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Zin Oo from Burma raised $1,500 to fund hand surgery.

Zin Oo
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Zin Oo's treatment was fully funded on October 27, 2020.

Photo of Zin Oo post-operation

January 23, 2021

Zin Oo underwent hand surgery.

Zin Oo was originally scheduled for an amputation of his small and index fingers. However, the doctor treating him changed his plan and decided try performing a wound debridement surgery instead to try to save his fingers. The procedure removed the dead, damaged, and infected tissue to improve the healing of the remaining healthy tissue.

Zin Oo remained in the hospital after this first surgery, as his condition did not improve as it expected. He then received a second round of wound debridement surgery and was feeling much better a few days later. Zin Oo was discharged from the hospital one week after surgery and then returned home.

After both of his surgeries, Zin Oo now feels much better. He has no more pain of his right hand, and believes that he will be able to work again after he is fully recovered. Now, Zin Oo is helping his family with household chores like cooking and cleaning and he also is looking forward to being back to working soon.

Zin Oo shared, “Because of the problem with my hand, I had difficult with earning money, but after my hand is fully recovered, I will be able to work again.” Zin Oo and his family are happy for the treatment that he received. He is very thankful to his donors and the doctors and nurses who helped him to get well again. He added, “I am so lucky to receive a good treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital, and both me and my family are happy now.”

Zin Oo was originally scheduled for an amputation of his small and index fingers. However, the doctor treating him changed his plan and deci...

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August 13, 2020

Zin Oo is a 36-year-old man who lives with his mother, younger sister, and his seven-year-old son in Mawlamyine, Burma. He is an assistant truck driver and he earns 4,000 kyat (approx. 4 USD) per day. Since the outbreak of CVOID-19, there is less work and he is only able to earn 64,000 kyat (approx. 64 USD) in a month.

Zin Oo’s son goes to primary school and his wife passed away last year. His mother goes house to house to see if anyone would hire her to wash their clothes. His younger sister lost her job at the factory after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Yangon. Since April, she looks after the household chores and she also works as a day laborer when she can find work. Zin Oo’s combined household income of 124,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) in a month is just enough for their daily expenses and they cannot afford to pay the costs of basic healthcare.

On August 3rd, Zin Oo was cutting firewood with an axe. While cutting the logs, his aim was off and he hit his fingers on his right hand against the log. His fingers became swollen and red after the accident, especially his small and index fingers. Without enough money to go to the hospital, Zin Oo bought traditional medicine and applied it to his fingers. He felt like his middle and ring fingers healed but his small and index fingers became more swollen and painful. Eventually when he noticed pus on his fingers, he told his friend about his problem and his friend suggested he go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where treatment often cost less than other hospitals.

At MLCH, the doctor completed a detailed assessment of his right hand and diagnosed him with cellulitis, a serious bacterial skin infection. The doctor told him that because of poor blood supply, he would need to amputate his small finger and probably his index finger as well. When Zin Oo told the doctor that he does not have any money to pay for the surgery, the doctor referred him to Watsi’s Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance accessing treatment.

Currently, the fingers on Zin Oo’s right hand are red, swollen, and warm to the touch. His fingers hurt a lot, especially his small and index finger. He cannot sleep at night without taking pain medication. He is not able to eat food with his right hand and he feels uncomfortable eating with his left hand since he is right-handed. Aside from this, Zin Oo feels stressed about his condition. He cannot work and his mother has to help look after him since he was admitted at the hospital. His mother then has no income while he receives treatment. They are worried that they will not have enough money for food and for Zin Oo’s treatment.

In the future, Zin Oo wants to work as a truck driver to earn money for his family. Once he has fully recovered, he will accept any work he can find as he looks for a job as a truck driver.

Zin Oo’s younger sister shared with us, “Now, I have to take care of my nephew while my mother accompanies my brother [Zin Oo] at the hospital. I cannot work and our family is worried about money. We owe our neighbor 50,000 kyat [approx. 50 USD] and we have to pay it back with 20% interest.”

Zin Oo is a 36-year-old man who lives with his mother, younger sister, and his seven-year-old son in Mawlamyine, Burma. He is an assistant t...

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Zin Oo's Timeline

  • August 13, 2020

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

  • August 13, 2020

    Zin Oo received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital in Burma. 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 13, 2020

    Zin Oo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 27, 2020

    Zin Oo's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 23, 2021

    We received an update on Zin Oo. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,397 for Zin Oo's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,897 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?

Diagnosis involves broken bones, pain, and swelling.

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

Broken bones lead to decreased mobility. Patients are unable to do their normal daily activities.

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

Most people in remote areas try to fix the broken legs/arms by themselves. People go to spiritual healers or traditional massagers for healing. Sometimes the broken bone heals, but not in the correct position.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After a series of x-rays, the doctor then decides on surgery.

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

Healing takes time, especially for bones. When the bones have completely healed, patients will be able to get back to their normal activities without pain and/or swelling.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks include allergic response, infection, malignancy (very rare), osteoporosis, and migration.

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

Since most of our medical partner's patients come from remote areas of Burma, the treatment is not easily accessible, as it is only available in big cities like Rangoon. Patients cannot afford the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

None. If the broken bones are not fixed, patients will have to spend their lives in pain. If the swelling turns out to be malignant then it will spread faster, costing the patient’s life.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.