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Success! Hsue from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund cataract surgery so he can get his vision back.

Hsue
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Hsue's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2021.

Photo of Hsue post-operation

October 21, 2021

Hsue underwent cataract surgery so he can get his clear vision back.

Before his surgery, Hsue could only perceive light with his left eye and he could not see distant things. He had to rely only on his right eye to walk and he felt like he could not walk properly as he could not see far in front of him. When he closed his right eye, he could not see anything except the light and dark. He often had headaches and was not able to focus on things.

Now, after his surgery, Hsue can see very cleary with his left eye. He no longer experiences headaches, and he doesn’t need to focus to look at something. He can see people’s face very clear with his left eye and he feels that now his left eye is even clearer than his right eye. Now, he can feed his pig again and he can also look after his grandchildren at home while their mother is cooking or doing other chores. Hsue is very happy with the treatment that he received and all of his children also happy to see that Hsue is able to see again.

In the future, Hsue plans to look for a job as a daily labourer outside of the refugee camp when there is no more pandemic lockdown. He said that he is bored at home, and he really wants to look for a job to generate income for his family.

Hsue said, “Before, I thought what would I do if I lost my vision and I felt so sad without telling my children. Now, I’m so happy, and I’m so thankful to the donors for making it possible for me to see again. Thank you very much to everyone of the donors and everyone who helped me received this treatment. Without your help, I would not be able to see and I am overjoyed now.”

Before his surgery, Hsue could only perceive light with his left eye and he could not see distant things. He had to rely only on his right e...

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June 18, 2021

Hsue is a 52-year-old man who lives with his four daughters, his son-in-law and two grandchildren in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hsue and his son-in-law used to work as agricultural day laborers in a nearby Thai village, but stopped working after travel restrictions were put in place due to Covid-19. These restrictions made it difficult for them to leave the camp for work. Since then, only Hsue’s oldest daughter works, while one of his daughters goes to school and the others look after household chores.

Last month, the ophthalmologist at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed Hsue with a cataract in his left eye. Currently, the vision in Hsue’s left eye is blurry, and he can only perceive light. He develops a headache whenever he tries to focus on something. He has to rely on his right eye and he can only see things that are near him.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Hsue. On June 20th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Hsue’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Hsue said,“I feel very sad. I can’t see and I can’t make out people’s faces when they are not near.” He is hopeful that this surgery will help him to get his vision back.

Hsue is a 52-year-old man who lives with his four daughters, his son-in-law and two grandchildren in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border...

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Hsue's Timeline

  • June 18, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 21, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hsue's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hsue 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.

  • July 1, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hsue's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 21, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hsue's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

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