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Aung is a 15-year-old from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund a hydrocephalus shunt.

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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 SCHEDULED

    Aung was scheduled to receive 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.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Aung is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 32 donors

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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