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

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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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Veasna is a hardworking 42-year-old farmer and construction worker from Cambodia. He has two sons and two daughters, all of whom are students in public schools. To support their family, Veasna works as a small-scale farmer, and his wife sells vegetables at the local market. Veasna works construction jobs during the off-season to supplement their family's income. In his free time, he enjoys exercising, visiting his friends, and helping his wife with housework. Three years ago, Veasna underwent back surgery for sciatic pain, which led to a reduction in sensation in his feet. He stepped on a hot brick at work two years later and severely burned his left heel. Despite taking antibiotics, this wound has remained unhealed. The wound is currently producing discharge, which he shares is both unpleasant and painful. He is unable to walk on his left foot, preventing him from working. Veasna's wife now provides their family's sole income, and he shares that they are facing difficulty feeding their children and keeping them in school. When Veasna learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform an excision of dead skin and a sural skin flap procedure to heal his wound and help him walk again. Now, he needs help funding this $673 procedure. Veasna shares, "I hope after surgery my foot will heal soon with no infection. I am hopeful I can walk without pain and can return to work to support my family."

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