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Success! Steph from Burma raised $1,487 to fund gallbladder surgery.

Steph
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  • $1,487 raised, $0 to go
$1,487
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$0
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Fully funded
Steph's treatment was fully funded on April 21, 2022.

Photo of Steph post-operation

May 25, 2022

Steph underwent gallbladder surgery.

Steph’s surgery was a success! Before undergoing this procedure, he had difficulty breathing, eating, and sleeping, and he experienced severe pain in his abdomen. Now, Steph is pain-free, he no longer experiences nausea, and he can eat and sleep well. Steph is able to help his mother with the housework as he recovers and plans to return to his work as a driver once he is completely healed.

Steph shared, “I am very happy that the donors paid for my surgery cost. When I recover, I will go back to my previous work and earn the money to pay back my debts. I am very thankful to all donors and BCMF for helping me with my treatment cost and I pray that the donors may be able to help more patients in the future”.

Steph's surgery was a success! Before undergoing this procedure, he had difficulty breathing, eating, and sleeping, and he experienced sever...

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February 2, 2022

Steph lives with his parents and younger brother in a village in Burma. Steph’s father works at a nursing home, where his brother also volunteers. Steph is a driver, and his mother is a homemaker. In his free time, Steph likes to grow vegetables and help to repair cars for others in his village.

In July 2021, Steph felt pain in the right side of his abdomen, which he was able to treat with medicine from a local pharmacy. Last month, however, his pain returned while he was delivering supplies. He shared with us that he was unable to safely drive home due to nearby military conflict, and was trapped away from home and in pain for two weeks. When Steph finally made it to the hospital, he learned he needed surgery to remove several gallbladder stones. The stones interfere with Steph’s breathing and cause severe abdominal pain. He also has jaundice and difficulty sleeping.

Fortunately, his doctor was able to schedule a cholecystectomy to remove the stones on February 3rg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) is requesting $1,487 to fund his surgery. Once recovered, Steph will be pain-free and able to return to work and enjoying time with his family.

Steph shared,”I prayed every day that I would get a donor to cover the cost of my surgery, and I feel like my prayers have been answered. I am so happy! I would like to say thank you so much to all the donors. I will never forget what you have done for me, and I hope that one day I can help and volunteer to drive [BCMF] staff in Burma.”

Steph lives with his parents and younger brother in a village in Burma. Steph's father works at a nursing home, where his brother also volun...

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Steph's Timeline

  • February 2, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Steph was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • February 3, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Steph received treatment at KBC Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • February 4, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Steph's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 21, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Steph's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 25, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Steph's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Cholecystectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,487 for Steph's treatment
Hospital Fees
$225
Medical Staff
$431
Medication
$15
Supplies
$660
Labs
$120
Radiology
$15
Other
$21
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Patients may experience abdominal pain, back pain, jaundice, fever, nausea, and bloating.

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

Patients are in a great deal of pain. They cannot work regularly or sleep comfortably. For patients with a severe condition, they will often have fever with chills.

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

Patients cannot afford to go to the hospital. Many people rely on medications provided by unauthorized pharmacists.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Ultrasound testing is the first diagnostic test. When the diagnosis is confirmed, surgery is scheduled. The gallbladder is removed through an incision on the right side under the rib cage. A patient usually spends 4-5 days in the hospital.

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

After the surgery, the patient will no longer be in pain, and his or her jaundice will reduce and heal. They will be able to resume their work.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, fever, pneumonia, heart complications, UTIs, blood clots, renal failure, bile duct injuries, retention of the bile duct stone, and even death in the most severe cases.

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. Without surgery, the stones may grow larger. The patient will live in discomfort and may risk death.

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