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Zin from Burma raised $1,485 to prevent brain damage.

Zin
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Fully funded
Zin's treatment was fully funded on October 27, 2015.

Photo of Zin post-operation

November 4, 2015

Zin received life-saving brain surgery.

“Although it has only been five days since surgery, Zin’s head is decreasing in size,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. “His mother says she can support her child’s head with one hand now whereas it required two before surgery. Also, Zin is much more active, his eye movement shows awareness of people in his vicinity. He is capable of playing with toys and smiling at his mother.”

Zin’s mother adds, “now that my son has had surgery, I am hopeful of a good life for him.”

"Although it has only been five days since surgery, Zin's head is decreasing in size," shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. "H...

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October 5, 2015

Zin is an 11-month-old baby boy from Burma. His father works as a day laborer and his mother stays at home to take care of him.

Zin has hydrocephalus, a condition where fluid in the brain cannot drain properly and causes increased pressure. According to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), Zin’s mother noticed that her only child’s head was growing bigger one and a half months after birth. The family has sought treatment before but hasn’t had success in treating Zin’s condition.

$1,485 will cover the cost of a procedure where a neurosurgeon will place a shunt in Zin’s brain and drain the excess fluids. This will help prevent any further damage to Zin’s brain.

“I hope that my baby can be healthy,” says Zin’s mother.

Zin is an 11-month-old baby boy from Burma. His father works as a day laborer and his mother stays at home to take care of him. Zin has h...

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Zin's Timeline

  • October 5, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zin was submitted by Carolyn Grant at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • October 7, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zin received treatment. 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.

  • October 20, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 27, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zin's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 4, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Zin. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

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Phyo Ko

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Minea

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32% funded

32%funded
$230raised
$479to go