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

Kaw We
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Kaw We's treatment was fully funded on November 24, 2016.

Photo of Kaw We post-operation

January 25, 2017

Kaw We underwent successful bladder surgery.

After surgery, Kaw We is walking much better than before. He can comfortably sit down and use the restroom. After a full recovery, he would like to continue his religious studies at the monastery.

Kaw We says, “I feel like all my burden has been taken away. Thanks very much for helping me.”

After surgery, Kaw We is walking much better than before. He can comfortably sit down and use the restroom. After a full recovery, he would ...

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October 31, 2016

Kaw We is a 19-year-old Buddhist monk from a village in Burma. Kaw We currently lives and studies at the monastery in his village. His parents grow rice, and they pay rent for the land with half of their harvest. Kaw We is the youngest sibling in the family and has three older brothers and three older sisters.

Kaw We has experienced uncomfortable urinary symptoms since he was a toddler. For most of his life, he relied on traditional medicine, which helped to alleviate the symptoms temporarily. Kaw We’s family did not seek treatment at a hospital, assuming his condition was merely an annoyance and hoping to avoid the cost of modern medicine. With help from traditional medicine, Kaw We began to work on the family paddy field.

Recently, however, Kaw We’s symptoms worsened. He developed a fever, his face swelled, and he felt sharp pain in his abdomen. Traditional medicine no longer helped.

Kaw We’s family learned from fellow villagers about our medical partner’s clinic in Thailand. They decided to cross the border, traveling three hours to seek care for Kaw We’s condition.

The family arrived on September 12, 2016. After several tests, Kaw We was diagnosed with a bladder stone. On October 31, 2016, doctors at our medical partner’s hospital, Mae Sot General Hospital, performed a cystolithotomy surgery to remove the stone. Now, Kaw We’s family needs help to pay for this life-changing procedure.

“I would like to continue to be a monk,” says Kaw We. “I am now more worried about my current condition, and my only hope is that it can be fully cured.”

Kaw We is a 19-year-old Buddhist monk from a village in Burma. Kaw We currently lives and studies at the monastery in his village. His paren...

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Kaw We's Timeline

  • October 31, 2016

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

  • October 31, 2016

    Kaw We 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.

  • November 8, 2016

    Kaw We's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 24, 2016

    Kaw We's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 25, 2017

    Kaw We's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Funded by 33 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $5,517 for Kaw We's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,017 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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