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

Mya Mya
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mya Mya's treatment was fully funded on June 3, 2020.

Photo of Mya Mya post-operation

August 11, 2020

Mya Mya underwent cardiac surgery.

Mya Mya’s condition is significantly improved compared to before her surgery. She no longer has difficulty breathing, she is able to walk longer distances, and does not experience tiredness when she does some work now. She has gained weight and is very happy that she can help with household chores like cooking and helping around the house again. Two months ago, she was able to return to her former job packaging herbal medicine and selling it. She and her family are very happy for her successful treatment. Now, Mya Mya is able to work and is happy that she can contribute to her family again.

Mya Mya shared, “I want to support my family expenses and live longer with them. The surgery I received has a big impact on my family because only my sister and I work and look after our parents. My parents are very happy to see me healthy again. I will never forget the kindness of the donors and BCMF. You are all are in my prayers.”

Mya Mya's condition is significantly improved compared to before her surgery. She no longer has difficulty breathing, she is able to walk lo...

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February 29, 2020

Mya Mya is a 40-year-old-woman who lives and work with her elder sister for a herbal medicine production workshop in Sanchaung Township, Yangon Division in Burma. They are originally from Bago Division and moved a few years ago.

Since Mya Mya was 18 years old she has felt bronchial asthma and suffered from difficulty breathing. Sometimes she feels severely tired. She went to a health worker at her village and the health worker told her to go and see heart specialist in Yangon. However, at that time she did not have money to go to Yangon, so she did not go. She has only used herbal medicine for treating difficulty breathing since she was 18-year-old, which did help her feel better.

For the last four months at night she has severe difficulty breathing, so she woke her sister up and asked her sister to send her to a private clinic called Yaung Chi Oo in Yangon. After the doctor’s examination, she was told her that she needs to go and see heart specialist doctor. Then the doctor gave her an injection and some oral medication. Then, she went to Thiri Sandar Private Hospital on January 31, 2020 where she received an echocardiogram. The doctor told her that she has heart disease and she needs surgery. On February 5, Mya Mya went to Kan Thar Yar Hospital (KTYH) as suggested by the doctor at Thiri Sandar Hospital. The doctor at KTYH performed another echo before diagnosing her with large ventricular septal defect (VSD). The doctor at KTYH also told her that she needs surgery.

Unfortunately, Mya Mya and her family cannot afford to pay for the surgery. After talking to the nurses and doctor about her problem, the nurses who know Watsi Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) refered her to BCMF.

Mya May needs to stop working because of her tiredness. She is worried about her parents because if she cannot work. She shared, “If I recover from my disease, I need to work for my parents, to support them.”

Mya Mya is a 40-year-old-woman who lives and work with her elder sister for a herbal medicine production workshop in Sanchaung Township, Yan...

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Mya Mya's Timeline

  • February 29, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 03, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mya Mya's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 11, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mya Mya 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.

  • June 03, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mya Mya's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 11, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mya Mya's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,915 for Mya Mya's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,415 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$534
Supplies
$1,700
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
  • 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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