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Paw from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Paw
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Paw's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.
September 1, 2017

Paw sadly and unexpectedly passed away after her surgery.

We are deeply saddened to report that after Paw’s double valve replacement, she experienced unexpected complications. Paw passed away two days after having surgery.

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

We are deeply saddened to report that after Paw's double valve replacement, she experienced unexpected complications. Paw passed away two da...

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April 22, 2017

Paw is 27 years old and lives with her husband and two daughters on a small plot of land where they live as subsistence farmers.

It was during Paw’s second pregnancy that she says she first experienced symptoms of her cardiac condition. She had been extremely tired during the last part of her pregnancy and found it very difficult to breathe during the birth.

In December of last year, Paw experienced severe chest pain with palpitations and difficulty breathing. The chest pain was accompanied with sweating and extreme shortness of breath.

Paw visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, and learned that she has three different heart malformations involving the mitral and tricuspid valves, which would need surgery to correct.

Paw is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on April 24, and is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure. After her recovery she will be able to give her children the lives they deserve by going back to work and being able to take care of them again.

Paw is 27 years old and lives with her husband and two daughters on a small plot of land where they live as subsistence farmers. It was ...

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Paw's Timeline

  • April 22, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 25, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Paw received treatment at Lampang 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.

  • June 20, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Paw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Paw's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 1, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Paw. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
MV, AV, TV Repair and Replace
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $20,682 for Paw's treatment
Subsidies fund $19,182 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$6,171
Medical Staff
$2,559
Medication
$284
Supplies
$8,667
Travel
$1,091
Labs
$76
Radiology
$1,300
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.