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Ma Kyi from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Ma Kyi
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Ma Kyi's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Ma Kyi post-operation

October 2, 2017

Ma Kyi underwent successful heart surgery.

After surgery, Ma Kyi is very happy and looks forward to her future ahead. She no longer experiences chest pains or fatigue, and finally has regained an appetite. Additionally, she appears much healthier. Ma Kyi plans on returning home and finding a job soon.

Ma Kyi says, “Thank you all for helping me and making all of my family members relieved. I’ve been in pain and off work for so long with my heart disease. I can’t even express my thankfulness toward all the associated parties who have help me.”

After surgery, Ma Kyi is very happy and looks forward to her future ahead. She no longer experiences chest pains or fatigue, and finally has...

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March 14, 2017

Ma Kyi is a 23-year-old woman who lives in a village in Burma with her husband, grandfather, and son. She was born with a congenital heart defect that has gone undiagnosed for most of her life. When her son was 20 months old, Ma Kyi began experiencing extreme fatigue.

In January, as her condition began to deteriorate, Ma Kyi and her husband left their jobs in a factory in Bangkok to return to Burma. They have been unable to work since, and Ma Kyi’s husband is very concerned about his wife’s health. Finally, Ma Kyi and her husband traveled for eight hours to seek treatment from our medical partner.

Her husband says, “I am worried about my wife.”

To treat her heart condition, Ma Kyi will undergo a single valve replacement surgery on March 16. $1,500 has been requested for her surgery and hospital stay.

Ma Kyi is a 23-year-old woman who lives in a village in Burma with her husband, grandfather, and son. She was born with a congenital heart d...

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Ma Kyi's Timeline

  • March 14, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 28, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ma Kyi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 29, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ma Kyi 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.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ma Kyi's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Ma Kyi. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $17,041 for Ma Kyi's treatment
Subsidies fund $15,541 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$7,426
Medical Staff
$2,476
Medication
$284
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$484
Labs
$76
Radiology
$767
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.