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Success! Win from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Win
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Win's treatment was fully funded on January 12, 2022.

Photo of Win post-operation

March 18, 2022

Win underwent sight-restoring cataract surgery.

Before his surgeries, Win could only perceive light with his left eye and the vision in his right eye was cloudy. His mother would have to guide him and help him when he had to use the restroom, take a shower, and eat. After his first surgery, Win started to gradually regain vision in his left eye. By the third day after his first surgery, he no longer needed his mother to guide him when he walked and he was able to shower and eat without needing her help. When he received his second surgery, his mother did not have to accompany him as his caregiver because he could see well with one of his eyes. A few days after his second surgery, the vision in both of his eyes had greatly improved.

“The most beautiful thing I saw since my vision returned is my mother’s face. I would like to say thank you so much to everyone. When I was trying to find someone to lend me money [for my treatment], you all helped me by paying for the cost of my surgery. In the future I will search for a job to look after my mother and stepfather, and to repay my loan,” said Win

Before his surgeries, Win could only perceive light with his left eye and the vision in his right eye was cloudy. His mother would have to g...

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November 8, 2021

Win is a 40-year-old man. He lives with his mother and step-father in Tak Province in Thailand. He used to work in a restaurant until his vision deteriorated and he could no longer work. His mother and his step-father are agricultural day labourers. The income they earn is not enough for their family and sometimes they make and sell charcoal to earn extra money.

Win has cataracts in both his eyes but the doctor plans to do surgery on his right eye first. The vision in both his eyes are so poor that he can only perceive light. His mother has to help look after him, washing and feeding him since he cannot see well.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Win. On November 9th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Win’s natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

“I was so happy when I heard that I will be able to see again,” he said. “I want to work once I can see again, so that I can repay our loan. I want to look after my mother and step-father in the future, and one day I want to become a [Buddhist] monk.”

Win is a 40-year-old man. He lives with his mother and step-father in Tak Province in Thailand. He used to work in a restaurant until his vi...

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Win's Timeline

  • November 8, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Win was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • November 8, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Win's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 9, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Win 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.

  • January 12, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Win's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 18, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Win's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Win'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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