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Success! Daw Htar from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund cataract surgery to regain her independence.

Daw Htar
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Daw Htar's treatment was fully funded on March 23, 2022.

Photo of Daw Htar post-operation

April 5, 2022

Daw Htar underwent cataract surgery to regain her independence.

Daw Htar’s surgery was a success! Before receiving treatment, Daw Htar’s right eye frequently irritated her, and she could not see people’s faces anymore. Her vision has greatly improved since undergoing cataract surgery, and she can see people’s faces clearly again and no longer worries about losing her sight. Daw Htar noted that her eye is still sensitive to bright light, so her treatment team provided her with sunglasses to wear when outside in the bright sun.

Daw Htar said, “I am very thankful to the donors who helped me receive treatment for my eye. I am very happy I can read now. I can sew clothes, clean my house, and watch movies.”

Daw Htar’s surgery was a success! Before receiving treatment, Daw Htar's right eye frequently irritated her, and she could not see people’s ...

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December 16, 2021

Daw Htar is retired and lives with her daughter. In her free time, Daw Htar like to help clean the house and sew clothes.

Daw Htar has lost most of the vision in her right eye. Sometimes, her eye feels watery or itchy. She has difficulty seeing clearly and recognizing faces. Because the vision in her left eye is also blurry, for the past month she has had to rely on her daughter to guide her when she walks.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Daw Htar receive treatment. On December 20th, she will undergo lens replacement surgery, during which they will remove Daw Htar’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 for her procedure and care.

Daw Htar shared, “I feel so upset that my condition worsens every day. I cannot sleep well, because I am worried about what will happen if I do not get better.”

Daw Htar is retired and lives with her daughter. In her free time, Daw Htar like to help clean the house and sew clothes. Daw Htar has l...

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Daw Htar's Timeline

  • December 16, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 18, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daw Htar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daw Htar 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.

  • March 23, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daw Htar's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 5, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daw Htar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Daw Htar's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Labs
$30
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

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

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

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

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

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

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

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

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.