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Success! Soe from Thailand raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Soe
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Soe's treatment was fully funded on January 23, 2017.

Photo of Soe post-operation

February 2, 2017

Soe underwent successful cardiac surgery.

After surgery, Soe feels much better. He no longer has difficulty breathing. He plans to open his own business to support his children’s education.

Soe says, “I hope I will be fully cured someday soon. I will follow the doctor’s instructions and do exercise the best I can. In the future, I want to live happily with my family and open a shop to support my daughters to give them a better education. I thank all the donors, and I will give them my respect and pray for them.”

After surgery, Soe feels much better. He no longer has difficulty breathing. He plans to open his own business to support his children's edu...

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December 11, 2016

Soe is a 35-year-old Burmese man who lives in a refugee camp with his wife and four daughters. His family moved to the camp to access education for his daughters. In his free time, Soe enjoys tending to his small garden.

In 2009, Soe began to feel tired all the time. He had difficulty breathing, eating, and sleeping. His stomach swelled, and he experienced unexplained dizziness. When he visited a clinic, he was given medication but received no explanation of his condition.

Over the next few years, Soe managed his symptoms with medication. After undergoing ultrasounds and x-rays at a hospital, he was diagnosed with chronic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, and severe mitral valve stenosis. He was referred to our medical partner’s hospital. On December 13, he underwent a mitral valve replacement.

Soe used to work as a day laborer, but his condition has prevented him from working. His wife supports the family by selling vegetables that they grow on their small plot of land. They also receive rations from the camp. Soe is requesting $1,500 to fund his healthcare. Let’s help support his family!

Soe is a 35-year-old Burmese man who lives in a refugee camp with his wife and four daughters. His family moved to the camp to access educat...

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Soe's Timeline

  • December 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 13, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Soe 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.

  • December 20, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Soe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 23, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Soe's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Soe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 38 donors

Funded by 38 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement (Single valve)
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $17,041 for Soe's treatment
Subsidies fund $15,541 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$7,426
Medical Staff
$2,476
Medication
$284
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$484
Labs
$76
Radiology
$767
Other
$534
  • 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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.