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U Kyaw is a man from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

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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, our medical partner in Burma.

  • March 26, 2019
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    U Kyaw 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.

  • March 29, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    U Kyaw is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting U Kyaw's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 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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