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Success! Than from Burma raised $1,500 to fund treatment for a heart defect.

Than
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$1,500
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Fully funded
Than's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Than post-operation

December 7, 2017

Than underwent treatment for a heart defect.

She is no longer tired and she has been eating better. She is looking forward to a healthy future.

Than said, “I don’t want to think too much. I just want to focus on my health so that I will be fully recovered soon.”

She is no longer tired and she has been eating better. She is looking forward to a healthy future. Than said, “I don’t want to think too...

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November 12, 2017

Than is a 49-year-old woman who lives with her father in Burma. She works as a fruit vendor and takes care of her father.

Than’s health problems started over ten years ago, when she noticed that she had breathing problems. She tried to use traditional medicine to treat herself. At first, Than felt better, but in 2017 her health worsened. She cannot breathe well, and gets tired in hot weather. She underwent a heart examination and was told that she requires heart surgery, which is scheduled for November 20.

Than said that in the future, “I want to work as a fruit vendor again and continue caring for my father.”

Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund Than’s treatment.

Than is a 49-year-old woman who lives with her father in Burma. She works as a fruit vendor and takes care of her father. Than’s health p...

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Than's Timeline

  • November 12, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 14, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Than's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Than 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, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Than's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Than's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,915 for Than's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,415 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$534
Supplies
$1,700
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
  • 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, cyanosis (a blue tinge to the skin), clubbed fingernails, 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?

Burma has a long queue of congenital cardiac patients who need surgery. With only four fully trained cardiac surgeons in Burma, children with congenital heart defects may have extreme difficulty accessing treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Doctors may combine catheter and surgical procedures to repair complex congenital heart defects. If the defect cannot be fixed with a catheter, the patient will undergo an open heart surgery to close holes in the heart.

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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Komugisha

Komugisha is a 46-year-old mother of two from Uganda. Her oldest is 21 years old and her youngest is 14 years old and in secondary school. Komugisha is a second wife to her husband who is a casual laborer at national teachers’ college in Uganda. She shared that he offers minimal support to her and their children so Komugisha stays with her parents. In 2006, Komugisha had a c-section delivery for her last born and said that she has been in pain and had challenges since that time. Due to severe pain, she has stopped her usual duties of managing her small bar and hotel and currently stays home feeling helpless, she says. She came to Rushoroza Hospital to seek medical advice. At Rushoroza, Komugisha presented with a long-standing history of lower abdominal pains and reports to have several treatments with no improvement. If not treated, severe lower abdominal pains will continue to affect her quality of life negatively. She has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $228 to fund Komugisha's surgery. On October 14th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Komugisha will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Komugisha says, “I pray that I may get the required treatment soon because I am in severe pain; I can no longer carry out my survival duties normally. Given the opportunity, I will resume my small hotel and bar as soon as possible.”

21% funded

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$50raised
$178to go

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