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Sandar from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund cataract surgery.

Sandar
100%
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Sandar's treatment was fully funded on May 22, 2018.
May 23, 2018

Sandar did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, after further inspection, it was determined that treatment is not possible for Sandar’s eye. She has returned home.

Unfortunately, after further inspection, it was determined that treatment is not possible for Sandar's eye. She has returned home....

May 8, 2018

Sandar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. Sandar was born with Down syndrome. She never went to school, but since moving in with her sister, she enjoys looking at pictures in books in her free time.

Without her vision and unable to communicate with those around her, Sandar was bound to a wheelchair until her first lens replacement surgery on her right eye in April 2018. Since then, she no longer has to rely on a wheelchair, and is looking forward to regaining her vision in her left eye.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Sandar. On May 10, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Sandar’s natural left lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Sandar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. Sandar was born with Down syndrome. She never went to school, but since moving in with her sist...

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Sandar's Timeline

  • May 8, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sandar was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • May 09, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Sandar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 10, 2018
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Sandar was scheduled to receive treatment at Mae Sot General Hospital. 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.

  • May 23, 2018
    FUNDING ENDED

    Sandar is no longer raising funds.

  • May 23, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

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

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Sandar's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Labs
$30
Other
$171
  • 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.