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

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

Photo of Thu post-operation

September 28, 2017

Thu underwent heart surgery.

After surgery, Thu doesn’t suffer from heart palpitation or difficulty breathing anymore, which is a big relief. When he is well again he wants to do charitable work in Rangoon. Thu’s mother is very happy to see her son is recovering.

Thu’s mother said, “Thu is the only child that I can depend on and I am very happy to see he is well again.”

After surgery, Thu doesn't suffer from heart palpitation or difficulty breathing anymore, which is a big relief. When he is well again he wa...

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July 17, 2017

Thu is an 18-year-old teenager from Burma. He lives with his family and works as a migrant day laborer. In fifth grade, Thu was diagnosed with a heart defect, which causes him heart palpitations and joint pain.

Recently, while Thu was working, he fell ill as a result of his heart condition. He was taken to a local hospital and from there referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF).

On July 18, Thu will undergo a mitral valve replacement surgery at BCMF’s care center, Lampang Hospital. BCMF is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Thu’s surgery.

Thu is looking forward to his treatment and recovery!

Thu is an 18-year-old teenager from Burma. He lives with his family and works as a migrant day laborer. In fifth grade, Thu was diagnosed wi...

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Thu's Timeline

  • July 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 18, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    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.

  • August 9, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Thu's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Thu's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • November 20, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Thu's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $17,041 for 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.