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Success! Aung Kyaw from Burma raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

Aung Kyaw
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Aung Kyaw's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.
August 29, 2017

Aung Kyaw underwent eye surgery.

Aung Kyaw received surgery for his retinal detachment problem. While the surgery went as planned, doctors were unfortunately unable to salvage Aung Kyaw’s lost eyesight. Recovery and adaptation will be difficult, however we hope that Aung Kyaw will be able to obtain the resources and support that he needs in order to cope with his condition.

“I’m very sad for my son but I will try my best to find some ways to send him to a vocational school for the blinds. It will not be easy. He still can’t accept his fate. It is very painful to see my son like this but I need to be strong for him,” shares Aung Kyaw’s mother.

Aung Kyaw received surgery for his retinal detachment problem. While the surgery went as planned, doctors were unfortunately unable to salva...

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April 7, 2017

Aung Kyaw is an 18-year-old from Bago City, Burma. He lives with his parents and a brother, who just finished university. Aung used to attend school. He stopped going about four years ago when his condition arose.

Aung is a former Watsi patient. Four years ago, with the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Aung was treated for detached retinas. After the surgery, he was doing much better, regaining sight in his left eye. After a few more follow up visits, Aung’s case was closed.

In early 2017, Aung’s vision problems returned.

“I am very sad that his eyesight is gone again,” says Aung’s mother. “It is very bad this time because he could not even see some light.”

Aung returned to BCMF in late February, and BCMF organized a visit to the hospital in March. After going through several tests, the doctor determined that Aung’s retina had detached again, and he needed another surgery. The surgery is scheduled for April 12.

BCMF is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Aung’s procedure. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon and nurse’s fees, surgical supplies, medication, lab tests, travel expenses, and three nights of hospital stay.

Aung Kyaw is an 18-year-old from Bago City, Burma. He lives with his parents and a brother, who just finished university. Aung used to atten...

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Aung Kyaw's Timeline

  • April 7, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aung Kyaw received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • May 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aung Kyaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 29, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aung Kyaw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aung Kyaw's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
23-GPPV (Retinal Detachment)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $11,807 for Aung Kyaw's treatment
Subsidies fund $10,307 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$596
Medical Staff
$9,917
Medication
$152
Supplies
$640
Travel
$387
Labs
$67
Other
$48
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

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

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

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

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye. For this condition, the patient undergoes two surgeries.

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

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

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

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.