Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

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

Zaw
100%
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Zaw's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Zaw post-operation

November 15, 2017

Zaw underwent heart surgery.

He no longer experiences chest pain or fatigue. He is very happy that he received surgery and is looking forward to returning home.

Zaw said, “I am very happy to be released from this condition. If I didn’t get assistance through BCMF and donors, I wouldn’t have surgery right away. I would have to wait for my sister to go to Bangkok and work for my surgery cost. But instead of working in Bangkok, she now can live together with our parents.”

He no longer experiences chest pain or fatigue. He is very happy that he received surgery and is looking forward to returning home. Zaw ...

Read more
October 3, 2017

Zaw is a 22-year-old man who lives with his family in a village in Karen State, Burma. Zaw works as a semi-subsistence farmer with his parents, growing corn and rice.

In May, Zaw started to cough a lot, experience chest and abdominal pain, and feel constant fatigue. At a local hospital, he was diagnosed with a cardiac condition but, unable to afford surgery, he returned home. His cough and fatigue have persisted, and he now requires an oxygen tank at night.

On October 6, surgeons will finally perform the heart surgery Zaw needs. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for his medical treatment.

Zaw is a 22-year-old man who lives with his family in a village in Karen State, Burma. Zaw works as a semi-subsistence farmer with his paren...

Read more

Zaw's Timeline

  • October 3, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • October 5, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zaw's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zaw 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.

  • November 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Zaw. Read the update.

  • February 1, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zaw's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
MV, AV Repair and Valves Replace
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $20,349 for Zaw's treatment
Subsidies fund $18,849 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$6,171
Medical Staff
$2,559
Medication
$284
Supplies
$8,334
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.