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

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

Photo of Myo post-operation

August 29, 2017

Myo underwent heart surgery.

Compared to before the surgery, Myo now feels much less fatigue. Although he still feels slight chest pain when he has to walk and move a lot, his shortness of breath and ability to eat proper meals have improved. He is very happy and was in tears when the BCMF staff were conducting his post-op interview. Myo is now able to return home and see his family.

“I feel very happy and very thankful to the donors and BCMF organization. If there was no donor, I would have received surgery very late and my income is too low to pay for my surgery cost. I feel much better now after the surgery and I will help my family to increase our income by driving motorcycle taxi again in the future. I will try to help the people in my community as much as I can, and I will spend my life as a good man,” shares Myo.

Compared to before the surgery, Myo now feels much less fatigue. Although he still feels slight chest pain when he has to walk and move a lo...

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April 7, 2017

Myo is a 46-year-old man who lives in Burma with his wife and their seven-year-old son.

From 2001 to 2002, Myo and his wife lived in Thailand while searching for employment. In 2002, at a medical checkup required to extend his stay in Thailand, Myo learned that he has mitral valve regurgitation.

Normally, the mitral valve keeps blood flowing from the left atrium to the left ventricle. However, with mitral valve regurgitation, the valve leaks, allowing blood to flow in the opposite direction. This can cause fatigue, shortness of breath, weakness, or swelling of the feet and ankles.

At the time of the diagnosis, Myo received two weeks’ worth of medication, but no follow-up appointments were scheduled. Myo experienced no symptoms of his heart condition until mid-2016, when he began to have difficulty breathing. He sought care at several hospitals. He received a free echocardiogram, which confirmed that he will need to undergo surgery to replace his mitral valve.

At his appointment with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Myo spoke of the significant stress his health condition has brought him. He had to sell his motorbike to pay for medical tests and treatment.

He says, “I just want to be a strong and healthy man to be able to look after my wife and young son.”

Fortunately, Myo is scheduled to undergo mitral valve replacement surgery on April 24. He will need financial assistance to pay the $1,500 required for the operation, transportation to and from the hospital, diagnostic procedures, lab tests, and ten nights in the hospital.

Myo is a 46-year-old man who lives in Burma with his wife and their seven-year-old son. From 2001 to 2002, Myo and his wife lived in Tha...

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Myo's Timeline

  • April 7, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Myo was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • April 28, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Myo 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.

  • May 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Myo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 29, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Myo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Myo's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $17,041 for Myo'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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.