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Success! Shee from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund surgery so she can pursue her passion for teaching.

  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Shee's treatment was fully funded on August 6, 2022.

Photo of Shee post-operation

August 29, 2022

Shee underwent surgery so she can pursue her passion for teaching.

Before her surgery, Shee was in great pain and could feel a mass in her lower abdomen. After her surgery, Shee is no longer in pain. Shee can now help with household chores, and feels happier and lighter with the mass removed.

Shee shared, “I would like to say thank you to everyone who supported my surgery. Right now, I am resting but I am thinking about applying to become a teacher in the refugee camp [in the future].”

Before her surgery, Shee was in great pain and could feel a mass in her lower abdomen. After her surgery, Shee is no longer in pain. Shee ca...

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April 20, 2022

Shee is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. In 2016, Shee and her family moved to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she has been able to continue her studies. Shee graduated from the junior college and now helps her cousin-in-law weave and sell traditional Karen clothes. She shared that it has been difficult for her family to find work within the camp at this time, but she hopes to become a teacher soon. In her free time, Shee enjoys playing with her nephews.

In February, Shee began to develop a mass and experience pain in her abdomen, so she visited the camp’s hospital. Upon review, she was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and given medication. Since the mass continued to grow, Shee was referred to her our medical partner’s hospital, Mae Sariang Hospital, in early April. After receiving an ultrasound, the doctors determined Shee has an ovarian cyst and needs to undergo surgery to heal. Currently, Shee experiences severe pain that makes it challenging for her to sleep, eat, or continue her weaving.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), can help Shee receive treatment. On April 20th, she will undergo surgery to remove the cyst. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund the total cost of this procedure.

Shee shared, “I am not worried about my operation because I hope it will fix my health problem. I would like to become a teacher in the future because I like teaching. After I recover, I plan to apply at a school in the refugee camp.”

Shee is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. In 2016, Shee and her family moved to a refugee camp in Thailand. There she has been able to continu...

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Shee's Timeline

  • April 20, 2022

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

  • April 20, 2022

    Shee received treatment at Mae Sariang 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.

  • April 21, 2022

    Shee's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 6, 2022

    Shee's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 29, 2022

    Shee's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Tumor Removal
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,568 for Shee's treatment
Subsidies fund $68 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

The symptoms of tumors vary according to their location. The most common symptoms include chills, discomfort or pain, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, night sweats, and weight loss. Brain tumor symptoms may include headaches, dizziness, vision trouble, and fuzzy memory.

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

Over time, a tumor can grow larger and become increasingly painful. If it not treated early, it may turn cancerous, which requires a longer treatment process or may not be treatable at all. Due to the symptoms of a tumor, adult patients may have difficulty caring for their families and completing day-to-day chores. They may miss work or lose their jobs altogether, resulting in a decrease in income for their families. Children can miss school or drop out, resulting in a lower quality of life in the future. In worst case scenarios, tumors can be life threatening. When a benign tumor turns cancerous, the patient may need chemotherapy or other types of therapy which are very expensive and often unaffordable.

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

When a tumor does not cause any significant pain or discomfort and is not noticeable, many patients will not know that they have a tumor. If a tumor becomes visible or is felt, some patients from Burma will apply traditional medicine to the area where the tumor is seen or felt, which is affordable and readily available. Only when the pain increases and/or the tumor grows in size will patients from Burma seek treatment at a clinic or a hospital. Often, due to a lack of funds, treatment is only sought when the tumor has already advanced and they require urgent surgery. Migrants and refugees in Thailand may also delay seeking treatment due to the language barrier as they do not speak Thai, in addition to not knowing how to go about accessing care at a local hospital.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient undergoes a blood test, an ultrasound, and an x-ray. The patient will also receive a computerized tomography (CT) scan and/or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan in preparation for the patient's treatment. Sometimes a biopsy is required to confirm if the tumor is benign or malignant. For adult patients without any underlying conditions and depending on the tumors locations, the removal of a tumor surgery can be performed quickly. However, if the patient has underlying conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, or if the tumor is located in or near an organ such as the brain, the surgery will be high risk. Additionally, any underlying condition must be managed before they receive surgery. A patient usually spends about 2-3 days in the hospital.

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

After the surgery, the patient will no longer experience pain or discomfort and will be able to resume their usual daily activities. Any other symptoms caused by the tumor such as chills or fever will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

The potential risks of undergoing surgery for tumor removal includes an infection at the site of the surgery and an allergic reactions to anesthesia. Additionally, nerves and/or nearby organs may become damaged.

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

Removal of a simple benign tumor is available at most district hospitals in Thailand. However, high risk surgeries such as brain surgery to remove a tumor is only performed at larger hospitals in Thailand. Most migrants and refugees in Thailand have to pay out of pocket for their treatment at Thai public hospitals. Because of this, most cannot afford to pay for their treatment. Additionally, the language barrier keeps many patients away. Therefore, most migrants will go to a number of clinics before they are referred to Burma Children Medical Fund. BCMF works with partners who have staff assisting non-Thai speakers in the hospital with navigating appointments and translation.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Although there are less invasive procedures, depending on the tumor's location, such as upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, open surgeries are primarily performed in Thailand to remove tumors.

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Lwin is a 37-year-old wife and mother who lives with her husband and son on the Thai-Burma border. Lwin and her husband work as day labourers in a temple as a cook and gardener. In her free time, Lwin likes to garden and enjoys growing vegetables to eat and to donate to the temple. Lwin also likes to watch Thai movies. One night in March 2021, Lwin had a rapid heartbeat and felt dizzy. Lwin could not sleep that night so her husband brought her to a clinic the next day. The doctor referred her to Mae Sot Hospital in an ambulance, where she underwent diagnostic tests, but never received a diagnosis. Lwin was given medication to stabilize her condition. During her follow-up appointment in June 2022, Lwin received an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis. The doctor then referred her to Chiang Mai Hospital for further treatment. Currently, Lwin suffers from shortness of breath and heart palpitations. Lwin reports her arms and legs feeling heavy and trouble sleeping. Lwin has little appetite and she has to sleep propped up on pillows. On January 13th, Lwin with receive surgery to improve her condition. Our medical partners, Burma Children Medical Fund, are helping Lwin raise $1,500 to cover the cost of this life altering surgery. Lwin shared, "I will never forget the donors who will help pay for my treatment cost. When I recover fully, I want to learn how to sew so that I can open a shop from my home and work as a seamstress."

54% funded

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