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Success! Yin from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Yin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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Fully funded
Yin's treatment was fully funded on August 5, 2021.

Photo of Yin post-operation

September 22, 2021

Yin underwent a sight-restoring eye surgery.

Before her surgery, Yin could perceive light with her right eye, but could not see anything. Since her surgery, Yin’s right eye is significantly improved and she can see very clearly with her right eye now. Yin’s family does not let her to work on any household chores for now as they want her to rest for three months. She said that she can start to do cleaning, cooking, or washing her own clothes and hopes to be able to do this soon. In the future, she’s excited to return to making Mohinga, a Burmese noodle, at home and sell it to generate some income and buy vegetables for her family.

Yin said, “When the doctor came and removed the eye shield for the first time to check my eye, I was so excited to see again. I was worried that I would be in pain during the surgery and also doubted that would I be able to see again after the surgery. Now, my worry is gone and all I have is happiness. My husband and my children are also happy to see I can see again.”

Yin added, “thank you very much to donors for helping me and may you all be healthy. If you did not help, I would not be able to see again because I could not afford for my surgery. Now, I can see again, and I can do the work that I want to do and I can also look after my grandchildren.”

Before her surgery, Yin could perceive light with her right eye, but could not see anything. Since her surgery, Yin’s right eye is significa...

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June 7, 2021

Yin is a 62-year-old woman who lives with her husband, daughter, son in-law, and granddaughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. She is a homemaker, and she loves cooking and cleaning around her house. In her free time, Yin loves to play with her granddaughter. Her husband is retried, and her son in-law is unemployed. Yin’s family receives 800 baht (approx. 27 USD) on a cash card every month to purchase rations. This income is just enough for their daily needs, but they cannot afford to pay other costs like healthcare.

Currently, Yin has limited vision and can only make out if it is dark or light outside with her right eye. The vision in Yin’s left eye is starting to blur, and she cannot see far with her left eye. She is worried that she will lose vision in both of her eyes.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Yin. On June 8th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Yin’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Yin shared, “Before my vision started to blur, I used to make and sell mohinga [a type of Burmese noodles]. With the money that I earned from selling mohinga, I was able to buy vegetables for my family. However, when the vision in my right eye vision became blurred, I could no longer make mohinga anymore. I hope that my vision will be restored after I complete my treatment.”

Yin is a 62-year-old woman who lives with her husband, daughter, son in-law, and granddaughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. S...

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Yin's Timeline

  • June 7, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 8, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yin 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.

  • June 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 5, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yin's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 22, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

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