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Success! Moe from Burma raised $1,500 to fund treatment on his foot for a severe infection.

Moe
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Fully funded
Moe's treatment was fully funded on November 22, 2021.

Photo of Moe post-operation

February 25, 2022

Moe underwent treatment on his foot for a severe infection.

Before his surgery, Moe was in severe pain, and his right foot was itchy and swollen. He could not walk longer distances. He was not sleeping due to the pain that worsened at night. But since his surgery, he’s now sleeping well, and his pain has lessened. Moe can walk a bit now, but he still has a bit of pain at the site of the surgical wound, which his doctor has said will also heal soon.

Moe shared, “I do not have any money to receive treatment. If I would have had to pay for the treatment myself, I would not have received surgery because these are difficult times to take out a loan. Nobody wants to lend me money. So, I am very thankful to you all for helping with my surgery’s cost. I admire that you support patients who need help paying for treatment.”

Before his surgery, Moe was in severe pain, and his right foot was itchy and swollen. He could not walk longer distances. He was not sleepin...

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November 9, 2021

Moe lives with his two uncles, one aunt, two nephews and a niece in a village in Mont State in Burma. Moe’s two uncles are retired, his niece looks after his youngest nephew who is a baby, and he had to stop working two years ago after he had a stroke. His aunt and his older nephew are shop vendors, earning 150,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) together in a month. In his free time, Moe likes to read magazines.

Two months ago, Moe noticed that he had a blister on his right big toe. Three days after he first noticed the blister, it ruptured. Over time, the area around the blister turned red and swollen, before developing pus and becoming itchy. He went to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH) after a nurse at the village clinic advised him to go there to get help. At MCLH, the doctor examined his toe and performed surgery to clean and remove necrotic tissue. Moe returned to that hospital several times, however, his toe never healed. He has diabetes and it is especially difficult for his body to heal from an injury like this. His doctor at MCLH has now determined that he needs to have his toe amputated. By this point, Moe has run out of money and can no longer pay for his treatment.

Moe cannot walk long distances and he cannot sleep well due to pain that worsens at night. He hopes that with this treatment, he can finally feel well again.

“I don’t have any money to pay for my surgery and I feel sad about this. I worry about my toe getting worse and I feel sorry that my aunt [and nephew] have to work hard to support our family. But I feel so happy to receive support from you,” said Moe.

Moe lives with his two uncles, one aunt, two nephews and a niece in a village in Mont State in Burma. Moe's two uncles are retired, his niec...

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Moe's Timeline

  • November 9, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Moe was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • November 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Moe received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • November 10, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Moe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 22, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Moe's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 25, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Moe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,397 for Moe's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,897 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,558
Medical Staff
$108
Medication
$2
Supplies
$158
Travel
$16
Labs
$20
Radiology
$5
Other
$530
  • 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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