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Success! Pya from Burma raised $1,500 to fund bladder surgery.

Pya
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Pya's treatment was fully funded on January 7, 2019.

Photo of Pya post-operation

November 28, 2018

Pya underwent bladder surgery.

Prior to surgery, Pya was experiencing severe lower abdominal pain and body aches. After surgery, his recovery has progressed well, which has had a positive impact on his emotional state. Aside from his surgical wound, he has had no recurrence of pain or any new symptoms.

Pya said, “All of my family are very grateful for my recovery.”

Prior to surgery, Pya was experiencing severe lower abdominal pain and body aches. After surgery, his recovery has progressed well, which ha...

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October 22, 2018

Pya is a 57-year-old man who lives in Karen State, Burma with his wife, daughter, and grandson. Pya’s family owns land on which they grow rice.

In March 2017, Pya started feeling pain in his lower abdomen, but he did not seek any medical care. Shortly after this pain developed, it forced him to stop working.

Pya used to take herbal medicines for his symptoms. However, they were not very effective, and his condition deteriorated. He could not manage the pain, so he traveled to a clinic, where a medic examined him and performed an ultrasound. He was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital, our medical partner’s care center, for further testing. Over three visits, he received an x-ray and blood and urine tests and was diagnosed with bladder stones. Pya was then scheduled for surgery on October 24.

In addition to his pain, Pya’s condition has affected numerous other aspects of his life. Because he has had to stop working, his family has been struggling financially. Fortunately, we can help by raising $1,500 to pay for his surgery.

Pya says, “I want to be able to work on my own farm again. I want my family to be able to eat well and have meat again.”

Pya is a 57-year-old man who lives in Karen State, Burma with his wife, daughter, and grandson. Pya’s family owns land on which they grow ri...

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Pya's Timeline

  • October 22, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 24, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pya received treatment at Mae Sot General 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.

  • October 26, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 28, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 7, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pya's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 38 donors

Treatment
Cystolithotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $5,517 for Pya's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,017 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,601
Medical Staff
$823
Medication
$4
Supplies
$784
Labs
$84
Radiology
$50
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The symptoms of bladder stone includes lower abdominal pain, frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, and difficulty urinating. Some patients will pass urine with blood and have dark and cloudy urine.

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

Patients cannot sleep well because of the pain and in severe cases they have to live with a urinary catheter which can be uncomfortable for them. Patients without a catheter are in pain when they pass urine. Patients are also not able to work when their conditions are severe and have to spend limited income on paying for multiple appointments, transportation to the hospital, and medication. Many patients end up going into debt over time.

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

Most of the patients who live in remote areas cannot afford to go to the hospital or have difficulty accessing one during the rainy season. They rely on traditional medicine to treat themselves which usually only relieves their symptoms for a short while. Due to this and a lack of affordable health care, they live with their condition until it becomes severe.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Urine tests and an ultrasound are first conducted to diagnose the patient. Afterwards, the doctor may recommend an x-ray or a computerized tomography scan if the ultrasound is not clear. When the diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan is scheduled. Some patients will undergo shockwave lithotripsy, laser treatment to break up the stones into small enough pieces that can be passed while urinating. Most of the time, when the stones are very large, the doctor will recommend surgery to remove the stone. During surgery, the bladder stone is removed through an incision in the lower abdomen. Patients requiring surgery usually spend 4-5 days in the hospital before they are discharged.

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

After surgery, the patient will be able to pass urine normally and they will no longer experience lower abdominal pain. They will no longer require a catheter, and they will be able to sleep well at night. Adult patients will be able to go back to work and will be able to contribute financially to their households.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications or risks are rare but can include tears in the bladder wall during the surgery as well as urinary tract infections and residual stones within the bladder.

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

Many of our patients live in remote areas or in refugees camps along the Thai-Burma border. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once laser treatment has failed or where stones are too large there are no alternatives. Without surgery, the stones may increase in size causing further discomfort, pain, and possibly death.

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