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

Su
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Fully funded
Su's treatment was fully funded on April 30, 2021.

Photo of Su post-operation

May 24, 2021

Su underwent cardiac surgery.

Compared to before, Su’s condition has significantly improved. She no longer experiences fatigue, and her lips, toes, and fingers are no longer blue. She can use stairs without feeling tired and no longer experiences nosebleeds. She sleeps well at night and her appetite has increased a lot. Su plans to go back to school once schools reopen. Because her school’s teachers are protesting the military coup d’état and have joined the civilian disobedience movement, her school is still closed.

Her mother said, “Su even gains weight now and she really looks like a healthy person. She has resumed doing all the household chores such as cleaning the house and cooking, even washing her and her niece’s clothes. She looks after her niece while her older sister works.”

Compared to before, Su’s condition has significantly improved. She no longer experiences fatigue, and her lips, toes, and fingers are no lon...

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February 11, 2021

Su is a 16-year-old girl from Burma. She has three siblings. Su’s mother is a home maker, and her older brother works as a day labourer. Su and her youngest sister are students and this year Su is in grade seven. Her family’s combined monthly income is around 200,000 kyat (approx. 200 USD) per month, which is just enough for their daily expenses, but not enough to pay for basic healthcare. When she has free time, Su loves to play football with her friends at school and she likes to be the goalkeeper. She also loves to read books and watch movies. Su plans to continue her studies as soon as she finishes her treatment.

Su 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, Su still feels tired, but not as much as before she started taking her medication. When she feels more tired, her breath quickens. Su has stopped attending school since she got sick. Although she wants to go back to school, her mother worries for her as her school is a little far and she normally walks there.

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

Su’s mother shared, “Su really wants to go to school but I worry that the long walking distance from our house to her school will make her tired and worsen her condition. So, I asked her to stay home for a while until she can get treated.”

Su is a 16-year-old girl from Burma. She has three siblings. Su’s mother is a home maker, and her older brother works as a day labourer. Su...

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Su's Timeline

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 11, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Su's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 12, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Su 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.

  • April 30, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Su's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 24, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Su's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 41 donors

Funded by 41 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Su'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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Kyomukama is 50-year-old small scale farmer and a mother to three sons, all whom are still studying in school. She proudly shared that one is at the university in his third year, another one in his first year, and the last one has just completed senior four in school. All of their schooling has been supported by their uncle, who adopted them, as Kyomukama's husband passed away in 2004. Kyomukama first felt pain on her lower abdomen a while ago, but was not overly concerned at the time. She went to a clinic and was given some supportive treatment, which did not completely relieve her of her condition. As her condition got worse, Kyomukama began experiencing other troubling symptoms including pain and discomfort. Due to excessive bleeding, she often felt fatigued or experiences brain fog temporarily. Upon visiting our medical partner's care center, Kyomukama was diagnosed with a uterine myoma, also known as a non-cancerous tumor. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Kyomukama's surgery. On May 25th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Kyomukama will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Kyomukama shared, “I hope that once I have undergone operation, my health problem will be solved and I will be able to get back to my activities like my farming with ease.”

64% funded

64%funded
$142raised
$77to go

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