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Success! Daw Win from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Daw Win
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Daw Win's treatment was fully funded on October 1, 2018.

Photo of Daw Win post-operation

October 7, 2018

Daw Win underwent heart surgery.

Unlike before, Daw Win no longer experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. Now, she can walk longer distances, and she no longer feels tired when she is active.

“I feel like a normal person again,” said Daw Win.

Unlike before, Daw Win no longer experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. Now, she can walk longer distances, a...

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August 6, 2018

Daw Win is a 45-year-old widow from Burma. She lives with her daughter and she works as a vendor selling newspapers.

Daw Win 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, she experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. She cannot walk long distances and feels more tired when she is active.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Win. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 8 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Daw Win says, “I want to go back and work after my treatment.”

Daw Win is a 45-year-old widow from Burma. She lives with her daughter and she works as a vendor selling newspapers. Daw Win was diagnose...

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Daw Win's Timeline

  • August 6, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Daw Win was submitted by Bue Wah Say, Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • August 08, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daw Win received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital. 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.

  • August 09, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daw Win's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 01, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daw Win's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daw Win's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Daw Win'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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