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Success! Wai from Burma raised $960 to fund gynecological surgery.

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

Photo of Wai post-operation

December 4, 2017

Wai underwent gynecological surgery.

She no longer experiences abdominal or back pain. When she is fully recovered, she will return to work.

She says, “I’m really happy that the surgery was successful, and I’m really thankful to the donors.”

She no longer experiences abdominal or back pain. When she is fully recovered, she will return to work. She says, “I’m really happy that...

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November 12, 2017

Wai is an 18-year-old woman from Burma. For the past seven months, she has lived in Thailand crafting jewelry to be sold in Bangkok.

About five months ago, Wai began experiencing pain in her abdomen and back. She is very worried about her condition. 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 Wai’s surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on November 14 at BCMF’s care center, Mae Sot General Hospital.

Wai says, “I am constantly worried about my family. A while ago, I had to resign from my work as I could not request leave from work whenever I am in pain.”

Wai is an 18-year-old woman from Burma. For the past seven months, she has lived in Thailand crafting jewelry to be sold in Bangkok. Abou...

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Wai's Timeline

  • November 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Wai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Wai 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.

  • December 04, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Wai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Wai's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Myomectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $960 for Wai'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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