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Paw is a woman from Burma who needs $913 to fund ovarian surgery.

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August 28, 2019

Paw is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, five sisters, two brothers and one nephew in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Karen State. They all work as subsistence farmers growing rice on their own farm. This year her older sister started to work as a cow herd, looking after her aunt’s buffalos. In her free time, Paw likes to work on the farm with her family. Once she has fully recovered, she will go back home and continue to work on their farm and help her family.

In May 2019, Paw has been experiencing sharp pain in her lower abdomen as well as back pain and dizziness. She has been diagnosed with dermoid cysts. She has been advised to undergo an oophorectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her ovaries.

Fortunately, Paw is scheduled to undergo her oophorectomy on August 29. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.

Paw said, “I want to receive treatment and get better soon. I don’t want to suffer from this pain anymore and I don’t want my family to worry about me. I worry for my family as well, because one of my sisters is unwell.”

Paw is a 34-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, five sisters, two brothers and one nephew in Kyain Seikgyi Township, Kare...

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Paw's Timeline

  • August 28, 2019

    Paw was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • August 29, 2019

    Paw was scheduled to receive 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.

  • September 04, 2019

    Paw's profile was published to start raising funds.


    Paw is currently raising funds for her treatment.

  • TBD

    Awaiting Paw's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $913 for Paw's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience heavy menstrual bleeding, pelvic pressure or pain, urinary and bowel dysfunction, backache, or leg pains.

​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?

After the surgery, the patient will no longer experience pain and will be able to resume normal daily activities. Pain, fatigue, menstruation abnormalities, and urinary dysfunction will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include excessive blood loss, formation of scar tissue, pregnancy or childbirth complications, or the spread of a cancerous tumor.

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?

The alternative is a total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH). If the mass or cyst is very big, doctors will recommend a TAH. Although patients who have undergone a TAH cannot get pregnant, this procedure can save the life of the patient.

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