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Success! Maung from Burma raised $1,500 to fund bladder surgery.

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Maung's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Maung post-operation

October 20, 2018

Maung underwent bladder surgery.

Maung’s condition is slowly improving since his surgery. Currently he is using wheelchair to move around. Now, his abdominal pain and back pain have disappeared, and he is continuing to improve.

Maung said,”I feel a lot better compared to before.”

Maung’s wife said, “I am very happy to see that my husband is alive.”

Maung’s condition is slowly improving since his surgery. Currently he is using wheelchair to move around. Now, his abdominal pain and back p...

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August 27, 2018

Maung is a 46-year-old man who lives with his wife, two daughters, and two sons in Ka Yin Village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State, Burma. Three of his children are studying at a village school, while the youngest son stays at home since he is only two years old. Maung’s wife is the sole earner for the entire family. In his free time, Maung likes to do meditation and is involved in community works in his village.

In 2016, Maung started to experience back pain and lower abdominal pain. His condition worsened in August 2018. He later went to the hospital, where he had an x-ray, ultrasound, and blood tests done. When the results came back, the doctor told him that he has a stone in his bladder.

Now, Maung is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the bladder stone on August 28. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. He plans to work again once he recovered.

“We will work hard to save money. We will buy a house for our family,” says Maung’s wife.

Maung is a 46-year-old man who lives with his wife, two daughters, and two sons in Ka Yin Village, Kawkareik Township, Karen State, Burma. T...

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Maung's Timeline

  • August 27, 2018

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

  • August 28, 2018

    Maung 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.

  • September 23, 2018

    Maung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 20, 2018

    Maung's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2018

    Maung's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 36 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $5,517 for Maung's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,017 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?

The symptoms of bladder stone includes lower abdominal pain, frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, and difficulty urinating. Some patients will pass urine with blood and have dark and cloudy urine.

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

Patients cannot sleep well because of the pain and in severe cases they have to live with a urinary catheter which can be uncomfortable for them. Patients without a catheter are in pain when they pass urine. Patients are also not able to work when their conditions are severe and have to spend limited income on paying for multiple appointments, transportation to the hospital, and medication. Many patients end up going into debt over time.

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

Most of the patients who live in remote areas cannot afford to go to the hospital or have difficulty accessing one during the rainy season. They rely on traditional medicine to treat themselves which usually only relieves their symptoms for a short while. Due to this and a lack of affordable health care, they live with their condition until it becomes severe.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Urine tests and an ultrasound are first conducted to diagnose the patient. Afterwards, the doctor may recommend an x-ray or a computerized tomography scan if the ultrasound is not clear. When the diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan is scheduled. Some patients will undergo shockwave lithotripsy, laser treatment to break up the stones into small enough pieces that can be passed while urinating. Most of the time, when the stones are very large, the doctor will recommend surgery to remove the stone. During surgery, the bladder stone is removed through an incision in the lower abdomen. Patients requiring surgery usually spend 4-5 days in the hospital before they are discharged.

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

After surgery, the patient will be able to pass urine normally and they will no longer experience lower abdominal pain. They will no longer require a catheter, and they will be able to sleep well at night. Adult patients will be able to go back to work and will be able to contribute financially to their households.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications or risks are rare but can include tears in the bladder wall during the surgery as well as urinary tract infections and residual stones within the bladder.

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

Many of our patients live in remote areas or in refugees camps along the Thai-Burma border. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once laser treatment has failed or where stones are too large there are no alternatives. Without surgery, the stones may increase in size causing further discomfort, pain, and possibly death.

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Sein is a 35-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her son, daughter and her husband in a village in Thaton Township, Mon State. Sein’s husband is a driver and she is a homemaker. Four years ago, Sein experienced severe back pain with a fever. She went to the private clinic in Thaton where she received an ultrasound and was admitted for five nights. She shared that no one explained her diagnosis to her, but she received some pain medication and an intravenous line which made her feel better. Her symptoms disappeared after that, but in June 2019, her back pain returned. She also has jaundice of her eyes and the color of her urine is bright yellow. She started having a high fever and this time she felt that her back pain was very severe. Sein went to Yangon for treatment but after she was told that she needed surgery, she could not afford to pay for it. In early January 2020, she talked with her friend who works in Mae Sot, Thailand about her problem, and her friend suggested that she come to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). On January 6th, Sein and her husband came to MTC, where she received some medications after she was examined by the medic. The medic at MTC referred her to Watsi Medical Partner's Care Center Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. There she received an ultrasound as well as a blood test. After that the doctor recommended a computed tomography (CT) scan, which is planned for February 28th. Currently, Sein still experiences back pain as well as lower abdominal pain and tightness. If she sits or walks for a longer period of time, the pain worsens. Doctors want Sein to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Sein's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 28th. Sein said, “When I am in pain, I cannot do washing and other household chores. My husband has to help me with all this and he also has to accompany me which affects his income for our family.”

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