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

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Htet's treatment was fully funded on February 1, 2018.

Photo of Htet post-operation

January 9, 2018

Htet underwent heart surgery.

He no longer experiences his previous symptoms. His family is very happy that his surgery was successful. He will now return home and continue with his studies.

Htet’s mother said, “I want to say thank you to all the donors and the BCMF team who have helped to save my son’s life. Without your support my son will not be alive much longer.”

Htet said, “I have no blue color and no more old symptoms.”

He no longer experiences his previous symptoms. His family is very happy that his surgery was successful. He will now return home and contin...

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November 15, 2017

Htet is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a village in Burma. Htet’s father peels coconuts for a living, while his mother works in a betel leaf garden. Their combined income is just enough for daily expenses.

When Htet was nine months old, his mother noticed that his lips often turned blue when he cried. His symptoms were still there on his first birthday. His parents took him to a clinic in Yangon, where they were informed that Htet has a congenital heart disease.

His father tried to treat him with traditional medicine, but Htet’s symptoms did not improve. When Htet is active, he feels very tired and has heart palpitations. He also eats very little and is often sick. Unfortunately, Htet has had to stop attending classes. He really enjoys school and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up.

Htet and his parents visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, where they learned about Watsi and the possibility of having surgery. Htet’s surgery is now scheduled for November 17. Htet’s surgery will cost $1,500, which is too much for Htet’s family to afford.

Htet’s father says, “As a parent, both my wife and I feel very sad and guilty to see our son in this condition. I don’t care how long the treatment will take but if my son recovers, I can give my full time to him. My wife is worried and told me that she will work and that I must look after my son. If there is any way for my son to recover, I would sacrifice my life for him.”

Htet is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a village in Burma. Htet’s father peels coconuts for a living, while his mother work...

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Htet's Timeline

  • November 15, 2017

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

  • November 17, 2017

    Htet received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • November 17, 2017

    Htet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 9, 2018

    Htet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • February 1, 2018

    Htet's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

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  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Htet's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,325 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, 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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