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Success! Cho Cho from Thailand raised $1,500 for heart surgery.

Cho Cho
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
to go
Fully funded
Cho Cho's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2016.

Photo of Cho Cho post-operation

November 15, 2016

Cho Cho successfully received life-saving heart surgery.

After surgery, Cho Cho is doing great! She is now able to walk more easily, feels less fatigued, sweats less, and her heart rate is more normal. She says she feels lighter and excited about her future ahead.

With tears in her eyes Cho Cho said, “I never dreamed of suffering from a cardiac problem. After I found out about it I thought it was incurable. However, I am now very thankful to your organization and all the donors who have helped me, without even knowing me. Without them, I would have died from this disease because I have no money.”

After surgery, Cho Cho is doing great! She is now able to walk more easily, feels less fatigued, sweats less, and her heart rate is more nor...

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September 14, 2016

Cho Cho is a 49-year-old woman who lives in a refugee camp in Thailand with her husband. They have lived in the camp for three years, and they sell snacks to make an income. Sometimes, her husband delivers heavy bags of goods like charcoal to people’s homes to earn some money.

When Cho Cho was living in Burma, she became very sick. Sometimes she felt very fatigued but she never sought out treatment because she was afraid of the cost. Eventually, Cho Cho came to Watsi’s partner, Mae Tao Clinic, several years later after hearing about it from a relative. There she was given an ECG and x-ray, and diagnosed with heart disease. She was told she would need surgery, because medication would no longer change or improve her condition.

Currently, Cho Cho feels extremely fatigued. She can’t do house chores, walk, or work independently. She experiences chest pain, back pain and muscle tension.

Cho Cho got some money as a donation from a religious day ceremony to fund her travel to the hospital. $1,500 will help fund the rest of Cho Cho’s treatment, and allow her to live symptom-free.

“In the future I want to go back to work, make snacks and sell them in front of my house,” Cho Cho shared.

Cho Cho is a 49-year-old woman who lives in a refugee camp in Thailand with her husband. They have lived in the camp for three years, and th...

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Cho Cho's Timeline

  • September 14, 2016

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

  • September 27, 2016

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

  • September 29, 2016

    Cho Cho 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.

  • September 30, 2016

    Cho Cho's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 15, 2016

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

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

MV, AV Repair and Valves Replace
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $20,349 for Cho Cho's treatment
Subsidies fund $18,849 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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Beatrice is a quiet lady in her early 50’s who has been blessed with six children, now ages 14-27. She runs a small grocery at the marketplace to provide for her family. Beatrice's husband doesn’t have a stable job. He does casual jobs across the village such as clearing bushes to meet the needs of his family. Beatrice and her family live in a two-bedroom house constructed with mud. They depend mostly on their daily jobs for food and save a little to pay school fees for their children and bills at the end of the month. A week ago, Beatrice sustained a left arm injury after fainting. Beatrice was brought to Kapsowar Hospital and an X-Ray was done which confirmed a fracture to her left humerus. Beatrice shared that she has a history of fainting and subsequently falling. Beatrice is in pain and she is unable to attend to her normal day-to-day things now. Beatrice is concerned that she can’t cook for her family or run her grocery business due to her injury. Beatrice had a cast applied about a week ago and was discharged to go home to look for funds for her surgery. A week later, Beatrice returned to the hospital with no hope of raising funds for her surgery. Their family is unable to raise the required amount with their low wages only able to afford daily needs like meals and clothing. Fortunately, our medical partner can help. On September 7th, Beatrice will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation procedure. Beatrice will no longer be in pain, she will be able to attend to her grocery business and take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $941 to fund this procedure. Beatrice says, “Life has never been the same since I broke my hand. I am worried about my children who need care every day. My hope is to get treated so that I can continue supporting my family.”

82% funded

$169to go

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