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

Linn Thu
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$1,500
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Fully funded
Linn Thu's treatment was fully funded on March 20, 2019.

Photo of Linn Thu post-operation

May 4, 2019

Linn Thu underwent heart surgery.

He no longer feels tired, and he can sleep more comfortably now.

“When I was discharged from hospital, my relatives are happy. Now, I don’t need to feel like I am an extra person at home. I already have started talking with my friends about job opportunities as a waiter,” said Linn Thu.

He no longer feels tired, and he can sleep more comfortably now. “When I was discharged from hospital, my relatives are happy. Now, I do...

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January 31, 2019

Linn Thu is a 18-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his grandparents, parents, and two younger brothers. In his free time, Linn Thu likes to visit his friends and listen to music.

Linn Thu 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, Linn Thu feels tired and experiences chest pain.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Linn Thu. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 22 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

“I would like to get a good job to earn a living after I recover,” says Linn Thu.

Linn Thu is a 18-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his grandparents, parents, and two younger brothers. In his free time, Linn Thu like...

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Linn Thu's Timeline

  • January 31, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 31, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Linn Thu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Linn Thu 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.

  • March 20, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Linn Thu's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 4, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Linn Thu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $17,041 for Linn Thu's treatment
Subsidies fund $15,541 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$7,426
Medical Staff
$2,476
Medication
$284
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$484
Labs
$76
Radiology
$767
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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Grace is a two-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Their family lives in a small rented house in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Her father is the bread winner of the family but he is not employed formally. He does casual electrical jobs and work is hard to come by. Her mother used to sell clothes before she was expecting her baby. Their family does not have national health insurance coverage and cannot raise the required funds for their daughter’s surgery. Grace has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Grace was born pre-maturely at Kijabe Hospital and was admitted in the nursery for close monitoring and extra care. After spending two weeks in nursery, she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. At the time, there was not a neuro surgeon locally who could help and she was not stable enough to be referred to another facility. She has been doing well now, and a shunt surgery is scheduled to happen tomorrow as an urgent surgery to help treat her condition. Without treatment, Grace will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Grace that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 12th and will drain the excess fluid from Grace's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Grace will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Grace’s mother says, “At first I was shocked when I heard about the condition and found it hard for us, but we believe all will be well.”

27% funded

27%funded
$197raised
$523to go

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