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Dah Khu from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Dah Khu
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Fully funded
Dah Khu's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2020.

Photo of Dah Khu post-operation

January 13, 2021

Dah Khu underwent cardiac surgery.

In the past Dah Khu used to feel tired, experienced heart palpitations, and had difficulty breathing. She would have frequent headaches, had no appetite, and would often vomit. Her toes, fingers, and lips would be purple, and she could not walk long distances without someone supporting her. Although she was eager to help her parents with household chores such as washing dishes and cooking, she felt too tired to help them.

We’re so happy to share that since her surgery, Dah Khu feels much better. She no longer has difficulty breathing, nor does she feel tired. She no longer experiences heart palpitations, and headaches, and her appetite has increased. She can now wash her own clothes and help out around the house.

“I feel a lot better,” she said. “I feel like I have become healthy or normal like other people. In the past, my parents always had to carry me to the hospital and they always had to spend time taking care of me. I feel embarrassed [about this]. I am really thankful to my parents who took care of me and love me. I would also like to thank all the donors and the organisations for helping me. May you who gave me a helping hand be blessed a lot! My husband was very happy when he learned that I was recovering. He wants to take care of me and stay close by my side, but he cannot travel because of Covid-19 and financial problems. He wants to say thank you for supporting my treatment.”

In the past Dah Khu used to feel tired, experienced heart palpitations, and had difficulty breathing. She would have frequent headaches, had...

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August 23, 2020

Dah Khu is a young woman who lives with her husband, parents, three brothers, sister-in-law and her nephew in Mae La Refugee Camp (MLRC) in Thailand. Except for her husband, Dah Khu’s family is unemployed and depends on monthly rations distributed by international organizations. Dah Khu’s husband is a daily laborer who works when he receives permission to leave the camp. He earns 1,000 baht (approx. 33.3 USD) per month. This, combined with the rations they receive is not sufficient to cover all their household expenses and sometimes, they have to borrow rice from their neighbor.

When she was four years old, a doctor from Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) diagnosed Dah Khu with two types of congenital heart diseases called pulmonary atresia, where one of the valves in his heart did not form properly, and ventricular septal defect, where she has a hole in her heart. The doctor told her mother that an artery in Dah Khu’s heart is narrow and that she needed surgery.

Until now, Dah Khu has been unable to undergo surgery and frequently feels tired, experiences heart palpitations, has a headache and no appetite, and is unable to sleep. She also cannot walk long distances because if she does, she suffers from chest pains.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, can help. They need your help to fund this $1,500 surgery. This surgery will enable Dah Khu to have a better quality of life.

Dah Khu said, “If I become healthy, I want to help my parents and open a small shop to sell food.”

Dah Khu is a young woman who lives with her husband, parents, three brothers, sister-in-law and her nephew in Mae La Refugee Camp (MLRC) in ...

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Dah Khu's Timeline

  • August 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 24, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Dah Khu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Dah Khu 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, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Dah Khu's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 13, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Dah Khu. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
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  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Dah Khu's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,325 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,121
Medical Staff
$954
Medication
$39
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$235
Labs
$84
Radiology
$312
Other
$86
  • 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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mercy

Mercy is a 28-year-old subsistence farmer from Malawi. She lives in a grass-thatched house with her husband and their three children. Her oldest child is nine years old and attends school, while her youngest is five years old. She and her husband also take care of her 93-year-old grandmother who depends on them. Mercy and her husband farm together and their farm produces enough food to feed the family, but not enough to sell a surplus. To supplement their income, she and her husband also work on other people's farms. In 2018, Mercy noticed a small lump on the left side of her neck. Over the years, the lump has grown and is hard and painful. After having several appointments rescheduled, Mercy finally got a scan and was referred to a lab for thyroid tests and to a surgeon. The lab tests and transportation costs have greatly impacted her family’s income, and it has taken her three years to have all of the required testing. She was finally diagnosed with an enlarged thyroid and surgery was recommended to heal her condition. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is helping Mercy to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a thyroidectomy at AMH's care center. Now, she needs help raising $1,015 to fund her procedure and care. Mercy shared, "this condition is not only affecting me, but mainly my helpless 93 years old grandmother and also my family. I can no longer draw water for my grandmother and my children are too young to help. My husband is now getting exhausted combining farm work and household chores. Please assist me with this surgery so I can start helping my family again."

75% funded

75%funded
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