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Success! Hla from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund a Caesarean section delivery for her baby.

Hla
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Fully funded
Hla's treatment was fully funded on August 24, 2022.

Photo of Hla post-operation

September 1, 2022

Hla underwent a Caesarean section and welcomed a healthy baby.

Before surgery, Hla was worried about her condition. She worried that her baby would be born not healthy and that she would be in a lot of pain during the C-section. She also felt stressed since she first learned that she would need to give birth through a C-section because she could not think of anyone who could help her with the cost of surgery. Now that her delivery went smoothly, she feels a great sense of relief. She is well recovering from her C-section and her new baby is healthy too. She is now looking after her baby, and able to help with household chores like washing her baby’s clothes and doing some cleaning at home.

Hla is very thankful to BCMF and all the donors who helped pay for her surgery cost. She plans to go back to Burma in the near future if there is no fighting in her village. She shared that she feels more relaxed and released from worry after surgery.

Hla said, “Thank you to BCMF organization for being the best bridge between the donors and me. If BCMF did not find a donor for me, I would have a hard time how to look for money. Thank you to all donors for helping me. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me. If there are any other words stronger than thank you, I will use that word instead. May you have even more blessings.”

She added, “I was crying and sad a lot before and I don’t know who to ask for help. I don’t dream to get help from donors. Thank you very much for helping me. If you don’t help us, we don’t even have money to pay for transportation. I would like to thank all the donors with all my heart, if without you, I would be in high debt.”

Before surgery, Hla was worried about her condition. She worried that her baby would be born not healthy and that she would be in a lot of p...

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May 12, 2022

Hla is a 40-year-old woman living with her husband and adopted daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hla and her family fled their village in Burma, due to fighting in the area.

In January, Hla learned that she was pregnant for the first time after ten years of marriage. Then in March, Hla had to flee with her husband and daughter due to the fighting near her village. They moved in with her uncle, who lives in a refugee camp. Once there, she sought prenatal care at a clinic in the camp, where she was told that she had a breech baby, which would require a Caesarean section in order for her baby to be delivered safely. The C-section is scheduled for May 11th at nearby Mae Sot Hospital (MSH). When Hla told a friend that she does not have the money to pay for her hospital stay, her friend referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for help with paying for her care.

Currently, Hla is eight months pregnant and is worried about her condition and the health of her baby. Burma Children Medical Fund is seeking $1,500 to cover the costs of Hla’s treatment, and for the safe delivery of her baby.

Hla said, “I was very worried when I heard that I will need an expensive C-section. I could not think of anyone to help pay for my surgery, and I felt stressed about giving birth through a C-section. After I heard from BCMF staff that donors could help pay for my surgery, I started to feel so much more relaxed and less worried. I still worry about my baby being born healthy.”

Hla is a 40-year-old woman living with her husband and adopted daughter in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Hla and her family fled ...

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Hla's Timeline

  • May 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Hla 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 16, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Hla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 24, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Hla's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Hla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Caesarean section (C-section)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $2,027 for Hla's treatment
Subsidies fund $527 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$489
Medical Staff
$517
Medication
$4
Supplies
$781
Labs
$219
Radiology
$17
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The symptoms of complications during labour can include labour lasting longer then 20 hours for first time mothers or 14 hours for mothers who have given birth in the past, excessive bleeding, pregnancy-related high blood pressure, lack of oxygen supply to the baby during labour or the baby being in a breech position.

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

Some pregnant women will fall unconscious during labour due to the pain and/or excessive bleeding. Where an emergency C-section needs to be performed, both mother and baby can have loss of life if the C-section is not performed quickly enough.

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

In villages and remote areas, where there are no clinics or hospital nearby, most women do not have the opportunity to receive prenatal care. They do not know whether the baby is in the right position and they do not know if they have high blood pressure or any underlying health condition that could affect their pregnancy and labour. They usually depend on traditional birth attendants, who often do not have formal medical training. If there are complications during labour, many women and babies die because they cannot access treatment at a hospital or clinic fast enough. In refugee camps and in migrant communities in Thailand, most pregnant women are able to access basic prenatal care. During these visits, most pregnant women will be informed by a midwife, nurse or doctor if they will need to give birth via a C-section. Although some women are scared to undergo a C-section, they will usually follow the health workers recommendation if they are told it is because of an underlying condition or for the baby's safety. However, C-sections cannot be performed in refugee camps. If there are any complications during labour, the woman in labour has to be rushed to the nearest general hospital to undergo a C-section. Despite easier access to hospitals and clinics in migrant communities and refugee camps, women often opt to give birth at home with a traditional birth attendant because of potential negative experiences at hospital or clinics.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The physician will clean the abdomen of the mother. A tube (catheter) will likely be placed into the bladder to collect urine in a urine bag. An intravenous (IV) line will be placed in a vein in the mother's hand or arm to provide fluids and medication. Most cesarean sections are done under regional anesthesia, which numbs only the lower part of the body, allowing the mother to remain conscious during the procedure. Common choices include a spinal block and an epidural block. During an emergency C-section, general anesthesia is sometimes used, which means that the mother will not be awake to have skin-to-skin contact with the baby right after the birth. If both the mother and baby are healthy after delivery, they will need to stay at the hospital for 2-3 days. In some cases, if there are complications after the procedure, the mother will have to stay at the hospital for 7-10 days.

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

In most cases, without a C-section the mother and/or baby are at risk of loss of life. Undergoing a C-section therefore will often save the mother and/or the baby's lives.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Risk to the mother's health include infection inside the womb or at the opening site, postpartum hemorrhage or during the procedure, blood clots, splitting stitches, injury to the organs and/or blood vessels, reaction to anesthesia and the possible inability to deliver vaginally in the future. Risks to the baby include accidental injury during the C-section and temporary breathing problems after the birth.

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

C-sections are performed in most district level hospitals in Thailand. However, it is very expensive and most migrants and refugees, without health insurance, cannot afford to access this care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There is no alternative to an emergency C-section without risking mother and baby's lives. However, it is still common practice to give birth at home with a traditional birth attendant amongst refugee and migrant communities in Thailand. During a home birth, a woman will first try to give birth vaginally. If there are complications, the woman will be rushed to a hospital or clinic for an emergency C-section.

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