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

Thein
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Thein's treatment was fully funded on April 10, 2018.

Photo of Thein post-operation

April 28, 2018

Thein underwent heart surgery.

Before surgery, Thein often felt sick, had no appetite, had difficulty breathing, suffered from heart palpitations, had difficulty sleeping and could not walk long distances. After surgery, Thein no longer suffers from any of these symptoms.

“I felt distressed because I could not work,” said Thein. “So, I did not provide for my family. Now, I can work and provide for my family. Therefore, I am so happy and thankful to the donors, doctors and the BCMF staff for helping me. In the future, I will try to work for my son and daughter. I hope to send my son and daughter to the best school. After completing their education, my son will become an engineer and my daughter will become a businesswoman.”

Before surgery, Thein often felt sick, had no appetite, had difficulty breathing, suffered from heart palpitations, had difficulty sleeping ...

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February 14, 2018

Thein is a 41-year-old Burmese man. He lives with his wife, and together they have two children. He has been unable to work for the past two years. His family is now entirely reliant on his sister and brother-in-law’s income. His sister works as a grocer, while her husband works as a motorcycle taxi driver.

Thein 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, Thein experiences severe fatigue and heart palpitations. He cannot walk long distances. He usually has difficulty sleeping at night, constantly worrying about how he cannot afford to pay for surgery.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Thein. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 21 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“I have two children and a wife who I can’t support but I really want to,” explains Thein solemnly. “My sister only has a small shop but is trying to support everyone, so I feel very bad that I can’t help out.”

Thein is a 41-year-old Burmese man. He lives with his wife, and together they have two children. He has been unable to work for the past two...

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Thein's Timeline

  • February 14, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 15, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thein's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 07, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thein 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.

  • April 10, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thein's treatment was fully funded.

  • April 28, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thein's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Thein'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.