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Success! Thein from Burma raised $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement surgery.

Thein
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Thein's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2020.

Photo of Thein post-operation

March 11, 2021

Thein underwent a mitral valve cardiac surgery.

Before surgery, Thein had difficulty breathing and would feel tired when he was not on oxygen or receiving an IV. He could not sleep well at night and had to take sleeping pills to get a good nights rest. He was always tired and could only breath through his mouth. Since his surgery, he feels better than before. He can breathe well, and he no longer feels tired even when he is talking a lot.

Thein said, “I’m very happy now. Thank you so much to the donors for helping me receive surgery. My surgery was a success and I feel better now. The doctor told me to rest for about three months, but after that I will go back to work. I would like to learn how to repair cars and other vehicles in the future because this is a useful skill, and I could earn more money doing that. I will try my best to support my family and I would like my daughter to complete her education.”

His wife shared that she was also very grateful for the treatment that her husband received and wanted to thank the donors who helped fund her husband’s treatment.

Before surgery, Thein had difficulty breathing and would feel tired when he was not on oxygen or receiving an IV. He could not sleep well at...

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November 11, 2020

Thein is a 33-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife in Yangon, while his daughter lives with his aunt. He and his wife are vendors at the main bus station. In his free time, Thein likes to go to the tea shop with his friend and talk about work. In the future, he would like to become a motorcycle broker, where he believes he could earn a more steady income.

Unfortunately, Thein has been unable to work since March 2020. At the time, he often felt too tired or unwell to work. Upon seeking care, Thein was diagnosed with a heart condition involving a malformation of the mitral valve, which is 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, Thein has difficulty breathing and feels tired when he does not receive oxygen or an intravenous drip. He cannot sleep well at night and has to take sleeping pills to help him get rest.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement procedure for Thein. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 13th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and improve his quality of life.

Thein shared, “After I have recovered fully, I will go back to work. I will try to search for a job that pays better so that I can pay off my debt. After I have paid back my debt, I will save money for my family’s future. I want my daughter to complete her studies.”

Thein is a 33-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife in Yangon, while his daughter lives with his aunt. He and his wife are vendors...

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Thein's Timeline

  • November 11, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thein was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • November 13, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thein received treatment at Pinlon Private 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.

  • November 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thein's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thein's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 11, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thein's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 33 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement with Tricuspid Ring Annuoloplasty
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $5,278 for Thein'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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