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Success! Lae Lae from Burma raised $1,500 to treat painful abdominal masses.

Lae Lae
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Fully funded
Lae Lae's treatment was fully funded on January 4, 2016.

Photo of Lae Lae post-operation

February 16, 2016

Lae Lae received successful surgery to remove the cysts in her abdomen.

Before surgery, Lae Lae had two large cysts causing her pain. Our medical partner, Burma Border Project (BBP), shares that following the surgery, “Lae Lae no longer experiences back pain and can [move around] comfortably. She is able to go back to her house and help her husband in the farm.”

“I don’t have words - I only want to say thank you; but I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am,” Lae Lae told BBP. “When I go home, I will rest for a few months and I will go back to Myawaddy and work as a farmer again with my husband.”

Before surgery, Lae Lae had two large cysts causing her pain. Our medical partner, Burma Border Project (BBP), shares that following the sur...

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December 7, 2015

Lae Lae is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. About a year ago, Lae Lae moved from her village to find a better income and now sells vegetables in the local market. However, Lae Lae’s husband still works as a farmer where she used to live. Our medical partner, Burma Border Project (BBP), tells us that Lae Lae divides her time between her current town and where her husband is located, depending on her health.

Recently, Lae Lae was diagnosed with two large cysts in her abdomen. BBP explains, “Lae Lae has back pain, the mass in her abdomen is palpable and painful – she feels like the mass is getting bigger all the time.”

In addition to the discomfort, Lae Lae’s condition causes her to constantly worry about her symptoms worsening. While she earns enough money to support her everyday needs, Lae Lae’s income is not enough to cover her medical expenses.

$1,500 will fund a total abdominal hysterectomy, removing Lae Lae’s uterus, cervix, and painful abdominal masses simultaneously. In addition to relieving her current symptoms, this operation ensures that Lae Lae’s condition will not persist–giving her peace of mind for her future health.

Lae Lae shares, “Once I have had surgery I will go back and work as a farmer again with my husband.”

Lae Lae is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. About a year ago, Lae Lae moved from her village to find a better income and now sells vegetables...

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Lae Lae's Timeline

  • December 7, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Lae Lae was submitted by Amelia King at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • December 15, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lae Lae 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.

  • January 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lae Lae's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 4, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lae Lae's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lae Lae's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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San

San is a 38-year-old woman who lives with her daughter and two sons in a village near Mae Sot, Thailand. San’s two sons work as agricultural day labourers on a farm. San’s daughter is a second grade student. San stopped working on the farm about four months ago when she first developed problems with her vision. The money that her two sons earn is not enough to cover their household expenses and pay for her daughter’s school fees since she stopped working. They have had to borrow money to pay for basics like food. San has cataract and glaucoma. Currently, San has lost most of her vision in her right eye. Her right eye is painful and always waters. If she tries to focus her vision to make out someone’s face, her eyes will hurt, and she develops a headache. In her free time, San like to clean her house and plant vegetables. She said, “I hope that I will get better soon so that I can go back to work and pay back my debts. I want to support my daughter so that she can become an educated person. I want to live happily with my family for the rest of my life.” Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for San. On February 22nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove San'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. San said, “I am so upset that my condition worsens every day. I cannot sleep well because I am worried about what will happen if I do not get better. I am upset that I cannot work and my two sons have to work and support me. I feel so sad for my two sons.’’

71% funded

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$1,075raised
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Ko

Ko Kyaw lives with his wife and two daughters in the border region of Tak Province in Thailand. He is a homemaker while his wife works as a day laborer. He plans to send his older daughter to a Thai school in the new school year, but his younger daughter is still too young to go to school. In early 2021, Kyaw was still living in his village in Myawaddy Township in Burma but it has been a very challenging time for his community ever since the military coup. He and his wife were injured in an emergency involving the local soldiers who came to their area. Luckily other villagers came to their rescue and Kyaw was treated for fractures on both his upper and lower leg, where a metal rod was inserted to help him heal. Now the bone in his thigh is misshapen and doctors have diagnosed osteomyelitis (infected bone). His doctor told him that in order to heal, he would need to have the metal rods replaced in both his upper and lower leg. Currently, Kyaw’s left leg is in a lot of pain. He can only bend his leg slightly and needs to use crutches to get around. With his leg in pain, Ko Kyaw spends most of his time helping out with household chores he can do and teaching his oldest daughter how to read and write in Burmese. He feels frustrated that since his leg was broken, he cannot support his family. Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping to pay the cost of his treatment and is raising $1500 to cover his surgery, which will take place on May 10th. “I feel upset that I cannot support my family as the head of the house,” he said. “We only have my wife’s income. We do not have our own house to live in. I want to say a lot of things but I cannot express what I want to say. I never thought that I would lose my house, my possessions and that my leg would be in pain.”

62% funded

62%funded
$930raised
$570to go

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