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Success! Nwe from Thailand raised $960 to fund gynecological surgery.

Nwe
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  • $960 raised, $0 to go
$960
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Nwe's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Nwe post-operation

November 21, 2017

Nwe underwent gynecological surgery.

Before the operation, Nwe’s symptoms hurt her a lot. She had difficulty sleeping and she could barely walk. Now, after the surgery, she feels no more pain and she has no more difficulty sleeping, walking, or eating.

Nwe said, “This surgery helped me a lot. Because my husband is a poorly paid day laborer and I stay at home to look after our daughter, we could never afford it.”

Before the operation, Nwe's symptoms hurt her a lot. She had difficulty sleeping and she could barely walk. Now, after the surgery, she feel...

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November 1, 2017

Nwe is a mother of a two-year-old daughter from Thailand. Currently, she and her husband both work as day laborers for local farmers, harvesting chilies and other vegetables. At home, Nwe enjoys spending time with and caring for her daughter. She also likes being employed and earning money.

Nwe started to experience pain in her abdomen a year ago. The pain makes it difficult for her to move around and causes extreme exhaustion. She has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus. She needs to undergo a myomectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove the fibroids.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $960 to fund Nwe’s surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on November 1 at BCMF’s care center, Mae Sot General Hospital.

Nwe says, “I hope for a healthy future where I can work and help provide for my family.”

Nwe is a mother of a two-year-old daughter from Thailand. Currently, she and her husband both work as day laborers for local farmers, harves...

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Nwe's Timeline

  • November 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nwe was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • November 1, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nwe received treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital in Thailand. 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 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 21, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Myomectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $960 for Nwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$427
Medical Staff
$325
Medication
$0
Supplies
$111
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$67
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, urinary and bowel dysfunction, backache, or leg pains.

​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?

After the surgery, the patient will no longer experience pain and will be able to resume normal daily activities. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include excessive blood loss, formation of scar tissue, pregnancy or childbirth complications, or the spread of a cancerous tumor.

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?

The alternative is a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). If the mass or cyst is very big, doctors will recommend a TAH. Although patients who have undergone a TAH cannot get pregnant, this procedure can save the life of the patient.

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Salomy

Salomy is a sixty-two-year-old farmer, a mother of 6 (3 boys and 3 girls), and a wife to a loving husband who had a stroke in 2010. Salomy is a very responsible woman and able to take care of the family including her grandchildren through small-scale farming and business. She sells Irish potatoes the she grows on her family farm in Malawi. She owns a big farm and used to make lots of produce; unfortunately the productivity has now gone down as she is unable to work or supervise the farm work due to her current health condition. Eight years ago Salomy developed a swelling in the neck and she assumed it would go away with time. When she noticed that the swelling was still growing, she started visiting the nearest health center. At that point then she was able to continue working in her field and do her business as usual. For the past 2 years however, the condition has destabilized her normal life since she cannot breathe properly and she cannot walk a long distance to buy the products she needs to sell. This has been a very challenging part as a breadwinner to sustain the home and provide the required support to her sick husband. Salomy visited a number of hospitals but had no chance to meet a surgeon to discuss how her problem will be solved. A month ago she was talking to a friend who partially knows about Partners in Hope and she asked a relative from Lilongwe to enquire for her. She learned that she could be able to meet the surgeon and traveled all the way from Mzimba to Lilongwe where she is now temporarily lodging at her distant relative’s home just to have her surgery. She met the surgeon who made a diagnosis of goiter and recommended surgical removal of the goiter in a procedure called thyroidectomy. Goiter is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland on the front and sides of the neck. Thyroidectomy, on the other hand, is the surgical removal of the enlarged thyroid gland as treatment for the goiter. Salomy is unable to meet the whole cost of surgery due to her multiple responsibilities and she has no medical insurance. She believes the surgical operation will give her peace of mind, the symptoms will go away and she will continue providing her best support to her family and especially her husband who is unable to do most of the things by himself. The surgery will restore Salomy’s multiple abilities as the main pillar of the family. Salomy says, "My main fear is the responsibilities that I carry as a farmer, a breadwinner, a mother, a wife, and a grandmother. If I go unassisted all these important roles will suffer. When successful, the surgery will not only benefit me but mostly the whole family that I care for."

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$546raised
$469to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.