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Success! Ah from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Ah
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ah's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2017.

Photo of Ah post-operation

August 30, 2017

Ah underwent heart surgery.

He no longer experiences his previous symptoms. After recovery, he will be able to return to work.

He says, “Thank you to all association and donors for helping me and making me to be able to smile again. I cannot even express my thankfulness toward all associated parties who have helped me. I am really thankful to the donors and all BCMF staff members.”

He no longer experiences his previous symptoms. After recovery, he will be able to return to work. He says, "Thank you to all associatio...

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May 23, 2017

Ah was born in Burma. Around ten years ago, he moved to Bangkok, met his wife, and had two children. One day, while Ah was painting a house, he suddenly felt tired, had no energy, a fast heartbeat, and was coughing a lot.

He visited the hospital in Bangkok and was told by the doctor he needed heart surgery. Ah could not afford the surgery, but the doctor prescribed oral medication to keep his symptoms in check.

Recently, Ah has not been able to pay for his medication and stopped taking it. Since his condition deteriorated, he was unable to work and returned to Burma. His condition has worsened to the point that he cannot drink or eat anything, and as a result, Ah has developed a distended abdomen.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Ah’s heart surgery.

Ah misses his wife and children, but is unable to visit them as he has no money and is in poor health. He looks forward to getting better and seeing them again.

Ah was born in Burma. Around ten years ago, he moved to Bangkok, met his wife, and had two children. One day, while Ah was painting a house,...

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Ah's Timeline

  • May 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ah was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • May 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ah received 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.

  • June 5, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ah's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 30, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ah's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 1, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ah's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
MV, AV Repair and Valves Replace
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $20,349 for Ah's treatment
Subsidies fund $18,849 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$6,171
Medical Staff
$2,559
Medication
$284
Supplies
$8,334
Travel
$1,091
Labs
$76
Radiology
$1,300
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.