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

Khin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Khin's treatment was fully funded on April 21, 2018.

Photo of Khin post-operation

April 13, 2018

Khin underwent heart surgery.

Since her surgery, Khin looks more healthy and active. She is no longer constantly tired and dizzy. She is now able to walk long distances.

“I still want to become a teacher and teach students from grades four to eight,” said Khin.

Since her surgery, Khin looks more healthy and active. She is no longer constantly tired and dizzy. She is now able to walk long distances. ...

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March 8, 2018

Khin is a 17-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her mother and step-father in Mandalay Division in Burma. Her mother works as laundrywoman for her neighbors, and her step-father works as daily laborer in construction sites.

Khin was born with the help of traditional birth attendant. When she was one year old, she was constantly tired and inactive. Khin’s mother was worried for her and took her to a hospital in Burma. The doctor diagnosed her with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). In 2017, Khin’s symptoms became much more severe. She has difficulty breathing and cannot walk long distances.

Fortunately, Khin learned about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). At BCMF’s care center, surgeons can perform a heart surgery to treat the defect. Treatment is scheduled for March 16, and Khin needs help raising $1,500 to pay for this procedure.

Khin says, “I want to continue my study after I recover. In the future, I want to become a teacher.”

Khin is a 17-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her mother and step-father in Mandalay Division in Burma. Her mother works as laund...

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Khin's Timeline

  • March 8, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Khin was submitted by Than Than Oo at Burma Children Medical Fund, our medical partner in Burma.

  • March 09, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Khin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 28, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Khin received treatment at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai 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.

  • April 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Khin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • April 21, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Khin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 28 donors

Funded by 28 donors

Treatment
TOF Total Correction
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Khin's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,325 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,121
Medical Staff
$954
Medication
$39
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$235
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.