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Success! Hla from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund bladder stone removal.

Hla
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Hla's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Hla post-operation

July 11, 2017

Hla underwent bladder stone removal surgery.

Hla feels happy and relieved after his surgery. His wife and children were delighted to see him look much healthier. Hla does not experience pain when passing urine, and the back pain that he had before the surgery is totally gone. Hla plans to stay at home and rest before finding some work to do again after he has fully recovered.

“I cried a lot when I looked after him at the hospital. It was heartbreaking to see him suffer from the pain. I am very glad that he is healthy again,” says Hla’s daughter.

Hla feels happy and relieved after his surgery. His wife and children were delighted to see him look much healthier. Hla does not experience...

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April 1, 2017

Hla is a 55-year-old man who has pyelonephritis and urinary stones. He currently lives in Thailand with his wife, his children, and a grandson.

Hla is originally from a village in Burma. Twenty years ago, due to the heavy fighting in the area, Hla and his wife decided to migrate to Mae Sot with their children. Hla and his wife used to work as agricultural day laborers until they retired five years ago. Hla enjoys planting vegetables on a small patch near the house.

In early March 2017, Hla started to feel pain in his lower abdomen. He began to experience urinary and bowel dysfunction, and medications did not help. Two days later, he went to our medical partner’s clinic and was admitted for three days. He was then sent to the hospital for an x-ray and an ultrasound. Doctors told him that they found a stone in his bladder around the size of a chicken egg.

“I never thought I would be this sick in my life. I never expected it to be a big problem,” says Hla.

On April 3, Hla will undergo surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner’s care center. Surgeons will remove the bladder stone. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund his treatment.

Hla is a 55-year-old man who has pyelonephritis and urinary stones. He currently lives in Thailand with his wife, his children, and a grands...

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Hla's Timeline

  • April 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 3, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hla 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.

  • April 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hla's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Cystolithotomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $5,517 for Hla's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,017 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,601
Medical Staff
$823
Medication
$4
Supplies
$784
Labs
$84
Radiology
$50
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The symptoms of bladder stone includes lower abdominal pain, frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, and difficulty urinating. Some patients will pass urine with blood and have dark and cloudy urine.

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

Patients cannot sleep well because of the pain and in severe cases they have to live with a urinary catheter which can be uncomfortable for them. Patients without a catheter are in pain when they pass urine. Patients are also not able to work when their conditions are severe and have to spend limited income on paying for multiple appointments, transportation to the hospital, and medication. Many patients end up going into debt over time.

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

Most of the patients who live in remote areas cannot afford to go to the hospital or have difficulty accessing one during the rainy season. They rely on traditional medicine to treat themselves which usually only relieves their symptoms for a short while. Due to this and a lack of affordable health care, they live with their condition until it becomes severe.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Urine tests and an ultrasound are first conducted to diagnose the patient. Afterwards, the doctor may recommend an x-ray or a computerized tomography scan if the ultrasound is not clear. When the diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment plan is scheduled. Some patients will undergo shockwave lithotripsy, laser treatment to break up the stones into small enough pieces that can be passed while urinating. Most of the time, when the stones are very large, the doctor will recommend surgery to remove the stone. During surgery, the bladder stone is removed through an incision in the lower abdomen. Patients requiring surgery usually spend 4-5 days in the hospital before they are discharged.

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

After surgery, the patient will be able to pass urine normally and they will no longer experience lower abdominal pain. They will no longer require a catheter, and they will be able to sleep well at night. Adult patients will be able to go back to work and will be able to contribute financially to their households.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Complications or risks are rare but can include tears in the bladder wall during the surgery as well as urinary tract infections and residual stones within the bladder.

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

Many of our patients live in remote areas or in refugees camps along the Thai-Burma border. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Once laser treatment has failed or where stones are too large there are no alternatives. Without surgery, the stones may increase in size causing further discomfort, pain, and possibly death.

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