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Success! Eh from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Eh
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Eh's treatment was fully funded on January 23, 2020.

Photo of Eh post-operation

December 23, 2019

Eh underwent heart surgery.

Eh now eats healthier, and she no longer suffers from tiredness. She said, “I want to eat very often not like before when my parents had to force me to eat. Now, my appetite has returned, and I am even able to use the stairs and walk without having difficulty breathing.” She also no longer experiences dizziness nor headaches, and she sleeps well without having chest pains. Eh said, “Now I am able to return home and continue my studies. I have two more years left. I believe that I will be able to play volleyball and soccer again in the future.”

Eh is very thankful to the donors and everyone who was involved with her treatment. She said, “I will write a thank you letter as soon as I get home and send it to BCMF to share with the donors. Because I do not know how to express it in [spoken] words, I only know that I am very thankful to the donors for paying for my treatment!”

Eh now eats healthier, and she no longer suffers from tiredness. She said, “I want to eat very often not like before when my parents had to ...

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September 30, 2019

Eh is a 22-year-old woman from Thailand. She was born and lives her parents and younger brother in Mae La Refugee Camp. Her younger brother studies at the bible school at the camp. Eh used to attend the same school as a third-year student, but she had to stop studying when her health deteriorated. Eh’s father is a homemaker, and her mother works for the department of health at the camp.

In 2017, Eh started to become more tired and began to have difficulty breathing. Her mother took her to the clinic in the camp and the doctor listened to her heart, did an electrocardiogram (ECG) and told Eh’s mother that Eh has a heart disease. She was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. Eh was not told anything about her condition, and the doctor only informed her parents without telling her. Eh had an echocardiogram (echo) at MSH in December 2018. After the echo, she travelled back and forward several times from Mae La refugee camp to MSH for medical follow-up visits. Finally, the doctor at MSH informed her that she needs surgery. Currently, Eh has dizziness, headaches, tiredness and sometimes experiences difficulty breathing. She sleeps well but has lost her appetite and she sometimes suffers from chest pain. She loves reading and playing football and volleyball in her free time.

Eh was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath.

Eh is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on October 5th to correct her condition and improve her quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Eh’s procedure and care.

Eh said, “All my classmate graduated, and I want to as well, but I am tired of studying and when I think about this, I cry”.

Eh is a 22-year-old woman from Thailand. She was born and lives her parents and younger brother in Mae La Refugee Camp. Her younger brother ...

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Eh's Timeline

  • September 30, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 06, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Eh's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 17, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Eh received treatment at Lampang 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 23, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Eh's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 23, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Eh's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
VSD Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,747 for Eh's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,247 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,009
Medical Staff
$721
Medication
$3
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$580
Labs
$76
Radiology
$278
Other
$86
  • 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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