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Success! Mu Mu from Burma raised $1,500 to fund gynecological surgery.

Mu Mu
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mu Mu's treatment was fully funded on December 30, 2016.

Photo of Mu Mu post-operation

January 26, 2017

Mu Mu underwent successful gynecological surgery.

Prior to her surgery, Mu Mu was in a lot of pain, and her left leg was numb. After surgery, she is in less pain, and her leg is no longer numb. She is eager to start working again and hopes to move to Bangkok to find a better job.

Mu Mu says, “Thank you so much for supporting me. Without the donors, I would have had to keep living with my condition. Now I can get a better job to support my family.”

Prior to her surgery, Mu Mu was in a lot of pain, and her left leg was numb. After surgery, she is in less pain, and her leg is no longer nu...

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November 20, 2016

Mu Mu is a 43 year-old woman who lives in Burma with her parents, husband, daughter, and younger brother. Mu Mu used to work as a day laborer, but recent health complications have prevented her from working. Now, she sells dried food and snacks from home. She and her husband support the family. Her daughter recently completed tenth grade and is about to enroll in university.

One year ago, Mu Mu began to experience painful symptoms in a sensitive area. She visited our medical partner, where she underwent an electrocardiogram, an x-ray, blood tests, and an ultrasound. She learned that she had a mass in her uterus. On November 21, she underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy.

This procedure should reduce Mu Mu’s uncomfortable symptoms, which included back pain and difficulty sleeping. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 treatment.

Mu Mu is a 43 year-old woman who lives in Burma with her parents, husband, daughter, and younger brother. Mu Mu used to work as a day labore...

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Mu Mu's Timeline

  • November 20, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mu Mu 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.

  • December 2, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mu Mu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 30, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mu Mu's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 26, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mu Mu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Mu Mu's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,216
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$523
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience a sensation of heaviness in the pelvis, tissue protrusion from a sensitive area, urinary and bowel dysfunction, and lower back pain.

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

Patients may experience intermittent pain in the abdomen and spotting. If the pain becomes debilitating and chronic, patients may be unable to participate in daily life. It may be difficult for women to care for their families, complete household tasks, and work.

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

Because of the sensitive nature of gynecological conditions, patients may delay seeking care. Many patients do not have the means to travel or pay for surgery or are not able to take time away from their family and work to seek treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes blood testing and an ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis. If the patient does not have any other medical conditions, surgery can be performed quickly. If the patient has another health condition, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, its symptoms must be managed before surgery. A patient usually spends about 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

This treatment can completely change a patient’s life. After the surgery, the patient will see her condition and symptoms improve. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Side effects can include fever, infection, heavy bleeding during or after surgery, injury to the urinary tract or nearby organs, blood clots, problems related to anesthesia, and death.

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

Although this type of treatment is available in most of Burma, patients cannot access care because of the high cost of surgery.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are not many alternatives, especially for women who are older. Doctors will suggest this treatment to reduce the chance of recurrence of masses/cysts/myoma. Some women opt to treat the symptoms with pain medicine or traditional medicine. Ultimately, however, mass removal or a hysterectomy are the only options to resolve the condition and improve the symptoms.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.