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Success! Myat from Burma raised $807 to fund hernia surgery so he can live pain-free.

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Myat's treatment was fully funded on March 20, 2022.
April 4, 2022

Myat underwent hernia surgery so he can live pain-free.

Myat underwent successful hernia repair surgery and his procedure went well. His medical team was very happy with the outcome and his surgical wound healed well following his procedure. They do not anticipate than any additional treatment will be needed and he can live a healthier life ahead.

Myat underwent successful hernia repair surgery and his procedure went well. His medical team was very happy with the outcome and his surgic...

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December 13, 2021

Myat lives with his elderly mother. He stopped working two years ago after a stroke left the right side of his body weak. He is now unemployed and relies on his mother’s support. His mother is a street vendor, selling foraged vegetables and plants as well as sticky rice that she makes. The income she earns is not enough for their daily needs. They survive thanks to the generosity of their neighbors, who support them with food and allow them to live on their land in a hut rent-free.

Starting three years ago, Myat has experienced pain in his lower right abdomen whenever lifting something heavy and now the pain is more regular. At the beginning of December, the pain in his lower right abdomen increased and became constant. His neighbor lent him 50,000 kyat (approx. $50 USD) and told him to seek treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). Myat traveled to the hospital and was admitted right away. A doctor completed a physical examination, diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia, and told him that he would need surgery. When Myat told the doctor that he cannot afford to pay for it, the doctor referred him to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance accessing treatment.

“When I recover, I want to sell traditional medicine again,” Myat shared with a renewed sense of hope that he might be able to finally have surgery.

Myat lives with his elderly mother. He stopped working two years ago after a stroke left the right side of his body weak. He is now unemploy...

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Myat's Timeline

  • December 13, 2021

    Myat was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • December 14, 2021

    Myat received treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy 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.

  • December 15, 2021

    Myat's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 20, 2022

    Myat's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 4, 2022

    Myat's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Hernia repair
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $807 for Myat's treatment
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 most common symptom is swelling, a lump or a bulge in the affected area. The bulge, lump or swelling will be more pronounced when standing up, bending down or coughing and can disappear when lying down. Some patients also experience pain or discomfort at the site of the hernia. Overtime, pain can increase at the site of the bulge, especially while doing certain activities such as lifting objects. The bulge can also increase in size over time. Patients can also experience a sudden and severe pain at the site of their hernia.

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

Over time, a hernia can grow larger and more painful. Due to the symptoms of the hernia, 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. Untreated, hernias can cause life-threatening complications. Complications of an untreated hernia include strangulation, where a part of the intestine becomes trapped between abdominal tissue, which cuts off blood supply to that area of the intestine. The patient may experience nausea, vomiting, acute pain, bloody stool and a fever.

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

Many adult patients with inguinal hernias, especially male patients, feel embarrassed to seek medical attention due to the fact that inguinal hernias affect their groin, an area of the body still considered taboo to talk about in many cultures. Because of this, they will usually only seek treatment when their condition is severe and they are in a lot of pain. Due to the severity of their condition, they will usually need to undergo urgent surgery. Additionally, hernia patients from low-income households will delay seeking medical care because of financial difficulties paying for treatment and travel to a hospital. Many patients who lives in the remote area may not know how to go about accessing care in the 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 and an ultrasound scan if the doctor thinks it is necessary to confirm a diagnosis. For adult patients without any underlying conditions, hernia repair surgery can be performed quickly. However, if the patient has underlying conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes, their 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 and will be able to resume normal daily activities. Any other symptoms caused by the hernia such as nausea or vomiting will be alleviated.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential risks of undergoing surgery for hernia repair includes a wound hematoma, bladder injury, an infection at the site of the surgery and allergic reactions to anesthesia. In addition to this, a hernia can reoccur after surgery, pain from undergoing abdominal surgery may not diminish and digestive complications can arise if a section of the intestine needs to be removed. In male patients undergoing inguinal hernia repair, the testicles could be harmed if connecting blood vessels are damaged. Additionally there could be nerve damage or damage to nearby organs.

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

Hernia repair is available at many hospitals in Burma. However, most patients have to pay out of pocket and cannot afford to pay for it. Many patients will try to meet with traditional healers before they get to know or are referred to Burma Children Medical Fund.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Hernias can only be treated through surgery and rarely get better on their own. Laparoscopic surgery is an alternative type of surgery for hernia patients. This type of surgery is less invasive and leaves smaller scars than open surgery. Because of this, recovery time is faster. However, most hospitals in Burma do not use this method of treatment.

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