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Success! Khin from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a colostomy closure surgery.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Khin's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Khin post-operation

December 2, 2020

Khin underwent a colostomy closure surgery.

After surgery, Khin has started helping his wife with household chores like cooking and washing clothes. He has confidence to go out outside without feeling embarrassed or the discomfort he used to feel. He is no longer worried about his colostomy or what other people may think of him.

Khin shared that in the future, he will continue to work as a day laborer and save money to buy a piece of land to build a house for his family in Burma. One day he plans to have two children and live happily with his family in his own house.

Khin told us, “I am very grateful that I received successful surgery. Now, I’ve become a healthy and normal person again. Your support is really helpful for myself and my family’s financial situation. If it is not for your help I could not afford my treatment cost as I have no savings. Therefore, I would like to say thank you to all of the donors and BCMF for supporting my treatment.”

After surgery, Khin has started helping his wife with household chores like cooking and washing clothes. He has confidence to go out outside...

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August 7, 2020

Khin is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and his friend in Mae Pa Village in the north of the country. Khin and his wife moved from Burma searching for better job opportunities. His wife works in a factory as a seamstress. Khin used to work as a day laborer but since his accident he has not been able to work. His friend works as an agricultural day laborer but he does not share his income with Khin and his wife. In his free time, Khin loved to play caneball with his friends and listen to music.

Khin currently has a colostomy and shared that he does not like having one. He feels embarrassed and he avoids his friends. He worries what his friends will think so he always stays at home since he received the colostomy. Aside from his symptoms, he feels sad that he cannot work and that he has to depend on his wife’s income. Furthermore, because of the COVID-19, the factory his wife works at has reduced their hours of operation.

Khin underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon was brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for reversal. In Khin’s case, his colostomy requires reversal in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a reverse colostomy for Khin. The surgery is scheduled to take place on August 10th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Khin said, “I feel sad that I cannot work and have to depend on my wife’s income. When I was admitted at the hospital my wife had to accompany me which also reduced the salary she received.”

Khin is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and his friend in Mae Pa Village in the north of the country. Khin and his w...

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Khin's Timeline

  • August 7, 2020

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

  • August 10, 2020

    Khin received treatment at Mae Sot General 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.

  • August 10, 2020

    Khin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2020

    Khin's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 2, 2020

    Khin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Reverse Colostomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,755 for Khin's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,255 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A piece of the colon is diverted to an artificial opening, or stoma, in the abdominal wall.

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

The abdominal opening must be kept clean to prevent infection. This condition can cause social difficulty for the patient and lessens his or her quality of life.

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

People do not usually seek treatment because it is not available in most parts of Burma. People need to purchase appropriate medical pouches to place over the stoma, but many in rural areas cannot afford these pouches or cannot find them at their local stores. Instead, they use plastic bags, which lead to infections.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes several tests, including a barium enema, to ensure a smooth connection between the two intestines. After clearance, surgeons begin a reversal of the colostomy process, reattaching the colon and reestablishing typical bowel function. The patient will spend 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

Although the patient will have a scar, he or she will no longer live with an opening in the abdomen. The patient will no longer experience bowel dysfunction, though the patient may experience some dietary restrictions.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include leakage, infection, intestinal obstruction, incisional hernia, and incontinence.

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

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. The patient will continue to live with the stoma.

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