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

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Ei's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2020.

Photo of Ei post-operation

February 16, 2020

Ei underwent heart surgery.

Since her surgery, Ei no longer experiences tiredness and she can use the stairs and walk for a longer period of time without feeling tired. Before, she could only sleep on her left side because of the pain and discomfort but now she can also sleep on her right side as well.

She also no longer has difficulty breathing nor heart palpitations. Her appetite is slowly increasing, and her lips, toes, and fingers are no longer blue. Ei is planning to return home and rest for a few months. After that, she will help her mother sell vegetables again.

Ei said, “Thank you very much to all the donors for paying for my treatment. If not for your help, I would not live much longer and I would die because I always felt tired and had difficulty breathing before I underwent surgery.”

Since her surgery, Ei no longer experiences tiredness and she can use the stairs and walk for a longer period of time without feeling tired....

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November 6, 2019

Ei is a 31-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother and two younger sisters in Dawei Township, Tanintharyi Division. Her mother and her youngest sister, who dropped out of university to work, are vendors who sell vegetables in the street market. Ei’s other sister is in her final year of university. Ei used to help her mother sell vegetables but stopped five years ago because of her health condition.

Ei 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. Currently, Ei feels tired and she cannot walk long distances and has difficulty climbing stairs. In addition to feeling tired, she has difficulty breathing and experiences heart palpitations. Due to the lack blood flow, her lips, toes and fingers are blue especially when she cannot breathe well.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ei. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 7th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Ei said, “I want to have surgery soon so that I can work, and so that our family will have enough money. Now, my mother cannot work while she accompanies me to the hospital. Only my youngest sister works, and we are in debt now”.

Ei is a 31-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother and two younger sisters in Dawei Township, Tanintharyi Division. Her mother ...

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Ei's Timeline

  • November 6, 2019

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

  • November 7, 2019

    Ei 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.

  • November 19, 2019

    Ei's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 16, 2020

    Ei's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 6, 2020

    Ei's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 36 donors

Funded by 36 donors

Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $17,041 for Ei's treatment
Subsidies fund $15,541 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • 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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