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Success! Da from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Da
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Da's treatment was fully funded on December 2, 2019.

Photo of Da post-operation

December 23, 2019

Da underwent heart surgery.

Compared to before, Da feels like she has regained her strength. Now she is rarely tired and she no longer experiences chests or backaches. However, she still has some pain at the site of her incision wound from her surgery.

Her husband said, “I am very happy! With her condition untreated, she might not have lived for long. We are a family and we have a long life to live with our four sons. I would like to thank the donors for helping my wife and our family, for the things we could not afford to do ourselves.”

Compared to before, Da feels like she has regained her strength. Now she is rarely tired and she no longer experiences chests or backaches. ...

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October 10, 2019

Da is a mother of four from Thailand. She is a homemaker, looking after household chores and her two children who are still in school. During her free time, she likes to spend time with her children and reads religious texts to them.

Da 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. Da currently suffers from chest pain, pain in the middle of her back and extreme tiredness. When the doctor diagnosed her, she became upset and is worried as her children are still very young.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Da. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 13 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Da said, “Although I tried to forget about my condition, it’s always on my mind and I feel very irritated. I want to be healthy again and help my husband with his work. I also want to see my children grow up and send them all to a Thai school.”

Da is a mother of four from Thailand. She is a homemaker, looking after household chores and her two children who are still in school. Durin...

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Da's Timeline

  • October 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 17, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Da 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.

  • October 17, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Da's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 02, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Da's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 23, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Da's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

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

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.