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Success! Aung Si from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund gallbladder surgery.

Aung Si
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Aung Si's treatment was fully funded on November 5, 2018.

Photo of Aung Si post-operation

October 7, 2018

Aung Si underwent gallbladder surgery.

Compared to before, Aung Si feels a lot better, and his family is very grateful for his recovery. He no longer experiences abdominal pain, and he sleeps better.

Aung Si said, “I am very happy and thankful to all donors. If not for your support and help, I will not be able to work again. In the future, when I recover fully, I will go back to work at my old job and save money.”

Compared to before, Aung Si feels a lot better, and his family is very grateful for his recovery. He no longer experiences abdominal pain, a...

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August 24, 2018

Aung Si is a 51-year-old man from Thailand. His cousin runs a small tea shop, where Aung Si helps as a waiter in exchange for food and boarding.

In April 2017, Aung Si started to experience pain in the right side of his abdomen. One day in April 2018, he suddenly felt a severe pain. He visited our medical partner’s care center, where he received an ultrasound and received medication. According to the ultrasound results, he has a stone in his gallbladder.

Aung Si has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy to treat the condition. If left untreated, Aung Si’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future.

After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Aung Si is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on August 27. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Aung Si’s procedure and care.

“If I feel better after surgery I will help in my cousin’s tea shop as much as I can and I will help my sister on her farm in Burma,” says Aung Si.

Aung Si is a 51-year-old man from Thailand. His cousin runs a small tea shop, where Aung Si helps as a waiter in exchange for food and board...

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Aung Si's Timeline

  • August 24, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aung Si was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • August 26, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aung Si's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 27, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aung Si received treatment at Mae Sot General 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 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aung Si's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 05, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aung Si's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Cholecystectomy (Biliary Obstruction)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,729 for Aung Si's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,229 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,430
Medical Staff
$966
Medication
$12
Supplies
$187
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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