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

Myint
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Myint's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2018.

Photo of Myint post-operation

November 6, 2017

Myint underwent heart surgery.

Myint feels much better after surgery. He is no longer tired and can walk long distances and help out with chores.

“The treatment we received benefited the family a lot. Usually, we just have enough food to eat. We don’t have money for treatment. If we were to treat him, we won’t be able help him to get better. With the help from the organization, we can get help. Our neighbor told us that if I treat him, it will cost millions and millions,” said Myint’s father.

“My life will be different now. I can go back to school. I want to look after patients as a doctor or a medic. I want to help patients who don’t have money,” says Myint.

Myint feels much better after surgery. He is no longer tired and can walk long distances and help out with chores. “The treatment we rec...

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October 2, 2017

Myint is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a small village, where his father owns a rubber plantation. Myint’s father and brother work on the plantation and his mother stays home to care for him.

When Myint was two months old, his mother noticed that tips of his fingers were turning blue. She gave him different traditional medicines but nothing seemed to help. Growing up, Myint was physically weak, often tired, and struggled to stand up for more than five minutes. He has not been able to attend school for some time now.

Recently, Myint’s mother took him to a hospital, where he received a chest x-ray and an echocardiogram. Doctors diagnosed him with Tetralogy of Fallot and dextrocardia. Tetralogy of Fallot means that there is a hole between the lower chambers of the heart, an obstruction from the heart to the lungs, an incorrectly placed aorta, and an overly thick heart muscle. Dextrocardia means that his heart points to the right instead of the left. Surgery has been recommended.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Myint’s treatment. He is scheduled for surgery at our medical partner’s care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, on October 6. After treatment he will be able to return to school.

Myint is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a small village, where his father owns a rubber plantation. Myint's fathe...

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Myint's Timeline

  • October 2, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 5, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Myint's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 6, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Myint 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.

  • November 6, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Myint's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 28, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Myint's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
TOF Total Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Myint'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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Myint

Myint is a 57-year-old man who lives by himself in a village in Burma. His wife lives in Thailand, but since she lost her work due to COVID-19, she hasn't been able to send back money for basic things like she usually does. They are in a hard postion because she also cannot come back to Burma because she doesn’t feel safe because of civil war that has started. Myint is a day labourer who earns 3,000 kyat (approx. 3 USD) per day. His monthly income of 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) is not enough to cover his daily expenses nor pay for basic health care. Last month, Myint went out fishing and he caught a catfish. While he tried to hang the fish, the catfish fell onto his left instep. The catfish’s fin which is poisonous injured his left instep. He went to small clinic and got treatment. But his wound did not improve and instead he had swelling and it become infected. The village clinic doctor told him if the wound is not improve to go to see the specialist. Since he didn't have money, Myint went to visit a monk to seek the treatment. The monk gave him traditional medicine (an herb) for the wound. However, after using the traditional medicine for one month, his foot continued to worsen. Eventually, his friend recommended that he seek treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). At the hospital, the doctor examined his foot and saw that he had developed an ulcer. The doctor said that they would need to perform surgery on his ulcer to clean it properly and remove any damaged or necrotic tissue. When Myint told the doctor he had no money to pay for the surgery, the doctor referred him to our Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance accessing further treatment. Currently, Myint’s left foot is swollen and the skin around his ulcer is discoloured. He cannot sleep well at night due to the pain. He also has difficulty sleeping due to worrying about his foot and his economic situation. He is worried that if his leg has to be amputated, he will not be able to earn money to support his family. He's trying to remain hopeful and told us, “In the future I would like to grow and sell mushrooms so that I can support my family financially.”

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$515raised
$179to go

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