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

Yo Sue
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yo Sue's treatment was fully funded on November 8, 2017.
June 20, 2017

Yo Sue did not undergo eye surgery.

While doctors had planned to operate on Yo Sue on February 27, they had to postpone Yo Sue’s surgery upon his arrival due to a large influx of emergency patients who needed surgery first. Yo Sue’s surgery is scheduled for August, however due to the length of the surgery schedule, Yo Sue’s will be re-submitted for Watsi funding when the time for his surgery draws nearer.

While doctors had planned to operate on Yo Sue on February 27, they had to postpone Yo Sue's surgery upon his arrival due to a large influx ...

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February 23, 2017

Yo Sue is a 24-year-old man who lives in a village in Burma. He lives with his mother, older brother, and cousin. The family farms and sells pigs and chickens. Yo Sue used to work as a security guard in Bangkok. However, he left his position when he started to experience vision problems.

Yo Sue lost vision in his right eye when he was 14 years old. A cataract was diagnosed and surgically treated. The cataract replacement procedure was not successful, and he never recovered vision in his right eye.

Recently, he began to experience vision problems with the left eye, causing him great concern. One day, Yo Sue was riding his motorbike and the bright sunlight made it difficult for him to see. When he arrived home and took off his helmet, his vision was blurred.

Yo Sue visited his local clinic and was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further evaluation. His symptoms were blurred vision and lack of visual acuity. He was diagnosed with retinal detachment. The retina of his eye has separated from the layer underneath, allowing fluid to leak out of the eye behind the retina.

Yo Sue’s doctors recommended he have a vitrectomy to salvage his vision. Surgeons will clear the inner jelly, remove scar tissue, inject dense liquids to smooth the retina, and inject a gas or silicone oil to secure the retina in place as it heals. The procedure, supplies, medication, and three days of inpatient care costs $1,500. His procedure has been scheduled for February 27.

Yo Sue will use eye drops for several weeks following surgery to help the recovery. Barring any complications in the procedure, he will have his vision restored.

“I hope to restore my vision so that I can help my mother, brother, and cousin with the needs of the family,” shares Yo Sue.

Yo Sue is a 24-year-old man who lives in a village in Burma. He lives with his mother, older brother, and cousin. The family farms and sells...

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Yo Sue's Timeline

  • February 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 27, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Yo Sue was scheduled to receive treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • March 01, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yo Sue's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yo Sue's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

  • June 20, 2017
    FUNDING ENDED

    Yo Sue is no longer raising funds.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Vitrectomy (Retinal Detachment)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,463 for Yo Sue's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,963 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$559
Medical Staff
$1,704
Medication
$152
Supplies
$599
Travel
$341
Labs
$63
Other
$45
  • 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, and double vision.

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

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

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?

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

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?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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