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Dah from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund sight-restoring eye surgery.

Dah
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Dah's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2021.
March 3, 2022

Dah did not proceed with his eye surgery.

Our medical partner shared that Dah and his family have decided not to undergo eye surgery at this time. After his care being delayed due to the impact of COVID-19 in the country, Dah’s doctors carried out additional tests as Dah shared how tired he had been feeling recently. His doctor found that Dah had a congenital heart condition which would make his eye surgery more risky until he has treatment for his heart.

After hearing this news, Dah asked his sister to take him home so they could determine the best next steps as a family. We hope to be able to support his care in the future, but for now his surgery has been canceled. We appreciate your understanding and hope you can support another patient in need.

Our medical partner shared that Dah and his family have decided not to undergo eye surgery at this time. After his care being delayed due to...

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December 20, 2021

Dah is a 28-year-old man who lives with his mother and sister in Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Originally, Dah’s family moved to Thailand 10 years ago due to the armed conflict in their home area. Dah is unemployed and his mother is a homemaker. They are supported by Dah’s sister who works as an agriculture day labourer.

Currently, Dah needs someone to hold his hand and guide him when he walks. His mother helps to feed him because it is difficult for him to do on his own without his eyesight.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund eye surgery for Dah. On December 21, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Dah’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, their family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Dah’s sister said, “Sometime Dah will shout. He seems like he has a short temper since he cannot see. Our mother and I feel so sad when we see Dah using his hands to feel his way and objects. When I give him food, he can’t put the food into his mouth. It makes me feel sad seeing him suffer.”

Dah is a 28-year-old man who lives with his mother and sister in Mae Sot District, Tak Province. Originally, Dah’s family moved to Thailand ...

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Dah's Timeline

  • December 20, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Dah was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • December 21, 2021
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Dah was scheduled to receive 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.

  • December 22, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 3, 2022
    FUNDING ENDED

    Dah is no longer raising funds.

  • March 3, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Dah's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Dah's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,005 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Labs
$30
Other
$171
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience blurred or dim vision, shadows or blind spots in the field of vision, sensitivity to light and glare, and double vision.

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

Reduced vision can result in social isolation, depression, increased risk of falling and accidents, and ultimately a greater tendency to be disabled. Without surgery, the patient will have no choice but to live with end-stage ocular disease, often resulting in blindness or pain.

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

The healthcare system in Burma does not permit the average citizen to receive proper eye examinations. This lack of attention to ocular health is due to a variety of reasons. However, a low optometrist-to-population ratio and insufficient funds are the leading causes.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgery will only be performed if the pressure in the eye is stable. The time it takes to stabilize the pressure in the eye depends on the severity of damage to the eye.

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

The patient will regain his or her vision, though it may not be perfectly clear. Fortunately, the surgery prevents a complete loss of vision.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, scarring, persistent swelling, wound separation, and the need to undergo additional surgery.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Burma has 309 ophthalmologists and 150 eye nurses. Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the cities of Yangon (with a population of about six million) and Mandalay (about three million), where many people have the financial capacity to meet high out-of-pocket healthcare expenses. Aside from these main facilities, there is roughly one ophthalmologist for every 500,000 people, and eye health screening and treatment for children and adults is neither comprehensive nor consistent.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, the patient will eventually lose his or her vision completely.

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