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Success! Min Zaw from Burma raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

Min Zaw
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$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Min Zaw's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Min Zaw post-operation

June 14, 2017

Min Zaw received successful eye surgery.

Since Min Zaw’s eye surgery, his vision in his left eye has returned, enabling him to go back to work and be independent once again.

Min Zaw said, “I am very happy that I can see again. I thought I would have to live in darkness for the rest of my life, but now I am in the light again.”

Since Min Zaw's eye surgery, his vision in his left eye has returned, enabling him to go back to work and be independent once again. Min...

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March 1, 2017

Min Zaw is a 23-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his mother, sisters, and extended family. Min Zaw works on a rubber plantation to support his family. During downtime, Min Zaw enjoys listening to music.

Min Zaw was born with poor vision in his right eye, which has always been blurry. A few months ago, he completely lost vision in his left eye after accidentally being kicked in his face while playing soccer.

On March 2, Min Zaw will undergo eye surgery at our medical partner’s care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, to repair his vision. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is asking for $1,500 to fund his surgery and accompanying physical, hospital, lab, and medication fees.

After surgery, Min Zaw is looking forward to going back to work to support his family!

Min Zaw is a 23-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his mother, sisters, and extended family. Min Zaw works on a rubber plantation to sup...

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Min Zaw's Timeline

  • March 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 02, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Min Zaw received 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 03, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Min Zaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Min Zaw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Min Zaw's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pars Plana Vitrectomy (PPV)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,462 for Min Zaw's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,962 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$559
Medical Staff
$1,704
Medication
$151
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.