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Success! Yar from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a tumor removal surgery.

Yar
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Fully funded
Yar's treatment was fully funded on January 16, 2021.

Photo of Yar post-operation

April 26, 2021

Yar underwent a tumor removal surgery.

Before her surgery, Yar experienced aching pain every day in her lower left jaw, her neck, and her back. Whenever she was in pain, she could not eat well and would have trouble sleeping. She would also develop a fever with a headache whenever the pain was particularly bad. Since her successful surgery, Yar is no longer in pain. She no longer experiences difficulty eating, and she is able to use her upper front teeth to bite and her molars to chew. She is also finally sleeping well as a result of the surgery. Yar’s family was happy when they heard that her surgery was successful.

Yar shared, “When I go back to the [refugee] camp, I will try to attend a training to learn how to sew clothes. I was already interested in sewing before I learned how to sew masks and bags from Burma Children’s Medical Fund staff member Mi Aye at the patient house. Afterwards I want to open a small shop in front of my home and work as a seamstress. Sewing is easy work, and I can earn money easily.”

Before her surgery, Yar experienced aching pain every day in her lower left jaw, her neck, and her back. Whenever she was in pain, she could...

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December 2, 2020

Yar is a 18-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her parents, three younger sisters and three younger brothers in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Yar and her parents are all too ill to work and are homemakers, while her siblings are students. Her family relies on the monthly food allowance they receive from an organization to get by. They also grow vegetables for themselves to supplement this income. Yar completed grade nine, but felt too ill to return to school this year. In her free time, she likes to weave traditional Karen bags for her siblings and help her mother with household chores.

One day in early January 2020, Yar started to experience neck pain, fevers, and chills. When she went to the refugee camp’s hospital, run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), she was diagnosed with tonsillitis and was given oral paink medication and antibiotics. During her follow-up appointment, the medic gave her more of the same medications. After her follow-up appointment, Yar felt a small growth with her tongue inside her bottom left jaw behind her front teeth. She told the medic about this at her next appointment, but it was not checked out and she received more oral medication each week until the beginning of June 2020. During this time, the mass increased in size.

In June, she was referred to Umphang Hospital, which then referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for surgery. IRC brought Yar to MSH, where she received a physical examination, a CT-scan, and a biopsy of the mass. The CT result indicated that the mass was benign. In July, when she went back to MSH for her follow-up appointment, the doctor removed the mass in her mouth as well as five of her lower front teeth during surgery.

Since the surgery, Yar has experienced swelling where the mass was removed. Daily, she experiences an achy pain in her lower left jaw, her neck and her back. The mass has also returned and is increasing in size. IRC referred Yar to Watsi’s Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing treatment in Chiang Mai Hospital. After reviewing a CT scan to confirm her diagnosis, the doctor in Chiang Mai recommended she move forward with surgery to remove the tumor.

Now, she is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on December 3rd. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

Yar shared, “I am scared to receive surgery but I believe that I will be recovered after that so I am happy.”

Yar is a 18-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her parents, three younger sisters and three younger brothers in a refugee camp on t...

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Yar's Timeline

  • December 2, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 3, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yar received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • December 3, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 16, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yar's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 26, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 48 donors

Treatment
Removal of Benign Tumor
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $3,080 for Yar's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,580 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,326
Medical Staff
$475
Medication
$7
Supplies
$400
Travel
$112
Labs
$86
Radiology
$567
Other
$107

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$973raised
$212to go

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