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Latt is a young man from Thailand who needs $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

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December 1, 2018

Latt is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He moved to Thailand with his parents and younger brother from Bago, Burma 23 years ago. Currently, Latt’s parents and his younger brother live in Chonburi, Bangkok. Nine months ago, Latt married his wife Ni Ni and moved with her to another area of Bangkok. Together with his wife, he works in a factory that prepares noodles, fried rice, and other meals for lunch boxes.

Latt 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, Latt experiences fatigue and chest pain. He unable to sleep well at night because of the chest pains. He is worried about his symptoms as he is no longer able to work and is unable to earn money for his family.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Latt. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Latt says, “I really want to have surgery to recover so that I can work again. Now, I can’t sleep well because I think too much about my family and my symptoms.”

Latt is a 25-year-old man from Thailand. He moved to Thailand with his parents and younger brother from Bago, Burma 23 years ago. Currently,...

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Latt's Timeline

  • December 1, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Latt 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.

  • December 07, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Latt's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 14, 2019
    AWAITING UPDATE

    Awaiting Latt's treatment update from Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • TODAY
    AWAITING FUNDING

    Latt is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 34 donors

Funded by 34 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Latt'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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