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Success! Nwe from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery.

Nwe
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Nwe's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2020.

Photo of Nwe post-operation

May 15, 2020

Nwe underwent cardiac surgery.

Compared to before her surgery, Nwe’s condition has completely improved. She no longer experiences fatigue and her heart palpitations are gone. Now she can walk longer distances without problems and she does not experience dizziness any longer. She can help her husband with cleaning and cooking, but he does not allow her to wash clothes because he feels manual washing will disrupt her surgical wound.

Nwe is thinking of continuing to work as a seamstress after she is fully recovered. She does not experience any of her previous symptoms and she is relieved that no new symptoms have emerged. She has some itching and a little bit of pain near her incision area, but the doctor told her that it was normal and that it would slowly disappear.

Nwe’s husband also gave an update after Nwe called him during the interview, saying he was overjoyed with the results and that he did not know how to express how happy he is. He would like to say thank you to each and every one of the people who helped his wife.

Nwe said, “I would like to thank the doctor and nurses who performed my surgery and looked after me so well. I would also like to thank BCMF and the Watsi donors for their help in supporting my treatment costs. Me and my husband would definitely be unable to afford it without their help. I would like to give my respect to all of you for helping me get well again. When I pray, I send my wishes and pray that all the work of the organization and donors becomes more successful in the future.”

Nwe’s husband said, “I am extremely happy to see my wife get better. I used to worry for her so much before her surgery but now I am relieved. We can’t thank you enough.”

Compared to before her surgery, Nwe’s condition has completely improved. She no longer experiences fatigue and her heart palpitations are go...

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March 23, 2020

Nwe is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Thingangkuun Township in Yangon Division. Nwe works as a seamstress at home while her husband works in a factory. In her free time, Nwe likes to play with her nephew who lives close by and also loves to watch movies at home.

Nwe 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, Nwe experiences tiredness especially when she walks for longer periods of time. If she feels tired, she also experiences heart palpitations. Sometimes, she also suffers from dizziness.

Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Nwe. The treatment is scheduled to take place on March 24th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.

Nwe shared, “I feel stressed about my condition. I am afraid to have surgery but there is no other option. I hope that after I have fully recovered from my surgery, I will be able to work as seamstress again.”

Nwe’s husband is also worried for her and he has had to take time off from work to accompany her to all her appointments. He said, “I get paid daily for my work and if I do not work regularly then I have less income. Before, we were able to save some money from our work but since my wife was diagnosed with a heart problem and started to see the doctor for tests and medications, we can no longer save any money.”

Nwe is a 36-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Thingangkuun Township in Yangon Division. Nwe works as a seamstress at h...

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Nwe's Timeline

  • March 23, 2020
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • March 23, 2020
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 25, 2020
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nwe 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.

  • May 15, 2020
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 1, 2020
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nwe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 24 donors

Funded by 24 donors

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,878 for Nwe'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.