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

San
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$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
San's treatment was fully funded on September 30, 2019.

Photo of San post-operation

September 15, 2019

San underwent heart surgery.

Before surgery, San would often develop a fever, suffer from dizziness, heart palpitations and nausea. When, he rode in the elevator, he would feel dizzy. But now, those symptoms have disappeared. Now he is able to help his wife clean the house and he can lay down and getup without help.

In the future, San plans to work as a wholesaler when he is fully recovered. He said, “I am very happy, because donors donors for the cost of my surgery that I could not afford to pay for myself. I would like to thank donors for their support and I will always pray for them when I am paying homage to Lord Buddha.”

Before surgery, San would often develop a fever, suffer from dizziness, heart palpitations and nausea. When, he rode in the elevator, he wou...

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July 8, 2019

San is a 37-year-old man from Burma. San 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.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for San. The treatment is scheduled to take place on July 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.

San said, “When I will feel better after surgery, I want to open a small shop to sell rice from my home, and I would like to have a daughter in the future.”

San is a 37-year-old man from Burma. San was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve be...

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San's Timeline

  • July 8, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 08, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    San's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 10, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    San 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.

  • September 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    San's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 30, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    San's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for San's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,378 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,800
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
Other
$397
  • 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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Chit

Chit is a 30-year-old man who lives with his wife, daughter, son and father-in-law in Noh Poe Village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State, Burma. Chit’s daughter and son go to school. Chit, together with his wife and father-in-law work as farmers on land they rent. Chit’s family does not have regular income, but they sell durian and betel nut that they grow in their garden. Seven years ago, Chit started to experience pain in his lower left abdomen. He also had difficulty passing urine so he went to Myawaddy Hospital for help. He received an ultrasound and an x-ray before the doctor informed him that he has a urinary tract infection (UTI) and a kidney stone. He was treated for the UTI but he did not received treatment for the kidney stone. He was given a follow-up appointment for every month, to receive medication for the abdominal pain. He continued to return for his appointments until late-2018, but when he did not feel better he followed his neighbour’s suggestion and sought help at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand on 20 February 2019. When Chit arrived at MTC, he received an ultrasound as well as a urine and blood test. After the tests, the medic informed him that he has a kidney stone and he was prescribed some medication. On 29 February, MTC referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, he underwent an intravenous pyelogram (IVP) and was asked to return to MSH for his follow-up appointments and he returned several times. Eventually, he was told that the kidney stone had moved into his urethra and that he would need to undergo laser treatment to break up the stone. Currently, Chit still experiences pain in his lower left abdomen and sometimes he has difficulty passing urine. He worries that his condition will get worse if he does not get treatment. Sometimes his urine has blood in it, especially when he drinks less water and he has difficulty passing urine. Sometimes, he feels like the pain of his abdominal is worse and he is not able to walk or work. He is unable to sleep, and he feels more comfortable when he lies down and rests. In his free time, Chit loves to forage for vegetables in the forest.

86% funded

86%funded
$1,293raised
$207to go

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