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Success! Bar Be from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a hysterectomy.

Bar Be
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Bar Be's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Bar Be post-operation

September 28, 2017

Bar Be underwent a hysterectomy.

Since surgery, Bar Be sleeps better and she has no more back pain or abdominal pain.

Both Bar Be and her husband said, “We are incredibly thankful for the treatment because we would not know how to pay for it by ourselves.”

Since surgery, Bar Be sleeps better and she has no more back pain or abdominal pain. Both Bar Be and her husband said, "We are incredibly...

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August 8, 2017

Bar Be is a 42-year-old woman who was diagnosed with molar pregnancy—a condition that happens when tissue that normally becomes a fetus instead becomes an abnormal growth in the uterus.

Four months ago, Bar Be started experiencing painful menstruation cycles and had lower back and abdominal pain. She then visited a clinic, where her pregnancy test came back positive but her ultrasound results showed differently. Doctors suggested that she undergo a hysterectomy. She was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, for financial support.

Currently, Bar Be is experiencing back pain, chest pain, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, and trouble sleeping. Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on August 9. She is now seeking financial assistance to cover the $1,500 treatment cost.

“I feel guilty that I am not able to care for my family,” shares Bar Be. “I look forward to returning home after my treatment is complete.”

Bar Be is a 42-year-old woman who was diagnosed with molar pregnancy—a condition that happens when tissue that normally becomes a fetus inst...

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Bar Be's Timeline

  • August 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Bar Be was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • August 9, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Bar Be 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.

  • August 29, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Bar Be's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Bar Be's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Bar Be's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Bar Be's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,216
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$523
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.