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Naw Mar is a 35-year-old refugee from Thailand who needs $1,500 to fund a cholecystectomy to remove gallstones.

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October 22, 2020

Naw Mar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two sons in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border.

Four years ago, Naw Mar started to suffer from pain in the right side of her abdomen. At first, she thought the pain would disappear after she rested. When it did not, she went to the hospital in the camp run by Malteser International Thailand (MI). She received medications which helped for a bit. Two years later, the pain became severe and the right side of her abdomen also became swollen. After more medication and follow-up appointments, she was eventually admitted to Mae Sariang Hospital and received an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that she had multiple gallstones, and she was given more medication. However, the medication did not help her much.

In early June 2020, the pain in Naw Mar’s right abdomen increased. After she went to the camp’s hospital, the doctor referred her to Mae Sariang Hospital again, where the doctor told her that she would need to have surgery to remove the gallstones. Since Mae Sariang Hospital doctors could not perform this surgery, she was again referred her to Chiang Mai Hospital. However, the high cost of surgery proved difficult, so she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance with accessing treatment.

Currently, Naw Mar has constant pain in her right abdomen that is only manageable through pain medication. Her right abdomen is also swollen, and she suffers from back pain as well. When the pain in her abdomen is excruciating, she develops a headache and high blood pressure.

Naw Mar is a homemaker, while her two daughters and her youngest son go to school. Her oldest son helps her with household chores. Her husband works as an agricultural day laborer, but has been unable to find work for the past month. While their family does receive a cash card each month for food support, it is not enough to cover their daily expenses and they struggle to make ends meet despite receiving free health care and education in the refugee camp. Their family is appealing for financial support.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Naw Mar’s surgery. On October 25th, she will undergo a cholecystectomy at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Naw Mar will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve.

Naw Mar shared, “After I receive treatment, I want to work for an organisation [NGO] in the camp so that we [my family] can have an income. Right now, I have no pocket money and I cannot borrow money from any one because we have no way of paying them back. I appreciate any support you can provide.”

Naw Mar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two sons in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma bor...

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Naw Mar's Timeline

  • October 22, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Naw Mar was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • October 25, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Naw Mar was scheduled to receive treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • October 26, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naw Mar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Naw Mar is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Naw Mar's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

Treatment
Cholecystectomy (Biliary Obstruction)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,066 for Naw Mar's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,566 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,468
Medical Staff
$927
Medication
$12
Supplies
$187
Travel
$338
Labs
$84
Radiology
$879
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, nausea, and bloating.

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

Patients are in a great deal of pain. They cannot work regularly or even sleep comfortably.

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

Patients cannot afford to go to the hospital. Many people rely on medications provided by dealers who are not authorized pharmacists.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Ultrasound testing is the first diagnostic test. When the diagnosis is confirmed, surgery is scheduled. The gallbladder is removed through an incision on the right side under the rib cage. The patient usually spends 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 be in pain, and his or her jaundice will reduce.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, fever, pneumonia, heart complications, UTIs, blood clots, renal failure, bile duct injuries, retention of the bile duct stone, and death.

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?

There are no alternatives. Without surgery, the stones may grow larger. The patient will live in discomfort and may risk death.

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