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Success! Thidar from Burma raised $1,500 to fund life-changing cardiac surgery to alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably.

Thidar
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Thidar's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2022.

Photo of Thidar post-operation

December 19, 2022

Thidar underwent life-changing cardiac surgery to alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably.

Before undergoing surgery, Thidar had a rapid heartbeat and always felt fatigued. She experienced difficulty breathing, chest pain, and achy, swollen joints. As a result, it was difficult for her to walk long distances, sleep, or eat. However, Thidar is happy to report that she no longer experiences any of her previous symptoms since undergoing surgery! She can now walk without becoming tired and no longer experiences pain in her chest or shortness of breath. She can sleep well, and her appetite has returned. In the future, Thidar wants to open a grocery shop to help increase her family’s income and care for her son by supporting his education.

Thidar said, “I am really delighted to have surgery through BCMF and their donors. I have never seen a health organization like BCMF that supports patients’ surgeries because the surgery cost is very expensive for each patient they have to support. I am living with my husband’s family, so I feel embarrassed to ask them for money. As I do not have an income, they have to give me money for my trips [to the hospital], and my sister-in-law had to accompany me. They sacrificed their time for me, and I want to pay them back as soon as I can. I would like to say ‘thank you so much’ to all the donors who helped me. May you continue this great job of helping patients. I do not have the chance to give back what you have given me, but I will take care of my family the best that I can.”

Before undergoing surgery, Thidar had a rapid heartbeat and always felt fatigued. She experienced difficulty breathing, chest pain, and achy...

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July 22, 2022

Thidar is a 30-year-old woman who lives with her son, husband, parents in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law in Burma. She, her husband, and her mother-in-law grow rice, beans, and sesame on their farm. During her free time, Thidar enjoys growing flowers and vegetables around her house.

Ten years ago, after Thidar gave birth to her son, she began to experience troubling symptoms. These included chest pains and a rapid heartbeat. When visiting a clinic, medics determined that she has a heart condition.

To help her condition and alleviate her symptoms, Thidar took medication regularly. However, she ran out of oral medication at the start of this year. This was a problem because medics at her local clinic were protesting against the February 2021 coup, so the clinic was closed. She also could not go to a different clinic because the military had many checkpoints around the nearest town at the time, and she was too scared to pass them.

Months later, after experiencing exhaustion, a rapid heartbeat, painful and swollen joints, and a loss in appetite, Thidar was able to seek medical care and receive medication. Following the advice of a medic at the clinic, she eventually visited a hospital. There, she received an X-rays scan and an echocardiogram, which determined that Thidar has a heart disease requiring surgery. Due to financial constraints, she and her husband could not fund the needed procedure and had to return home with Thidar still experiencing the same troubling symptoms as before.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is helping Thidar finally receive treatment. On July 22nd, surgeons will perform double valve replacement cardiac surgery. This procedure will hopefully alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. Now, Thidar and her family need help funding this $1,500 procedure.

Thidar says, “I feel very sad and I want to cry because I have no money to pay for my surgery cost. My mother and husband had to borrow money with interest [to pay for some of my medical fees]. I am also worried that I cannot work and support my son. Now, I am very happy that my surgery cost will be supported. I am thankful to all the donors and the organization.”

Thidar is a 30-year-old woman who lives with her son, husband, parents in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law in Burma. She, her husband,...

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Thidar's Timeline

  • July 22, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 22, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thidar received treatment at Pun Hlaing 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.

  • July 22, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thidar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 19, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thidar's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 29, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thidar's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Double Valves Replacement (Mitral and Aortic) with Tricuspid
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,429 for Thidar's treatment
Subsidies fund $5,929 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,211
Medical Staff
$1,053
Medication
$0
Supplies
$4,686
Labs
$80
Radiology
$80
Other
$319
  • 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 is life-threatening for patients.

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Su

Su is 10-year-old girl who lives in Thailand. Both of her parents work for a community based organization helping others in their area. In her free time, Su likes to draw pictures and play with her friends. Su was born with clubfeet and a dislocated hip. She received corrective surgery in Chiang Mai with the help of our medical partner BCMF after she was born. During her last visit to the hospital when she was young, the doctor told her mother that they only had to return to the hospital when she outgrew her clubfeet correction shoes. However, her parents could never bring her back. In additional to financial constraints, their legal documents expired, and later when they had legal documents, they could not go to Chiang Mai due to covid-19 travel restrictions. In June 2022, Su started to experience pain in her right foot whenever she walked more than 10 minutes. She also experienced pain in her right hip for the first time when she walked. The doctor at Mae Sot Hospital diagnosed her with a dislocated hip and referred her to the larger hospital Chiang Mai for further treatment. In October an MRI was performed for Su and it was determined that she may need two surgeries: one for hrt hip and another for her clubfeet condition. The first surgery is for a hip replacement and the doctor scheduled her for surgery on November 25th so she can be out of pain as quickly as possible. Her family needs $1500 for her hip replacement surgery. Su's father said, "I am hopeful for my daughter to receive surgery soon. After surgery, I hope that she will be able to walk like other children and she will not be shy when she grows up. Now, when she goes to school, some of her friends tease her that she cannot walk properly like other children."

74% funded

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$1,122raised
$378to go

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