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Success! Yar from Burma raised $1,500 to fund abdominal surgery.

Yar
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yar's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Yar post-operation

September 28, 2017

Yar underwent abdominal surgery.

After surgery, Yar now feels much better, and she will be able to rely on herself for daily activities.

Yar said, “I feel more comfortable after surgery and I hope that I will be able to live like other people again.”

After surgery, Yar now feels much better, and she will be able to rely on herself for daily activities. Yar said, "I feel more comfortabl...

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July 19, 2017

Yar is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She is unemployed and lives with her 70-year-old father.

After experiencing severe stomach pains, Yar recently underwent abdominal surgery at a local hospital. A few days into recovery, she noticed that her incision did not appear to be healing properly. She returned to the hospital, where they discovered that her intestine was protruding through the wound.

On July 19, surgeons will operate on Yar’s abdomen to address the improperly healing wound. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to cover her treatment. In the future, Yar looks forward to recovering and regaining independence. “I hope to raise pigs and chickens for a source of income once I am recovered,” she says.

Yar is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. She is unemployed and lives with her 70-year-old father. After experiencing severe stomach pains,...

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Yar's Timeline

  • July 19, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Yar was submitted by Carolyn Grant at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • July 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yar 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 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yar's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Reverse Colostomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,755 for Yar's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,255 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$6,217
Medical Staff
$419
Medication
$0
Supplies
$241
Labs
$86
Radiology
$258
Other
$534
  • 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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18%funded
$215raised
$936to go

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