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Success! Daw Kyi from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund an abdominal hysterectomy.

Daw Kyi
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Fully funded
Daw Kyi's treatment was fully funded on December 4, 2016.

Photo of Daw Kyi post-operation

January 20, 2017

Daw Kyi underwent a successful hysterectomy.

Daw Kyi no longer feels pain while sitting or standing, and she is able to walk further. After returning home, she plans to sell snacks and focus on her meditation practice.

“I am very grateful,” she says, “I want to do good things. I don’t know what I can do, but I want to help people in one way or another…I pray that everyone who has helped me will be happy, healthy and that all of their wishes will come true.”

Daw Kyi no longer feels pain while sitting or standing, and she is able to walk further. After returning home, she plans to sell snacks and ...

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October 18, 2016

Daw Kyi is a 60-year-old Burmese woman who has lived in a refugee camp in Thailand since 2000. In 1999, Daw Kyi’s husband passed away, leaving her with one son. When an illness paralyzed one side of her son’s body, the two traveled to the refugee camp for free treatment. Daw Kyi’s son received successful treatment, but they remain in the refugee camp to this day because they cannot afford to return home.

A few years ago, Daw Kyi began experiencing uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area. These symptoms disrupted her work as a day laborer planting rice or harvesting corn. Despite learning that she needed surgery, Daw Kyi could not afford treatment.

Now, Daw Kyi has difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. She has lost her appetite, and she sleeps poorly at night. Her symptoms prevent her from working.

Fortunately, on October 19, 2016, Daw Kyi underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy with Watsi’s medical partner, Burma Border Projects. This procedure should prevent further pain and discomfort. She needs help to pay her $1,500 healthcare costs.

“When I am well enough,” says Daw Kyi, “I will make and sell snacks as I used to do.”

Let’s help Daw Kyi return to her normal lifestyle!

Daw Kyi is a 60-year-old Burmese woman who has lived in a refugee camp in Thailand since 2000. In 1999, Daw Kyi’s husband passed away, leavi...

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Daw Kyi's Timeline

  • October 18, 2016

    Daw Kyi was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • October 19, 2016

    Daw Kyi 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.

  • November 10, 2016

    Daw Kyi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 4, 2016

    Daw Kyi's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 20, 2017

    Daw Kyi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Daw Kyi's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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