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Success! Dar from Burma raised $1,500 to fund a colostomy so she can grow up healthy.

Dar
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Dar's treatment was fully funded on August 15, 2022.
April 28, 2022

Dar is a 21-day-old baby girl who lives with her parents and her brother in a village in the border area of Karen State in Burma.

Dar was born at home with the help of a traditional birth attendant. Two days after she was born, Dar’s mother noticed a problem when Dar was passing stool. She told Dar’s father to call a medic from the clinic to their home. The medic realized that Dar was born with a anorectal condition and shared with Dar’s mother that baby Dar would urgently need surgery to receive a colostomy.

Dar’s parents are subsistence farmers who grow rice and raise chickens. They also forage for vegetables in the jungle and go fishing when they want to eat fish. To purchase staples that they cannot produce such as salt and oil, Dar’s father works as an agricultural day labourer during the rainy season. However, since the rainy season has not yet begun, they currently have no income. However, their daily needs are fulfilled from living off the land. If they are sick and need to seek treatment, they go to the free clinic in their village run by Burma Medical Association (BMA).

Fortunately our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is helping Dar’s family access the medical care she needs. They need help raising $1,500 to fund the treatment she needs.

“We had to borrow money so far for Dar’s treatment and my husband cannot work,” said Dar’s mother. “I want to send my baby to school until she graduates so that she can become educated. I want this for her future because I only went to school until grade four. After she completes her studies, she can become whatever she wants one day.”

Dar is a 21-day-old baby girl who lives with her parents and her brother in a village in the border area of Karen State in Burma. Dar w...

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Dar's Timeline

  • April 28, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 29, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Dar was scheduled to receive 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.

  • April 29, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 15, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dar's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Dar's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Colostomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $2,010 for Dar's treatment
Subsidies fund $510 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$925
Medical Staff
$402
Medication
$3
Supplies
$241
Labs
$86
Radiology
$278
Other
$75
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Unable to pass stool easily, bloated abdomen, the opening to the anus is missing or blocked.

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

When a baby is born with no anus or a blocked anus, the baby can't pass stool normally from his/her rectum out of their body. It causes the baby to refuse intake of milk as he/she can't pass the waste out of their body. Babies with this condition will become malnourished and if this can't be treated in time, can even lose their life. For those who were involved in an accident or damaged their bowel system, they also need to be considered for a colostomy while their bowel system is undergoing treatment. For those with colon cancers, colostomy is the safest way for them to pass out their waste, otherwise it may worsen their condition if they keep passing stool through their bowel system.

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

Though this procedure can be done at several hospitals, for many patients, this procedure is needed most urgently as without lifting a colostomy, a patients' life expectancy is shortened. For newborn babies, this procedure must be done within the first few days of life. The treatment is straight forward, but patients will need to reserve the colostomy once their bowel system is fixed. Many people fear of living with colostomy because it can be a big challenge for both the patient and their family.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

It is a surgical procedure that brings one end of the large intestine out through the abdominal wall. During this procedure, one end of the colon is diverted through an incision in the abdominal wall to create a stoma. A stoma is the opening in the skin where a pouch for collecting feces is attached.

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

With this treatment, patients will be able to pass stool easily through the opening in their abdominal wall. The patients will need to attach a bag or pouch to the stoma to collect their wastes and empty them regularly. However, patients will be able to eat and drink normally as they now have an outlet for their waste.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are a number of possible problems that a patient may experience after having a colostomy. Firstly, the patient may have some mucus discharge if their rectum and anus are intact. Another possible problem is a parastomal hernia, where the intestines push through the muscles around the stoma, resulting in a noticeable bulge under the skin. Some people may also develop a blockage in their stoma as the result of a build-up of food. Development of a long-lasting fever and infection may also happen.

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

This procedure can be done at most district and township hospitals where they have gastrointestinal surgeons. As this procedure needs to be done as quickly as possible, the majority of our patients include those who are born at the clinic where our office is located and those who are born at facilities across the border where they do not have appropriate equipment to perform this surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not typical alternatives to this treatment. If the patient does not undergo this surgery as soon as possible, it can even cost their life.

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Elkana is a cheerful and friendly man from Kenya. He is the fourth born in a family of seven. He attended school up until class seven but had to end his studies due to financial constraints. He now works as a farmer and has a small piece of land on which he plants maize and potatoes, primarily to feed him and his family. To earn money, he works as a casual laborer, working on people's farms, as well as doing work such as clearing bushes and carrying loads. Until now, his wife has worked alongside him, but she has stopped working because she is currently pregnant. On July 16th, Elkana was brought to our medical partner's care center after being involved in a road traffic accident involving a lorry, or large truck, and a tractor. This accident left many people injured, including Elkana. He experienced a fracture of his left femur and is now experiencing pain. He is also unable to walk or stand. Without treatment, he will not be able to return to work and provide for his family. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 19th, Elkana will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After surgery, he will be able to use his leg again, return to work, and continue providing for his family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,145 to fund this procedure. Elkana shares, ”My family depends on me for their daily needs, so it is really difficult for them. Kindly help me so that I may lead a normal life once again.”

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$520raised
$625to go

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