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Success! Kyi from Burma raised $1,500 to fund corrective surgery.

Kyi
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kyi's treatment was fully funded on September 25, 2018.

Photo of Kyi post-operation

September 15, 2018

Kyi underwent corrective surgery.

He no longer experiences unpleasant symptoms. He can now walk long distances and sleep comfortably at night.

Kyi says, “I really want to thank this organization and the donors for paying for my treatment.”

He no longer experiences unpleasant symptoms. He can now walk long distances and sleep comfortably at night. Kyi says, “I really want to...

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July 31, 2018

Kyi is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his sister’s family in Kawkareik township, Karen state. He used to work as a chef in restaurant in Bangkok but returned to Burma after he got into a motorbike accident.

Kyi underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for reversal. In Kyi’s case, his colostomy requires reversal in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a reverse colostomy for Kyi. The surgery is scheduled to take place on August 20 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.

Kyi is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his sister's family in Kawkareik township, Karen state. He used to work as a chef in rest...

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Kyi's Timeline

  • July 31, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 31, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 20, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyi 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.

  • September 15, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Reverse Colostomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,755 for Kyi'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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