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Success! Daw Khin from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery so she can return to teaching.

Daw Khin
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Daw Khin's treatment was fully funded on April 15, 2022.

Photo of Daw Khin post-operation

June 1, 2022

Daw Khin underwent heart surgery and hopes to return to teaching.

Daw Khin’s surgery was a success! Before undergoing her procedure, Daw Khin experienced many troubling symptoms that affected her ability to talk to others, walk short distances, and sleep. Since she received surgery, Daw Khin is happy to share that she no longer feels tired and does not experience heart palpitations and pain in her chest anymore. She can sleep well, and her appetite has increased. Daw Khin has resumed doing some household chores, like cooking, cleaning, and washing clothes, but she has still been careful to not do heavy lifting or things that are too strenuous.

Daw Khin has starting planning for her future again. She shared, “I would like to work as a teacher and teach all of my students again in the future. I also have to take care of my parents in the future. I always pray that the civil war will be over. I would like there to be peace so that we can go back to work. After we have peace in our country, I will go back to teaching. I really like teaching my students.”

Daw Khin's surgery was a success! Before undergoing her procedure, Daw Khin experienced many troubling symptoms that affected her ability to...

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February 4, 2022

Daw Khin is a 45-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, who are retired and supported by Daw Khin’s sister, who earns an income from renting out their land. Daw Khin used to work as a teacher before her condition made it difficult for her to continue teaching her students.

Around June 2020, Daw Khin began to feel very tired and experienced heart palpitations. She shared that it felt like she could not breathe while teaching. Because these episodes happened infrequently, she did not seek treatment at the time; however, in December 2020, her condition worsened, and she went to a local hospital. After receiving an electrocardiogram, doctors determined she has an enlarged heart and an abnormal heartbeat and prescribed medication to help Daw Khin feel better.

Since Daw Khin’s symptoms continued, her sister brought her to a cardiologist in April 2021. Upon review, Daw Khin’s condition was diagnosed as an atrial septal defect, a birth condition in which there is a hole in the wall that divides the upper chambers of the heart. The cardiologist informed her that she would need surgery, but the cost was too high for Daw Khin’s family, so they returned home with medications. Daw Khin currently experiences headaches, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue and heart palpitations when talking or walking short distances.

Fortunately, a friend visited Daw Khin in June and told her about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Daw Khin contacted BCMF and learned that BCMF will be able to help her finally heal. On February 6th, she will undergo an atrial septal defect (ASD) closure. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help fund her procedure.

Daw Khin shared, “I would like to teach all my students again in the future. I like teaching students.”

Daw Khin is a 45-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents, who are retired and supported by Daw Khin's sister, who earns an inc...

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Daw Khin's Timeline

  • February 4, 2022

    Daw Khin was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • February 6, 2022

    Daw Khin received treatment at Pun Hlaing 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.

  • February 7, 2022

    Daw Khin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 15, 2022

    Daw Khin's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 1, 2022

    Daw Khin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 36 donors

Funded by 36 donors

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $8,090 for Daw Khin's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,590 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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 large backlog 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 costly and 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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