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

Thidar
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Thidar's treatment was fully funded on October 24, 2017.

Photo of Thidar post-operation

September 28, 2017

Thidar underwent heart surgery.

She no longer feels dizzy or constantly tired. She can walk long distances and can climb the stairs without feeling tired. Once she makes a full recovery, Thidar would like to become a seamstress.

“I would like to say thank you very much for helping me,” said Thidar.

She no longer feels dizzy or constantly tired. She can walk long distances and can climb the stairs without feeling tired. Once she makes a ...

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June 10, 2017

Meet Thidar, a 23-year-old woman from Burma. Thidar has worked as a housemaid in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Thidar now lives with her parents and younger brother.

When Thidar was two years old, she was diagnosed with a cardiac condition that could not be treated at her young age. When she was 13 years old, Thidar left home to become a housemaid for four years.

Thidar is fatigued and often dizzy, which makes it difficult for her to work. She is scheduled for heart surgery to repair the condition. The procedure is scheduled for July 24 and will cost $1,500. Thidar hopes to return to work with renewed health following the surgery.

“My condition has caused a lot of distress. My parents have had to borrow large sums of money in order to cover the costs of my condition. I want to get better for them, and I want a healthy life, and I want to walk like a strong woman,” says Thidar.

Meet Thidar, a 23-year-old woman from Burma. Thidar has worked as a housemaid in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Thidar now lives with her parents a...

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Thidar's Timeline

  • June 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thidar was submitted by Carolyn Grant at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thidar received treatment at Lampang 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 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thidar's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Thidar. Read the update.

  • October 24, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thidar's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 23 donors

Funded by 23 donors

Treatment
MV, AV, TV Repair and Replace
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $20,682 for Thidar's treatment
Subsidies fund $19,182 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$6,171
Medical Staff
$2,559
Medication
$284
Supplies
$8,667
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.