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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
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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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Da is a 67-year-old man who lives with his wife and son in a village on the border of Thailand. Da cannot work since his vision deteriorated three years ago. Da's wife is a homemaker, and his son works as a day laborer. In his free time, Da likes to listen to gospel songs. Starting three years ago, Da's right pupil gradually turned white. The vision in his right eye also blurred over time. Later on, the vision in his left eye also became blurred. When he went to Mae Sot Hospital, the doctor diagnosed him with cataracts in both his eyes and told him he would need surgery. However, when Da told the doctor the he had experienced seizures in the past, the doctor ordered a CT scan to check if the problem with his vision is being caused by a brain tumor. Currently, Da cannot see anything and can only perceive light. He needs someone to guide him to the toilet and help him take a shower because he cannot see. Doctors want Da to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Da's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 29th. Da says, "If my vision is restored, I will teach my son how to farm the land and grow crops. I will also volunteer at the Church as much as I can."

47% funded

47%funded
$198raised
$216to go
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

56%funded
$390raised
$306to go

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