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Phyo from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund bilateral hernia repair.

Phyo
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Phyo's treatment was fully funded on September 4, 2020.

Photo of Phyo post-operation

September 4, 2020

Phyo underwent treatment.

We just received an update from our medical partner about Phyo that we want to share with you. Phyo’s doctor at the clinic originally diagnosed him with a bilateral incarcerated inguinal hernia. However, once he was admitted at Mae Sot Hospital, the doctor examined him and found that the mass inside felt hard and, unfortunately suspected he may have testicular cancer. The doctor ordered a CT scan, which was also supported by Watsi donors. The surgeon cancelled his hernia repair surgery and instead removed some of the mass in Phyo’s right scrotum and ran a biopsy. The biopsy result confirmed that the mass is cancerous and the CT result indicated that the cancer may have spread to his lungs and liver.

Phyo’s family and the medical team have consulted on treatment options and he has now returned home with his family. We have Phyo in our thoughts for the road ahead and are grateful for your support for his family.

We just received an update from our medical partner about Phyo that we want to share with you. Phyo's doctor at the clinic originally diagno...

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April 8, 2020

Phyo is a two-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and sisters and a brother in Fo Fai Village. His parents are originally from Bago Division in Burma and moved to Thailand in search of better job opportunities around 10 years ago. Both of his parents are agricultural day laborers. Phyo’s parents cannot afford to send him or his siblings to school and they are looked after by his six-year-old sister when his parents are working.

Phyo was born a healthy baby boy at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). In June 2019, Phyo’s mother noticed that both of Phyo’s testicles were swollen. At first she thought that the swelling was caused by an insect bite and that the swelling would come down on its own. However, the swelling never reduced. Busy with work and since Phyo did no complain of any pain and looked otherwise healthy, his mother did not take him to a clinic or a hospital.

In the beginning of November 2019, his mother realized that his testicles were increasing in size and he was uncomfortable. His mother decided to have this checked and brought him to MTC in early November. When they arrived at the clinic, the medic completed a physical examination and gave him antibiotics. The medic also told Phyo’s mother that they could not treat him further because the medic was not completely sure what his diagnosis was. They were told that Phyo would need to receive an x-ray at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) so that they could diagnose him properly. Since his mother did not have enough money to pay for the x-ray and she had work she had to do at home, she brought Phyo back to their village.

At home, Phyo took the antibiotics the medic had given him, which seemed to reduce the size of his testicles. However, on April 7th, 2020, Phyo’s mother noticed that his swelling was increasing in size again and that he could not pass urine nor stool; she became worried when she noted that he ate and drank a lot the whole day. The next day, his mother asked her pastor if they could take them back to MTC, as she did not have enough money to pay for transportation. Their pastor agreed to help them and drove them to the clinic.

At MTC Phyo received a physical examination and the medic explained to Phyo’s mother that he might have a hernia. The medic diagnosed him with incarcerated inguinal hernia and told them that he would need to receive surgery at the nearby hospital.

Phyo has an inguinal hernia and currently cannot pass urine nor stool. He cannot walk or stand for the past two days as his swelling is severe and uncomfortable. Fortunately, on April 8th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner’s care center.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Phyo’s hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 8th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Phyo’s mother said, “I feel very stressed and worried about my son. I can’t help him any further as I don’t have money. His father has also not come back since he went back to Burma [a month ago to take care of his sick parents]. I cannot work and I have no income as we have less work during this time of the year. Sometimes our neighbors have to give us a meal. Now I have a debt of 600 baht (approx. 20 USD) already from my neighbor, without interest.”

Phyo is a two-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his parents and sisters and a brother in Fo Fai Village. His parents are originally ...

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Phyo's Timeline

  • April 8, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 08, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phyo 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.

  • April 08, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phyo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 04, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phyo's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 04, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Phyo. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Hernia Repair
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,680 for Phyo's treatment
Subsidies fund $180 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,118
Medical Staff
$361
Medication
$99
Supplies
$16
Labs
$46
Other
$40

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