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Ei Ei from Burma raised $1,500 to repair a heart defect.

Ei Ei
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Ei Ei's treatment was fully funded on May 9, 2015.

Photo of Ei Ei post-operation

May 22, 2015

Ei Ei received treatment to repair a heart defect.

“When Ei Ei was referred to us in March, she was suffering from heart palpitations, fatigue and difficulty sleeping,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “The operation was successful and Ei Ei said that she feels so relieved, she was very anxious before the surgery in case there were any complications but now that she has been discharged from hospital and is on her way home, she feels much happier than before.”

“Her husband is currently working as a driver to support the family and Ei Ei said on her return, she would take rest for a while until her condition had stabilized,” continues BBP. “She is no longer suffering from fatigue, and although she still has some mild chest pain from the operation, she said she feels so much better.”

“Thank you so much, my life is so much better now, and I am much happier - and so relieved!” shares Ei Ei. “I want to thank all of the donors, the staff here and at the hospital for their kindness and patience and for providing me with food and accommodation.”

"When Ei Ei was referred to us in March, she was suffering from heart palpitations, fatigue and difficulty sleeping," explains our medical p...

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April 2, 2015

This is Ei Ei, a 24-year-old woman from Burma.

“Ei Ei lives with her husband on the Thai-Burma border,” says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “Her husband supports her with his income as a motorcycle taxi driver. Between them they earn $250.”

Ei Ei has mitral valve stenosis, a valvular heart condition characterized by the narrowing of one of the heart’s valves.

“Ei Ei’s current symptoms include fatigue, palpitations, and difficulty sleeping,” BBP explains. “She said when she sleeps lying down she stops breathing and wakes up in a panic. The only way she can sleep is if she is sitting down in the brace position.”

Ei Ei needs surgery to repair the valve in her heart. The procedure costs $1500, and will provide complete symptom relief. Not only will she have a healthy heart, but she will be able to return to work as a housecleaner, which she has stopped since her condition worsened.

“Ei Ei hopes that one day she can have a baby but she understands that might not be possible with her heart condition,” explains BBP.

Let’s help Ei Ei get healthy and hopefully make this dream possible.

This is Ei Ei, a 24-year-old woman from Burma. “Ei Ei lives with her husband on the Thai-Burma border," says our medical partner, Burma ...

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Ei Ei's Timeline

  • April 2, 2015

    Ei Ei was submitted by Kathryn Delahunty at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • April 5, 2015

    Ei Ei received treatment. 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.

  • May 1, 2015

    Ei Ei's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 9, 2015

    Ei Ei's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 22, 2015

    We received an update on Ei Ei. Read the update.

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