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Success! San from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund sight-restoring surgery.

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San's treatment was fully funded on March 25, 2022.

Photo of San post-operation

April 11, 2022

San underwent sight-restoring surgery.

Before his surgery, he could not see anything with his right eye. He could not read books. He felt discomfort to walk as he is not familiar to see with only one eye. After surgery, San can see very clear and he is excited to be able to read his books again. Importantly, he now walks well without worry. He plans to collect some bottles and recyclables in his area for his income as it is hard to find other work at the moment. San shared that he wants to become a monk one day, but the process will take some time.

San said, “I am very happy that I can see again. I will try to find any work I can to get some income so that I will not need to depend on my friend’s family anymore. Thank you very much to all the donors who paid for my treatment and also thanks to organization and everyone who arranged the treatment for me.”

Before his surgery, he could not see anything with his right eye. He could not read books. He felt discomfort to walk as he is not familiar ...

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January 3, 2022

San is a 69-year-old man who used to work as a laborer but is no longer able to work. He lives with friends in Tak Province. His friend works as a construction laborer, and his friend’s wife is a homemaker. San’s friends provide food and accommodation for him, as he has no income of his own. In his free time, San enjoys listening to Buddhism Dharma and meditation.

Currently, San cannot see at all with his right eye and can only read with his left eye. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help. On January 4th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove San’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund San’s lens replacement surgery.

San shared his hopes for a healthier future: “If I regain my vision, I want to become a monk.”

San is a 69-year-old man who used to work as a laborer but is no longer able to work. He lives with friends in Tak Province. His friend work...

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San's Timeline

  • January 3, 2022

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

  • January 4, 2022

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2022

    San 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.

  • March 25, 2022

    San's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 11, 2022

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for San's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 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 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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