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Success! U Kyaw from Burma raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

U Kyaw
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
U Kyaw's treatment was fully funded on June 4, 2019.

Photo of U Kyaw post-operation

April 22, 2019

U Kyaw underwent eye surgery.

U Kyaw can now see a bit with his left eye. He also noticed that the pain he used to have has decreased. Once he returns home, U Kyaw plans to stay at home and look after his grandchild.

U Kyaw can now see a bit with his left eye. He also noticed that the pain he used to have has decreased. Once he returns home, U Kyaw plans ...

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March 26, 2019

U Kyaw is a 44-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his his wife, three daughters, and a grandson in Karen State, Burma. U Kyaw is a soldier who lost his left leg when he stepped on a land mind five years ago.

U Kyaw is unable to see in both his eyes. The doctor told him that he cannot restore vision in his right eye but he can help him with his left eye.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for U Kyaw. On March 26, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove U Kyaw’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

U Kyaw is a 44-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his his wife, three daughters, and a grandson in Karen State, Burma. U Kyaw is a soldi...

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U Kyaw's Timeline

  • March 26, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    U Kyaw was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • March 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    U Kyaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 5, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    U Kyaw received 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.

  • April 22, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    U Kyaw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 4, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    U Kyaw's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for U Kyaw'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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Bo

Bo is an eighth grader who lives in the school dormitory during the school year. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden. He recently had his arm is amputated to help treat his bone cancer condition, so he is no longer able to play guitar anymore. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left forearm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left forearm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling grew very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper forearm. Bo was in a lot of pain and could not use his left arm. Doctors diagnosed him with bone cancer and amputated his left arm to help stop his cancer from spreading further. He has also undergone chemo treatment after his amputation and now his doctor wants to do an MRI to assess his prognosis and plan for any further treatment that may be needed to protect his health. An MRI is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Bo's MRI and care, scheduled for March 11th. Bo said, "Since I finished my surgery and finished chemo injection, I am able to continue my studies without any pain. I hope that I will be able to continue my studies until I gradate from school."

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$445raised
$369to go

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