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Success! Cho from Burma raised $1,500 to fund a hysterectomy.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Cho's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2017.

Photo of Cho post-operation

October 3, 2017

Cho underwent a hysterectomy.

After surgery, Cho feels that she is released from worry. She expresses that because her mother passed away due to cervical cancer, she and her husband were burdened with heavy stress, not only about her health but the cost of treatment. Now Cho and her husband are happy and feel that a huge burden has been lifted off them.

Cho said, “This surgery has had a great impact on the family and it is great to see such help from the donors.”

After surgery, Cho feels that she is released from worry. She expresses that because her mother passed away due to cervical cancer, she and ...

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September 4, 2017

Cho is a 53-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her husband in a small village and owns and operates a small snack shop. Her husband works as a construction laborer.

In 2014, Cho began experiencing pain in her left pelvic area. One of Cho’s neighbors told her about a local medical clinic, and she decided to seek treatment there. There, she was given pain medication and told to return if she continued to have symptoms.

Cho’s pain resumed in 2017, and she was then diagnosed with cancerous fibroids in her uterus. Thankfully, Cho was referred to a Watsi medical partner, and they will be sponsoring her treatment.

Cho will need $1,500 to cover a hysterectomy procedure. After surgery, Cho is expected to live pain-free and continue working. She plans on giving back to the monks at a local monastery and would like to live a long happy life.

Cho is a 53-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her husband in a small village and owns and operates a small snack shop. Her husband work...

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Cho's Timeline

  • September 4, 2017

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

  • September 7, 2017

    Cho 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.

  • September 19, 2017

    Cho's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 3, 2017

    Cho's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 31, 2017

    Cho's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Cho's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 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 a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis, tissue protrusion from a sensitive area, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and lower back pain.

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

Patients may experience intermittent pain in the abdomen and spotting. If the pain becomes debilitating and chronic, patients may be unable to participate in daily life. It may be difficult for women to care for their families, complete household tasks, and work.

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

Because of the sensitive nature of gynecological conditions, patients may delay seeking care. Many patients do not have the means to travel or pay for surgery or are not able to take time away from their family and work to seek treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes blood testing and an ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis. If the patient does not have any other medical conditions, surgery can be performed quickly. If the patient has another health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, its symptoms must be managed before surgery. A patient usually spends about 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

This treatment can completely change a patient’s life. After the surgery, the patient will see her condition and symptoms improve. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Side effects can include fever, infection, heavy bleeding during or after surgery, injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs, blood clots, problems related to anesthesia, and death.

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

Although this type of treatment is available in most of Burma, patients cannot access care because of the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives, especially for women who are older. Doctors will suggest this treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence of masses/cysts/myoma. Some women opt to treat the symptoms with pain medicine or traditional medicine. Ultimately, however, mass removal or a hysterectomy are the only options to resolve the condition and improve the symptoms.

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