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

Than
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Fully funded
Than's treatment was fully funded on December 3, 2019.

Photo of Than post-operation

September 16, 2019

Than underwent heart surgery.

Since surgery, Than noticed an improvement in her condition. Although she is still weak and feels dizzy because she cannot eat a lot, Than no longer feels tired even when she has to walk longer distances. Her breathing has also improved, and she can sleep very well at night.

Than said, “I am very happy. Your help let me live longer without pain and difficulties. But there is just one thing. I was told not to eat spicy and salty foods, which I am used to. So, I don’t have a good appetite. But I am trying [to eat] so that I can recover fully soon. [In the future] I will visit BCMF in Mae Sot, Thailand. I will never forget your help.”

Since surgery, Than noticed an improvement in her condition. Although she is still weak and feels dizzy because she cannot eat a lot, Than n...

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August 12, 2019

Than is a 57-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and her sister.

Than was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Than has difficulty breathing and her heartbeat is fast.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Than. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Than is a 57-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and her sister. Than was diagnosed with a heart condition that involve...

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Than's Timeline

  • August 12, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 12, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Than received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital. 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 15, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Than's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 16, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Than's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 03, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Than's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Than's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,378 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,800
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
Other
$397
  • 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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Nsiimenta

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