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

Daw Khin
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$1,500
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Fully funded
Daw Khin's treatment was fully funded on July 9, 2020.

Photo of Daw Khin post-operation

April 8, 2020

Daw Khin underwent heart surgery.

In the past, Daw Khin used to feel tired and felt like she could not breathe well. But now, Daw Kin no longer feels tired and she can use the stairs and do household chores like laundry, cleaning her house, and cooking.

Daw Khin’s daughter said, “I learned to value my mother when she was unwell. Now I feel very happy because I see that my mother feels better.” And, Daw Khin shared, “I feel like I am recovering, like a healthy person again. Soon, because BCMF and Watsi donors saved my life, I will be able to tutor students near my home again, which is also a way of helping my country.”

In the past, Daw Khin used to feel tired and felt like she could not breathe well. But now, Daw Kin no longer feels tired and she can use th...

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November 19, 2019

Daw Khin is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter in Yangon Division. She is retired since 2014 and her daughter works for the Myanmar Carlsbery Family Limited (MCCL) Compangy in Yangon.

Daw Khin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Daw Khin cannot sleep well at nights because she often cannot breath well. Daw Khin also cannot walk long distances because she feels very tired if she does so.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Daw Khin said, “The doctors at different hospitals told me that I need surgery but I kept refusing because I do not have money.”

Daw Khin is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter in Yangon Division. She is retired since 2014 and her daughter works...

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Daw Khin's Timeline

  • November 19, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 19, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Daw Khin 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.

  • November 21, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Daw Khin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 08, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Daw Khin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 09, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Daw Khin's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Daw Khin'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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Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Vey

Vey is a 34-year-old farmer from Cambodia. Vey has been married for 14 years and has four children, three sons and one daughter. Two of his children attend school, and the other two are not old enough to attend yet. His wife works with him on their farm. Vey lives with his elderly parents, who help care for their grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to help around the house, spend time with his children, help his wife to cook, watch TV, and meet friends for interesting discussions. Two months ago, Vey fell and re-injured his right tibia. He is now suffering from pain that radiates down to his ankle. His ankle is swollen, and dorsiflexion (raising his foot upwards toward the shin) is limited. During his first injury, Vey's family took him to a government hospital for treatment, where doctors secured his tibia by inserting a nail for stability to support healing. The hardware that the government hospital doctors inserted is still in his leg. Now that the bone from the original fracture has healed, the hardware needs to be removed to facilitate healing and minimize the risk of infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 15th, Vey will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware and be replaced with a cast, which will support healing and help him walk without pain. Vey shared, "I hope that after surgery, my right leg will be free of pain, the wound will heal, and I can walk without pain."

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