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Success! Aung Tin from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

Aung Tin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Aung Tin's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Aung Tin post-operation

September 15, 2018

Aung Tin underwent eye surgery.

Aung Tin’s general health condition has improved since his surgery. He said that he now can see things clearly. He can sleep, eat and engage in physical activities.

Aung Tin’s mother said, “I’m happy that my son is able to see things clearly again. I would like to thank all the donors for helping my boy’s future through this treatment.”

Aung Tin’s general health condition has improved since his surgery. He said that he now can see things clearly. He can sleep, eat and engage...

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August 27, 2018

Aung Tin is a 13-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and three younger sisters. In his free time, he likes to read books. He also likes to pretend that he is a teacher, imagining that the trees in his garden are his students.

He has cataract in his left eye and he has gradually lost sight in that eye since 2016.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Aung Tin. On August 28, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Aung Tin’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant in that eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

“I want to be a doctor when I grow up and I want to help the poor,” said Aung Tin.

Aung Tin is a 13-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and three younger sisters. In his free time, he likes to read books. ...

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Aung Tin's Timeline

  • August 27, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aung Tin was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • August 29, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aung Tin 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.

  • August 30, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aung Tin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 15, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aung Tin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aung Tin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Aung Tin's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Labs
$30
Other
$171
  • 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.