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

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Aye's treatment was fully funded on November 20, 2017.

Photo of Aye post-operation

October 3, 2017

Aye underwent a hysterectomy.

She says she feels so much better. Soon, she will be able to work again.

Aye said, “I am so happy that I received surgery. I don’t know how to express my feeling and say how happy I am. Now I will not be a burden for my husband anymore, and I will be able to take care of my family in the near future.”

She says she feels so much better. Soon, she will be able to work again. Aye said, "I am so happy that I received surgery. I don't know ...

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July 19, 2017

Aye is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Burma. She lives with her husband and their four-year-old daughter. Aye and her husband work on her parents’ farm, cultivating rice for home consumption.

Aye has recently been diagnosed with uterine fibroids and requires a total abdominal hysterectomy in order to treat her condition and prevent future medical complications from arising. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Aye’s surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 19 and, once completed, will hopefully give Aye peace of mind and allow her to live much more comfortably

After her surgery, Aye is eager to get back to work so that she can pay for her daughter’s education. “I hope my daughter will complete her education and maybe become a nurse or doctor,” shares Aye.

Aye is a 30-year-old rice farmer from Burma. She lives with her husband and their four-year-old daughter. Aye and her husband work on her pa...

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Aye's Timeline

  • July 19, 2017

    Aye was submitted by Carolyn Grant at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • July 19, 2017

    Aye 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 11, 2017

    Aye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 3, 2017

    Aye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 20, 2017

    Aye's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Aye'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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Letina is a bright sixteen-year-old student. He's from a large family with ten children with Letina being one of the oldest. At school, Letina's best subjects are math, Swahili, and social studies. He is a hard-working student and helps look after his father's cattle when he is not studying. About three years ago, Letina's legs began curving as he grew. At first, it was a slight curve but has worsened over the years. As a result, Letina has had to stop his studies in search of treatment for his legs. Due to the family's limited income, they could not previously seek treatment for their son. Letina visited our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), where he was diagnosed with bilateral valgus, a condition in which the bone joint is angled outward away from the body's midline. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, walking is painful and near impossible. Letina shared he is now unable to walk a long distance and feels pain when he does walk. On October 26th, Letina will undergo corrective surgery. Treatment should help restore Letina's mobility, allow him to participate in various activities, and significantly decrease his risk of future complications. AMH is requesting $880 to help fund Letina's surgery. Letina shared, "Walking has become very hard for me due to pain and how deformed my legs are. My friends have been making fun of me at school."

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