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Success! Myint from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Myint
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Myint's treatment was fully funded on December 15, 2019.

Photo of Myint post-operation

December 23, 2019

Myint underwent heart surgery.

Before surgery, Myint had painful back aches and could not sleep well most of the time. She was unable to walk long distances or use the stairs. She also had the urge to pee often. Since her surgery, Myint looks and feels much better. She can also now walk longer distances but still experiences back pain occasionally. She is also still taking medication for her urological condition.

Myint said, “I very happy and thankful to my donors, BCMF, the monk [that referred me to BCMF] and all the doctors. In the future, I will sell items made from amber in the market and support my son’s school fees until he completes his schooling. I would like my son to become a doctor one day.”

Before surgery, Myint had painful back aches and could not sleep well most of the time. She was unable to walk long distances or use the sta...

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October 6, 2019

Myint a 53-year-old woman from Burma. She sells items made from amber in the market.

Over 10 years ago, Myint started to feel tired often and would frequently have a fever. She was also unable to sleep well at night because her back would hurt a lot. After she went for a check-up at a hospital, she was told she has a heart condition that needs to be fixed with surgery. Because she could not afford to pursue surgery, Myint lived on medications. A few months ago, Myint went to another hospital in Mandalay because she was not feeling very well. There, the doctor again told her that she needs surgery. When she told the doctor that she does not have money, the doctor connected her with a former patient of Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), and she was later referred to BCMF. She will have surgery on October 6th.

Myint said, “I went to send my son to school so he can graduate and I hope my son will become an engineer.”

Myint a 53-year-old woman from Burma. She sells items made from amber in the market. Over 10 years ago, Myint started to feel tired ofte...

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Myint's Timeline

  • October 6, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Myint was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • October 06, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Myint received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital. 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.

  • October 07, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Myint's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 15, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Myint's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Myint's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Double Valves Replacement (Mitral and Aortic) with Tricuspid
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,378 for Myint's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,878 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$2,200
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$2,600
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
Other
$397
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Patients may experience excessive sweating, extreme tiredness and fatigue, irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing or shortness of breath, chest pain, lightheadedness, or loss of consciousness.

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

Patients cannot do labor work—even doing household chores may tire them. Adults will be unable to care for their families, and children will be unable to play or attend school. As the condition progresses, patients may become unable to eat.

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

Patients cannot afford to go to the hospital. Many people rely on medications provided by dealers who are not authorized pharmacists.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Damaged valves are repaired and replaced during open heart surgery.

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

This surgery saves lives. Children will return to school, and adults will return to working and caring for their families.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Potential side effects include bleeding, infection, fever, swelling, inflammation, arrhythmias, damage to surrounding organs, stroke, and death. Heart surgery is more likely to be life-threatening for patients who are very sick before the surgery.

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

Many of our medical partner's patients live in remote areas. They cannot afford or access treatment because it is only available in large cities.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no alternatives. If left untreated, this heart condition will become life-threatening for patients.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.