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Success! Tin from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a hysterectomy.

Tin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tin's treatment was fully funded on April 26, 2021.

Photo of Tin post-operation

July 23, 2021

Tin underwent a hysterectomy.

Before surgery, Tin had been experiencing dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, and pain in her lower abdomen. Ever since her successful surgery, Tin feels freed from previous symptoms and can now walk without feeling tired or sick. She also does not need to take pain medication all the time anymore.

She smiled as she told us, “I felt stressed for a long time that I could not save any money to pay for my surgery. I longed to receive surgery because I was in a lot of pain. Sometimes, I bought painkillers from a pharmacy to reduce the pain without consulting a doctor. I feel very lucky that I was able to receive surgery with the help of donors. My husband used a lot of our money to pay for my medications from the pharmacy since I felt unwell. Because of this, he could not save any money for my surgery. Also, there is increasingly less work for us. So, I want to say thank you to all the donors who helped me. In the future I will continue to work hard along with my husband to help with our income.”

Before surgery, Tin had been experiencing dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, and pain in her lower abdomen. Ever since her successful surgery, Ti...

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March 22, 2021

Tin is a 38-year-old woman from Northern Thailand. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers, and they live in a hut on their employer’s land. They shared that, unfortunately, their earnings are not enough to cover their expenses or to pay for basic healthcare.

Since early 2019, Tin has been experiencing dizziness, fatigue, insomnia and pain in her lower abdomen. She was diagnosed with a myoma and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Tin’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications. Since September 2020, Tin has been unable to work due to her illness.

Fortunately, Tin is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on March 23rd. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Tin will no longer experience lower abdominal pain, dizziness or fatigue. She will be able to work again as a day laborer after her treatment.

Tin shared, “I am not afraid to undergo surgery because I believe that I will receive successful treatment. I used to pray every day that a donor would help me. Once I have recovered from surgery, I will go back to work so that we can repay our debts. In the future, I would like to stay healthy so that I can work, eat good food, wear beautiful clothes, and earn an income.”

Tin is a 38-year-old woman from Northern Thailand. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers, and they live in a hut on their employ...

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Tin's Timeline

  • March 22, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 23, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tin 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 24, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 26, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tin's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 23, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Tin's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,216
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$523
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients may experience a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis, tissue protrusion from a sensitive area, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and lower back pain.

​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?

This treatment can completely change a patient’s life. After the surgery, the patient will see her condition and symptoms improve. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Side effects can include fever, infection, heavy bleeding during or after surgery, injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs, blood clots, problems related to anesthesia, and death.

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?

There are not many alternatives, especially for women who are older. Doctors will suggest this treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence of masses/cysts/myoma. Some women opt to treat the symptoms with pain medicine or traditional medicine. Ultimately, however, mass removal or a hysterectomy are the only options to resolve the condition and improve the symptoms.

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