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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, our medical partner in Burma.

  • 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. 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 08, 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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