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Success! Aye from Burma raised $1,500 to fund gynecological surgery.

Aye
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Aye's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2016.

Photo of Aye post-operation

February 22, 2017

Aye underwent successful gynecological surgery.

Aye felt slight discomfort after her surgery, but she felt no pain and was no longer bleeding. Aye is anxious to get back to work, but she has been advised to rest for six to eight weeks. She is very grateful for the treatment that she has received.

Aye felt slight discomfort after her surgery, but she felt no pain and was no longer bleeding. Aye is anxious to get back to work, but she h...

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November 24, 2016

Aye is a 50-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and two sons, one of whom attends a local school. Aye and her other son work as agricultural day laborers, cultivating rice and corn.

Early this year, Aye began to experience uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. She was referred to our medical partner’s hospital for investigation. Her blood levels were low, so she received a blood transfusion. An ultrasound revealed endometrial hyperplasia, an abnormal uterine condition. On November 28, Aye underwent a total hysterectomy.

Aye’s condition has prevented her from working. Her family cannot afford this $1,500 procedure, and they need our help.

“I want to get back to work and help my son,” says Aye.

Aye is a 50-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and two sons, one of whom attends a local school. Aye and her other son wo...

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Aye's Timeline

  • November 24, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aye was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • December 02, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aye's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aye 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.

  • February 22, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Aye's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,216
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$523
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis, tissue protrusion from a sensitive area, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and lower back pain.

​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?

This treatment can completely change a patient’s life. After the surgery, the patient will see her condition and symptoms improve. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Side effects can include fever, infection, heavy bleeding during or after surgery, injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs, blood clots, problems related to anesthesia, and death.

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?

There are not many alternatives, especially for women who are older. Doctors will suggest this treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence of masses/cysts/myoma. Some women opt to treat the symptoms with pain medicine or traditional medicine. Ultimately, however, mass removal or a hysterectomy are the only options to resolve the condition and improve the symptoms.

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