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Success! Shay from Burma raised $1,500 to fund brain surgery.

Shay
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Shay's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Shay post-operation

December 15, 2017

Shay underwent brain surgery.

Since the surgery, Shay cries less, and his head is getting smaller. His mother said that she is so happy that her son looks stronger now. She would like him to be able to go to school in the future.

Shay’s mother said, “My son’s head is smaller and not so swollen like before. He is smiling and doesn’t cry like before either. He is able to move his head again.”

Since the surgery, Shay cries less, and his head is getting smaller. His mother said that she is so happy that her son looks stronger now. S...

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November 17, 2017

Shay is a six-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers.

Shay was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Shay, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 20, and, once completed, will greatly improve Shay’s quality of life.

Shay’s mother says, “I am unable to sleep because I have to take care of him and carry him day and night. I worry if he will get well.”

Shay is a six-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers. Shay was recently dia...

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Shay's Timeline

  • November 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 17, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shay received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shay's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

Treatment
Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $5,655 for Shay's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,155 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$3,574
Medical Staff
$813
Medication
$9
Supplies
$182
Travel
$478
Labs
$50
Radiology
$287
Other
$262

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Htay

Htay is a 54-year-old single woman from Burma. She lives with her sister, three nephews and a niece in Mudon Township, Mon State, Burma. Her nephew and her sister work on a rubber farm while her two other nephews go to school. Her oldest nephew also works in a phone shop. Htay is a homemaker and she does not have income. She lives and eats with her nephews and niece. Htay was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her 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. When Htay was 30 years old, she started to feel tired, and experienced shortness of breath and difficulty breathing at night. She went to the Yangon General Hospital for treatment. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with mitral valve stenosis and she underwent a procedure called a balloon valvotomy to widen the too narrow valve in her heart. She was fine after her treatment. Four years later, she started to experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and could no longer do household chores. However, she did not go to the hospital as she could not afford to pay for further treatment. On the 5th of July 2019, her niece’s husband suggested she seek treatment at Pinlon Hospital, where he had also received surgery in the past. She followed her niece’s husband’s advice and went to Pinlon Hospital. At the hospital she received another screening and the doctor told her she needs to replace one of the valves in her heart. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Htay. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Htay said, “After I went to Yangon Hospital several times and the doctor said that I had to have surgery as soon as possible, I felt so sad, but I tried to keep up my courage to stay strong. I secretly sold three acres of my farmland which my parents gave me. [However, I did not receive surgery] because if I would have died after surgery, my sister would have had difficulty paying for my funeral, so I was waiting and praying to meet with donors for a long time. Now, I feel less stressed since I talked to Burma Children Medical Fund staff. Thank you everyone for helping me!”

85% funded

85%funded
$1,280raised
$220to go

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