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Success! Blet from Burma raised $1,104 to fund gynecological surgery.

Blet
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$1,104
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Blet's treatment was fully funded on April 28, 2018.

Photo of Blet post-operation

March 30, 2018

Blet underwent gynecological surgery.

Before her surgery, Blet had pain in her abdomen and in her back. Since her surgery, she feels better and both she and her family are very happy.

“Thank you so much for the surgery and everything,” said Blet. “Without your help I would not be alive much longer.”

Before her surgery, Blet had pain in her abdomen and in her back. Since her surgery, she feels better and both she and her family are very h...

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March 19, 2018

Blet is a retired woman from Burma. She used to work on the farm. Now only her son works as a subsistence farmer and provides for the family.

Since June 2017, Blet has been experiencing pain whenever she passes urine. Sometimes she even feels dizzy, especially when she tries to walk, and lately she has suffered from pain in her lower back as well. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Blet’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future.

Fortunately, Blet is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on March 20. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Blet will no longer suffer from discomfort due to her condition, and she will be able to help with household chores again.

“I would like to stay at home and just rest for a while after the surgery,” says Blet.

Blet is a retired woman from Burma. She used to work on the farm. Now only her son works as a subsistence farmer and provides for the family...

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Blet's Timeline

  • March 19, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Blet was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • March 20, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Blet received treatment at Mae Sot General 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.

  • March 20, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Blet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 30, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Blet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 28, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Blet's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Total Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,104 for Blet's treatment
Hospital Fees
$419
Medical Staff
$458
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$43
  • 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.