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Success! Kone from Burma raised $1,500 to fund a hysterectomy.

Kone
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kone's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Kone post-operation

August 3, 2017

Kone underwent a hysterectomy.

Now, Kone says she feels much better. Although she is still recovering, she is able to do simple house chores. Doctors also explained that she will need to do walking exercises daily and pay extra attention to her hygiene to prevent infections.

She says, “I would like to thank BCMF and all the donors for funding my treatment. I could not afford the surgery myself and am so thankful to have received it.”

Now, Kone says she feels much better. Although she is still recovering, she is able to do simple house chores. Doctors also explained that s...

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June 8, 2017

Kone is a 59-year-old nun from Burma who has been living at a monastery since she was 21 years old.

Although she is post-menopausal, Kone has been experiencing vaginal bleeding and abdominal pain for the past few months. She has also noticed a mass in her lower abdomen.

Her local health clinic referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, where Kone underwent imaging tests and was diagnosed with uterine fibroids. These are benign tumors in the uterus, but can cause patients substantial pain, as is the case for Kone. A total hysterectomy was recommended to relieve her of her pain.

She is scheduled to have her hysterectomy on June 9, and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of the procedure.

“I am very excited to have surgery soon,” shares Kone.

Kone is a 59-year-old nun from Burma who has been living at a monastery since she was 21 years old. Although she is post-menopausal, Kon...

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Kone's Timeline

  • June 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 9, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kone 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.

  • June 27, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kone's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 3, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kone's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kone's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Kone'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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Tajeuo

Tajeuo is a 14 month-old baby and the last born in a family of 8 children. His siblings are aged between 22 and 5 years old. They all live in their family's traditional house, called a manyatta, in Narok, Kenta. His mother takes care of their family and home, while his father is a nomadic cattle herder who is typically away from home. Tajeuo was brought to the hospital by his uncle and relatives who pooled resources together to try to help get him treated. Tajeuo has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Tajeuo has been experiencing progressive increase in his head circumference and also has had some regression in developmental milestones due to his condition. Initially, Tajeuo was able to sit without support and was attempting to crawl, but now he lacks head control and is not able to support his neck on his own. Without treatment, the hydrocephalus will progress and could result in complications, including intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery that will treat Tajeuo's hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 19th and will drain the excess fluid from his brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Tajeuo will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Now, Tajeuo and his family need help raising money. Tajeuo's mother shared, “At first, seeing his head grow big, we never thought it was that needed medical attention. But it started raising concern when the size kept increasing. We appreciate any support you can provide.”

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27%funded
$200raised
$520to go

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