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Hla is a woman from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund gallbladder surgery.

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November 20, 2017

Hla is a farmer from Burma. She owns a piece of land with her five children, and they plant rice for their own consumption. Her husband passed away many years ago.

About a year ago, Hla started to feel pain in her abdomen and her back. She visited several clinics in Burma and received traditional medicines, but her symptoms did not improve. Due to her medical condition, she has been experiencing fatigue and loss of appetite.

Finally, she visited Mae Tao Clinic and was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. She learned that she has a gallstone and surgery is required.

Hla has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Hla’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Hla is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on November 23. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Hla’s procedure and care.

Hla says, “I am looking forward to recovering from my symptoms so that I can return home and help my children with farming.”

Hla is a farmer from Burma. She owns a piece of land with her five children, and they plant rice for their own consumption. Her husband pass...

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Hla's Timeline

  • November 20, 2017

    Hla was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • November 21, 2017

    Hla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 23, 2017

    Hla 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.

  • December 11, 2017

    Awaiting Hla's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.


    Hla is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Cholecystectomy (Biliary Obstruction)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,729 for Hla's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,229 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, nausea, and bloating.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients are in a great deal of pain. They cannot work regularly or even sleep comfortably.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Patients cannot afford to go to the hospital. Many people rely on medications provided by dealers who are not authorized pharmacists.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Ultrasound testing is the first diagnostic test. When the diagnosis is confirmed, surgery is scheduled. The gallbladder is removed through an incision on the right side under the rib cage. The patient usually spends 4-5 days in the hospital.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After the surgery, the patient will no longer be in pain, and his or her jaundice will reduce.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, fever, pneumonia, heart complications, UTIs, blood clots, renal failure, bile duct injuries, retention of the bile duct stone, and death.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. Without surgery, the stones may grow larger. The patient will live in discomfort and may risk death.

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