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Success! Taw from Burma raised $1,500 for a hysterectomy to treat uterine cancer.

Taw
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Taw's treatment was fully funded on March 2, 2016.

Photo of Taw post-operation

March 30, 2016

Taw received life-saving treatment for uterine cancer.

“After surgery, Taw no longer suffers from abdominal pain and no longer experiences bleeding episodes. Her energy level is much better and also she no longer has the headaches that were plaguing her before,” reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. “She is still feeling pain associated with the surgery but she feels much better compared to her early symptoms. Now, she is able to go back home and see her family.”

Taw said, “If I do not come to BCMF [Burma Children Medical Fund], my only option would have been death. When I recover, I will work hard to provide for my children.”

"After surgery, Taw no longer suffers from abdominal pain and no longer experiences bleeding episodes. Her energy level is much better and a...

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February 17, 2016

40-year-old Taw is a farmer who lives with her husband, son, and four daughters in Burma. Her family practices swidden agriculture—a rotational farming method in which different plots of land are cleared for cultivation each year—to grow rice, green beans, and cucumbers to feed themselves.

Taw spent several months away from her husband and children while receiving treatment for choriocarcinoma, a cancer of the uterus that occurs during pregnancy. The fast-growing cancer cells develop within the tissue that becomes the placenta.

Costs associated with Taw’s previous medical care have left the family with a large amount of debt. With no income from the farm and no external sources of financial support, they have no means of paying for additional treatment for Taw or even education fees or clothes for the children. In addition, the shifting of roles within the family has decreased productivity on the farm and puts them at risk of not producing enough food to feed themselves.

“Taw’s current symptoms include gripping abdominal pain and tight muscle spasms in her lower back that force her to lie down,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us. “She experiences ongoing bleeding, has spells of dizziness and headaches, and is easily fatigued.”

“Taw has been unable to work, and her husband has taken time off to care for her and their sick daughter,” BBP continues. “This has forced their 14-year-old daughter to drop out of school and to take up considerable responsibility to support the family.”

For $1500, Taw will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. Funding also covers the costs of pre- and post-surgical consultations, seven days of hospital care, and transportation to and from the hospital. “It is hoped that surgery will improve the health condition and comfort of Taw so that she can return to her family,” says BBP.

“When I recover, I will work hard to provide for my children,” Taw shares.

40-year-old Taw is a farmer who lives with her husband, son, and four daughters in Burma. Her family practices swidden agriculture—a rotatio...

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Taw's Timeline

  • February 17, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Taw was submitted by Carolyn Grant at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • February 18, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Taw 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 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Taw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 2, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Taw's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 30, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Taw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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