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Success! Sandar from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

Sandar
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Sandar's treatment was fully funded on June 25, 2018.

Photo of Sandar post-operation

May 9, 2018

Sandar underwent eye surgery.

One day after the surgery, the doctors took off the eye patch and Sandar was already able to see and shake hands with the medical staff. Sandar’s family is really enthusiastic about the success of the surgery.

Her older sister says, “I want to thank all the donors that made the surgery possible and helped my sister to see again.”

One day after the surgery, the doctors took off the eye patch and Sandar was already able to see and shake hands with the medical staff. San...

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April 12, 2018

Sandar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She never attended school, living in Burma until very recently. She likes to look at pictures in books and would like to learn how to read.

In summer 2017, Sandar’s mother noticed that she was walking with her hands out in front of her as if she had difficulty seeing. Over time, her eyesight worsened, to the point that she now needs to use a wheelchair because she is unable to see.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Sandar. On April 17, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Sandar’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

“She always liked to look at pictures in books and I know she would like to learn to read,” said Sandar’s sister. “If after surgery she can see well, I would like to send her to a school.”

Sandar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She never attended school, living in Burma until very recently. She likes to look at pictures i...

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Sandar's Timeline

  • April 12, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sandar was submitted by Than Than Oo at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • April 13, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sandar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 18, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sandar 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.

  • May 09, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sandar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sandar's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Sandar'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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