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Success! Daw Than from Burma raised $769 to fund eye surgery so she can see again.

Daw Than
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  • $769 raised, $0 to go
$769
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$0
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Fully funded
Daw Than's treatment was fully funded on May 29, 2022.

Photo of Daw Than post-operation

July 1, 2022

Daw Than underwent eye surgery so she can see again.

Daw Than underwent a successful surgery, which has allowed her to see clearly through her right eye again. She no longer has difficulties seeing people’s faces or experiences headaches due to her blurred vision. She also does not need to focus strenuously in order to see something with her right eye anymore. She is now able to cook food for herself and her family, and she even helps her family sell different types of food from their home for breakfast.

Daw Than shared, “I am very happy to see again with my right eye. I am very thankful to all my donors and BCMF for paying my eye’s treatment cost. I wish you (donors) who helped me also receive treatment to be healthy and live long lives.”

Daw Than underwent a successful surgery, which has allowed her to see clearly through her right eye again. She no longer has difficulties se...

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February 22, 2022

Daw Than is 54-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, daughter-in-law, grandson, daughter and her son-in-law. Her daughter-in-law looks after her son, while the rest of her family makes and sells different types of breakfast food from their home to earn a living. Their income is just enough for their daily expenses, but they haven’t been able to save any money.

Five years ago, the vision in Daw Than’s left eye began to blur. In 2021 she underwent surgery to replace the lens in that eye but soon after the surgery, she developed blurred vision in her right eye. She went to the hospital last week to have her right eye checked. The doctor told her she needs to undergo lens replacement surgery on that eye. She told the doctor that their family had used all the money that had for her first surgery so she went home feeling uncertain about the future.

Later on, Daw Than’s neighbour told her to go to a monastery where the abbot might be able to help her access surgery. Daw Than followed the neighbour’s advice and went to see the abbot. The abbot then referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing the surgery she needs.

Daw Than’s daughter said, “We do not have any money to pay for my mother’s surgery. It is very helpful for us that the organisation and donors are hopefully willing to help pay for it.”

Daw Than is 54-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, daughter-in-law, grandson, daughter and her son-in-law. Her daughter-in-law l...

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Daw Than's Timeline

  • February 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daw Than received treatment at KBC Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • February 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daw Than's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daw Than's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 1, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daw Than's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Lens replacement (one eye)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $769 for Daw Than's treatment
Hospital Fees
$175
Medical Staff
$196
Medication
$62
Supplies
$294
Labs
$21
Other
$21
  • 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?

Fewer than half of the ophthalmologists perform surgery, and almost two-thirds confine their practice to the main 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 large 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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