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Success! Aye Myint from Thailand raised $1,500 for heart surgery.

Aye Myint
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Aye Myint's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of Aye Myint post-operation

November 1, 2016

Aye Myint successfully received life-saving heart surgery.

Aye Myint had been experiencing debilitating heart palpitations for the past eight years. As time progressed, his symptoms only got worse. Before treatment, both Aye Myint and his parents thought he would die soon.

Today, Aye Myint is very happy! He has been recovering since the surgery, and is already starting to feel the effects of the treatment. He had severe difficulty breathing before, but not anymore. He shares that he feels less tired when he walks, sleeps better, and has gained back his appetite. His father is overjoyed that Aye Myint has gained a new life.

Aye Myint is now on his way back to his refugee camp, where he is hoping to learn how to cook and bake. He understands he cannot involve in heavy body labor because of his heart condition and that’s why he says he would like to know about cooking and baking so that he can open a small restaurant someday.

Aye Myint had been experiencing debilitating heart palpitations for the past eight years. As time progressed, his symptoms only got worse. B...

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September 6, 2016

Aye Myint is a 20-year old man from a refugee camp in Thailand. He lives with his parents and a younger sister. His father had to stop working because Aye Myint’s mother is often unwell and he looks after her and Aye Myint. The camp authorities also restrict refugees from working outside the camp, and there have been reductions in the rations supplied, so it is more difficult for the family to afford daily expenses especially with sick people in the house.

When he was 12 years old Aye Myint began experiencing fast breathing and he often felt tired. He felt strong heart palpitations when he played with his friends. His father took him to the clinic in the camp and was told that he had a heart condition. The medic in the camp prescribed him some medication and told him to return a month later. He returned to the clinic with the same symptoms and the medic told him that they could not treat his heart problem, but that the clinic could prescribe medicine to prevent his condition from getting worse. He was told to return to the clinic once a month for medication.

According to Aye Myint, the medicine did not improve his symptoms and he felt like his condition was deteriorating year after year. He stopped attending school three years ago because he was admitted to the clinic so many times due to fever, chest pain, difficulty breathing and heart palpitations. Aye Myint did not seek treatment from anywhere else because the family did not know where to access treatment outside of the camp. They also did not know who to ask for help and they just depended on the camp clinic.

In June, 2016, Aye Myint had a high fever and was admitted to the clinic for almost a month. Then, in early July he felt dizzy, could not breathe well and fainted. The America Refugee Committee (ARC) who currently looks after the clinic in the camp referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) as an emergency patient and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for two days. The doctor performed an X-ray and echocardiogram during his hospitalization. He was at MSH for 15 days and upon discharge the doctor told him he needed heart surgery, as soon as possible. The ARC then referred Aye Myint to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), a Watsi partner.

Currently, Aye Myint experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. He cannot walk long distances and feels more tired when he is active. Whenever he has difficulty breathing, he cannot sleep or eat well.

“As a father I feel pity and am sorry for my boy but I just didn’t know how to help him,” Aye Myint’s father shared. “I just want to see my son in good health; I don’t want him to suffer anymore. He is my only son and it is heartbreaking to see him in this condition.”

Aye Myint is a 20-year old man from a refugee camp in Thailand. He lives with his parents and a younger sister. His father had to stop worki...

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Aye Myint's Timeline

  • September 6, 2016

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

  • September 8, 2016

    Aye Myint 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.

  • September 21, 2016

    Aye Myint's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016

    Aye Myint's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 1, 2016

    Aye Myint's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

MV, AV Repair and Valves Replace
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $20,349 for Aye Myint's treatment
Subsidies fund $18,849 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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