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Success! Myint from Burma raised $1,500 to fund mitral valve replacement surgery.

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Fully funded
Myint's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Myint post-operation

February 17, 2021

Myint underwent life-saving cardiac surgery.

After surgery, Myint can breathe well and no longer suffers from chest pains. He no longer experiences tiredness when he walks. He plans to continue working as a manager of construction in the near future.

Myint shared with us, “I feel very happy now because my surgery was successful. As the main breadwinner, I am an important person in my family. I have a debt from before, but I can pay it back when I go back to work. I will try my best to help my family, and I will also send my daughter and sons to school until they complete their education. This will help them receive better job opportunities. I want to continue working as a manager of construction workers but if I cannot do that, I will try to become a taxi driver in the city.”

After surgery, Myint can breathe well and no longer suffers from chest pains. He no longer experiences tiredness when he walks. He plans to ...

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October 23, 2020

Myint is a 52-year-old father from Burma. He lives with his wife, two sons and daughter. Myint used to work as a construction manager, and his wife is a homemaker. In his free time, Myint likes to search for building design ideas on Facebook and likes to read books. He also enjoys helping a charity group that drives patients to hospitals in an ambulance.

Myint was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, which is the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle that controls the flow of blood. Malformations of this sort may cause blood to flow backward, or cause the valve to narrow. Currently, Myint has difficulty breathing and chest pains. He cannot sleep well at night and has to take medication to help him fall asleep. He also feels tired when he talks for a long time. Myint needs a mitral valve replacement surgery to improve his quality of life.

Since April 2020, he has been unable to work due to his poor health. When his eldest son’s university classes did not resume this year, his son found work as a truck driver to make additional money. However, due to government imposed COVID-19 restrictions, his work ceased around August. Myint’s family now lives off of their savings and borrow money when needed. They are appealing for financial help for Myint’s health.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Myint. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

Myint shared, “After I have recovered fully, I will go back to work. But if I cannot do that same job anymore, I will look for something else that I can do. I will save money for my family’s future. I want my daughter and my sons to successfully complete their studies.”

Myint is a 52-year-old father from Burma. He lives with his wife, two sons and daughter. Myint used to work as a construction manager, and h...

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Myint's Timeline

  • October 23, 2020

    Myint was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • October 25, 2020

    Myint received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • October 29, 2020

    Myint's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2020

    Myint's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 17, 2021

    Myint's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Double Valves Replacement (Mitral and Aortic) with Tricuspid
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,378 for Myint's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,878 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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