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

Thi
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thi's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Thi post-operation

November 3, 2017

Thi underwent heart surgery.

Since having the surgery, Thi has been able to breathe better and is able to do more physical activities. Thi’s family is overjoyed that BCMF was able to find donors for her surgery. She is ready to fully recover and return to work to provide for her son and his future.

Thi said, “I would like to express my thankfulness to the donors who support the work of BCMF that changes lives, me included.”

Since having the surgery, Thi has been able to breathe better and is able to do more physical activities. Thi's family is overjoyed that BCM...

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September 12, 2017

Thi is a 29-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Ayeyarwady Division, Burma. She is a housewife, and her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Their son is a student in sixth grade. Their family income is enough to cover their family’s basic needs, but they are unable to save any money.

For the last 15 years, Thi has periodically experienced fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain. She has been diagnosed with heart disease, and her condition requires surgery.

On September 12, Thi will undergo a double valve replacement heart procedure. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for her treatment.

“After I get better from surgery, I will be work as much as I can to increase my family income and I will pay back my debt,” says Thi.

Thi is a 29-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Ayeyarwady Division, Burma. She is a housewife, and her husband is a mo...

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Thi's Timeline

  • September 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thi received treatment at Pinlon Private 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.

  • September 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 3, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Double Valves Replacement (Mitral and Aortic) with Tricuspid
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,378 for Thi'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.