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Success! Ye from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a cholecystectomy.

Ye
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Ye's treatment was fully funded on March 28, 2021.

Photo of Ye post-operation

July 29, 2021

Ye underwent a kidney stone removal surgery.

Before Ye’s surgery, he suffered from pain in his lower back along with other uncomfortable symptoms. He has high blood pressure and had to take medication daily. Thankfully, after the surgery, Ye no longer experiences pain in his lower back. After a full recovery, he is hopeful to work and earn money to support his family again. In the future, Ye wants to also help others by referring other patients in need of surgery to our partner BCMF, where they can be helped too.

Ye shares hid gratitude, “I had surgery on my right kidney earlier and it cost all of our savings. So it was impossible for me to pay for another surgery. My wife and the rest of my family suggested I borrow money from a money lender, but no one would lend us money because it was such a large amount and we could not make monthly payments to repay it. I was so surprised when I met your organization and learned about its donors. I never thought that anyone could be so kind as to pay for the cost of my surgery.”

Before Ye's surgery, he suffered from pain in his lower back along with other uncomfortable symptoms. He has high blood pressure and had to ...

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February 20, 2021

Ye is a 48-year-old man from Thailand. Ye lives with his wife and daughter on the Thai-Burma border. He used to work as a carpenter, but had to stop working two years ago when his health deteriorated. Ye’s wife is a homemaker, and his daughter works as a vendor selling mobile phones. His family income is just enough to cover their daily needs.

Currently, Ye experiences back pain and also a strong discomfort when using the bathroom. He sometimes has a slight fever if his pain is more severe. To remedy this, Ye underwent laser treatment for kidney stones, which helped relieve some of his pain, but the doctors have determined that his case is severe and surgery has now been advised. If left untreated, Ye’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future.

After seeking treatment with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Ye is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on February 22nd. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ye’s procedure and care. Once recovered, he will be able to be more active and hopefully be pain-free.

Ye shared, “I have been experiencing this condition for many years and I hope that after surgery I will be freed from pain and I will be able to work again.”

Ye is a 48-year-old man from Thailand. Ye lives with his wife and daughter on the Thai-Burma border. He used to work as a carpenter, but had...

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Ye's Timeline

  • February 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ye was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • February 22, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ye 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.

  • February 23, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ye's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 29, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Cholecystectomy (Biliary Obstruction)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,729 for Ye'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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