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Success! Ni from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund gynecological surgery.

Ni
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Ni's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2021.

Photo of Ni post-operation

December 14, 2021

Ni underwent gynecological surgery.

Before surgery, Ni frequently suffered from severe lower abdominal pain and back pain. Whenever she was in pain, she would feel uncomfortable sitting and would have to lay down until the pain passed. She also had difficulty sleeping and had no appetite whenever she was in pain. Fortunately, with your support, Ni was able to receive treatment and her surgery was a success. Since her surgery, Ni no longer experiences severe lower abdominal pain nor back pain. She can now sit comfortably. “Ni looks so happy and active since her surgery. She feels healthier and lighter and has recovered very quickly,” said Naw Poe who accompanied her to the hospital.

“I would like to thank all the donors and the organisation who supported to my treatment. Since I received surgery, I feel like I have more energy and I am less stressed. Now I am so happy that I can take care of my siblings. I am able to help my aunty [Naw Poe] cook and clean the house. I would like wishes all the donors that may God bless you in your work and life. I want to become an English and Karen teacher one day in the future. I want to support my aunty and my siblings. After I complete my education, if the organisation BCMF would hire me, I would like to work for them and help them as much as I can. If they cannot hire me, I will find another job,” said Ni.

Before surgery, Ni frequently suffered from severe lower abdominal pain and back pain. Whenever she was in pain, she would feel uncomfortabl...

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May 21, 2021

Ni is a 17-year-old student who lives with her two younger sisters, her younger brother, her aunt and her aunt’s daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Ni, her siblings and her aunt’s children all go to school in the camp. Her aunt is a seamstress. In her free time, Ni likes to read about her school subjects in English and Thai.

Since October 2019, Ni has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and she cannot sit for long periods of time because the pain worsens. When she presses the right side of her lower abdomen she can feel a small mass. She has been diagnosed with a bicornuate uterus with bilateral endometriotic cysts. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Ni’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk of further health complications in the future.

Fortunately, Ni is scheduled to undergo treatment on May 25th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer be in constant pain.

Ni shared, “I want to graduate from college and I want to find work to support my siblings. If I have a chance I would like to continue my education abroad.”

Ni is a 17-year-old student who lives with her two younger sisters, her younger brother, her aunt and her aunt's daughter in a refugee camp ...

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Ni's Timeline

  • May 21, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 25, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 27, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ni 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.

  • May 28, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ni's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 14, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,416 for Ni's treatment
Subsidies fund $1,916 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,216
Medical Staff
$493
Medication
$67
Supplies
$87
Labs
$22
Radiology
$8
Other
$523
  • 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.