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Tha from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Tha
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tha's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Tha post-operation

November 15, 2017

Tha underwent heart surgery.

Following the surgery, Tha no longer experiences difficulty breathing or an abnormally fast heart rate. She also no longer experiences fatigue or heart palpitations. She plans to return to Bangkok to work.

Tha said, “This surgery is very helpful for me and my family. If we had to pay for the surgery cost and hospitalization, it was not possible for me to receive surgery.”

Following the surgery, Tha no longer experiences difficulty breathing or an abnormally fast heart rate. She also no longer experiences fatig...

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September 11, 2017

Tha is an 18-year-old living in Burma with her family. Before becoming ill, Tha lived in Bangkok, where she worked as a domestic helper. Tha has a congenital heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This rare heart condition is caused by a combination of four heart defects that occur at birth, resulting in oxygen-poor blood being circulated around the body.

Tha began experiencing symptoms of her condition at the age of 10. Doctors originally thought she had asthma so her true condition remained undetected. While working in Bangkok, Tha developed severe fatigue, heart palpitations, blue-tinged skin, and clubbed fingers. She would have trouble standing throughout the day because she was so exhausted.

She was forced to return to Burma when she became too weak to work. Once home with her family, she sought medical treatment and her condition was properly diagnosed. Doctors have recommended that Tha have surgery to repair her heart so that it can function normally.

Our medical partner, Burma Children’s Medical Fund, is request $1,500 for Tha’s surgery, which will be performed on September 16. Tha hopes that after the surgery she will regain her energy and be able to live on her own again. She says, “After getting treatment I will work again and probably go back to Bangkok.”

Tha is an 18-year-old living in Burma with her family. Before becoming ill, Tha lived in Bangkok, where she worked as a domestic helper. Tha...

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Tha's Timeline

  • September 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tha received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • September 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tha's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 15, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Tha. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tha's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

Treatment
TOF Total Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Tha's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,325 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,121
Medical Staff
$954
Medication
$39
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$235
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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.