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Success! Naing from Burma raised $828 to fund hernia repair.

Naing
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  • $828 raised, $0 to go
$828
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$0
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Fully funded
Naing's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2021.
July 2, 2021

Naing is a 46-year-old-man who lives with his mother, wife, sister, son and two daughters in Karen State in the border area of Burma. Naing used to work in a teashop as a baker but stopped four years ago when his health deteriorated. His son is also unemployed, unable to find work ever since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in Burma more than a year ago. They all rely on Naing’s wife, who works as a vendor in the market, to get by. She earns about 150,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) a month, which they shared is not enough to cover their household expenses.

In 2014, Naing received surgery for a right inguinal hernia with the help of his employer. Then, four years ago in 2017, he noticed that he had a small lump on his left side. Over time, the small lump increased in size and shifted downwards, causing pain and discomfort that made it impossible for Naing to continue working at the teashop. Although Naing knew that he most likely is having another hernia, since he was experiencing the same symptoms as before, he did not have enough money to pay for surgery. Therefore, he tried to cope with the pain and discomfort without treatment.

In June, Naing’s friend advised for him to go to Ananda Myitta Clinic, a charity clinic in his city to ask for help accessing treatment. Naing and his friend went to the clinic, where they talked to the founder. The founder then referred Naing to another organization called Health for All who help put him in touch with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance accessing surgery for his hernia.

Naing said, “I would like to receive treatment for my hernia. If I’m cured, I can work again as a baker and our [household] income will increase. Now, only my wife works and we all depend on her.”

Naing is a 46-year-old-man who lives with his mother, wife, sister, son and two daughters in Karen State in the border area of Burma. Naing ...

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Naing's Timeline

  • July 2, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Naing was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • July 2, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Naing was scheduled to receive treatment at Taw Win Thu Kha Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • July 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naing's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naing's treatment was fully funded.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Naing's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Hernia repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $828 for Naing's treatment
Hospital Fees
$107
Medical Staff
$420
Medication
$2
Supplies
$195
Labs
$83
Other
$21
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The most common symptom is swelling, a lump or a bulge in the affected area. The bulge, lump or swelling will be more pronounced when standing up, bending down or coughing and can disappear when lying down. Some patients also experience pain or discomfort at the site of the hernia. Overtime, pain can increase at the site of the bulge, especially while doing certain activities such as lifting objects. The bulge can also increase in size over time. Patients can also experience a sudden and severe pain at the site of their hernia.

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

Over time, a hernia can grow larger and more painful. Due to the symptoms of the hernia, adult patients may have difficulty caring for their families and completing day-to-day chores. They may miss work or lose their jobs altogether, resulting in a decrease in income for their families. Children can miss school or drop out, resulting in a lower quality of life in the future. Untreated, hernias can cause life-threatening complications. Complications of an untreated hernia include strangulation, where a part of the intestine becomes trapped between abdominal tissue, which cuts off blood supply to that area of the intestine. The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, acute pain, bloody stool and a fever.

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

Many adult patients with inguinal hernias, especially male patients, feel too embarrassed to seek medical attention due to the fact that inguinal hernias affect their groin, an area of the body still considered taboo to talk about in none-western cultures. Because of this, they will usually only seek treatment when their condition is severe and they are in a lot of pain. Due to the severity of their condition, they will usually need to undergo urgent surgery. Additionally, hernia patients from low-income households will delay seeking medical care because of financial difficulties paying for treatment and travel to a hospital. Many patients who lives in the remote area may not know how to go about accessing care in the hospital.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes a blood test and an ultrasound scan if the doctor thinks it is necessary to confirm a diagnosis. For adult patients without any underlying conditions, hernia repair surgery can be performed quickly. However, if the patient has underlying conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, their underlying condition must be managed before they receive surgery. A patient usually spends about 2-3 days in the hospital.

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

After the surgery, the patient will no longer experience pain and will be able to resume normal daily activities. Any other symptoms caused by the hernia such as nausea or vomiting will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential risks of undergoing surgery for hernia repair includes a wound hematoma, bladder injury, an infection at the site of the surgery and allergic reactions to anesthesia. In addition to this, a hernia can reoccur after surgery, pain from undergoing abdominal surgery may not diminish and digestive complications can arise if a section of the intestine needs to be removed. In male patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair, the testicles could be harmed if connecting blood vessels are damaged. Additionally there could be nerve damage or damage to nearby organs.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Hernia repair is available at many hospitals in Burma. However, most patients have to pay out of pocket, most cannot afford to pay for it. Many patients will try to meet with traditional healers before they get to know or are referred to Burma Children Medical Fund.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Hernias can only be treated through surgery and rarely get better on their own. Laparoscopic surgery is an alternative type of surgery for hernia patients. This type of surgery is less invasive and leaves smaller scars than open surgery. Because of this, recovery time is faster. However, most hospitals in Burma do not use this method of treatment.

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