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

Wai Wai
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Wai Wai's treatment was fully funded on February 12, 2017.

Photo of Wai Wai post-operation

March 13, 2017

Wai Wai underwent cardiac surgery.

Before her surgery, she had trouble walking, wasn’t able to eat properly, and constantly felt tired. Wai Wai is now able to walk, eat, and sleep comfortably.

Wai Wai is very happy that she has more energy to help her sister, support her community, and volunteer.

Wai Wai is grateful to the donors. She says, “Before it was tears of sadness, and now it is tears of joy.”

Before her surgery, she had trouble walking, wasn’t able to eat properly, and constantly felt tired. Wai Wai is now able to walk, eat, and s...

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December 13, 2016

Wai Wai is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother and younger sister. They own a small shop, in which they sell goods made from bamboo.

Eight years ago, Wai Wai started to experience pain in her joints. She was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis. She visited a clinic, where she received injections for the arthritis. After a year of receiving injections, her pain subsided.

Wai Wai did not experience any health problems until March, when she began to cough and have difficulty breathing. She grew tired easily, and her joint pain returned. She experienced strong heart palpitations, which sometimes prevented her from sleeping.

In May, Wai Wai visited a hospital and underwent a diagnostic echocardiogram. She was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis, a narrowing of the heart’s mitral valve. Inflammatory diseases, such as Wai Wai’s rheumatic arthritis, can affect the connective tissues of the body, particularly those in the heart. Her doctor recommended surgery, but she she could not afford treatment. She tried using traditional medicines, but her symptoms did not improve.

Fortunately, Wai Wai was referred to our medical partner. She is now scheduled to undergo a mitral valve replacement on December 23.

Wai Wai hopes to get well soon. She plans to help her sister with their business, and resume her religious activities, including meditation and teaching children about Buddhism.

“I’m very happy now,” says Wai Wai.

Wai Wai is a 48-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother and younger sister. They own a small shop, in which they sell goods mad...

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Wai Wai's Timeline

  • December 13, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Wai Wai was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • December 22, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Wai Wai's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Wai Wai received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • February 12, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Wai Wai's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 13, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Wai Wai's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 39 donors

Funded by 39 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Wai Wai's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,378 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,800
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
Other
$397
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.