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Success! Kyaw Zin from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery.

Kyaw Zin
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Kyaw Zin's treatment was fully funded on December 10, 2018.

Photo of Kyaw Zin post-operation

November 29, 2018

Kyaw Zin underwent eye surgery.

Since his surgery on his left eye, Kyaw Zin’s can see again with that eye. His family is relived and happy that Kyaw Zin is now well, and they are very thankful that he has received treatment.

“I want to send my son to school, and maybe he will become a teacher when he grows up,” says Kyaw Zin’s mother.

Since his surgery on his left eye, Kyaw Zin’s can see again with that eye. His family is relived and happy that Kyaw Zin is now well, and th...

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October 23, 2018

Kyaw Zin is a ten-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Taung, Mae Sot, Tak Province.

Three years ago, Kyaw Zin began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Kyaw Zin was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely.

Kyaw Zin is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on October 25. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After surgery, Kyaw Zin’s vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably.

Kyaw Zin said, “I want to see my parents clearly. I want to play with my brother and I also want to go back to school.”

Kyaw Zin is a ten-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Mae Taung, Mae Sot, Tak Province. Three years ago, Kyaw Z...

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Kyaw Zin's Timeline

  • October 23, 2018

    Kyaw Zin was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • October 23, 2018

    Kyaw Zin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 01, 2018

    Kyaw Zin received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. 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.

  • November 29, 2018

    Kyaw Zin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 10, 2018

    Kyaw Zin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 30 donors

23-GPPV (Retinal Detachment)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $11,807 for Kyaw Zin's treatment
Subsidies fund $10,307 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?

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

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

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

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

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye. For this condition, the patient undergoes two surgeries.

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

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

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

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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