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Success! Saw Moo from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund retina reattachment surgery so he can see clearly.

Saw Moo
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Saw Moo's treatment was fully funded on April 11, 2021.

Photo of Saw Moo post-operation

August 2, 2021

Saw Moo underwent retina reattachment surgery so he can see clearly.

The vision in Saw Moo’s right eye has improved dramatically since he received surgery. His eye is no longer itchy, red or irritated like before. His eye no longer looks cloudy and he can see very clearly now. He’s very happy that he can see clearly and his parents are grateful for the treatment he received. Since his surgery, Saw Moo has started primary school and he can now read and write without any problems with his vision.

Saw Moo shared, “thank you for helping me.” His father added, “I am very thankful to the donors and MI staff from the camp for helping my son. Now that my son’s vision has improved significantly, I no longer have to worry about him.”

The vision in Saw Moo’s right eye has improved dramatically since he received surgery. His eye is no longer itchy, red or irritated like bef...

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March 28, 2021

Saw Moo is a seven-year-old boy who lives with his parents and older sister in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Saw Moo is a student in kindergarten and his sister goes to primary school. In his free time, Saw Moo enjoys playing hide and seek outside.

Around mid-May 2020, Saw Moo began to experience blurry vision in his right eye, making it increasingly difficult to for him to see clearly. Saw Moo was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely.

Saw Moo is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina and our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund is raising $1,500 for his treatment. After his surgery, there is hope for Saw Moo’s vision to be restored so that he is able to resume his daily activities comfortably.

Saw Moo’s aunt shared, “My nephew is a hard-working student. You do not need to tell him to read [or study] because he loves to do it. He is amongst the top 10 students in his class. I want him to regain vision in his right eye and to continue his studies so that he can become a medic. His mother is ill and cannot accompany him [during his treatment]. If my nephew becomes a medic or health worker, he can look after his mother and his community.”

Saw Moo is a seven-year-old boy who lives with his parents and older sister in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Saw Moo is a student...

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Saw Moo's Timeline

  • March 28, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 29, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Saw Moo received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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 30, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Saw Moo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Saw Moo's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 2, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Saw Moo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Vitrectomy (Retinal Detachment)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,463 for Saw Moo's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,963 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$559
Medical Staff
$1,704
Medication
$152
Supplies
$599
Travel
$341
Labs
$63
Other
$45
  • 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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