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August 15, 2019

Naw is a 32-year-old agricultural day laborer from Thailand. She lives with her husband while her daughter and son live with her sister-in-law in Burma. In her free time, Naw likes to stay at home and do housework.

For the past eight months, Naw has been experiencing a mass that is slowly increasing in size in her lower abdomen. She has been diagnosed with a dermoid cyst in her right ovary. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries.

Fortunately, Naw is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on August 15. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

“After I recover fully, I will continue to work as an agricultural day laborer and save some money to visit my children one day,” she says.

Naw is a 32-year-old agricultural day laborer from Thailand. She lives with her husband while her daughter and son live with her sister-in-l...

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Naw's Timeline

  • August 15, 2019

    Naw was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • August 15, 2019

    Naw 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.

  • August 16, 2019

    Naw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2019

    Awaiting Naw's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.


    Naw is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Naw'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?

Patients may experience heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, urinary and bowel dysfunction, backache, or leg pains.

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

Patients may experience intermittent pain in the abdomen and spotting. If the pain becomes debilitating and chronic, patients may be unable to participate in daily life. It may be difficult for women to care for their families, complete household tasks, and work.

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

Because of the sensitive nature of gynecological conditions, patients may delay seeking care. Many patients do not have the means to travel or pay for surgery or are not able to take time away from their family and work to seek treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes blood testing and an ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis. If the patient does not have any other medical conditions, surgery can be performed quickly. If the patient has another health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, its symptoms must be managed before surgery. A patient usually spends about 4-5 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 normal daily activities. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include excessive blood loss, formation of scar tissue, pregnancy or childbirth complications, or the spread of a cancerous tumor.

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

Although this type of treatment is available in most of Burma, patients cannot access care because of the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative is a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). If the mass or cyst is very big, doctors will recommend a TAH. Although patients who have undergone a TAH cannot get pregnant, this procedure can save the life of the patient.

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