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Success! May from Burma raised $851 to fund ulcer treatment.

May
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  • $851 raised, $0 to go
$851
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
May's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2017.

Photo of May post-operation

January 17, 2018

May underwent ulcer treatment.

Before May had surgery, she was worried that she would need an amputation. Now, she is happy that her symptoms have disappeared. She plans to return home soon and stay with her family.

May said, “Thank you all very much for your kind support. I want to wish the donors that they may experience good things in their lives and in the future, they will be able to donate more and more.”

Before May had surgery, she was worried that she would need an amputation. Now, she is happy that her symptoms have disappeared. She plans t...

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December 11, 2017

May is a 71-year-old woman from Burma. She used to sell traditional snacks, but since she fell ill four years ago, she is no longer able to work. Her daughter has since taken over her business and is now supporting their family by selling the snacks.

In the middle of November 2017, May suddenly developed a fever and noticed a blackish discoloration on her left heel. Worried about her heel, she went to a nearby clinic. As her heel was very bad, the doctor asked her to go to the hospital. She has been diagnosed with an ulder. Without treatment, May is at risk of developing severe damage to underlying bone and tissue.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $851 to cover the cost of a local rotation flap procedure for May, which is scheduled to take place on December 12. Surgeons will rotate a partially attached piece of skin onto the wound, allowing for optimal vascularization and tissue reconstruction.

“When I recover I want to become more devoted,” says May.

May is a 71-year-old woman from Burma. She used to sell traditional snacks, but since she fell ill four years ago, she is no longer able to ...

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May's Timeline

  • December 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    May's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    May received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy 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.

  • December 24, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    May's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 17, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    May's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Local Rotation Flap
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $851 for May's treatment
Hospital Fees
$265
Medical Staff
$112
Medication
$174
Supplies
$253
Travel
$6
Labs
$5
Radiology
$0
Other
$36
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients have bedsores or pressure sores. They may experience unusual changes in skin color or texture, swelling, and pus-like draining.

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

People with pressure sores might experience discomfort, pain, social isolation, or depression. Failure to treat bedsores at an early stage may cause complications and result in some life-threatening conditions, including cellulitis, bone and joint infections, cancer, and, very rarely, sepsis.

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

People who lack mobility must re-position themselves regularly to avoid stress on the skin, but patients are rarely instructed on the need and the methods of re-positioning. They also cannot afford to hire a professional caregiver to assist with the re-positioning.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Rotation flaps are bow-shaped repairs that redistribute tension vectors and recruit adjacent and/or distant tissue laxity. Rotation flaps provide the ability to mobilize large areas of tissue with a wide vascular base for reconstruction.

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

Rotation allows for the closure of wounds that cannot be repaired along a single tension vector. The flap must be adequately large, and a large base is necessary if a back-cut will be needed to lengthen the flap. If the flap is too small, the residual defect can be covered by mobilizing the surrounding tissue.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

A drawback of rotation flaps is the extended cutting and undermining needed to create the flap, thus increasing the risk of hemorrhage and nerve damage.

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. It is only available in cities, and most patients cannot afford the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

None. Surgical debridement of the necrotic areas of the wound is required, but the closing of the pressure sore can only be done through local rotation flaps.

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