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Naw Mu from Burma raised $991 to fund hernia repair surgery so she can live comfortably.

Naw Mu
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Naw Mu's treatment was fully funded on June 30, 2022.
September 6, 2022

Naw Mu underwent hernia repair surgery and her family shared that she later had health complications.

We just received an update from our medical partner about Naw Mu that we wanted to share with you. Naw Mu underwent successful surgery to treat her hernia that was causing a lot of pain and limiting her ability to be active. She was recovering well from her procedure, but remained in the hospital as she was diagnosed with TB and the medical team wanted to closely monitor her recovery. Unfortunately, a few weeks after her treatment, Naw Mu suffered a heart attack and has since passed away. We are very sorry to share this update with our community and have expressed our support for her family during this hard time. They are grateful that we were there for her and offered the support she needed.

We just received an update from our medical partner about Naw Mu that we wanted to share with you. Naw Mu underwent successful surgery to tr...

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April 7, 2022

Naw Mu is a 44-year-old mother of two children from Burma. She lives with her daughter and son. Her daughter goes to school, while her son stays home with her. Naw Mu used to work as a day laborer, but stopped working last year when her health began to decline. Since then, her sister, who works as a pastor, has supported the family.

In the summer of 2018, Naw Mu was tying sheafs of freshly harvested paddy when she experienced a sudden shooting pain in her abdomen and chest, along with other uncomfortable symptoms. From then on, she experienced abdominal pain whenever she worked hard or lifted something heavy. For the next four years, Naw Mu visited many clinics and hospitals, and was finally diagnosed with an umbilical hernia and high blood pressure. She experiences dizziness, nausea, and abdominal and joint pain. She also has little appetite, and has difficulty sleeping or sitting for long periods of time.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Naw Mu access treatment. On April 8th, she will undergo hernia repair surgery at BCMF’s care center. Now, she needs help raising $991 to fund her procedure and care. After recovery, hopefully her symptoms will subside and she can live comfortably.

Naw Mu shared, “I was so happy when I heard that I have donors who could assist with the cost of my surgery! I really want to say thank you to the donors and everyone who helped me search for a donor.”

Naw Mu is a 44-year-old mother of two children from Burma. She lives with her daughter and son. Her daughter goes to school, while her son s...

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Naw Mu's Timeline

  • April 7, 2022

    Naw Mu was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • April 12, 2022

    Naw Mu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2022

    Naw Mu received treatment at KBC 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.

  • June 30, 2022

    Naw Mu's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022

    We received an update on Naw Mu. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Hernia repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $991 for Naw Mu's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The most common symptom for a patient is swelling, a lump, or a bulge in the affected area. The swelling is typically more pronounced when standing up, bending down or coughing and can disappear when lying down. Some patients also experience pain or discomfort at the site of the hernia. Overtime, pain can increase at the site, especially while doing certain activities such as lifting objects. The bulge can also increase in size over time. Patients can also experience a sudden and severe pain at the site of their hernia.

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

Over time, a hernia can grow larger and more painful. Due to the symptoms of the hernia, adult patients may have difficulty caring for their families and completing day-to-day chores. They may miss work or lose their jobs altogether, resulting in a decrease in income for their families. Children often miss school or drop out, resulting in a lower quality of life in the future. Untreated, hernias can cause life-threatening complications. Complications of an untreated hernia include strangulation, where a part of the intestine becomes trapped between abdominal tissue, which cuts off blood supply to that area of the intestine. The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, acute pain, bloody stool, and a fever.

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

Many adult patients with inguinal hernias, especially male patients, feel self-conscious to seek medical attention due to the fact that inguinal hernias affect their groin, an area of the body still considered taboo to talk about in local cultures. Because of this, they will usually only seek treatment when their condition is severe and they are already in a lot of pain. Due to the severity of their condition, they will usually need to undergo urgent surgery. Additionally, hernia patients from low-income households will delay seeking medical care because of financial difficulties paying for treatment and travel to a hospital. Many patients who live in a remote area may not know how to go about accessing care in the hospital.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes a blood test and an ultrasound scan if the doctor thinks it is necessary to confirm a diagnosis. For adult patients without any underlying conditions, hernia repair surgery can be performed quickly. However, if the patient has underlying conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, their underlying condition must be managed before they receive surgery to ensure safety of care. A patient usually spends about 2-3 days in the hospital.

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

After the surgery, the patient will no longer experience pain and will be able to resume their normal daily activities. Any other symptoms caused by the hernia such as nausea or vomiting will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential risks of undergoing surgery for hernia repair includes a wound hematoma, bladder injury, an infection at the site of the surgery and allergic reactions to anesthesia. In addition to this, a hernia can reoccur after surgery, pain from undergoing abdominal surgery may not diminish and digestive complications can arise if a section of the intestine needs to be removed. In male patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair, the testicles could be impacted if connecting blood vessels are damaged. In rare cases, there could be nerve damage or damage to nearby organs.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Hernia repair is available at many hospitals in Burma. However, most patients have to pay out of pocket and cannot afford to pay for it. Many patients will try to meet with traditional healers before they get to know or are referred to Burma Children Medical Fund for help.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Hernias can only be treated through surgery and rarely get better on their own. Laparoscopic surgery is an alternative type of surgery for hernia patients. This type of surgery is less invasive and leaves smaller scars than open surgery. Because of this, recovery time is faster. However, most hospitals in Burma do not use this method of treatment.

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