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

Myint
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Myint's treatment was fully funded on March 6, 2018.

Photo of Myint post-operation

March 15, 2018

Myint underwent heart surgery.

Before her surgery, she felt tired, could not breathe properly, and experienced chest pains. She could not walk or sleep properly. Now, after surgery, she no longer feels tired, and she can walk, eat, and sleep well.

“In the future, I will work to support my son and daughter,” said Myint.

Before her surgery, she felt tired, could not breathe properly, and experienced chest pains. She could not walk or sleep properly. Now, afte...

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January 21, 2018

Myint is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, and daughter in a village in Burma. Her son is in seventh grade, and her daughter is in third grade.

Myint and her husband work as day laborers on a chili farm. Currently, however, Myint’s health is preventing her from working.

Myint first noticed symptoms when she was 16. She felt very tired and often had difficulty breathing. Myint could not afford to visit a clinic, so she relied on traditional medicines.

By the time she was 20, Myint’s health condition had grown much worse. She visited a clinic, where a doctor examined her. She learned that she had a heart condition but did not receive any treatment.

In October of 2017, Myint’s abdomen swelled, and she felt very tired and had difficulty breathing. She traveled to Mandalay, where she underwent a blood test and an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with atrial septal defect. She learned she would need surgery, which was prohibitively expensive.

Fortunately, Myint was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo a corrective heart surgery on January 22. She needs help raising $1,500 to pay for surgery. After treatment, Myint hopes to return to work to support her children.

Myint is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, and daughter in a village in Burma. Her son is in seventh grade, and her daugh...

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Myint's Timeline

  • January 21, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Myint was submitted by Kiat at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • January 22, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Myint 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.

  • January 22, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Myint's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 06, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Myint's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 15, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Myint's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,915 for Myint'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.