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Success! Sue from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cataract surgery.

Sue
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Sue's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2019.

Photo of Sue post-operation

October 14, 2019

Sue underwent cataract surgery.

After surgery, Sue seems to be able to see a bit and followed his mother’s hand when she waves it in front of him. According to his mother, he now tries to touch things and plays a lot. He has no new symptoms but he has to cover his eyes with an eye shield until his next appointment.

Sue’s mother said, “When he grows up, I want to send him to school in Mae Sot to learn English and Thai. I also want him to become doctor. I am very grateful and happy that my son can now see. If I hadn’t met BCMF, I know that my son would have lost his vision, and I wouldn’t know where to bring him [for treatment]. Nor would I have money to pay for it. Thank you so much for all of your support!”

After surgery, Sue seems to be able to see a bit and followed his mother's hand when she waves it in front of him. According to his mother, ...

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August 27, 2019

Sue is a 10-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his mother, his great-uncle, his grate-aunt and his uncle in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. father works at an ice factory in Bangkok, while his mother looks after him in their village.

Sue has cataract in both of his eyes. He cannot see clearly with both of his eyes.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Sue. On August 28, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Sue’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Sue’s mother said, “I feel very stressed and upset that I don’t have money to treat my son. I also feel bad that my husband doesn’t care about us, even though I told him that my son has to receive surgery. He still doesn’t believe me and doesn’t provide us with any money since we found out his diagnosis.”

Sue is a 10-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his mother, his great-uncle, his grate-aunt and his uncle in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen S...

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Sue's Timeline

  • August 27, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 04, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sue 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.

  • September 04, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sue's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 14, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sue's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 21, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sue's treatment was fully funded.

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