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Daw Ei from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Daw Ei
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Daw Ei's treatment was fully funded on October 2, 2020.
October 2, 2020

Daw Ei has had cardiac surgery postponed.

We just received an update from our medical partner that we wanted to share with you. Although Daw Ei’s doctor originally scheduled her to have surgery on June 14th, 2020, when the doctor completed another echo, he found that her condition was stabilizing and they wanted to monitor her before having surgery. The doctor told her she could wait to have surgery and asked her to come back for a follow-up appointment in September. When she returned for her follow-up appointment, the doctor completed another echo to assess how her heart was doing. The doctor informed her that she does not need surgery right now because they feel her condition is stable enough. She was asked to return every six months for a follow-up appointment, or to come back earlier if she felt unwell. If her condition worsens and her health deteriorates, the doctor will schedule her for surgery at that point. We are all wishing Daw Ei well and hope she has a healthy road ahead.

We just received an update from our medical partner that we wanted to share with you. Although Daw Ei's doctor originally scheduled her to h...

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June 12, 2020

Daw Ei is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, mother, two daughters, son, and daughter-in-law in Yangon. Her husband is a security guard, her mother is retired, and her daughter-in-law is a homemaker. Her eldest daughter works in a factory, her other daughter is a student, and her son works as a mason. Daw Ei used to work as a shop vender herself but had to stop three years ago due to her health problem.

Daw Ei 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, Daw Ei suffers from chest pains, feels tired and cannot walk long distances. Sometimes, she has no appetite.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Ei. The treatment is scheduled to take place on June 14th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Daw Ei said, “I’m worried about my health problem. Also, I’ve spent all my money on [seeking] treatment and I had to borrow 300,000 kyat (approx. 300 USD) from my daughter’s friend. I want to be cured.”

Daw Ei is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, mother, two daughters, son, and daughter-in-law in Yangon. Her husband...

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Daw Ei's Timeline

  • June 12, 2020

    Daw Ei was submitted by Than Than Oo at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • June 12, 2020

    Daw Ei's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 14, 2020

    Daw Ei was scheduled to receive 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.

  • October 02, 2020

    Daw Ei is no longer raising funds.

  • October 02, 2020

    Daw Ei's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Daw Ei's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,378 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, 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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