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

Pae
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pae's treatment was fully funded on February 24, 2017.

Photo of Pae post-operation

March 2, 2017

Pae underwent cardiac surgery.

After the surgery, Pae could feel the improvement straight away. She does not grow tired easily anymore, and her heart is now beating normally. Before the surgery, she could not eat or sleep, but now she does both comfortably. She hopes to recover fully so she can return to Bangkok to work.

“Words cannot express how grateful I am to the donors…I am now ready to start a new life,” says Pae.

After the surgery, Pae could feel the improvement straight away. She does not grow tired easily anymore, and her heart is now beating normal...

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December 15, 2016

Pae is a 37-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her brother and his family. Her brother owns rice and sugarcane fields. Three of his children work in Bangkok, and the youngest is in school. He donates some of his money to a fund in their town for roads and monasteries. However, he cannot afford healthcare.

Two years ago, Pae moved to Bangkok to work as a housekeeper. Shortly after moving, she began to experience severe exhaustion, heart palpitations, and sweating. She sought care at a local clinic and underwent an echocardiogram. Her doctor found a large hole in her heart.

Pae had to stop working because she was too physically exhausted. After just eight months in Bangkok, she returned to her home village to live with her brother. Despite using traditional medicines, her symptoms did not improve. A nurse at a nearby clinic in her village suggested she visit our medical partner’s care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC).

In September of 2016, Pae made the two-hour trip from her village to MTC for the first time. She underwent an electrocardiogram and blood tests. She was also given atenolol, a medication to treat chest pain and hypertension. Pae was diagnosed with an atrial septal defect (ASD), a cardiac condition in which there is a hole in the wall between the two atria of the heart. On December 16, she underwent surgery to close the hole.

Pae is very appreciative of her family’s support, but does not want to rely on them. She needs our help to fund this $1,500 procedure. After recovery, she hopes to return to Bangkok to earn her own income.

“I want to be a normal person again,” says Pae. “I would like to do social work, like helping to clean at the monastery and helping people in their homes.”

Pae is a 37-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her brother and his family. Her brother owns rice and sugarcane fields. Three of his chil...

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Pae's Timeline

  • December 15, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pae received treatment at Pinlon Private Hospital in Burma. 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 1, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pae's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 24, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pae's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 2, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pae's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Treatment
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,915 for Pae's treatment
Subsidies fund $3,415 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$534
Supplies
$1,700
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
  • 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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