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Success! Pyae Pyae from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Pyae Pyae
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Pyae Pyae's treatment was fully funded on March 9, 2020.

Photo of Pyae Pyae post-operation

May 14, 2020

Pyae Pyae underwent cardiac surgery.

In the past, Pyae Pyae felt often tired, could not walk long distances or climb stairs. She also found it difficult to remember things she read when she studied. It was difficult for her to concentrate. Currently, Pyae Pyae feels much better. She can climb stairs with ease and does not tire when walking any longer. According to Pyae Pyae’s mother, the treatment changed her daughter’s life for the better.

“Everything has changed,” her mother said. “It’s very different. Before, I had to take her out of school because she used to tire easily and was very uncomfortable. Now, she does not need to stay home. It makes us hopeful for the future.”

Pyae Pyae said, “I want to be a nurse when I grow up due to my experience knowing the difficulty of being a patient. It can be painful and filled with uncertainty at times, so I can empathize with that. I want to take care of people and make them feel better.”

In the past, Pyae Pyae felt often tired, could not walk long distances or climb stairs. She also found it difficult to remember things she r...

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January 31, 2020

Pyae Pyae is 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters and four brothers in a village in Burma. Her father is a subsistence farmer, her mother is a homemaker and Pyae Pyae goes to school. She is currently in grade nine.

Pyae Pyae 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, Pyae Pyae is taking medication which stops her from having difficulty breathing and feeling tired.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Pyae Pyae. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 12th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

“When I grow up I would like to become a nurse,” said Pyae Pyae. “I would like to take care of others like me who suffer from a heart disease.”

Pyae Pyae is 14-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, two sisters and four brothers in a village in Burma. Her father is a s...

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Pyae Pyae's Timeline

  • January 31, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pyae Pyae was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • February 02, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pyae Pyae's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 17, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pyae Pyae 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.

  • March 09, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pyae Pyae's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 14, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pyae Pyae's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Pyae Pyae'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.