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Success! Pel from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund sight-restoring lens replacement surgery.

Pel
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Pel's treatment was fully funded on October 16, 2021.

Photo of Pel post-operation

January 20, 2022

Pel underwent sight-restoring eye surgery.

Before surgery, Pel could not see faces and could only make out shapes. When she walked, she would often hit her toes against stones in her path or bump into things. She often needed extra help and, when her son was six months old, her mother-in-law needed to move in since Pel could no longer see her baby’s face clearly. After surgery, her vision is clear and she is relieved to no longer need assistance to get around. Mostly, she’s happy to be able to see her baby’s face clearly and that her treatment outcome was so good. Her family is also extremely happy to see that Pel regained her vision and is doing well now.

In the future, when she has time, Pel would like to do more weaving of traditional Karen shirts for her family and even to sell. She shared, “I would like to thank everyone of you for the support you provided for me for my eye operation. I am very happy for my clear vision. Thank you all of you.”

Before surgery, Pel could not see faces and could only make out shapes. When she walked, she would often hit her toes against stones in her ...

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October 13, 2021

Pel is a young mother who lives with her husband, mother-in-law, and three sons in a refugee camp. She and her mother-in-law work at home and her husband is a nurse at the hospital in their refugee camp. Before her vision worsened, she used to weave traditional Karen bags like ones for her sons to use as school bags once they are old enough to attend.

Now, Pel is no longer able to see faces and can only make out shapes. When she walks, she will often hit her toes against stones in her path, and when she moves around in her home, she will often hit her head on the door frame. She now needs someone to help guide her when she walks. Pel’s mother-in-law moved in after she gave birth to her six-month-old son, since Pel could no longer see her baby’s face at that point.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Pel. On October 14th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Pel’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, Pel needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

She said, “I really want to see my baby’s face and I am excited to see him after my surgery. Thank you so much to the donors who will help me receive treatment. I know my family could never afford to pay for my treatment.”

Pel is a young mother who lives with her husband, mother-in-law, and three sons in a refugee camp. She and her mother-in-law work at home an...

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Pel's Timeline

  • October 13, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pel was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • October 14, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pel received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • October 15, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pel's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,154 for Pel's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,654 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Travel
$478
Labs
$30
Other
$342
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

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

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

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

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

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

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

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

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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