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Success! Lah from Burma raised $1,500 to fund gallbladder removal.

Lah
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Lah's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Lah post-operation

October 20, 2017

Lah underwent gallbladder removal.

Compared to before, Lah feels a lot better. Now she no longer has stomachaches and is very happy because of the successful surgery.

She says, “Thank you very much to all the donors who make my burden less and my life easier. I would like to say thank you very much for helping me and I also pray that you may live long and be blessed by God forever.”

Compared to before, Lah feels a lot better. Now she no longer has stomachaches and is very happy because of the successful surgery. She ...

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October 1, 2017

Lah is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She works with an organization that promotes women’s empowerment and involvement in public life. Her husband is a soldier. They are supported financially by friends and community supporters, so their income is sporadic.

For the past ten years, Lah has always had a slight stomachache. She received investigative tests in Burma, but they were inconclusive. She was prescribed oral medication, but it didn’t help. Her stomach pain was more intense around meal times and was accompanied by acid reflux and back pain.

In April 2017, the pain intensified. It was sometimes so severe that she felt she couldn’t breathe. She went to a clinic for testing and was diagnosed with a gallstone, which requires surgery.

On October 4, Lah will undergo a cholecystectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to help fund the treatment.

Lah says, “I look after women and children in my area. Those I care for are frequently discriminated against, and I am responsible for helping them support themselves and survive discrimination. I regret being unable to support the people who depend on me during my treatment, and I am hopeful that I can return to them soon.”

Lah is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She works with an organization that promotes women’s empowerment and involvement in public life. Her ...

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Lah's Timeline

  • October 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 4, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Lah 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.

  • October 5, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Lah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 20, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Lah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Lah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Cholecystectomy (Biliary Obstruction)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,729 for Lah's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,229 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,430
Medical Staff
$966
Medication
$12
Supplies
$187
Labs
$84
Radiology
$879
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients experience abdominal pain, jaundice, fever, nausea, and bloating.

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

Patients are in a great deal of pain. They cannot work regularly or even sleep comfortably.

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

Patients cannot afford to go to the hospital. Many people rely on medications provided by dealers who are not authorized pharmacists.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Ultrasound testing is the first diagnostic test. When the diagnosis is confirmed, surgery is scheduled. The gallbladder is removed through an incision on the right side under the rib cage. The patient usually spends 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

After the surgery, the patient will no longer be in pain, and his or her jaundice will reduce.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, fever, pneumonia, heart complications, UTIs, blood clots, renal failure, bile duct injuries, retention of the bile duct stone, and death.

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

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. Without surgery, the stones may grow larger. The patient will live in discomfort and may risk death.

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Stellah

Stellah is a small-scale farmer and the mother of six children. Stellah lost her husband this year in July due to sickness. He left her a three-room semi-permanent house for shelter. Her firstborn is 30 years old and her last born is currently in primary school class five. Stellah developed a small painless swelling on her inner thigh as well as popliteal fossa on her right lower leg one year ago. It has progressively increased in size so Stellah resorted to using herbs as well as taking baths in hot springs hoping that she could get well but it did not help. She has never visited any medical facility for treatment. She occasionally develops numbness in her legs and sometimes her legs become unmovable after sitting down for a while. While farming, she has to lift her leg using her hands to move a step forward. She presented to Rushoroza Hospital and the surgeon recommended surgery. If not treated, her cyst is likely to continue increasing in size and could become infected, further impairing Stellah's movement and productivity along with the quality of her life. However, she is unable to cater for the surgery costs and needs assistance. Stellah traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 23rd, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Stellah needs help to raise $145 to fund this procedure. Stellah says, “I hope to live a normal life again through surgery. I hope to continue with farming since it is my source of livelihood.”

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$74raised
$71to go

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