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Success! Ma Ni from Burma raised $1,500 to fund hip replacement surgery.

Ma Ni
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Ma Ni's treatment was fully funded on October 31, 2020.

Photo of Ma Ni post-operation

April 8, 2020

Ma Ni underwent hip replacement surgery.

Before surgery, Ma Ni used to have a lot of pain in her hips and could not sit on the floor. If she would sit, she wouldn’t be able to get up by herself. Since her surgery, Ma Ni can stand up by herself using her walker and she can also sit in a chair. As of today she still has to use a walker to get around and she cannot stand for long periods of time. She also still has some pain at the site of the surgeries and her right leg feels heavy.

Ma Ni said, “When I’ll go back home, I will continue to work and look after the household chores for my family. Now, my son is with my parents, but [when] I can take care of my son I will try my best to send him to school until he completes his education. I want him to become a doctor someday. I am thankful to the Watsi donors and BCMF for helping me receive surgery to replace my hip.”

Before surgery, Ma Ni used to have a lot of pain in her hips and could not sit on the floor. If she would sit, she wouldn’t be able to get u...

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December 16, 2019

Ma Ni is a 30-year-old woman from Burma. In her free time, she likes to pray to Buddha. She and her husband work as government officers. Together they earn 414,000 kyat (approx. $414 USD) per month, which is not enough for any safety net after they pay their bills for utilities and other household expenses.

One day in July 2019, Ma Ni stood up from her desk at work and had pain in her hip joints. She had to push her hand against her hips to help her walk. She did not think there was anything seriously wrong so she did not seek medical attention. However, two weeks after this incident, when she was going to work, she slipped and fell in front of her house. Right away her hips started to hurt and two weeks later, the pain gradually became severe. Her condition worsened day by day, although she visited several hospitals and had taken medications. Currently, Ma Ni has a lot of pain in her hips. She cannot walk for more than two minutes or the pain becomes unbearable. She does not feel comfortable when she lays down and has problems sleeping from the pain. She also needs help going to the bathroom and taking a shower.

Fortunately, Ma Ni learned about Watsi’s medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). At BCMF’s care center, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Ma Ni of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for December 17th, and Ma Ni needs help raising $1,500 to pay for this procedure.

Ma Ni said, “I had to send my son to my mother’s place in Mawlamyine and my husband also had to ask for leave. [When fully recovered] I want to take back my son from my mother and send him to school. I will support him in whatever he wants to become when he grows up.”

Ma Ni is a 30-year-old woman from Burma. In her free time, she likes to pray to Buddha. She and her husband work as government officers. Tog...

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Ma Ni's Timeline

  • December 16, 2019

    Ma Ni was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • December 17, 2019

    Ma Ni received treatment at Yangon Orthopaedic Hospital in Burma. 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 17, 2019

    Ma Ni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 8, 2020

    Ma Ni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 31, 2020

    Ma Ni's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 34 donors

Hip Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $2,000 for Ma Ni's treatment
Subsidies fund $500 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may need a hip replacement to treat broken bones, a dislocated hip, pain, or swelling.

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

Patients will experience a decrease in mobility and will not be able to participate in normal daily activities.

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

Many people in remote areas attempt to fix broken bones by themselves or visit spiritual or traditional massagers for healing. Often, a broken bone will heal in the incorrect position.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After a series of x-rays, the doctor will schedule surgery. After the hip replacement, the patient will attend physiotherapy sessions to get used to the artificial hip.

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

Healing takes time. When the bones have completely healed, patients will be able to return to their normal activities without pain or swelling.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include allergic response, infection, malignancy, osteoporosis, and migration.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

None. If the broken bones are not fixed, patients will have to spend their lives in pain.

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