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U Tin is a 36-year-old man from Burma who needs $807 to fund hernia surgery.

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May 24, 2022

U Tin is a 36-year-old man, living with his mother on the western coast of Burma. U Tin’s mother is retired and helps with household chores. U Tin works in a photo studio, printing photos and wedding invitations. Through this, his monthly income is just enough to pay for their basic living expenses.

One year ago, U Tin started to experience pain in his lower left abdomen. Thinking that the pain would go away, U Tin relied on traditional medicine and pain medication. In February, the pain increased, but U Tin could not afford to seek treatment at a hospital. Instead, he purchased more pain medication from a pharmacy, which helped ease his discomfort somewhat. However in April, the pain became so severe that he could no longer work. He borrowed money from his friend, and went to a hospital. The doctor examined him, and diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia. When the doctor told him the surgery would cost 1,200,000 kyat (approx. $1,200 USD), U Tin told the doctor he could not afford to pay such a sum, and he returned home still feeling unwell.

A few days later, U Tin told his neighbour about his problem, and she suggested that he seek treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where care is more affordable. He followed his neighbour’s advice, and went to MCLH, where the doctor confirmed his diagnosis and the need for surgery. When U Tin explained that he could not afford to pay for the surgery, the doctor referred him to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, for assistance in accessing the treatment he needs.

Currently, U Tin is experiencing severe pain, and he cannot sit or stand for any length of time. Fortunately, he is now scheduled for surgery on May 24th, and Burma Children Medical Fund is requesting $807 to cover the cost of U Tin’s hernia repair treatment.

U Tin said: “I would like to recover. I am worried that I will not be able to work and take care of my mother. When I recover, I will go continue to work [at the shop] and pay back the money I borrowed from my friends.”

U Tin is a 36-year-old man, living with his mother on the western coast of Burma. U Tin’s mother is retired and helps with household chores....

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U Tin's Timeline

  • May 24, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 24, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    U Tin was scheduled to receive treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy 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.

  • May 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

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

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    U Tin is currently raising funds for his treatment.

  • TBD
    AWAITING UPDATE

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

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Hernia repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $807 for U Tin's treatment
Hospital Fees
$121
Medical Staff
$434
Medication
$12
Supplies
$182
Labs
$22
Other
$36
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The most common symptom is swelling, a lump or a bulge in the affected area. The bulge, lump or swelling will be more pronounced when standing up, bending down or coughing and can disappear when lying down. Some patients also experience pain or discomfort at the site of the hernia. Overtime, pain can increase at the site of the bulge, especially while doing certain activities such as lifting objects. The bulge can also increase in size over time. Patients can also experience a sudden and severe pain at the site of their hernia.

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

Over time, a hernia can grow larger and more painful. Due to the symptoms of the hernia, adult patients may have difficulty caring for their families and completing day-to-day chores. They may miss work or lose their jobs altogether, resulting in a decrease in income for their families. Children can miss school or drop out, resulting in a lower quality of life in the future. Untreated, hernias can cause life-threatening complications. Complications of an untreated hernia include strangulation, where a part of the intestine becomes trapped between abdominal tissue, which cuts off blood supply to that area of the intestine. The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, acute pain, bloody stool and a fever.

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

Many adult patients with inguinal hernias, especially male patients, feel embarrassed to seek medical attention due to the fact that inguinal hernias affect their groin, an area of the body still considered taboo to talk about in many cultures. Because of this, they will usually only seek treatment when their condition is severe and they are in a lot of pain. Due to the severity of their condition, they will usually need to undergo urgent surgery. Additionally, hernia patients from low-income households will delay seeking medical care because of financial difficulties paying for treatment and travel to a hospital. Many patients who lives in the remote area may not know how to go about accessing care in the hospital.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes a blood test and an ultrasound scan if the doctor thinks it is necessary to confirm a diagnosis. For adult patients without any underlying conditions, hernia repair surgery can be performed quickly. However, if the patient has underlying conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, their underlying condition must be managed before they receive surgery. A patient usually spends about 2-3 days in the hospital.

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

After the surgery, the patient will no longer experience pain and will be able to resume normal daily activities. Any other symptoms caused by the hernia such as nausea or vomiting will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential risks of undergoing surgery for hernia repair includes a wound hematoma, bladder injury, an infection at the site of the surgery and allergic reactions to anesthesia. In addition to this, a hernia can reoccur after surgery, pain from undergoing abdominal surgery may not diminish and digestive complications can arise if a section of the intestine needs to be removed. In male patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair, the testicles could be harmed if connecting blood vessels are damaged. Additionally there could be nerve damage or damage to nearby organs.

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

Hernia repair is available at many hospitals in Burma. However, most patients have to pay out of pocket and cannot afford to pay for it. Many patients will try to meet with traditional healers before they get to know or are referred to Burma Children Medical Fund.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Hernias can only be treated through surgery and rarely get better on their own. Laparoscopic surgery is an alternative type of surgery for hernia patients. This type of surgery is less invasive and leaves smaller scars than open surgery. Because of this, recovery time is faster. However, most hospitals in Burma do not use this method of treatment.

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