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Success! Naw Ta from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund cataracts surgery so she can regain her vision.

Naw Ta
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$1,500
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Fully funded
Naw Ta's treatment was fully funded on September 11, 2022.

Photo of Naw Ta post-operation

February 7, 2023

Naw Ta underwent cataract surgery and has regained her vision.

After a successful surgery, Naw Ta’s vision is no longer blurry. She can read and see clearly now, and has returned to selling snacks and sweets from her home with her husband to support themselves.

Naw Ta said, “Thank you very much for helping me for my eye operation. I cannot put into words how to say thank you. I am very happy for my clear vision.”

After a successful surgery, Naw Ta's vision is no longer blurry. She can read and see clearly now, and has returned to selling snacks and sw...

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September 1, 2022

Naw Ta is a 54-year-old woman who lives with her retired husband in a refugee camp in Thailand. Originally from Burma, she and her husband fled to Thailand in 2010 due to conflict in their area. She now works selling snacks and sweets from her home.

Naw Ta has developed cataracts in both eyes, causing her to experience blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about tripping on stones or the uneven road when walking. Because of this, she is not able to go places on her own. She also cannot sew clothing anymore or see the rice grains clearly when cooking.

Fortunately, doctors will perform a lens replacement on September 1st. During this procedure, surgeons at our medical partner’s care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, will remove Naw Ta’s natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Naw Ta’s surgery. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly again and return to doing her daily tasks without difficulty.

Naw Ta shares, “I will be happy when I can see clearly again. I am grateful for having the chance to receive eye surgery.”

Naw Ta is a 54-year-old woman who lives with her retired husband in a refugee camp in Thailand. Originally from Burma, she and her husband f...

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Naw Ta's Timeline

  • September 1, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 1, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Naw Ta received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • September 1, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Naw Ta's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 11, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Naw Ta's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 7, 2023
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Naw Ta's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

Treatment
Lens Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,154 for Naw Ta's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,654 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,597
Medical Staff
$501
Medication
$186
Supplies
$1,020
Travel
$478
Labs
$30
Other
$342
  • 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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