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

Ma Hla
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ma Hla's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2018.

Photo of Ma Hla post-operation

February 15, 2019

Ma Hla underwent heart surgery.

Since Ma Hla surgery, she feels better. She is no longer tired and no longer feels stressed.

Since Ma Hla surgery, she feels better. She is no longer tired and no longer feels stressed....

December 18, 2018

Ma Hla is a 51-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her 55-year-old husband in Min Ywar Village, Thanatpin Township, Bago Division.

Ma Hla 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, Ma Hla feels very tired when she walks. Sometimes, she also feels very tired at night, and she is not able to sleep properly.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ma Hla. The treatment is scheduled to take place on December 23 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

“After I recover from my heart surgery, I want to sell vegetables from my farm,so that I can support my family’s needs,” says Ma Hla.

Ma Hla is a 51-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her 55-year-old husband in Min Ywar Village, Thanatpin Township, Bago Division. ...

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Ma Hla's Timeline

  • December 18, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 19, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ma Hla's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ma Hla's treatment was fully funded.

  • December 28, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ma Hla received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital in Burma. 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.

  • February 15, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ma Hla's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Ma Hla'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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Rexa

Rexa is a 47-year-old mother from Malawi. She has four children, and her sister lives together with their family. Rexa has been selling second-hand clothes called kaunjika locally, but had to pause her business last December due to her health condition. Rexa’s husband is an electrician and is currently unemployed. Two of their children are in college, and they shared that their family is struggling to pay their school fees. Rexa also cares for her mom, who lives in the village. Last December, Rexa started having sharp pains in her abdomen radiating to the back and both legs. Her husband has taken her to many hospitals to figure out the cause of her pain, and it has cost their family a significant amount of money. After being evaluated for peptic ulcers, heart, liver, and kidney problems to no avail, she finally was diagnosed in April with uterine fibroids. Fibroids are abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman's uterus. These growths may become quite large and cause severe abdominal pain and heavy bleeding. If left untreated, fibroids can continue to grow, both in size and number, and could result in increased heavy bleeding or a fatal case of anemia. Rexa was referred to Partners in Hope Medical Center for further review and the gynecologist recommended that she undergo a hysterectomy, which will remove her uterus and cervix and hopefully cure her of this pain. However, she has no insurance and is unable to pay for the cost of her care due to her family's earnings. Rexa will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. She is scheduled to undergo a hysterectomy on May 28th, and African Mission Healthcare is requesting $1,363 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After the surgery, Rexa is hopeful that she will stop having abdominal pains and can return to normal life, which can help her resume her business and support her family members again. Rexa's husband shared, “I am excited that finally there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. When my wife feels pain, I also feel pain and I fail to go and look for work to support the family. I strongly believe that this surgery will bring an end to our misery and sleepless nights. Now we will stop begging relatives for support with even transport money to the hospital, I am very grateful to the donors!”

94% funded

94%funded
$1,285raised
$78to go

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