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Dah from Burma raised $1,500 to fund gynecological surgery.

Dah
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Dah's treatment was fully funded on November 15, 2017.
January 17, 2018

Dah did not receive treatment as expected.

Dah returned to Mae Sot Hospital for surgery, but the doctor found that her symptoms had almost disappeared. Dah has been following the doctor’s suggestion that she exercise regularly, and this is helping to alleviate her symptoms. She does not need surgery at this time and will return to the hospital if she feels her symptoms return.

Dah returned to Mae Sot Hospital for surgery, but the doctor found that her symptoms had almost disappeared. Dah has been following the doct...

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November 6, 2017

Dah is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She retired from farming, and now her adopted son supports her.

For over two months, Dah has been experiencing urinary difficulty and discomfort while walking or sitting. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Dah’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

Fortunately, Dah is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 8. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able sit or walk without discomfort.

Dah says, “I would like to stay at home and just rest for a while.”

Dah is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She retired from farming, and now her adopted son supports her. For over two months, Dah has been...

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Dah's Timeline

  • November 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 06, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 08, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Dah was scheduled to receive 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.

  • January 17, 2018
    FUNDING ENDED

    Dah is no longer raising funds.

  • January 17, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dah's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Vaginal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $2,384 for Dah's treatment
Subsidies fund $884 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,331
Medical Staff
$354
Medication
$67
Supplies
$353
Labs
$55
Radiology
$8
Other
$216
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis, tissue protrusion from a sensitive area, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and lower back pain.

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

Patients may experience intermittent pain in the abdomen and spotting. If the pain becomes debilitating and chronic, patients may be unable to participate in daily life. It may be difficult for women to care for their families, complete household tasks, and work.

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

Because of the sensitive nature of gynecological conditions, patients may delay seeking care. Many patients do not have the means to travel or pay for surgery or are not able to take time away from their family and work to seek treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes blood testing and an ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis. If the patient does not have any other medical conditions, surgery can be performed quickly. If the patient has another health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, its symptoms must be managed before surgery. A patient usually spends about 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

This treatment can completely change a patient’s life. After the surgery, the patient will see her condition and symptoms improve. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Side effects can include fever, infection, heavy bleeding during or after surgery, injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs, blood clots, problems related to anesthesia, and death.

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

Although this type of treatment is available in most of Burma, patients cannot access care because of the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives, especially for women who are older. Doctors will suggest this treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence of masses/cysts/myoma. Some women opt to treat the symptoms with pain medicine or traditional medicine. Ultimately, however, mass removal or a hysterectomy are the only options to resolve the condition and improve the symptoms.

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Solomon

Solomon is a young boy from Kenya who four months ago was diagnosed with a right undescended testis. This is a condition where testis are not in a scrotal sac as expected in a baby boy soon after birth. Solomon arrived at the hospital today in the company of his mother and grandmother. His mother walks in with a limp and a crutch for support. Solomon is quick to grab a seat for his mother, something that depicts how respectful he is. While giving him a bath recently, Solomon’s mother noticed a slight swell on his groin which was painful. Solomon confessed that it had been there for some time but really never bothered him. Solomon’s mother took him to the nearest hospital where he was diagnosed and surgery recommended. Solomon was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. The cost of surgery was however way too high for them to cover. Recently, a friend advised that they visit Watsi Partner BethanyKids Kijabe where they could better access financial assistance. The diagnosis has been confirmed and surgery is advised. If not treated, Solomon is at a risk of suffering fertility issues, testicular cancer and/ or inguinal hernia. Solomon is the firstborn of three children and lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room house in Central Kenya. While Kenya has a national health insurance system, his parents have passed difficulties that have led to them to defaulting on NHIF premiums for quite some time--a situation that is common in Kenya. However, the hospital team counseled them on its importance and they promised to try and keep up with the payments. The little savings the family had were exhausted in getting treatment for Solomon’s mother who was involved in an accident sometimes back. Solomon’s father, the sole breadwinner, practices subsistence farming and at times takes up casual farming jobs to sustain his family’s needs. They are therefore appealing for help towards Solomon’s surgical care. Solomon will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on January 30th. AMHF is requesting $535 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want to be a teacher when I grow up,” says Solomon.

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39%funded
$210raised
$325to go

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