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

Htay
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Htay's treatment was fully funded on May 7, 2020.

Photo of Htay post-operation

May 14, 2020

Htay underwent cardiac surgery.

Since having surgery, Htay can now walk longer distances without getting tired, which makes her really happy. Before surgery, she said it was difficult for her to lay flat on her bed due to chest pain and breathing problems, but now she can sleep normally. She also sleeps better throughout the night since her pain and difficulty breathing have gone away. Since being discharged, she feels like she regains her energy and gets stronger day by day.

Htay’s family is very happy and thankful that she is better now and that her life has changed for the better. Before surgery her nephew said she could not work because of his aunt’s poor health. He often took care of her, but it took up a lot of his time and impacted his family’s finances. Now he does not worry about his aunt’s health, her nephew said.

Htay said, “Before getting treatment, I didn’t think I had a future. It was hard for me to move and breath, or do just the very basic things in life because of my condition. Now that I am recovering, I have many plans. I want to go to the monastery more often to pray and worship. I also want to open a small shop out of my house to earn some extra money for my family.”

“Thank you to all the Watsi donors and all the staff at BCMF who helped me receive treatment,” Htay said. “May God bless you and your work. In the future, I hope you can help more people get better just like you helped me.”

Since having surgery, Htay can now walk longer distances without getting tired, which makes her really happy. Before surgery, she said it wa...

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February 18, 2020

Htay is a 54-year-old single woman from Burma. She lives with her sister, three nephews and a niece in Mudon Township, Mon State, Burma. Her nephew and her sister work on a rubber farm while her two other nephews go to school. Her oldest nephew also works in a phone shop. Htay is a homemaker and she does not have income. She lives and eats with her nephews and niece.

Htay was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow.

When Htay was 30 years old, she started to feel tired, and experienced shortness of breath and difficulty breathing at night. She went to the Yangon General Hospital for treatment. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis and she underwent a procedure called a balloon valvotomy to widen the too narrow valve in her heart. She was fine after her treatment. Four years later, she started to experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and could no longer do household chores. However, she did not go to the hospital as she could not afford to pay for further treatment. On the 5th of July 2019, her niece’s husband suggested she seek treatment at Pinlon Hospital, where he had also received surgery in the past. She followed her niece’s husband’s advice and went to Pinlon Hospital. At the hospital she received another screening and the doctor told her she needs to replace one of the valves in her heart.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Htay. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Htay said, “After I went to Yangon Hospital several times and the doctor said that I had to have surgery as soon as possible, I felt so sad, but I tried to keep up my courage to stay strong. I secretly sold three acres of my farmland which my parents gave me. [However, I did not receive surgery] because if I would have died after surgery, my sister would have had difficulty paying for my funeral, so I was waiting and praying to meet with donors for a long time. Now, I feel less stressed since I talked to Burma Children Medical Fund staff. Thank you everyone for helping me!”

Htay is a 54-year-old single woman from Burma. She lives with her sister, three nephews and a niece in Mudon Township, Mon State, Burma. Her...

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Htay's Timeline

  • February 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 19, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Htay 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.

  • February 19, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Htay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 07, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Htay's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Htay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Htay's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,378 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,800
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.