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Success! Hnin from Burma raised $1,500 to fund a total abdominal hysterectomy.

Hnin
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Fully funded
Hnin's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2020.

Photo of Hnin post-operation

February 20, 2020

Hnin underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy.

Hnin is relieved and grateful that she has no longer has abdominal pain. Now she only has pain at the site of her surgical wound. She is able to eat more and she has gained a bit of weight.

Hnin is very grateful for the help she received. “Now I can live longer with my family and I can prepare for my sons’ future by supporting them more,” said Hnin. “I can’t even express how thankful I am to all the people who assisted me out of kind-heartedness!”

“After I was discharged from the hospital, my neighbor and my husband’s employer saw me and were very surprised to learn that I had received the surgery I needed,” she said.

Hnin is relieved and grateful that she has no longer has abdominal pain. Now she only has pain at the site of her surgical wound. She is abl...

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November 25, 2019

Hnin is a mother of two from Burma. She lives with her husband and two sons, and she is always busy with housework.

Since a few months after surgery to remove the cyst in her uterus in 2017, Hnin has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with Myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Hnin’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

Fortunately, Hnin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy and our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain or bleeding. Moreover, the surgery will stop the mass from reappearing later.

Hnin said, “I want to continue to work purchasing clothes and other goods from Mae Sot and selling them in Yangon to earn an income for my family. Because of my condition, I am not able to work for two years now.”

Hnin is a mother of two from Burma. She lives with her husband and two sons, and she is always busy with housework. Since a few months a...

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Hnin's Timeline

  • November 25, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Hnin was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • November 26, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hnin 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.

  • November 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hnin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hnin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hnin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 33 donors

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Hnin's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,216
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$523
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis, tissue protrusion from a sensitive area, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and lower back pain.

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

Patients may experience intermittent pain in the abdomen and spotting. If the pain becomes debilitating and chronic, patients may be unable to participate in daily life. It may be difficult for women to care for their families, complete household tasks, and work.

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

Because of the sensitive nature of gynecological conditions, patients may delay seeking care. Many patients do not have the means to travel or pay for surgery or are not able to take time away from their family and work to seek treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes blood testing and an ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis. If the patient does not have any other medical conditions, surgery can be performed quickly. If the patient has another health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, its symptoms must be managed before surgery. A patient usually spends about 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

This treatment can completely change a patient’s life. After the surgery, the patient will see her condition and symptoms improve. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Side effects can include fever, infection, heavy bleeding during or after surgery, injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs, blood clots, problems related to anesthesia, and death.

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

Although this type of treatment is available in most of Burma, patients cannot access care because of the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives, especially for women who are older. Doctors will suggest this treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence of masses/cysts/myoma. Some women opt to treat the symptoms with pain medicine or traditional medicine. Ultimately, however, mass removal or a hysterectomy are the only options to resolve the condition and improve the symptoms.

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