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Success! Htay from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

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Htay's treatment was fully funded on August 3, 2020.

Photo of Htay post-operation

May 15, 2020

Htay underwent cardiac surgery.

Before surgery, Htay had difficulty breathing, felt tired, and experienced shortness of breath even if she walked short distances. She also suffered from heart palpitations and indigestion, and she could not lay down on her back for more than 10 minutes before developing back pain.

After the surgery, Htay now shared that most of these symptoms are gone. She does not feel tired, she reported, but her chest still has pain from her surgery wound. She can breathe normally and walk regular distances much easier now, as well.

Htay said, “I am incredibly happy now and I believe that I can return to work soon. I can take care of my daughter and help her get educated and have a happy life. I am very thankful to all the Watsi donors and the BCMF team.”

Before surgery, Htay had difficulty breathing, felt tired, and experienced shortness of breath even if she walked short distances. She also ...

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January 31, 2020

Htay is a 31-year-old woman from Burma. She and her husband own a small farm, where they grow rice. She has a six-year-old daughter who currently is studying in kindergarten.

In 2014, Htay started to experience difficulty breathing, tiredness and dizziness when she was about to give birth. She went to a local hospital but was advised to go to a larger hospital because they suspected she had a heart condition. They then went to Hmone Ywar Hospital and although the doctor was concerned about her heart problem, she was able to deliver her baby successfully. After she gave birth, the doctor put her on oral medication to stabilize her heart. Since then, she has visited the hospital for her heart condition and received on-going medication. After a few hospital visits, Htay received an echocardiogram to confirm her heart diagnosis.

Because she could not afford the cost of the surgery, Htay has just relied on medication. Fortunately, when she went to a clinic in Yangon in December 2019, the doctor connected her with a former patient of Watsi Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) after she expressed that she could not afford the needed surgery.

Htay said, “I was really shocked and stressed by my health condition and cost of the required treatment. I felt hopeless and just wanted to go home. However, I was in an ineffable joy when I heard about possible supporters and that they would help me pay for my treatment.”

Htay is a 31-year-old woman from Burma. She and her husband own a small farm, where they grow rice. She has a six-year-old daughter who curr...

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Htay's Timeline

  • January 31, 2020

    Htay was submitted by Ma Tu, Senior Project Officer at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • February 02, 2020

    Htay's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 13, 2020

    Htay 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.

  • May 15, 2020

    Htay's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 03, 2020

    Htay's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 31 donors

Double Valves Replacement (Mitral and Aortic) with Tricuspid
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $6,378 for Htay's treatment
Subsidies fund $4,878 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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Kesande and her husband are small-scale farmers who grow sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, and sorghum for their family to eat. She completed primary school until class seven, but did not proceed due to lack of school fees. Her firstborn is now 6 years old and in first grade at the local primary school. Their family owns a three-room semi-permanent house, which was constructed on the land given to them by the husband’s parents. Her husband lost his father and is only left with his old mother who greatly needs their support and care. Kesande is a mother of one, but this is her third pregnancy. She had c-section deliveries with her previous pregnancies, but unfortunately lost her first baby in 2012 when intra uterine fetal death occurred. However, her next delivery was successful in 2014. This pregnancy, she has had antenatal checkups from Kamuganguzi Health Centre where she was advised to go to a hospital that offers surgery services in May. She reported to Rushoroza Hospital on May 1st, 2020 at 1100 hours following the directive of the health centre. On assessment by the midwife, she recommends a c-section to protect the health of her and the baby. Their family has many responsibilities on their shoulders on top of their own family needs. They utilize the pieces of land that were given to them by the husband’s father and have no other sources of income. Kesande says, “I pray for a successful surgery. I plan to work even harder both physically and mentally to be able to secure and generate income that will enable us to take good care of the child we expect.”

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