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Khine is a cleaner from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

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September 14, 2017

Meet Khine, a 16-year-old girl who lives with her family in Burma. She works as a cleaner at her village’s nursery school to help support her family.

Khine shares with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), that earlier this year she started experiencing extreme fatigue and had difficulty breathing. Results from an ultrasound indicated that Khine has a cardiac condition, a diagnosis which was eventually confirmed by doctors at a hospital affiliated with BCMF.

On September 15, Khine will undergo life-saving heart surgery to repair the atrial septal defect.

With $1,500 we can help Khine to get the medical treatment she needs. “I want to go back to work so I can support my family,” says Khine.

Meet Khine, a 16-year-old girl who lives with her family in Burma. She works as a cleaner at her village's nursery school to help support he...

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Khine's Timeline

  • September 14, 2017

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

  • September 15, 2017

    Khine received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital.

  • September 18, 2017

    Khine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 31, 2017

    Awaiting Khine's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.


    Khine is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 29 donors

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,915 for Khine's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,415 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.