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Success! Aung from Burma raised $851 to fund ulcer care.

Aung
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  • $851 raised, $0 to go
$851
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Aung's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Aung post-operation

September 28, 2017

Aung underwent ulcer care.

Before Aung received his operation, his pressure sores were infected. He felt uncomfortable whenever he was around other people. Since his surgery though, Ko Aung feels comfortable around others. His pressure sores are no longer infected.

“I want to say thank you so much to donors because without their help I would not be able to pay and receive my surgery,” said Aung happily. “With their help, I can dream of my future again. In the future I would like to open a shop to repair broken TVs, VCDs and DVD-players!”

Before Aung received his operation, his pressure sores were infected. He felt uncomfortable whenever he was around other people. Since his s...

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July 5, 2017

Aung is a 31-year-old man from Burma.

When Aung was 20, he began to experience inexplicable weakness in his lower limbs. After walking for even a short distance, he would fall down. By the time he turned 22, he could no longer walk. Aung’s paralysis has caused him to spend his waking hours sitting, which causes pressure sores, also called ulcers. Sometimes these sores become infected and Aung is required to seek antibiotic treatment. He hopes to find a way to heal this sore.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $851 to fund Aung’s treatment. Surgeons will remove the ulcerous tissue on July 6, relieving Aung of his infection and pain.

“I hope to open up a shop where I will repair broken TV, VCR, and DVD-players and can generate income for my family,” Aung says.

Aung is a 31-year-old man from Burma. When Aung was 20, he began to experience inexplicable weakness in his lower limbs. After walking f...

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Aung's Timeline

  • July 5, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aung was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • July 25, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 31, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aung received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy 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.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aung's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aung's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Local Rotation Flap
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $851 for Aung's treatment
Hospital Fees
$265
Medical Staff
$112
Medication
$174
Supplies
$253
Travel
$6
Labs
$5
Radiology
$0
Other
$36
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients have bedsores or pressure sores. They may experience unusual changes in skin color or texture, swelling, and pus-like draining.

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

People with pressure sores might experience discomfort, pain, social isolation, or depression. Failure to treat bedsores at an early stage may cause complications and result in some life-threatening conditions, including cellulitis, bone and joint infections, cancer, and, very rarely, sepsis.

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

People who lack mobility must re-position themselves regularly to avoid stress on the skin, but patients are rarely instructed on the need and the methods of re-positioning. They also cannot afford to hire a professional caregiver to assist with the re-positioning.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Rotation flaps are bow-shaped repairs that redistribute tension vectors and recruit adjacent and/or distant tissue laxity. Rotation flaps provide the ability to mobilize large areas of tissue with a wide vascular base for reconstruction.

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

Rotation allows for the closure of wounds that cannot be repaired along a single tension vector. The flap must be adequately large, and a large base is necessary if a back-cut will be needed to lengthen the flap. If the flap is too small, the residual defect can be covered by mobilizing the surrounding tissue.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

A drawback of rotation flaps is the extended cutting and undermining needed to create the flap, thus increasing the risk of hemorrhage and nerve damage.

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

Since most of our medical partner's patients come from remote areas of Burma, the treatment is not easily accessible. It is only available in cities, and most patients cannot afford the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

None. Surgical debridement of the necrotic areas of the wound is required, but the closing of the pressure sore can only be done through local rotation flaps.

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Darensky is a 10-year-old student from Haiti. He lives with his mother and grandparents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. He is in the third grade and likes building things and making crafts. Darensky has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus and tracheal ring. Two holes exists between two major blood vessels near his heart; blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs, leaving him weak and oxygen-deprived. The treatment that Darensky needs is not available in Haiti, so he will fly to United States to undergo surgery. Many years ago he had one hole closed so this is the second surgery he needs, and his family has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Fortunately, on March 10th, Darensky will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the remaining hole that leaks blood between his two main blood vessels at the same time. During the surgery, he will also have a muscular blockage removed from his trachea that affects his ability to breathe. Another organization, Akron Children's Hospital, is contributing $12,000 to help pay for surgery. Darensky's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Darensky's family overseas. HIs mother told us: "I am very happy to know that after this surgery my son will finally be able to run and play normally!"

74% funded

74%funded
$1,112raised
$388to go
Pai

Pai is a 63-year-old woman who lives alone in a refugee camp in the border region of Thailand and Burma. She receives 350 baht (approx. $12 USD) each month on a cash card from The Border Consortium, to purchase food in the refugee camp. This support is just enough to cover her daily needs, since she sometimes shares meals with her sister. In June 2019, Pai first notice that the vision in both of her eyes was blurry. By late 2021, she could no longer see with her left eye. She then went to the hospital in the refugee camp, run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). A medic checked her eyes, gave her some eyedrops, and told her that they would refer her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further follow up. IRC staff brought Pai to the hospital in January where the doctor completed a vision test and also checked her eyes with specialized equipment. The doctor diagnosed her with cataracts and shared that she would need surgery to be able to see clearly again. Currently, Pai can only see objects near to her with her right eye and even then, she cannot see objects clearly. She can only perceive light with her left eye. When she walks, she has to do so slowly to avoid stubbing her toes on stones and other objects. At night, she now needs someone to assist her to get around at all. She also has difficulty cleaning her house and doing other household chores like washing her clothes or cooking. She shared that when she tries to cook on her own, she will sometimes mixed up the ingredients now. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Pai. On February 22nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Pai's natural lens and replace this with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Pai said, “I do not want to depend on my sister as she has to look after her family too. However, now I have to depend on her for many things and I feel sad about this.” Pai is thankful to the donors who can help pay for her treatment cost. She is very happy that there will be a donor for her. She said, “I hope that I can see again, and I really want to see the donors and everyone at BCMF’s organisation who was willing to help me. Thank you so much for your kind support.”

79% funded

79%funded
$1,187raised
$313to go

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