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Success! Kyaw from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

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

Photo of Kyaw post-operation

September 4, 2020

Kyaw underwent cardiac surgery.

Before surgery, Kyaw could hear his heart beating loudly but since his surgery, he feels like his heartbeat has become normal. He no longer experiences chest pains nor does he feel tired. He can finally walk longer distances without feeling tired.

Kyaw has not gone back to work yet as he is still recovering. He spends his days watching the news, listening to music, and helping his mother with light household chores such as cutting vegetables for meals and sweeping the house. Once he has fully recovered, Kyaw plans to find work in Singapore so that he may earn a larger income.

Kyaw’s mother said, “I am very happy for him because he is very lucky to receive this kind of support. Our family could never afford to pay such a large amount of money for his surgery.”

Kyaw added hopefully, “I would like to support my family because my brother and sister are studying and my mother is getting older. They need my support.”

Before surgery, Kyaw could hear his heart beating loudly but since his surgery, he feels like his heartbeat has become normal. He no longer ...

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June 12, 2020

Kyaw is a 23-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his mother, younger brother, and sister in Mawlamyine City. He and his mother own a small plot of land where they plant different fruit trees, such as mango, rambutan, durian, lime and others. They sell the fruit at the market and in total make around 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) per month. His younger sister is in her final year as a university student, while his younger brother is in grade nine. Kyaw used to work as a day laborer sometimes when he was well, but now his symptoms prevent him from working. In his free time, he loves to read newspapers and listen to music at home.

Kyaw was born with a ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him feeling sick and short of breath.

Kyaw is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on June 14th to correct his condition and improve her quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kyaw’s procedure and care.

Kyaw’s mother said, “My son is a good man and he always works hard for the family. When he gets sick, he hides it because he is worried that I would feel stressed about him. He does not go out much and enjoy himself. He always helps me in the garden.”

Kyaw is a 23-year-old young man from Burma. He lives with his mother, younger brother, and sister in Mawlamyine City. He and his mother own ...

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Kyaw's Timeline

  • June 12, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 12, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kyaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 14, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kyaw received 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.

  • September 04, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kyaw's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 01, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kyaw's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 31 donors

Funded by 31 donors

Treatment
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,381 for Kyaw's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,881 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,700
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
  • 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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