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Success! Pai from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund eye surgery and restore her vision.

Pai
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Fully funded
Pai's treatment was fully funded on May 27, 2022.

Photo of Pai post-operation

June 27, 2022

Pai underwent eye surgery and restore her vision.

Before Pai received surgery, she could only see objects near to her with her right eye and even then, she could not see objects clearly. She could only perceive light with her left eye. When she walked, she had to do so slowly to avoid stubbing her toes on stones and other objects due to her poor vision.

At night, she needed someone to assist her to go to the restroom since she could not see. If no one could help her, she needed to use her hands to feel the way. But during the day, she could still see a bit with her right eye, and she could do some things on her own. She also had difficulty cleaning her house and doing other household chores like washing her clothes or cooking. When she tried to cook on her own, she would sometimes mix up the ingredients such as salt and MSG.

Now after Pai received surgery for both of her eyes, she can see very clearly. She does not need anyone to assist her to go to the restroom and she can clean her house, wash clothes, and cook by herself. She does not mix up the ingredients anymore and she does not need her sister to help her with cooking. She is very happy with the treatment result she received. In the future, Pai plans to go out from the refugee camp and forage vegetables sometimes.

Pai said, “Before my treatment, I always needed someone to accompany me wherever I go outside or come to the hospital. However, now after I received surgery I can walk alone around my house, visit my sister at her house and, I can come back to the hospital for my follow-up appointment without anyone to accompany me. Thank you very much to all the donors. I want to see all of you and say thank you to you face to face.”

Before Pai received surgery, she could only see objects near to her with her right eye and even then, she could not see objects clearly. She...

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February 22, 2022

Pai is a 63-year-old woman who lives alone in a refugee camp in the border region of Thailand and Burma. She receives 350 baht (approx. $12 USD) each month on a cash card from The Border Consortium, to purchase food in the refugee camp. This support is just enough to cover her daily needs, since she sometimes shares meals with her sister.

In June 2019, Pai first notice that the vision in both of her eyes was blurry. By late 2021, she could no longer see with her left eye. She then went to the hospital in the refugee camp, run by the International Rescue Committee (IRC). A medic checked her eyes, gave her some eyedrops, and told her that they would refer her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further follow up. IRC staff brought Pai to the hospital in January where the doctor completed a vision test and also checked her eyes with specialized equipment. The doctor diagnosed her with cataracts and shared that she would need surgery to be able to see clearly again.

Currently, Pai can only see objects near to her with her right eye and even then, she cannot see objects clearly. She can only perceive light with her left eye. When she walks, she has to do so slowly to avoid stubbing her toes on stones and other objects. At night, she now needs someone to assist her to get around at all. She also has difficulty cleaning her house and doing other household chores like washing her clothes or cooking. She shared that when she tries to cook on her own, she will sometimes mixed up the ingredients now.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Pai. On February 22nd, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Pai’s natural lens and replace this with an intraocular lens implant. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Pai said, “I do not want to depend on my sister as she has to look after her family too. However, now I have to depend on her for many things and I feel sad about this.” Pai is thankful to the donors who can help pay for her treatment cost. She is very happy that there will be a donor for her. She said, “I hope that I can see again, and I really want to see the donors and everyone at BCMF’s organisation who was willing to help me. Thank you so much for your kind support.”

Pai is a 63-year-old woman who lives alone in a refugee camp in the border region of Thailand and Burma. She receives 350 baht (approx. $12 ...

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Pai's Timeline

  • February 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pai 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.

  • February 25, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 27, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pai's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 27, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $3,505 for Pai'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.