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

Aye
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Aye's treatment was fully funded on September 20, 2017.

Photo of Aye post-operation

October 3, 2017

Aye underwent heart surgery.

Aye is able to eat and sleep well, unlike before the surgery. Once she makes a full recovery, Aye would like to return home and finish her studies.

Aye said, “I would like to continue and study in university to become a professor. After that I will pass on my knowledge to the next generation.”

Aye is able to eat and sleep well, unlike before the surgery. Once she makes a full recovery, Aye would like to return home and finish her s...

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June 10, 2017

Aye is an 18-year-old woman from a village in Burma who was born with ventricular septal defect (VSD). VSD is a hole in the wall separating the two lower chambers of the heart.

Aye currently lives with her 50-year-old mother and her three nieces and nephews. She also has four siblings who send money back to the family to support their sister, mother, and their own children.

When Aye was two years old, she was diagnosed with her heart condition. Although surgery was recommended, Aye and her parents returned home as they knew they were unable to afford the cost of heart surgery. In 2016, Aye began coughing blood. Aye and her mother revisited a hospital, where they were again told that Aye required surgery.

Fortunately, Aye is scheduled to undergo VSD closure surgery on June 23 at our medical partner’s care center, Lampang Hospital. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund the hospital stay, blood tests, and the surgery itself.

Aye hopes that after her surgery she can return to school. She would like to continue studying English and hopes to become a translator when she grows up.

Aye is an 18-year-old woman from a village in Burma who was born with ventricular septal defect (VSD). VSD is a hole in the wall separating ...

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Aye's Timeline

  • June 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aye was submitted by Kiat at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • June 23, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aye 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.

  • August 24, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aye's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 20, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aye's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 3, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aye's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
VSD Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,747 for Aye's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,247 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,009
Medical Staff
$721
Medication
$3
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$580
Labs
$76
Radiology
$278
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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