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Success! Khin from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a hysterectomy.

Khin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Khin's treatment was fully funded on August 13, 2020.

Photo of Khin post-operation

March 18, 2020

Khin underwent a hysterectomy.

Since receiving surgery, Khin has no more pain in her suprapubic area and, as opposed to before, now she can lie on her back properly. She no longer has abnormal bleeding and she feels like she is recovering from her treatment.

Now, she can walk longer distances without pain and she can eat whatever she wants. She is extremely happy for the treatment she received, and she said that she is now able to sit and walk without discomfort. For now, she plans to rest for a few months. When she recovers fully from the operation, she wants to find a work as a daily laborer outside of the refugee camp to help repay her debt and support her family.

Khin said, “I have suffered from my condition for a long time and sometimes I thought I would die because I could not afford to pay for my treatment. I am very happy that the kind donors helped me receive this treatment. As a refugee, I would never be able to afford my treatment without their help.”

Since receiving surgery, Khin has no more pain in her suprapubic area and, as opposed to before, now she can lie on her back properly. She n...

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December 2, 2019

Khin is 38-year-old woman in Thailand. Originally from Mon State, Burma, Khin went to one of the refugee camps in Thailand to visit her cousins and search for job opportunities four years ago. However, Khin met her husband there and ended up moving in with her parents-in-law, four brothers-in-law and a nephew in the camp.

Since 2016, Khin has been experiencing abnormal bleeding, pain in her back and suprapubic area which increases whenever she walks long distances. She has been diagnosed with uterine myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Khin’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

Fortunately, Khin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain or discomfort and will be able to return to work full-time.

Khin is 38-year-old woman in Thailand. Originally from Mon State, Burma, Khin went to one of the refugee camps in Thailand to visit her cous...

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Khin's Timeline

  • December 2, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 02, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 04, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khin 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.

  • March 18, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 13, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khin's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Khin'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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