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Zar Zar from Burma raised $1,500 to treat an encephalocele.

Zar Zar
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Zar Zar's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2015.

Photo of Zar Zar post-operation

November 3, 2015

Zar Zar received successful reconstructive surgery.

“Zar Zar received surgery to remove the lump on the bridge of her nose,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. “Now, she can see well because there is no obstruction in front of her eyes. She no longer has a headache and she can go to school without being shy.”

“Thank you so much,” Zar Zar shares. “I am very grateful for all of your help. I will continue to finish my studies and I will be a teacher after graduating from school.”

"Zar Zar received surgery to remove the lump on the bridge of her nose," shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. "Now, she can se...

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May 29, 2015

Zar Zar is a shy 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, 17-year-old brother, and two younger brothers. Her mother says that Zar Zar is a good student and she studies hard. Zar Zar is in the 9th grade and is looking forward to completing her studies. Her parents and older brother work as rice farmers, but this is typically not enough income to cover their expenses.

Zar Zar has been diagnosed with encephalocele, a neural tube defect that causes a mass to grow. “When she was born her parents noticed a small lump on the bridge of her nose,” Zar Zar’s doctor at Burma Border Projects (BBP) tells us. “At that time the bump did not cause her any physical discomfort and she was otherwise a healthy, active baby. Her encephalocele now takes up the bridge of her nose and completely obstructs the vision in her left eye. Although it causes her considerable discomfort, she has learned to make do as well as she can. Only having vision in one eye has not stopped her from going to school, nor has the stigma attached to her condition.”

“In the future, she said that she would like to be a teacher,” BBP adds. “At the moment, teaching is like a hobby for her, and she helps her younger siblings and her peers with their school work, she added that she enjoys explaining things and helping people learn. In addition, in her free time, she likes running and staying healthy.”

Zar Zar’s family cannot afford the surgery needed to remove the growth from Zar Zar’s face, but with $1,500 we can make sure she receives the treatment. “After treatment she will concentrate on her education and hopes to help her family,” BBP explains. “Treatment will improve her confidence and make her more outgoing. Zar Zar’s treatment will also benefit the family as they will no longer have to worry about paying for expensive surgery and can look to the future with happiness.”

Zar Zar is a shy 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, 17-year-old brother, and two younger brothers. Her mother says tha...

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Zar Zar's Timeline

  • May 29, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Zar Zar was submitted by Kathryn Delahunty at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • May 30, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zar Zar received treatment. 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 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zar Zar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 3, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zar Zar's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 3, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Zar Zar. Read the update.

Funded by 30 donors

Funded by 30 donors

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Samrach

Samrach is a 27-year-old clothing factory worker. He's is married with two small children. His daughter is six years old and just starting the first grade, and his son is nine months old. His wife is also a factory worker in their province. He likes to play with his children and listen to music. Ten months ago, on his way home from the factory, Samrach was in a motorcycle crash. He suffered fractures of the femur, clavicle, forearm, and multiple other injuries. He lost his left leg below the knee due to the trauma injury, and spent three months in a provincial hospital. A local taxi driver told him about the specialty care at our medical partner Children's Surgical Center (CSC). Doctors have diagnosed him with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He cannot lift his left shoulder, bend his elbow, or use his hand. He feels unwell and shared that he often feels very depressed that he cannot work or support his family. Samrach traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 6th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he hopes to regain the use of his arm so he can find work in the factory again. Our medical partner is requesting $696 to fund this life-changing procedure. Samrach said: "I hope this surgery will work for me, and I can start working again to have money to feed my children and make sure they go to school."

56% funded

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$390raised
$306to go

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