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Phyu from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Phyu
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Phyu's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2019.

Photo of Phyu post-operation

August 10, 2019

Phyu underwent heart surgery.

Surgery was successful!

She says, “In the future, when I feel better, I want to work as a tailor from my house and I want to have children. I wish to say thank you to the donors”

Surgery was successful! She says, "In the future, when I feel better, I want to work as a tailor from my house and I want to have childr...

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January 31, 2019

Phyu is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband in Mingalar Done, Yangon City, Yangon Division. Phyu’s husband is a motorbike taxi driver.

Phyu 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, Phyu experiences shortness of breath and cannot walk long distances.

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

Phyu says, “I want to get better so that I can get a job.”

Phyu is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband in Mingalar Done, Yangon City, Yangon Division. Phyu's husband is a motor...

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Phyu's Timeline

  • January 31, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 31, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Phyu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Phyu received treatment at Lampang 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.

  • August 10, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Phyu. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Phyu's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $17,041 for Phyu's treatment
Subsidies fund $15,541 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$7,426
Medical Staff
$2,476
Medication
$284
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$484
Labs
$76
Radiology
$767
Other
$534
  • 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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Johnson is an 8-month baby boy from Tanzania. Johnson, the last born child in a family of four, and already is a very active and friendly little boy. Johnson's parents are both subsistence farmers. Johnson was born in a local hospital where his parents were informed that his spine was not fully formed, thus resulting in a condition known as spinal bifida. Because Johnson's condition was not severe, they were informed that he wouldn’t need treatment and that it would close on its own. As their family continued to attend clinics they were told to wait till Johnson gets to five months old for him to have any kind of treatment. At five months they took him to hospital for the treatment but the cost was too high for them to afford and they had to return home. As time went by, Johnson's mother saw that his condition could end up complicated if he didn’t get treatment soon and end up greatly affecting Johnson later in life. She decided to seek treatment. She went to Mt Meru and was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC for more help.  Johnson was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Johnson is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Johnson's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 7th. This procedure will hopefully spare Johnson from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Johnson’s mother says, “We are concerned if our son does not get his spine corrected, it might affect his ability to walk. Please help my son.”

78% funded

78%funded
$793raised
$222to go

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