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Michale from Burma raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Michale's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2019.

Photo of Michale post-operation

December 23, 2019

Michale underwent eye surgery.

While the doctor had originally planned to remove Michale’s eye, they determined they could transplant a new cornea into his right eye to save his vision.

After his surgery, the vision in Michale’s right eye did not clear up right away but he was no longer in pain. The doctor also told him that his vision would gradually clear up over a one-month period of time.

Michale is planning to return to his village and continue his studies in the following school year. He said, “I hope that I will get better soon because I want to become an engineer one day and I want to support my parents. I am thankful to all the Watsi donors and BCMF staff for helping me, and I hope this organization will continue to help more patients like me.”

While the doctor had originally planned to remove Michale's eye, they determined they could transplant a new cornea into his right eye to sa...

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September 16, 2019

On August 13th, after classes, Michale was playing with his friend at school. While fooling around, Michale’s friend poked him in the right eye. Right away, Michale’s eye began to hurt and his eye became watery. Eventually, he could no longer open his right eye. When he told a teacher about this, the teacher called his mother. His mother then took him back home before bringing him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand, on 15th August 2019. Unfortunately, that day was a full moon Buddhist holiday in Thailand. Therefor he had to wait till the next day to have his eye examined by a medic. After checking his eye the following day, the medic gave him an ointment for his eye and painkillers.

On August 20th, he was referred to Mae So Hospital for further assessment. At the hospital, the ophthalmologist checked his eye, diagnosed him corneal perforation and informed him that he will likely have to remove his right eye and referred him to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) for further treatment.

After he came back from the hospital, Michale told the MTC medic about what the doctor had said and how he could not afford to seek further treatment in Chiang Mai. Therefore, the MTC medic referred him to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment.

Michale says, “I would like to become an engineer, so I would like to study engineering when I graduate from high school.”

On August 13th, after classes, Michale was playing with his friend at school. While fooling around, Michale’s friend poked him in the right ...

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Michale's Timeline

  • September 16, 2019

    Michale was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • September 17, 2019

    Michale received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • September 22, 2019

    Michale's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 23, 2019

    We received an update on Michale. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2019

    Michale's treatment was fully funded.

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,184 for Michale's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,684 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 may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, double vision, eye pain, headache, nausea, and vomiting.

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

In the case of an eye tumor, the patient is at risk of the cancer spreading.

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

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

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

In the case of a malignant tumor, removing the eye will actually reduce pain for the patient.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

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

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?


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