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Success! Kham from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Kham
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Kham's treatment was fully funded on January 23, 2021.

Photo of Kham post-operation

December 20, 2020

Kham underwent cardiac surgery.

Before she received surgery, Kham felt tired whenever she walked a short distance. She also experienced heart palpitations. Her father remembered that she used to have difficulty breathing at night. “I worried about my daughter,” he recalled. “I could not sleep well, and I would wake up and watch her frequently at night to make sure she was ok.”

Since her surgery, Kham no longer feels tired when she walks and she no longer experiences heart palpitations. She can now help her family with cooking and other household chores. Her family is very happy that she was able to receive surgery. Kham is looking forward to going back to school. She enjoys helping her cousin with his lessons and homework too.

Kham’s father said, “I would like to thank the donors very much for help paying for my daughter’s surgery cost. Without help from the donors, even if we would sold our house, I could never afford to pay for her surgery.”

Kham shared with us, “I want to become a teacher. When I become a teacher, I will also teach children who cannot afford to pay for extra tutoring for free. Once I receive wages, I will build a house for my parents.”

Before she received surgery, Kham felt tired whenever she walked a short distance. She also experienced heart palpitations. Her father remem...

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August 7, 2020

Kham is a 14-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her father, paternal grandparents, four paternal uncles, an aunt-in-law, and a cousin in Kachin State. Kham is in the ninth grade and her cousin also goes to school. Her grandmother is a seamstress. Her grandfather is retired, and her father is unemployed and looks after her. All of her uncles are mechanics in an automobile repair shop, but they do not share their income with the rest of the family. During her free time, she helps her cousin with his homework, and she loves teaching.

Kham was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath.

Kham is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on August 9th to correct her condition and improve her quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kham’s procedure and care.

“I would like to become a teacher because I feel happy teaching children that I know,” Kham shared with us.

Kham is a 14-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her father, paternal grandparents, four paternal uncles, an aunt-in-law, and a cous...

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Kham's Timeline

  • August 7, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kham was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • August 8, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kham's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kham 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.

  • December 20, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kham's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 23, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kham's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,381 for Kham's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,881 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,700
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
  • 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, cyanosis (a blue tinge to the skin), clubbed fingernails, 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?

Burma has a long queue of congenital cardiac patients who need surgery. With only four fully trained cardiac surgeons in Burma, children with congenital heart defects may have extreme difficulty accessing treatment.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Doctors may combine catheter and surgical procedures to repair complex congenital heart defects. If the defect cannot be fixed with a catheter, the patient will undergo an open heart surgery to close holes in the heart.

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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Say

Say is a four-year-old boy who lives with his mother, brother, sister, and grandfather in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand. His father returned to Burma to visit his village last year. When Thailand closed its borders because of the COVID-19 outbreak, his father could not come back to the camp. Say's grandfather is an assistant pastor in the camp and he receives his income through donations when he visits his church members for home prayers. Say goes to nursery school while both of his siblings go to primary school. His mother does all the household chores. Every month, their household receives some funding to purchase rations in the camp, which is just enough for their basic needs. They receive free healthcare and education in the camp, but specialized procedures like the care that Say needs are often not possible. In early February 2021, Say developed an inguinal hernia on his right side, which has resulted in swelling and pain. His mother has noticed that since he developed the hernia, his appetite has decreased, as eating more can sometimes cause additional discomfort. Fortunately, on March 25th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Say's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Say's mother said, "When I heard that my son needs surgery, I became so worried because he is the youngest in our family." She is eager for the surgery to be complete and for Say to have healed.

75% funded

75%funded
$1,133raised
$367to go

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