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Success! Mu from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Mu
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Mu's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Mu post-operation

August 29, 2017

Mu underwent cardiac surgery.

Now that Mu has undergone the operation, she no longer experiences palpitations. Although she still sometimes experiences pain in her chest when breathing, Mu feels a lot less tired compared to before her operation, and walking has become less exhausting. Mu says that receiving help to finance the operation was very valuable to her and her family, as they could not have afforded it by themselves. After Mu fully recovers from the operation, she wants to continue babysitting and earning money to support her family. Eventually Mu would like to return to school.

“My mother used to worry about me before and now she is very happy to hear that I have had successful surgery,” shares Mu.

Now that Mu has undergone the operation, she no longer experiences palpitations. Although she still sometimes experiences pain in her chest ...

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May 1, 2017

Mu is a 19-year-old woman from Thailand who works as a babysitter. Both of her parents are farmers, and she has four siblings. She is originally from Burma, but she moved to Thailand to seek better work opportunities and support her family.

Mu was born with a congenital cardiac condition that has caused her chest and back pain, difficulty breathing, and a rapid pulse. While she used to receive medications in her hometown in Burma, these did not help to completely alleviate her symptoms. She was eventually diagnosed with congenital aortic and mitral valve disorders that will require surgery to repair.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral and atrial valve repair and replacement. Mu’s procedure is scheduled for May 2.

Mu shares, “As we didn’t have money to visit the hospital and get treatment, there wasn’t a lot my mother could do to make me feel better.”

With the proper treatment, Mu can resume living a normal, healthy life.

Mu is a 19-year-old woman from Thailand who works as a babysitter. Both of her parents are farmers, and she has four siblings. She is origin...

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Mu's Timeline

  • May 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 4, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mu 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.

  • May 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 29, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mu's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
MV, AV Repair and Valves Replace
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $20,349 for Mu'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.

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