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

Thein
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Thein's treatment was fully funded on June 14, 2018.

Photo of Thein post-operation

June 18, 2018

Thein underwent heart surgery.

Now she can walk long distances and can breathe well. Thein is very thankful for all the help she received and would like to thank everyone for helping her.

Thein said, “I feel like a normal person again. My life is different since receiving treatment because now I can help my mother and I will return to school to finish grade 10. In the future, I would like to become a civil engineer.”

Now she can walk long distances and can breathe well. Thein is very thankful for all the help she received and would like to thank everyone ...

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May 1, 2018

Thein is a 17-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers.

Thein 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. Because of this, Thein must rely on her mother to help her with everything. However, her declining health has not stopped her desire to continue her education. She is determined to pass her grade ten exams and start university this year.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Thein. The treatment is scheduled to take place on May 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

She says, “My favorite subjects are chemistry and economics. I want to become an engineer.”

Thein is a 17-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers. Thein was diagnosed with a heart conditio...

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Thein's Timeline

  • May 1, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 01, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thein's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Thein 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.

  • June 14, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thein's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 18, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thein's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Thein's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,378 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,800
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
Other
$397
  • 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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Sable

Sable is a four-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters, and two brothers in Karen State, Burma. Two of her siblings attend school, while the oldest two siblings help manage the family’s farm. Sable’s parents are rice farmers and Sable is a nursery student. Over one year ago, while Sable and her friends were playing inside the house, her friend accidentally pushed her near the top of the ladder (which serves as the stairs separating two floors). She fell down the ladder, hitting her face and head against the ladder and concrete floor. According to her parents, she was unconscious for four minutes but when she woke up, she seemed fine. After the fall, her face was bruised, she lost one tooth, and there was significant swelling on the backside of her head. In addition to severe bruising and swelling, her left eye was protruding from the eye socket. The day after the accident, her parents brought her to the nearest hospital, which took about one hour by motorbike. At the hospital, the doctor suspected the bump on the back of her head was pus-filled and attempted to aspirate it with a syringe. During the procedure, the bleeding was uncontrollable, such that her parents had to apply pressure to help stop the bleeding. Her parents were upset because they thought the doctor would at least order a CT scan or additional tests. Afterwards, the doctor discharged Sable with some medication. After that, her parents tried relying on traditional medicine (like turmeric and oil) for two months, but there was no improvement. Finally, Sable's parents took her to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) and MTC referred her to Watsi partner's Mae Sot Hospital for a CT scan. Currently, she still has a bulging left eye and bump on the backside of her head. Doctors want Sable to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Sable's CT scan and care, scheduled for January 31st. Her parents shared, “We want to treat and take care of our children, but we can’t afford the medical costs.”

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