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

Tin
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Tin's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Tin post-operation

September 28, 2017

Tin underwent heart surgery.

Since Tin’s surgery, she feels much stronger, and does not experience any of the same symptoms as she did before. She is able to return home and as soon as she is fully recovered she will return to her work as a teacher.

Tin said, “When I am completely better I will go back to work and continue teaching. I will spend my life as a good teacher.”

Since Tin's surgery, she feels much stronger, and does not experience any of the same symptoms as she did before. She is able to return home...

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July 13, 2017

Tin is a 37-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her family and works as a schoolteacher.

Two years ago, Tin started to experience difficulty breathing when walking up the stairs to get to her classroom. She could feel her heart beating fast and often experienced shortness of breath when performing regular daily activities. Tin later visited a local clinic, where doctors explained that she has a large hole in her heart. Over time, the medications that she received stopped working. Tin visited several other clinics and spent a lot of money to treat her condition, however her symptoms failed to improve.

Finally, Tin was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further treatment. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of an atrial septal defect closure that will close the hole in Tin’s heart. The treatment is scheduled to take place on July 15, and, once completed, will hopefully allow Tin to live much more comfortably.

“Currently I am still suffering from the same symptoms, but I cannot take too much time off work, otherwise my salary will be cut,” says Tin. “Once I recover, I hope to return to teaching private lessons to my students.”

Tin is a 37-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her family and works as a schoolteacher. Two years ago, Tin started to experience di...

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Tin's Timeline

  • July 13, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tin received treatment at Lampang 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.

  • August 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 8, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tin's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
ASD Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,825 for Tin's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,325 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,009
Medical Staff
$721
Medication
$39
Supplies
$4,994
Travel
$580
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.