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Success! Steph from Burma raised $914 to fund an appendectomy.

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Steph's treatment was fully funded on August 12, 2022.

Photo of Steph post-operation

August 31, 2022

Steph underwent an appendectomy.

Since his surgery Steph feels so much better and no longer experiences pain in the right side of his abdomen. His jaundice and nauseousness has disappeared and his appetite has returned. He can sleep and eat well. Now, he is able to return to his work as a driver.

Steph said, “I want to save money to pay back my debts. Thank you to everyone who helped pay for my treatment cost. Life would be very difficult without donors.”

Since his surgery Steph feels so much better and no longer experiences pain in the right side of his abdomen. His jaundice and nauseousness ...

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February 6, 2022

Steph is a 38-year-old man who lives with his parents and younger brother in a village in Burma. He works as a driver, while his father works in a nursing home and his mother is a homemaker. His younger brother attends university and also volunteers in the nursing home. In his free time, Steph like to grow vegetables in the garden and to help repair cars.

In July 2021, Steph began experiencing pain on the right side of his abdomen. He bought medication from the pharmacy and felt better for a few months, but unfortunately, his symptoms returned. He visited a local hospital for examination, and he was diagnosed with gallstones. His doctor recommended that he undergo surgery to remove the stones. When he was admitted for the procedure, his doctors also diagnosed him with appendicitis. He is nauseous, has a fever, and cannot sleep well due to the pain in his abdomen.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Steph receive appendectomy treatment, a surgery to remove his appendix. Now, he needs help raising $914 to fund his procedure and care.

Steph shared, “I feel very upset because I can’t work and support my parents who are old. Sometimes, when I thought about my condition and where I could receive [and pay for] surgery, I would cry by myself.”

Steph is a 38-year-old man who lives with his parents and younger brother in a village in Burma. He works as a driver, while his father work...

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Steph's Timeline

  • February 6, 2022

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

  • February 7, 2022

    Steph received treatment at KBC 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.

  • February 7, 2022

    Steph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 12, 2022

    Steph's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 31, 2022

    Steph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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On average, it costs $914 for Steph's treatment
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  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The symptoms of appendicitis include pain in the upper abdomen or around the navel. In addition to this, patients will commonly have a distended abdomen, pain in the lower right side of the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, a lack of appetite, constipation, or diarrhea.

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

The patients’ quality of life will be low. They will experience a sudden pain that begins on the right side of the lower abdomen or around the navel, that will become increasingly severe. They will be uncomfortable due to a slight fever, constipation, diarrhea or indigestion. They will be unable to work, go to school or do any other chores or activities. Most importantly, untreated appendicitis can lead to a ruptured appendix and/or an abscess which are both life threatening. An untreated abscess can spread and damage other organs, while a ruptured appendix can spread bacteria which may lead to a serious infection.

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

Often times, patients tend to seek medical attention when their symptoms have become severe or when they have exhausted all local and affordable options. Further adding to this, is that many patients are just treated for their symptoms and are not diagnosed properly. Meanwhile in Burma, appendectomy surgery is only available in larger towns and cities, which is difficult and expensive for patients residing in remote areas and villages to access.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

First, the patient will receive general anesthesia. During the surgery, a surgeon makes one incision in the lower right side of the abdomen. The appendix is removed and the wound is closed with stitches. This procedure also allows the doctor to clean the abdominal cavity if the appendix has burst.

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

After the procedure, the patient will no longer experience abdominal pain, nor nausea or vomiting. The patient's appetite will return and they will be able to resume their daily tasks.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The potential risks of undergoing an appendectomy include bleeding, wound infection, injury to nearby organs and a blocked bowel. However, these post-operative complications are rare.

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

Surgery is only available in a hospital in larger cities in Burma, which is expensive and unaffordable for most patients. At the same time, most patients live in remote areas, where subsistence and semi-subsistence lifestyles are still common. Although some patients, especially in towns, earn an income, they do not earn enough to cover the cost of their treatment. Many patients turn to acquaintances for help navigating the healthcare system in Burma and Thailand. Once they arrive at a clinic or local hospital, they are referred to a larger hospital, before being referred to BCMF for financial support of their treatment.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

The alternative treatments that exist for appendicitis is to drain the abscess with a needle or during surgery followed by a course of antibiotics. Additionally a less invasive procedure to remove the appendix involves a laparoscopic appendectomy if the appendix has not yet burst. However, at KBC Hospital, most patients undergo an open appendectomy.

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