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Success! Mu from Burma raised $1,500 to fund gallbladder surgery.

Mu
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mu's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2018.

Photo of Mu post-operation

March 13, 2018

Mu underwent gallbladder surgery.

Now, she feels so much better. She no longer experiences epigastric pain.

She says, “I would like to say thank you, again, to BCMF and all the donors for helping pay for my surgery cost. I will always remember them.”

Now, she feels so much better. She no longer experiences epigastric pain. She says, "I would like to say thank you, again, to BCMF and a...

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February 11, 2018

Mu is a 27-year-old farmer from Burma. She rents a patch of land with her husband and farms. She has two children.

Mu experienced abdominal pain and visited Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner’s care center. She received medication, which temporarily alleviated the pain but did not eliminate her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with gallstone pancreatitis.

Mu says, “It is a sharp pain and it comes on without warning. Sometimes I can feel it all the way in my back.”

Mu has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Mu’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Mu is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on February 14. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mu’s procedure and care.

Mu is a 27-year-old farmer from Burma. She rents a patch of land with her husband and farms. She has two children. Mu experienced abdomin...

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Mu's Timeline

  • February 11, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 12, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 15, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mu 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.

  • March 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 10, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mu's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Cholecystectomy (Biliary Obstruction)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,729 for Mu's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,229 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,430
Medical Staff
$966
Medication
$12
Supplies
$187
Labs
$84
Radiology
$879
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, nausea, and bloating.

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

Patients are in a great deal of pain. They cannot work regularly or even sleep comfortably.

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

Patients cannot afford to go to the hospital. Many people rely on medications provided by dealers who are not authorized pharmacists.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Ultrasound testing is the first diagnostic test. When the diagnosis is confirmed, surgery is scheduled. The gallbladder is removed through an incision on the right side under the rib cage. The patient usually spends 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

After the surgery, the patient will no longer be in pain, and his or her jaundice will reduce.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, fever, pneumonia, heart complications, UTIs, blood clots, renal failure, bile duct injuries, retention of the bile duct stone, and death.

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

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. Without surgery, the stones may grow larger. The patient will live in discomfort and may risk death.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.