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Success! Myint Khaing from Burma raised $1,015 to treat painful uterine fibroids.

Myint Khaing
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Fully funded
Myint Khaing's treatment was fully funded on August 28, 2016.

Photo of Myint Khaing post-operation

October 12, 2016

Myint Khaing received successful treatment for her uterine fibroids.

After surgery, Myint Khaing feels lighter and more comfortable, and no longer has painful symptoms related to her health condition. She is no longer worried about her condition. She is looking forward to returning home to care for her children and she desperately wants to see her son, who has been looking after his younger siblings, cooking dinner for the family, and even washing all of the clothes since she has been ill. She is happy that he will now be able to return to school.

Myint Khaing shared with teary eyes: “I thought I would die soon with the mass inside me. I am very happy now. I can’t wait to go home to meet with my children again. I would like to thank the medical team and all the donors. I am praying for them to have good health and wealth so that they will be able to help more people in the future.”

After surgery, Myint Khaing feels lighter and more comfortable, and no longer has painful symptoms related to her health condition. She is n...

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July 26, 2016

41-year-old Myint Khaing lives with her husband and four children in a village in Burma. “She and her husband have been married for eleven years. All of their children attend school,” reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP).

Myint Khaing has been pregnant 10 times and had two miscarriages. In 2014, she noticed a growth in her lower abdomen. One year later, it had increased in size. During a family visit to another part of Burma, Myint Khaing learned about a local clinic that partners with BBP and sought care. Doctors diagnosed her with uterine fibroids, a painful condition caused by noncancerous growths in the uterus.

“Currently, her condition includes the discharge of blood clots, chills, headaches, occasional vomiting, and painful urination. Sometimes she is unable to urinate, which further compounds her pain,” BBP explains.

“Myint Khaing is a house wife and her husband is the sole provider of the family,” shares BBP. He earns about $20 per month as a fisherman. In her free time, Mying Khaing likes to plant vegetables and clean around the home.

Currently, the family is about $200 in debt to a neighbor, mostly for school fees and other living expenses.

For $1,015, we can fund a hysterectomy to remove Myint Khaing’s uterus and cervix. This will relieve her pain and other symptoms, allowing her to return to a normal life.

41-year-old Myint Khaing lives with her husband and four children in a village in Burma. "She and her husband have been married for eleven y...

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Myint Khaing's Timeline

  • July 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Myint Khaing 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, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Myint Khaing's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Myint Khaing's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Myint Khaing's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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