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Success! Tin from Burma raised $1,500 to fund foot surgery to heal her infection.

Tin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tin's treatment was fully funded on March 22, 2022.

Photo of Tin post-operation

August 3, 2022

Tin underwent foot surgery to heal her infection.

Tin’s surgery was a success! Before undergoing her procedure, Tin experienced a lot of pain in her feet, had fevers and trouble sleeping, and could not walk or take care of herself without her son’s assistance. Now, Tin is happy to report that she can stand on her feet and even walk a bit. She is sleeping well and lives more independently.

Tin said, “Thank you very much to all the donors who help pay for my surgery cost. In the future, I want to run a shop at home and sell some dry foods.”

Tin's surgery was a success! Before undergoing her procedure, Tin experienced a lot of pain in her feet, had fevers and trouble sleeping, an...

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March 16, 2022

Daw lives with her two sons who work as day labourers getting work where they can. While her sons work, her daughter comes over to do their household chores. The income her sons earn is not enough to cover their daily expenses and sometimes they have to borrow money from their neighbor.

Around 15 years ago, Tin was diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes. In early January, she noticed that she had developed ulcers on her left soles. She could not even remember injuring her left foot, but she went to a clinic twice to have her foot treated. Unfortunately, her condition worsened and by the end of February, she also developed ulcers an on her right big toe. In March, she was brought to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where she was admitted. She underwent wound debridement surgery on her left foot. A few days later, the doctor told her they would need to do an amputate her right foot so that her infection did not spread further.

Our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) is helping Tin and her family raise the financial support for her treatment.

Currently, Tin is experiencing a lot of pain in both her left foot and her right big toe. At night, she has a fever and cannot sleep. She cannot walk and needs her son to help her go to the bathroom and take a shower.

“Since I learned that donors could help pay for my surgery, I feel very happy,” she said. “I want to say thank you to the donors.”

Daw lives with her two sons who work as day labourers getting work where they can. While her sons work, her daughter comes over to do their ...

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Tin's Timeline

  • March 16, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tin was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • March 17, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tin received 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.

  • March 18, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 22, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tin's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Amputation
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,397 for Tin's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,897 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,558
Medical Staff
$108
Medication
$2
Supplies
$158
Travel
$16
Labs
$20
Radiology
$5
Other
$530
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Diagnosis involves broken bones, pain, and swelling.

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

Broken bones lead to decreased mobility. Patients are unable to do their normal daily activities.

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

Most people in remote areas try to fix the broken legs/arms by themselves. People go to spiritual healers or traditional massagers for healing. Sometimes the broken bone heals, but not in the correct position.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

After a series of x-rays, the doctor then decides on surgery.

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

Healing takes time, especially for bones. When the bones have completely healed, patients will be able to get back to their normal activities without pain and/or swelling.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risks include allergic response, infection, malignancy (very rare), osteoporosis, and migration.

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

Since most of our medical partner's patients come from remote areas of Burma, the treatment is not easily accessible, as it is only available in big cities like Rangoon. Patients cannot afford the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

None. If the broken bones are not fixed, patients will have to spend their lives in pain. If the swelling turns out to be malignant then it will spread faster, costing the patient’s life.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.