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Success! Chit from Thailand raised $1,500 for life-saving heart surgery.

Chit
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Chit's treatment was fully funded on July 8, 2015.

Photo of Chit post-operation

August 1, 2016

Chit received life-saving heart surgery.

Chit’s cardiac catheterization to treat her atrial septal defect (ASD) was very successful. In the surgery, doctors threaded a catheter through her blood vessels to the hole in her heart, where they positioned a mesh patch between the atria. With time, the heart tissue should grow into and around the mesh to permanently repair the whole.

After surgery, Chit already feels much more energetic—her appetite has returned and she has begun to walk for much longer distances and periods of time. She’s very happy to have had the surgery, and looks forward to returning home to her family. With this treatment completed, her family plans to resettle in America, where they hope Chit can return to school. Both Chit and her mother, who accompanied her to the clinic, are thankful to the donors and doctors who helped her have this life-changing surgery.

Chit’s cardiac catheterization to treat her atrial septal defect (ASD) was very successful. In the surgery, doctors threaded a catheter thro...

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June 26, 2015

“Chit is extremely fatigued and feels heart palpitations on the left side of her chest,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. “She has a hard time taking care of her niece and parents because she is so weak and tired.”

Chit, a 19-year old woman who lives with her family in Thailand, has a congenital heart condition called atrial septal defect (ASD). ASD refers to a hole in the wall separating the top two chambers (atria) of Chit’s heart, allowing oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mix. The defect forces her heart and lungs to work harder to provide oxygenated blood to the body, causing fatigue and heart palpitations. Without treatment, the right side of Chit’s heart will grow larger and become weaker, and the blood pressure in her lungs will increase.

Chit’s two older brothers work as day laborers near the Thai-Burma border, but the work is inconsistent, and all of the money that they earn is needed to buy food for the family. As a result, Chit, who had to stop working when she got sick, has no money to pay for the life-saving surgery that she needs.

For $1500, Chit can receive cardiac catheterization to repair the ASD. In this surgical procedure, doctors use imaging to thread a catheter (a thin, flexible tube inserted into a blood vessel) from the groin to the hole in the heart. They position a mesh patch contained within the catheter to close the hole between the atria and then remove the catheter. Over time, heart tissue grows into and around the mesh to permanently close the hole. Funding for Chit’s treatment also includes transportation and post-operative hospital care.

“Chit hopes that after surgery she can return to normal life without being tired and in pain,” says Burma Border Projects. “She plans to work again and take care of her elderly parents.” Let’s help Chit achieve her goals!

“Chit is extremely fatigued and feels heart palpitations on the left side of her chest,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects...

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Chit's Timeline

  • June 26, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Chit was submitted by Connor Brown at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Thailand.

  • July 01, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Chit's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 08, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Chit's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 29, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Chit received treatment. 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.

  • August 01, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Chit's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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