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Success! Su from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Su
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
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$0
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Fully funded
Su's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2020.

Photo of Su post-operation

May 21, 2020

Su underwent cardiac surgery.

After surgery, Su feels much better and is relieved that she was able treat her condition. She still feels a bit of pain near her incision wound, but the doctor told her that is to be expected, so she does not worry too much.

Since surgery, her life has undoubtedly improved for the better. She is able to walk and move around the house without getting tired and her breathing and heartbeat are normal. She has regained her appetite and she sleeps soundly through the night.

Su and her husband are very happy, and feel that a huge burden has been lifted off their shoulders. For now, Su plans on fully recovering before going back to work. Her boss let her know that she can come back whenever she feels well.

Su said, “I feel like I won the lottery because I never hoped to receive help from anybody. I felt we were alone. I want the donors to know that they saved my life. They have given me something I can look forward to. Now I want to use my time to live well and spend time with my family. Me and my husband will never forget your kindness.”

After surgery, Su feels much better and is relieved that she was able treat her condition. She still feels a bit of pain near her incision w...

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February 27, 2020

Su is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Shwe Pyi Thar Township in Burma. Her husband works as a day laborer at a construction site while she does all the household chores.

Su was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of her mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. In 2010, Su started to experience severe coughing so she went to see a doctor at Tun Foundation Clinic in Yangon. The doctor noticed that she has abnormal breathing and told her that she has a heart problem and she would not be able to have baby. The doctor also provided her with three days’ worth of medication and suggested she go to Yangon General Hospital (YGH) to meet with a cardiologist. The next day, she went to YGH and she received an echocardiogram and x-ray. Following this, the doctor told her that she would need surgery right away. She was told that the surgery would cost around five million kyat (approx. 5,000 USD) but she could not afford to pay such a large sum. When she told the doctor this, she received medication to stabilize her heart condition and was provided with a follow-up appointment.

In 2015, she started to feel tired whenever she walked for more than 10 minutes or if she used the stairs. She went back to Tun Foundation Clinic where she received medications to stabilize her condition.

Currently, she cannot sleep or eat well. She also suffers from fatigue and rapid breathing. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Su. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 27th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Su said, “I worry a lot that I will have a stroke if I do not take my medication daily. But it is had for my husband to come up with money [for my medication]. I want to live long with my family. When I talked to Watsi’s partner BCMF, I felt like I had been released from the worry of paying for my surgery. Thank you so much!”

Su is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband and four-year-old son in Shwe Pyi Thar Township in Burma. Her husband works...

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Su's Timeline

  • February 27, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 27, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Su 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.

  • February 27, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Su's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 21, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Su's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 28, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Su's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Su'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.