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Success! Tha Shee from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Tha Shee
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tha Shee's treatment was fully funded on September 25, 2018.

Photo of Tha Shee post-operation

September 13, 2018

Tha Shee underwent heart surgery.

Since Tha Shee received the surgery, her condition has improved significantly. She no longer experiences heart palpitations or rapid breathing.

Tha Shee said, “I am extremely happy that I am healthy again.”

Since Tha Shee received the surgery, her condition has improved significantly. She no longer experiences heart palpitations or rapid breathi...

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July 31, 2018

Tha Shee is a 35-year-old woman who lives with her husband, four daughters, son, and grandchild in Mae La Refugee Camp, Tak Province, Thailand.

Nine years ago, Tha Shee started to feel tired when she walked and worked. After two years, her condition got worse, and she decided to visit the hospital in the camp. There, a medic gave her medication that did not improve her condition.

Finally, she went back to the same hospital, and an ultrasound test revealed that she has a heart problem and that she needs surgery. They referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF).

Now, Tha Shee is scheduled for surgery on August 8 to repair her heart condition called atrial septal defect closure. She needs help raising $1,500.

She says, “I am not able to work nor to do any household chores because of my condition. My family suffers from a lower monthly income, and my children have to take over the household chores. I hope to get better soon and work hard after my treatment to save up money.”

Tha Shee is a 35-year-old woman who lives with her husband, four daughters, son, and grandchild in Mae La Refugee Camp, Tak Province, Thaila...

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Tha Shee's Timeline

  • July 31, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 08, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tha Shee received treatment at Lampang 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.

  • August 09, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tha Shee's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tha Shee's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • September 25, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tha Shee's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 32 donors

Treatment
ASD Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Tha Shee's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,325 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,009
Medical Staff
$721
Medication
$39
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$580
Labs
$84
Radiology
$312
Other
$86
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.