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

Nan Htwe
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Nan Htwe's treatment was fully funded on May 16, 2018.
May 16, 2018

Nan Htwe did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, after she underwent medical investigation at the hospital, her treatment was deemed too complex to treat.

Unfortunately, after she underwent medical investigation at the hospital, her treatment was deemed too complex to treat....

May 9, 2018

Nan Htwe is a 21-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents and older sister. When she is not helping with household chores, Nan Htwe spends her time reading.

Nan Htwe was born with 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 sick and short of breath.

Nan Htwe is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on May 11 to correct his condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nan Htwe’s procedure and care.

She says, “I would like to finish school and become a medic when I feel better so that I could be a good medic, with a smiling face and a smiling heart.”

Nan Htwe is a 21-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her parents and older sister. When she is not helping with household chores, Nan ...

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Nan Htwe's Timeline

  • May 9, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nan Htwe was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • May 10, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nan Htwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 11, 2018
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Nan Htwe was scheduled to receive treatment at Lampang Hospital in Thailand. 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.

  • May 16, 2018
    FUNDING ENDED

    Nan Htwe is no longer raising funds.

  • May 16, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nan Htwe's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
VSD Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,747 for Nan Htwe's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,247 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,009
Medical Staff
$721
Medication
$3
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$580
Labs
$76
Radiology
$278
Other
$86
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.