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Success! Tal Tal from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Tal Tal
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tal Tal's treatment was fully funded on August 22, 2018.

Photo of Tal Tal post-operation

September 13, 2018

Tal Tal underwent heart surgery.

Since her surgery, Tal Tal feels better and is no longer tired. She can breathe properly and can walk longer distances.

“One day when I get a good job and can save money, I will help people as much as I can, who are suffering health issues like me,” said Tal Tal.

Since her surgery, Tal Tal feels better and is no longer tired. She can breathe properly and can walk longer distances. “One day when I ...

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July 30, 2018

Tal Tal is woman from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae La refugee camp.

When Tal Tal was 13 years old, she was sick for a long time, and her mother brought her to a hospital. The doctor checked her heart and diagnosed her with congenital heart disease. She left her condition untreated until she was pregnant last year. A medic in Mae La camp took an X-ray and was worried that she might not be able to carry the pregnancy through. The medic referred her to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), our medical partner’s care center.

At MSH, Tal Tal received blood and urine tests, an echocardiogram, and oral medications for her heart condition. The doctor diagnosed her with atrial septal defect and told her that she should seek surgical treatment soon after giving birth. Recently, she delivered her baby safely at Mae La camp hospital. Now, she is scheduled for heart surgery on August 2. She needs help raising $1,500.

She says, “I feel stressed about this condition. Even though I have brothers and sisters, but they are unable to support my parents. And because of my condition now, I feel sad that I cannot support my parents too.”

Tal Tal is woman from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae La refugee camp. When Tal Tal was 13 years old, she was sick for a long...

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Tal Tal's Timeline

  • July 30, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 02, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tal Tal received treatment at Lampang 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 21, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

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

  • August 22, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tal Tal's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

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

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

Treatment
ASD Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Tal Tal's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,325 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,009
Medical Staff
$721
Medication
$39
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$580
Labs
$84
Radiology
$312
Other
$86
  • 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, cyanosis (a blue tinge to the skin), clubbed fingernails, 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?

Burma has a long queue of congenital cardiac patients who need surgery. With only four fully trained cardiac surgeons in Burma, children with congenital heart defects may have extreme difficulty accessing treatment.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Doctors may combine catheter and surgical procedures to repair complex congenital heart defects. If the defect cannot be fixed with a catheter, the patient will undergo an open heart surgery to close holes in the heart.

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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.