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Success! Hsa from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cataract surgery.

Hsa
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Hsa's treatment was fully funded on December 28, 2022.

Photo of Hsa post-operation

January 10, 2023

Hsa underwent cataract surgery.

Hsa’s surgery was a success. Before undergoing this procedure, Hsa’s vision was very blurry. He could not see people’s faces and had difficulty navigating his way around, so he had to rely on his family to help him. Now, having undergone surgery, Hsa shared that his future is brighter! He is thrilled to be able to see clearly again and be able to move and go out on his own. He and his family are no longer worried about his future, and Hsa is looking forward to returning to work as a soldier.

He shared: “I am extremely happy that I can look after myself, and my family does not have to look after me anymore. Thank you very much to each of you for helping. Now, I can go wherever I want without my father’s assistance and play cane ball with my friends again. When I had blurry vision, I felt like my life was in darkness, and now I feel light and happy. Thank you very much to all donors and BCMF for helping me to see again.”

Hsa’s surgery was a success. Before undergoing this procedure, Hsa’s vision was very blurry. He could not see people’s faces and had difficu...

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October 10, 2022

Hsa is an 18-year-old living with his parents, three brothers and a sister, in Burma. Two of his siblings are still in school, while the remainder of his family work as subsistence farmers. Hsa, however, is currently unemployed, and enjoys playing various sports with his friends.

Hsa has cataracts in both of his eyes, making it difficult for him to see clearly. Thanks to assistance from our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hsa is scheduled for cataract surgery on October 11th, at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. During the surgery, doctors will replace Hsa’s own lenses with intraocular implants, enabling Hsa to live a more independent life. Now, Hsa needs your help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Hsa said: “I wish to see again so that I can look after myself. Then my family will no longer need to assist me with everything.”

Hsa is an 18-year-old living with his parents, three brothers and a sister, in Burma. Two of his siblings are still in school, while the rem...

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Hsa's Timeline

  • October 10, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 11, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hsa received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • October 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hsa's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 28, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hsa's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 10, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hsa's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,154 for Hsa's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,654 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Travel
$478
Labs
$30
Other
$342
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

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

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

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

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

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

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

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

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.