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Success! Htay from Burma raised $1,500 to fund an abdominal hysterectomy.

Htay
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Htay's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2017.

Photo of Htay post-operation

September 28, 2017

Htay underwent an abdominal hysterectomy.

Since Htay’s surgery, she feels a lot better. She eats and sleeps better, and she feels less pain. Soon, she will be able to return to work.

“I am happy with the surgery I have received,” she says.

Since Htay's surgery, she feels a lot better. She eats and sleeps better, and she feels less pain. Soon, she will be able to return to work....

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June 24, 2017

Htay is a 30-year-old woman who lives in Thailand with her husband and four children. While she and her second oldest daughter work as day laborers on corn and chili plantations, Htay’s husband recently had to quit his job in order to look after their two youngest children at home.

After giving birth to her youngest child, Htay received an intrauterine device (IUD) as part of her family planning. Recently she experienced severe abdominal pain and vomiting. Her neighbor, concerned for her health, sent Htay to Mae Tao Clinic. There she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), as an emergency case.

BCMF is requesting $1500 to fund an abdominal hysterectomy for Htay. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 24 and, once completed, will hopefully relieve Htay from her recent pain and discomfort.

Htay is a 30-year-old woman who lives in Thailand with her husband and four children. While she and her second oldest daughter work as day l...

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Htay's Timeline

  • June 24, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Htay was submitted by Kiat at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • June 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Htay 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.

  • July 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Htay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Htay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 30, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Htay's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Htay'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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