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Success! Aung from Burma raised $1,500 to fund a hydrocephalus shunt.

Aung
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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Fully funded
Aung's treatment was fully funded on September 9, 2020.

Photo of Aung post-operation

August 27, 2020

Aung underwent surgery for a hydrocephalus shunt.

After surgery, Aung no longer has a headache nor does he feel dizzy. He and his father will be able to go back home soon. In the future, Aung would like to remain a monk for the rest of his life.

Aung’s father said, “I couldn’t afford to pay for my son’s surgery because I have no money. Now, I feel happy because I can see that my son feels better. Thank you BCMF and donors for your help.”

After surgery, Aung no longer has a headache nor does he feel dizzy. He and his father will be able to go back home soon. In the future, Aun...

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February 28, 2020

Aung is a 15-year-old novice monk from Hpa-An. He lives with other monks in the monastery. His parents own a piece of land where his father and oldest brother grow vegetables and fruits for sale. The family also grows vegetables for their own consumption. He was born with encephalocele and it was the size of a fingerprint. It grew bigger over the years and was the same size for the last three years before receiving surgery in 2015. He also suffers from hydrocephalus and he received ventriculoperitoneal shunt (VP) in 2016.

Two months ago, Aung developed headaches and his head has grown bigger on the right side. At that time, his father bought medicine from the pharmacy to reduce his headaches. He took it for two days, but he did not feel better. Later on, his father took him to Hpa-An hospital where he received a blood test and x-ray. The doctor suggested his father to take him to Yangon but his father returned to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Mae Sot instead of going to Yangon. On February 25th, he arrived at MTC and he was referred to Watsi Medical Partner’s Care Center Mae Sot Hospital to be seen the next day. At MSH, the doctor recommended a CT scan, which Watsi donors have also generously supported, and with these results Aung’s father was told that doctors need to replace Aung’s VP shunt as the previous shunt from 2016 is blocked.

Aung’s father said, “I am very worried for him as he is my son and I hope that he will be healthy as soon as possible. In the future, I want him to be a monk for the rest of his life. Because I know my other older sons will not take good care of him as he is not a healthy boy. If he stays at the temple, he can be able to sleep and eat regularly.”

Aung is a 15-year-old novice monk from Hpa-An. He lives with other monks in the monastery. His parents own a piece of land where his father ...

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Aung's Timeline

  • February 28, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 28, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aung 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.

  • February 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aung's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 9, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aung's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $4,726 for Aung's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,226 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,123
Medical Staff
$813
Medication
$9
Supplies
$182
Labs
$50
Radiology
$287
Other
$262

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Daw Mya

Daw Mya is a 59-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter, granddaughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Yangon, Burma. Daw Mya is currently too ill to work, but her daughter works as a seamstress in a factory. Her granddaughter goes to school, her son is a taxi driver, her daughter-in-law looks after their son at home. Her daughter and her son both help look after Daw Mya and try to support her as best they can. Daw Mya was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Daw Mya feels tired and experiences heart palpitations with chest pain. She has no appetite and cannot sleep well at night, and both of her legs are swollen. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Mya. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 21st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Mya said, “I want to get better soon so that I can help my family. I want to help them because my daughter-in-law is always looking after me and her child [my grandson], so she cannot work. If I can look after the household chores and take care of the family, they can go to work and earn more income for our family. I cannot go anywhere because of my condition. They always take care of me and they spend too much of their money on me.”

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