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

Aung
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Aung's treatment was fully funded on October 10, 2020.

Photo of Aung post-operation

April 17, 2020

Aung underwent life-saving cardiac surgery.

Before surgery, Aung frequently had chest pain, would easily tire, had no appetite, and difficulty breathing and sleeping. Since his surgery, his symptoms have improved greatly. He no longer has a hard time breathing, no longer tires easily, is able to sleep well, and his appetite has increased. He is very thankful for all the help he received and would like to thank everyone for helping him.

Aung said, “When I went back home, I saw my friends and family waiting for me and they were very happy to see that my treatment had been successful.”

“In the future, I will continue to work with my wife at the same office and I will continue to support my children so that they can become educated,” said Aung.

Before surgery, Aung frequently had chest pain, would easily tire, had no appetite, and difficulty breathing and sleeping. Since his surgery...

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January 23, 2020

Aung is a 34-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife, son, and daughter. Both he and his wife work as government officers. In his free time he likes to read books.

Aung was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the 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. Currently, Aung feels tired, has chest pains, and has difficulty breathing. However, he can eat and sleep well.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Aung. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“I want to go back to work [as a] healthy [person] and support my family,” said Aung.

Aung is a 34-year-old man from Burma who lives with his wife, son, and daughter. Both he and his wife work as government officers. In his fr...

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Aung's Timeline

  • January 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aung was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • January 28, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aung 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.

  • January 28, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aung's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 17, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aung's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 10, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aung's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement with Tricuspid Ring Annuoloplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $5,278 for Aung's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,778 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,900
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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Samuel

Samuel is a 53-year-old fisherman. He is a father of two children aged 18 and 16 years old. He separated from his wife 5 years ago, and has been taking care of the children since the separation. In December 2020, Samuel was pricked by a poisonous thorn on his foot, which left a wound running from his foot to ankle that has become severely infected. He is in pain and unable to walk comfortably. The wound threatens his mobility and could result in amputation if not urgently attended to. Initially, Samuel tried treating the wound with herbs, but there was no improvement. He visited a nearby mission facility for a checkup and dressing, where doctors treated and washed the wound, but it continued to worsen. On April 1st, Samuel was driven by a well-wisher to our medical partner's care center Kijabe Hospital and upon review, doctors recommended an urgent debridement and skin grafting surgery. However, the cost of care is difficult for Samuel to afford. He had been depending on support from the local missionaries to pay for his previous medical bills and medication. Samuel appeals for financial support. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Samuel receive treatment. On April 2nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to clean off the wound and prevent further infection. Now, Samuel needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Samuel shared, “This wound is worsening by the day. I currently limp but I might lose the leg if I don’t get some surgical intervention. My fishing venture cannot even pay for the surgery.”

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