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Ngwe from Burma raised $1,104 to fund gynecological surgery.

Ngwe
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  • $1,104 raised, $0 to go
$1,104
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ngwe's treatment was fully funded on April 24, 2018.
April 28, 2018

Ngwe did not receive treatment as expected.

The doctors suspect that this patient might have an underlying cardiac condition. They do not want to operate on her until they check her ECHO results in May. For this reason, the surgery date has been postponed until they check the results.

The doctors suspect that this patient might have an underlying cardiac condition. They do not want to operate on her until they check her EC...

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April 13, 2018

Ngwe is a 61-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson, and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. He is a farmer as well, but he does not live in the same village.

Last month, Ngwe began to experience pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ngwe’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 17. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ngwe will be feel more comfortable and she will no longer experience pain and bleeding anymore.

“I want to pray more at the Buddhist temple and give more offerings. I also want to be able to cook again, clean, and take care of my home. I do not want to go back to work; I feel that my body is too old to put up with physical work from now on,” says Ngwe.

Ngwe is a 61-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson, and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her...

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Ngwe's Timeline

  • April 13, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ngwe was submitted by Than Than Oo at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • April 13, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ngwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 17, 2018
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Ngwe 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.

  • April 28, 2018
    FUNDING ENDED

    Ngwe is no longer raising funds.

  • April 28, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ngwe's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Total Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,104 for Ngwe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$419
Medical Staff
$458
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$43
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis, tissue protrusion from a sensitive area, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and lower back pain.

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

Patients may experience intermittent pain in the abdomen and spotting. If the pain becomes debilitating and chronic, patients may be unable to participate in daily life. It may be difficult for women to care for their families, complete household tasks, and work.

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

Because of the sensitive nature of gynecological conditions, patients may delay seeking care. Many patients do not have the means to travel or pay for surgery or are not able to take time away from their family and work to seek treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes blood testing and an ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis. If the patient does not have any other medical conditions, surgery can be performed quickly. If the patient has another health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, its symptoms must be managed before surgery. A patient usually spends about 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

This treatment can completely change a patient’s life. After the surgery, the patient will see her condition and symptoms improve. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Side effects can include fever, infection, heavy bleeding during or after surgery, injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs, blood clots, problems related to anesthesia, and death.

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

Although this type of treatment is available in most of Burma, patients cannot access care because of the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives, especially for women who are older. Doctors will suggest this treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence of masses/cysts/myoma. Some women opt to treat the symptoms with pain medicine or traditional medicine. Ultimately, however, mass removal or a hysterectomy are the only options to resolve the condition and improve the symptoms.

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