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Htay is a woman from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund an amputation.

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April 11, 2018

Htay is a 45-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her 17-year-old son and her sister. Her husband passed away 14 years ago. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with diabetes. Over time, her health deteriorated to the point that she could no longer work. Since then, she has had to depend on her sister and one of her nephews.

Two months ago, Htay injured her left leg when a piece of zinc fell off her roof and hit her left foot. She went to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), our medical partner’s care center. At MCLH, the doctor drained the pus from her foot and leg. But because the infection had already spread up to her knee and she had developed septicemia, the doctor informed her that she would have to have her leg amputated above her knee to save her life.

Currently the wound has become so infected that she has developed a fever and her leg has become very swollen and painful. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 12. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure.

She says, “I cannot work because of my health problem. Now I even have to depend on others to comb my hair and I worry about my debt. Once I recover I want to open a shop selling fruits and live happily with my son.”

Htay is a 45-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her 17-year-old son and her sister. Her husband passed away 14 years ago. Eight years ag...

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Htay's Timeline

  • April 11, 2018

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

  • April 11, 2018

    Htay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2018

    Htay received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy 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 17, 2018

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


    Htay is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,397 for Htay's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,897 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?

Diagnosis involves broken bones, pain, and swelling.

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

Broken bones lead to decreased mobility. Patients are unable to do their normal daily activities.

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

Most people in remote areas try to fix the broken legs/arms by themselves. People go to spiritual healers or traditional massagers for healing. Sometimes the broken bone heals, but not in the correct position.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After a series of x-rays, the doctor then decides on surgery.

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

Healing takes time, especially for bones. When the bones have completely healed, patients will be able to get back to their normal activities without pain and/or swelling.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks include allergic response, infection, malignancy (very rare), osteoporosis, and migration.

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

Since most of our medical partner's patients come from remote areas of Burma, the treatment is not easily accessible, as it is only available in big cities like Rangoon. Patients cannot afford the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

None. If the broken bones are not fixed, patients will have to spend their lives in pain. If the swelling turns out to be malignant then it will spread faster, costing the patient’s life.

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