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Phyu is a young woman from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

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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

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

  • January 31, 2019

    Phyu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 12, 2019

    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

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


    Phyu is currently raising funds for her treatment.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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
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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Soe is a 48-year-old man from Burma. Soe lives with his wife, a son and four daughters in Mon State. His wife used to work but now stays home to look after their youngest daughter, who is just six months old now, and their son, who is suffering from a severe type of congenital heart disease. Soe’s eldest daughter also stays home and helps her mother with household chores. Soe’s two other daughters are students. Soe Myint has another daughter and she works as a domestic worker in Yangon. Last two years ago, Soe experienced persistent twitches in his left lower eyelid. About 15 days later, he noticed that the vision in his left eye had deteriorated to the point that he could hardly see things. He then went to a clinic, but he just received oral medication and eye drops. However, the treatment he received at the clinic had no effect on his condition. He also had slight pain in his left eye. In 2018, when Soe was traveling on a motorcycle, he passed out and fell off from the motorcycle. People nearby saw him and took him to the local hospital. He regained consciousness when he arrived at the hospital. Not long after the incident, Soe noticed that the vision in his right eye has also started to become blurry. He then went to an eye clinic in Yangon where the doctor examined his eyes. There he was provided with oral medication and eye drops. However, Soe did not feel any better even with the medication. Doctors want Soe to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Soe's CT scan and care, scheduled for October 08. Soe said, “I am worried for my son and I want to him get better soon. I am also worried for my daughters who are left behind at home because they don’t have any money to buy food.”

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