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Tin from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Tin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tin's treatment was fully funded on August 12, 2020.
August 12, 2020

Tin has not yet undergone cardiac surgery.

We are writing to share an update from our local medical partner with you about Tin’s cardiac surgery. He has been under treatment for hepatitis c and the surgical team can only operate on him once this condition is fully treated. He has been receiving medication and treatment from a local hospital and his surgery is currently postponed. It is unclear when he will be able to proceed, so our medical partner has requested that we help support other patients currently in need. We are grateful for your kind understanding and hope to help Tin in the future!

We are writing to share an update from our local medical partner with you about Tin's cardiac surgery. He has been under treatment for hepat...

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March 13, 2020

Tin is a 20-year-old from Burma. He lives in a nunnery with his mother and aunt, who are nuns, in a village in Katha Township. Tin became a monk 13 years ago when his father passed away. His mother then became a nun.

Tin left monkhood two months ago, when he became very ill. He is now unable to work, and he is looked after by his mother. However, sometimes when he feels better, he teaches Buddhist theology to boys from a nearby monastery. As his mother is a nun, she has no income except for whatever she is given during weekly alms collections. Usually she receives dried food staples such as rice in addition to money. Currently, Tin feels tried if he has to walk for a while and if he has to use stairs.

Tin was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath.

Tin is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on March 15th to correct the condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tin’s procedure and care.

Tin said, “Sometimes I have chest pain and when I have them, I have difficulty breathing.”

Tin is a 20-year-old from Burma. He lives in a nunnery with his mother and aunt, who are nuns, in a village in Katha Township. Tin became a ...

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Tin's Timeline

  • March 13, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 13, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 15, 2020
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Tin was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 12, 2020
    FUNDING ENDED

    Tin is no longer raising funds.

  • August 12, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tin's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,381 for Tin's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,881 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.