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Paw from Burma raised $1,500 to treat a heart condition.

Paw
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Paw's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2014.
June 19, 2015

Paw did not receive surgery as planned.

Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), shares that Paw did not arrive before her scheduled surgery.

“Multiple attempts have been made to contact Paw, but we have been unsuccessful thus far,” BBP shares.

Though rare, some patients choose not to have surgery. This can happen for a variety of reasons, depending on the patient’s circumstance. Should we receive subsequent information on Paw’s condition, we will share an update.

Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), shares that Paw did not arrive before her scheduled surgery. "Multiple attempts have be...

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December 16, 2014

“All I want is to be able to take good care of my daughter,” says Paw, adding, “I want to find a job in a nursery school because I love children so much. Actually, I would really like to be a teacher, if I had the opportunity.”

Meet Paw, a 21-year-old mother from Burma with ASD, or atrial septal defect. Since she was young, she has been dealing with the symptoms of this heart disease, including difficulty with breathing, fatigue, and regular bouts of dizziness. “Her condition is also very emotionally draining and causes her a lot of worry,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects.

Paw’s family moved to Nu Po Refugee Camp about 12 years ago as result of consistent fighting between ethnic rebel soldiers and the Burmese army. Because Paw could never work independently, her parents support her and her three-year-old daughter. However, her father only earns 100 Baht a day, equivalent to about $3 USD. Combined with the basic rations they are given in camp, this is only enough to cover daily expenses. They cannot save enough to pay for Paw’s healthcare.

If left untreated, Paw’s condition can be fatal. For $1,500 we can fund the complex cardiac surgery necessary to treat Paw. Together, let’s lift the burden of Paw’s cardiac problem!

“All I want is to be able to take good care of my daughter,” says Paw, adding, “I want to find a job in a nursery school because I love chil...

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Paw's Timeline

  • December 16, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Paw was submitted by Amelia King at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • December 25, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 19, 2015
    FUNDING ENDED

    Paw is no longer raising funds.

  • January 16, 2015
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Paw was scheduled to receive 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.

  • June 19, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Paw's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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Myo

Myo Htay is a 22-year-old who lives with his parents and younger brother in the border region of Burma. His parents work as day laborers at a gold mine, carrying dirt and debris. Myo used to work with his parents but stopped last November when his health deteriorated. Because the gold mine closes during the rainy season, his parents only have work for six months out of the year. The rest of the time they try to live off of their savings. Around six months ago, Myo started to feel tired when he worked. At first he thought he was tired from working too hard. When he continued to feel tired for over a month, he thought that he needed to see a doctor. However, because of their limited funds, he did not want his parents to spend what they had on a trip to a clinic or a hospital. Around the middle of April, his condition worsened. He had difficulty breathing, experienced chest pain, and also heart palpitations. His parents brought him to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart disease. The doctor told them to bring him to Yangon for further treatment. After Myo's parents borrowed money, they went to Yangon and took him to two different hospitals. At the last hospital, Myo was admitted for five days as he was unwell at that time. He received a follow-up appointment for two weeks later, but was brought back on April 30th when he developed rapid breathing, heart palpitations, chest pain and oedema (swelling) in both his legs. Myo was readmitted to the hospital, and the doctor told Myo's parents that his surgery would cost 20,000,000 kyat (approx. $11,000 USD). When they told the doctor that they cannot afford to pay for his surgery, a nurse gave them the phone number of an abbot in Yangon. After they called the abbot and told him what the doctor had said, the abbot referred Myo to our medical parter Burma Children Medical Fund for the assistance accessing the cardiac treatment he needs. Currently, Myo is on oxygen. If he does not receive oxygen, he has difficulty breathing as well as heart palpitations. He cannot walk for more than three minutes and if he does, he feels extremely tired. His whole family is worried about his condition. Fortunately, Myo's surgery has been scheduled for May 8th. He will have both valves of his heart replaced. His family needs $1,500 to help with the total cost of his surgery and care. Myo’s mother said, “I would give up everything to save my son’s life. I would sleep on the ground if we had no home to live in. I only wish to see my son getting better.”

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$905raised
$595to go

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