$694
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$0
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Fully funded
Maung's treatment was fully funded on October 4, 2021.

Photo of Maung post-operation

January 10, 2022

Maung underwent surgery for a severe infection on his foot.

Before Maung received surgery, his toe was very painful and itchy. This would worsen at night if he did not take pain medication. He could not sleep well and was worried about his financial situation. But now Maung’s surgery was successful and, since his surgery, his toe is no longer in pain. In the future, Maung wants to live with his family happily and dreams of running a small shop from his home.

“Because of my ulcer [on my toe] and my stroke, my family faced so many difficulties and my life was difficult. Now I feel better. We will be able to survive somehow,” Maung said.

Before Maung received surgery, his toe was very painful and itchy. This would worsen at night if he did not take pain medication. He could n...

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September 27, 2021

Maung is a 43-year-old father from Burma with two daughters. He used to work as a boatman, ferrying people to and from the island across from where they live; however, he had to stop working two years ago when a stroke weakened the left side of his body. Maung’s mother supported the family until she developed severe diabetes and can now only provide them with rice. Maung’s daughters are students; however, due to the current wave of COVID-19 infections and teachers protesting the country’s recent coup, all schools are closed. As a result, his youngest daughter is looking after household chores, while his oldest daughter has found work to support the family. She works as a shop vendor and earns about 80,000 kyats (approx. $80 USD) per month. Maung’s family shared that their current income is insufficient to cover daily needs or basic health care.

About a month and a half ago, Maung’s left toe became very itchy, and, eventually, the skin turned red and darkened further around his toe. Initially, Maung thought the skin was healing; however, the skin became hot, itchy, and painful. The area on his left toe later turned black, with the surrounding skin reddening. Maung was unable to see a doctor due to his family’s limited income. Currently, the pain in his left toe makes it difficult to sleep and get around.

Fortunately, in mid-September, Maung’s relatives came to visit the family. When they saw Maung’s toe, they were able to help him visit our medical partner’s care center, Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). On September 21st, doctors examined Maung’s toe and ordered a blood test. He was diagnosed with diabetes and gangrene on his left big toe. Maung will need to undergo surgery to clean and remove the necrotic tissue and help him heal. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $694 to fund this procedure.

Maung shared, “After surgery, I will no longer be in pain … I will try to find some work to support my family.”

Maung is a 43-year-old father from Burma with two daughters. He used to work as a boatman, ferrying people to and from the island across fro...

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Maung's Timeline

  • September 27, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 28, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maung received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital in Burma. 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 28, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 4, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maung's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maung's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

Treatment
Wound Debridement
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $694 for Maung's treatment
Hospital Fees
$225
Medical Staff
$112
Medication
$128
Supplies
$188
Travel
$6
Labs
$5
Radiology
$0
Other
$30

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Dismas

Dismas is a boda boda taxi driver from Kenya. He is a bright and hardworking young man from a highland region in Elgeyo Marakwet County. Dismas is the third born in a family of four. He studied up to the 7th grade in primary school, but then had to stop attending due to the school fees. Now he lives in a rental house with his wife and their son. His parents live in a place far from him in a semi-arid area, and he moved to look for work and to earn a living. Before his recent accident, Dismas was employed as a motorcycle driver and his limited wages enabled him to sustain his family and give his parents a little support. After a severe road traffic accident about three weeks ago, Dismas was taken to the hospital on a stretcher and is still unable to walk. The bill for his care has been accumulating and he had no funds to pay due to his current state and inability to work. Well-wishers helped him pay the bill and he was discharged home with his fracture stabilized on a splint. One of his brothers reached out to a friend who knew of our medical partner's care center, Kapsowar Hospital, and he was brought in to see if they could help him. An x-ray found that he sustained fractures of the distal tibia and fibula. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 26th, Dismas will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After he heals from this surgery, he will be able to walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Dismas says, "It really hurts when I see my family suffering. I am worried about their future if my condition doesn’t change. Kindly help me get well so that they may not be impacted even more.”

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