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

Ni Tar
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Ni Tar's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2020.

Photo of Ni Tar post-operation

September 9, 2020

Ni Tar underwent heart surgery.

Before surgery, Ni Tar felt tightness in his chest and had shortness of breath. He was not able to lay down, so he would sleep propped up in a chair against a pillow at night. Today, he can breathe well, he no longer feels a tightness in his chest, and he can sleep in any position. He feels like he has made a full recovery. He is no longer tired, his appetite has returned, and he’s is gaining weight.

Since August 2020, Ni Tar has started to teach religion classes in students’ homes, since schools have not yet reopened due to COVID19. In exchange, he receives 5,000 - 10,000 kyat (approx. 5-10 USD) from the students who can afford to pay him.

“Now I can live longer, and I can help to support my family,” said Ni Tar. “I plan to start a business selling car parts [in the future]. I’m very grateful to the donors who gave me a new life.”

Before surgery, Ni Tar felt tightness in his chest and had shortness of breath. He was not able to lay down, so he would sleep propped up in...

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March 18, 2020

Ni Tar is a 36-year-old man from Burma who lives with his mother and his younger sister in Mingalar Township, Yangon Division. His younger sister is the primary breadwinner for the household. She works at solar factory in Yangon. Ni Tar has been unemployed for five years. In his free time, Ni Tar likes to read the Quran, especially when the weather is cool.

Ni Tar was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of his 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, Ni Tar exhibits similar symptoms as before. He has shortness of breath, weakness, chest pain, and a difficulty walking longer distances. He also has a chronic cough.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ni Tar. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 18th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“I miss teaching the children at the Mosque,” said Ni Tar. “Sometimes, in the past I wanted to kill myself because I felt like I was useless. I wanted to help take care of my family, but now it is up to my younger sister. It makes me feel ashamed.”

Ni Tar is a 36-year-old man from Burma who lives with his mother and his younger sister in Mingalar Township, Yangon Division. His younger s...

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Ni Tar's Timeline

  • March 18, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 18, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ni Tar 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.

  • March 19, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ni Tar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 03, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ni Tar's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 09, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ni Tar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Ni Tar'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.