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Mu from Burma raised $1,500 to fund splenectomy surgery.

Mu
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Mu's treatment was fully funded on October 13, 2017.
January 17, 2018

Mu did not receive treatment as expected.

Mu’s surgery was cancelled due to low blood pressure. When she returned to the hospital on a later date, she underwent a blood transfusion. When she is eventually cleared for surgery, she will be re-eligible for Watsi funding.

Mu's surgery was cancelled due to low blood pressure. When she returned to the hospital on a later date, she underwent a blood transfusion. ...

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July 12, 2017

Mu is a nine-year-old girl from Karen State, Burma. She has thalassemia, a blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin, and she requires regular blood transfusions. The condition is associated with enlarged organs.

Doctors recently noticed that Mu’s spleen is much larger than normal, putting her at risk for a rupture. They recommended Mu receive a splenectomy to remove her spleen.

Mu’s mother works as a vegetable vender, and her father feeds pigs for a living, though he recently stopped working to care for his daughter. Mu’s parents are in debt from medical bills, so they simply can’t pay for their daughter’s operation.

On July 13, surgeons at our medical partner’s care center, Mae Sot General Hospital, will perform a splenectomy for Mu. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the surgery.

“I hope we will defeat my daughter’s condition so that she can live to become a nurse and help others in need when she grows up,” says Mu’s father.

Mu is a nine-year-old girl from Karen State, Burma. She has thalassemia, a blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemogl...

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Mu's Timeline

  • July 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 13, 2017
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Mu was scheduled to receive 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 8, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 17, 2018
    FUNDING ENDED

    Mu is no longer raising funds.

  • January 17, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mu's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Splenectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,081 for Mu's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,581 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,648
Medical Staff
$1,291
Medication
$25
Supplies
$478
Labs
$130
Radiology
$167
Other
$342
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

The patient has an enlarged spleen, causing him or her to need a blood transfusion. The patient is pale and fatigued.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Patients with thalassemia are usually chronically fatigued. They do not grow normally. Because of the need for frequent blood transfusions, patients spend less time at school.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Although patients can receive blood transfusions at all hospitals, there is only one center in Yangon that specializes in treating thalassemia patients. Patients who live far away have difficulty traveling there for a splenectomy.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will depend on the size of the patient's spleen and the patient's blood iron level. If a patient has received regular blood transfusions, his or her blood iron level may need to be controlled before surgery.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After the surgery, the patient will not grow tired as easily. The patient will be more active and be able to eat and sleep well. In most cases, the patient will need blood transfusions less frequently. However, the patient must be careful. Once the spleen is removed, it cannot protect the patient from infections, so he or she can get sick more frequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, blood clots, and infections.

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 alternative treatments. If the spleen grows very large, it can rupture, causing excessive internal bleeding that could lead to death.

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