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Mitchena from Haiti raised $1,500 to treat rheumatic heart disease and save her life.

Mitchena
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Mitchena's treatment was fully funded on January 13, 2015.

Photo of Mitchena post-operation

March 17, 2015

Mitchena had a mechanical mitral valve implanted into her heart.

Mitchena’s doctors tell us that “although she will require lifelong blood-thinning medication, her heart’s pumping ability has now been restored, allowing her to begin gaining weight and strength.”

“I was very scared about the surgery before it happened. Now that it’s over I can finally relax and smile!” says Mitchena.

Mitchena's doctors tell us that "although she will require lifelong blood-thinning medication, her heart's pumping ability has now been rest...

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November 25, 2014

“Mitchena has a heart condition called mitral valve regurgitation, as a result of an untreated strep throat that she suffered as a child,” describes our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

Strep throat led to rheumatic fever, which severely damaged her heart valve. “She is in advanced heart failure and very emaciated, as her body cannot adequately retain nutrients. She has had to leave school, and cannot summon the energy to be active in any way.”

Mitchena is a shy girl who enjoys reading and going to school. She lives with her father and younger sisters, and is looking forward to having her condition treated. “I want to say thank you to everyone who helps me,” Mitchena says.

With $1,500 from us, Mitchena’s family will have enough to cover the cost of the complex logistics of Mitchena’s overseas medical transport, allowing her to receive advanced care for her heart. She will be fitted with a mechanical mitral valve, and will receive post-surgery care and monitoring from Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

“After her heart heals and gains strength, she should be able to lead a full and active life, and to gain weight and improve her overall health,” says Haiti Cardiac Alliance. Let’s help Mitchena return to school and live a full life!

“Mitchena has a heart condition called mitral valve regurgitation, as a result of an untreated strep throat that she suffered as a child,” d...

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Mitchena's Timeline

  • November 25, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mitchena was submitted by Owen Robinson at Haiti Cardiac Alliance.

  • November 26, 2014
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mitchena received treatment. 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.

  • January 5, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mitchena's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 13, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mitchena's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 17, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Mitchena. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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Shwe

Shwe is a 24-year-old woman who lives with her family in Burma and enjoys listening to Burmese pop music! Shwe previously worked in a factory, but she had to stop working last December when her health began to deteriorate. Her brother and stepfather both work as agricultural day laborers, and her sister-in-law and mother are both homemakers. The rest of her siblings are all waiting for schools to reopen so they can return to their studies. The schools were closed in February of 2021 following the Mayanmar military coup. About a year and a half ago, Shwe began to experience pain in her chest, as well as fatigue. She initially did not think that her symptoms were serious, but this changed after she fainted at work a few months later. After receiving an echocardiogram, she was diagnosed with mitral valve, aortic valve, and tricuspid valve regurgitation, which are all cardiac conditions that occur when the specified valve does not close properly. As a result, she experiences difficulty breathing, a rapid heartbeat, a lack of appetite, and trouble sleeping. She also feels very tired when walking longer distances. Shwe now needs cardiac surgery to help alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. However, once the doctor told her and her family the cost of surgery, they left the hospital because they could not pay for Shwe's needed procedure. Fortunately, they happened to meet a taxi driver who kindly told them about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). BCMF is now helping Shwe undergo cardiac surgery on August 12th at Pun Hlaing Hospital. Shwe and her family need your support to fund this $1,500 procedure. Shwe says, “When I recover fully, I will go back to work and work hard. I will save my money and support my family.”

23% funded

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$350raised
$1,150to go

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