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San Mon is a boy from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund spleen surgery.

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March 28, 2019

Aung San Mon is a boy from Burma. He lives with his grandmother, mother and brother in a village in Mon State, Burma.

When he was four year old, San Mon’s skin turned pale and yellowish. He also had frequent fevers. Currently, San Mon suffers from fatigue and has difficulty breathing.

Aung San Mon has been diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder. He needs to undergo spleen surgery, scheduled for April 2, to treat the condition. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to help fund this procedure.

His mother says, “Now I am very happy that he will receive surgery through BCMF and BCMF’s donors soon.”

Aung San Mon is a boy from Burma. He lives with his grandmother, mother and brother in a village in Mon State, Burma. When he was four y...

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San Mon's Timeline

  • March 28, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    San Mon was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • March 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    San Mon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 02, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    San Mon received 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.

  • April 26, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting San Mon's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    San Mon is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Splenectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,081 for San Mon's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,581 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,648
Medical Staff
$1,291
Medication
$25
Supplies
$478
Labs
$130
Radiology
$167
Other
$342
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has an enlarged spleen, causing him or her to need a blood transfusion. The patient is pale and fatigued.

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

Patients with thalassemia are usually chronically fatigued. They do not grow normally. Because of the need for frequent blood transfusions, patients spend less time at school.

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

Although patients can receive blood transfusions at all hospitals, there is only one center in Yangon that specializes in treating thalassemia patients. Patients who live far away have difficulty traveling there for a splenectomy.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will depend on the size of the patient's spleen and the patient's blood iron level. If a patient has received regular blood transfusions, his or her blood iron level may need to be controlled before surgery.

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

After the surgery, the patient will not grow tired as easily. The patient will be more active and be able to eat and sleep well. In most cases, the patient will need blood transfusions less frequently. However, the patient must be careful. Once the spleen is removed, it cannot protect the patient from infections, so he or she can get sick more frequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, blood clots, and infections.

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

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternative treatments. If the spleen grows very large, it can rupture, causing excessive internal bleeding that could lead to death.

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