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Success! Chit from Burma raised $1,500 to fund gynecologic surgery to alleviate her pain and allow her to return home and work again.

Chit
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Chit's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Chit post-operation

January 22, 2023

Chit underwent gynecologic surgery to alleviate her pain and allow her to return home and work again.

Before her surgery, Chit experienced pain in the right side of her lower abdomen. She could also feel the mass increasing in size and she felt like she was carrying something heavy in her abdomen. Since her surgery, she already feels much better and she no longer experiences any pain. She can sleep well and her appetite has increased now that she no longer worries about her condition. However, she experiences slight pain in her lower abdomen whenever she walks longer distances. Chit plan to go back to her village in Burma with her husband and live with her grandparents in the near future.

Chit said, “I will plant a lot of fruit trees and sell them to earn an income. If I have a chance, I want to adopt a girl in the future. I am really thankful to all of the donors and BCMF staff for financially supporting my successful treatment. May this organisation continue to help more patients like me in the future.”

Before her surgery, Chit experienced pain in the right side of her lower abdomen. She could also feel the mass increasing in size and she fe...

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July 25, 2022

Chit is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. This past April, she and her husband have moved in with her sister and two nephews in Mae Sot, a border city in Thailand, while she receives treatment. Prior to the move, Chit would sell various fruits from their home in the village, but she had to close her shop once they moved. Her husband has been unable to work due to his disability. They are now supported by Chit’s sister, who works as a waitress at a restaurant.

In her free time, Chit enjoys gardening and growing various fruit trees, such as avocado, lime, banana, and pomegranate. In the future, she wants to grow and sell fruit tree saplings because she greatly enjoys growing fruit trees!

Since August of last year, Chit has been experiencing slight lower abdominal pains. She especially experiences tightness on the right side of her abdomen in the morning right after she wakes up. She has been diagnosed with a uterine fibroid, a noncancerous growth of the uterus. Doctors have advised her to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Chit’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

Fortunately, Chit is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on July 26th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain and will be able to return home and work again.

Chit shares, “I had to leave my house, and I always have to take care of my husband. But I also have to take care of myself because I am ill. Sometimes, I feel sad and tired of my life. I know surgery will help me…”

Chit is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. This past April, she and her husband have moved in with her sister and two nephews in Mae Sot, a bor...

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Chit's Timeline

  • July 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chit's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 26, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chit 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.

  • December 31, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chit's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 22, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chit's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Chit's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,216
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$523
  • 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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