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Success! Daw Moo from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery so she can see well.

Daw Moo
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$1,500
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Fully funded
Daw Moo's treatment was fully funded on June 19, 2022.

Photo of Daw Moo post-operation

June 28, 2022

Daw Moo underwent lens replacement surgery so she can see well again.

Since Daw Moo’s surgery, her vision is significantly improved. She can see people’s faces clearly and, once she’s fully recovered, will be able to look after her granddaughter and start doing household chores such as cooking and cleaning again.

Daw Moo is very thankful to the donors and everyone who helped arrange for her to receive treatment.

“I do not know what to do if you do not help me with my treatment,” she said. “Thank you to everyone who helped me. … May your works be successful and may you all be healthy, happy, free from every disease, free from fighting and free from every disaster. May you be blessed.”

Since Daw Moo's surgery, her vision is significantly improved. She can see people’s faces clearly and, once she's fully recovered, will be a...

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March 2, 2022

Daw Moo is a 58-year-old woman. She moved to Thailand from Burma and lives with her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She helps with household chores and looking after her granddaughter. She has three other children that study in schools in Burma. In her free time, Daw Moo loves to meditate and pray for her children and her family.

In late December, Daw Moo was diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye. She has blurry vision and it is difficult for her to do her daily activities, like cooking, cleaning and washing clothes.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Daw Moo receive treatment. On March 2nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Daw Moo’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly and go about her daily activities. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care.

Daw Moo shared, “I feel uncomfortable seeing with only one eye. I will be very happy to do my daily chores after I have regained vision in my left eye. Thank you to the organizations who found donors for me. Without your help, I could never afford to pay for my surgery. My daughter also cannot pay for me as she has to support her younger siblings’ school fees.”

Daw Moo is a 58-year-old woman. She moved to Thailand from Burma and lives with her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. She helps with ...

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Daw Moo's Timeline

  • March 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 2, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daw Moo received treatment at Mae Sot General 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.

  • March 2, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daw Moo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daw Moo's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 28, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daw Moo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Daw Moo's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Labs
$30
Other
$171
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.