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

Thi
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Thi's treatment was fully funded on April 2, 2019.
February 12, 2019

Thi sadly and unexpectedly passed away after surgery.

We are deeply saddened to report that after a successful surgery, Thi developed complications and passed away.

We are committed to reporting all outcomes transparently—even those we wish were different. Thank you so much for your support of Thi and her family.

We are deeply saddened to report that after a successful surgery, Thi developed complications and passed away. We are committed to report...

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January 22, 2019

Thi is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband’s parents in Kar Si Bu Village, Phyu Township, Bago Division. They all work as farmers.

Thi 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 she becomes easily tired when she completes small tasks. She has heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and chest pain.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Thi. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 23 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

“I want to receive the surgery. When I’ll feel better after surgery, I want to open a small grocery shop to increase my family’s income and pay back my family’s debt,” says Thi.

Thi is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband's parents in Kar Si Bu Village, Phyu Township, Bago Division. They all wor...

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Thi's Timeline

  • January 22, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Thi was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • January 23, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thi received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital in Thailand. 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.

  • February 12, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 2, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thi's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $16,239 for Thi's treatment
Subsidies fund $14,739 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$6,171
Medical Staff
$2,493
Medication
$27
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$139
Labs
$76
Radiology
$1,805
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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Blessings

Blessings is a beautiful 5-month-old girl and the only child in her young family. Her mother hopes to return to finishing school once Blessings is stronger and healthier. Blessings’s grandmother has stopped working to help take care of her grandchild and their family relies on Blessings’s grandfather who is employed as a gardener. Blessings has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Blessings has been experiencing increasing head circumference. Her mother gathered some funds with the help of Blessing’s grandmother and took her to a hospital. She was examined and the doctor requested a scan. At that moment their family did not have any money for the scan and they had to go home without knowing the way forward. While at home, they gathered more funds and went to another facility. Blessings was examined again and a scan was done. This center then referred their family to another facility in Nairobi for treatment. They shared that they went back home with the hopes of Blessings getting treated crushed as they could not afford the treatment that she needed. Thankfully, our medical partner's mobile clinic team visited the area where a relative referred them to their clinic. Blessings was examined and referred to BethanyKids Hospital, where she can finally undergo surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Blessings that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 6th and will drain the excess fluid from Blessings's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Blessings will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Blessings’s mother says, “I would like my child to be treated so that she is healthy and I can go back to school."

42% funded

42%funded
$305raised
$415to go

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