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Success! Paw from Burma raised $1,500 to fund a hysterectomy.

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

Photo of Paw post-operation

October 25, 2017

Paw underwent a hysterectomy.

After surgery, Paw is now able to walk, sit, and lie down without feeling discomfort or pain. She is very happy that she will be able to return home soon. She expressed how happy she is now that she can look after her husband.

Paw said, “I received a good standard of healthcare. If there were no free healthcare for me and I had to pay for surgery, I do not know how I would continue my life.”

After surgery, Paw is now able to walk, sit, and lie down without feeling discomfort or pain. She is very happy that she will be able to ret...

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September 11, 2017

Paw is a 56-year-old woman from Burma who now lives in Thailand as a missionary. She lives with her husband and daughter doing religious work in their village.

About three months ago, Paw’s husband sustained an electrical shock that left him paralyzed. He has been in and out of the hospital since then, and Paw has been in charge of his care. During this time, Paw has noticed an issue with her uterus. When she gave birth to her daughter nineteen years ago, she suffered a tear that was never sutured. As she has been straining herself to carry her husband these last three months, the issue has exacerbated. She is now suffering great back pain and has difficulty urinating. Doctors have recommended a vaginal hysterectomy to correct the issue.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Paw’s surgery. She is scheduled for treatment on September 18 at our medical partner’s care center, Mae Sot General Hospital.

“I feel bad because I can’t take care of my family well,” Paw says. “I want to get well soon so that I can look after my husband. I also hope he will get better. I want to continue to serve God by working as a missionary.”

Paw is a 56-year-old woman from Burma who now lives in Thailand as a missionary. She lives with her husband and daughter doing religious wor...

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Paw's Timeline

  • September 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paw 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.

  • September 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 25, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paw's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Vaginal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $2,384 for Paw's treatment
Subsidies fund $884 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,331
Medical Staff
$354
Medication
$67
Supplies
$353
Labs
$55
Radiology
$8
Other
$216
  • 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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