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Success! Kyaw from Burma raised $851 to fund bed sore treatment.

Kyaw
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  • $851 raised, $0 to go
$851
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kyaw's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Kyaw post-operation

October 3, 2017

Kyaw underwent bed sore treatment.

Before Kyaw received the operation, his wound was very painful. He could not sit, and it was very difficult for him to move or do his work at home. After the operation, he feels no more pain and can sit as normal. He can do his daily work and he can help his family.

Kyaw said, “I want to work at a petrol station. I just want a secure job with a stable income so I can support my family financially.”

Before Kyaw received the operation, his wound was very painful. He could not sit, and it was very difficult for him to move or do his work a...

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June 27, 2017

Kyaw is a 39-year-old Burmese man. A while ago, he was working on a construction site in Thailand where a heavy piece of metal fell on his back and injured him. Due to his tough financial situation, Kyaw was not able to receive the level of medical care that he needed. A fracture in his spine soon developed into paraplegia, leaving him without the use of his legs.

Due to his paraplegia, Kyaw spends much of his time in the same position. As a result, he has developed bed sores which require surgery to treat. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $851 to fund his procedure, which is scheduled to take place on June 27.

Kyaw is looking forward to his surgery because it will allow him to rest comfortably again.

Kyaw is a 39-year-old Burmese man. A while ago, he was working on a construction site in Thailand where a heavy piece of metal fell on his b...

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Kyaw's Timeline

  • June 27, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 27, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyaw received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • August 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 3, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyaw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyaw's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
Local Rotation Flap
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $851 for Kyaw's treatment
Hospital Fees
$265
Medical Staff
$112
Medication
$174
Supplies
$253
Travel
$6
Labs
$5
Radiology
$0
Other
$36
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients have bedsores or pressure sores. They may experience unusual changes in skin color or texture, swelling, and pus-like draining.

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

People with pressure sores might experience discomfort, pain, social isolation, or depression. Failure to treat bedsores at an early stage may cause complications and result in some life-threatening conditions, including cellulitis, bone and joint infections, cancer, and, very rarely, sepsis.

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

People who lack mobility must re-position themselves regularly to avoid stress on the skin, but patients are rarely instructed on the need and the methods of re-positioning. They also cannot afford to hire a professional caregiver to assist with the re-positioning.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Rotation flaps are bow-shaped repairs that redistribute tension vectors and recruit adjacent and/or distant tissue laxity. Rotation flaps provide the ability to mobilize large areas of tissue with a wide vascular base for reconstruction.

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

Rotation allows for the closure of wounds that cannot be repaired along a single tension vector. The flap must be adequately large, and a large base is necessary if a back-cut will be needed to lengthen the flap. If the flap is too small, the residual defect can be covered by mobilizing the surrounding tissue.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

A drawback of rotation flaps is the extended cutting and undermining needed to create the flap, thus increasing the risk of hemorrhage and nerve damage.

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

Since most of our medical partner's patients come from remote areas of Burma, the treatment is not easily accessible. It is only available in cities, and most patients cannot afford the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

None. Surgical debridement of the necrotic areas of the wound is required, but the closing of the pressure sore can only be done through local rotation flaps.

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