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Saw is a farmer from Burma who needs $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

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July 18, 2017

Saw is a 30-year-old father of three who lives in Burma. He works as a day laborer, sometimes as a mason and sometimes as a carpenter, and he additionally grows food on his own farm for his family.

Saw has been experiencing heart problems and, since the recent intensification of his condition, has not been able to go away for work or do any hard manual labor. This has cost him wages and the ability to provide for his family. Upon visiting the doctor, Saw was diagnosed with atrial septal defect, or a hole in the wall that separates the heart’s two upper chambers. Without treatment, Saw is at risk of further medical complications and irreparable damage to his heart and lungs.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund heart surgery for Saw, which is scheduled to take place on July 19. The hole in his heart will be closed, and, once the treatment is complete, Saw will hopefully be able to live much more comfortably.

Saw is a 30-year-old father of three who lives in Burma. He works as a day laborer, sometimes as a mason and sometimes as a carpenter, and h...

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Saw's Timeline

  • July 18, 2017

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

  • July 19, 2017

    Saw received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital.

  • August 10, 2017

    Saw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017

    Awaiting Saw's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.


    Saw is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,915 for Saw's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,415 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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.