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Than from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery.

Than
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Than's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Than post-operation

September 25, 2017

Than underwent successful heart surgery.

Than’s surgery went well. She underwent a bypass surgery instead of a balloon insertion as originally planned. She is in recovery and already feeling much better. She has less difficulty breathing and no longer suffers from heart palpitation or back pain. She is eager to return to work and to her children as soon as she has fully recovered.

“If it wasn’t for BCMF and their donors I would not receive surgery and would be waiting for the end of my life day by day,” Than says.

Than's surgery went well. She underwent a bypass surgery instead of a balloon insertion as originally planned. She is in recovery and alread...

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May 14, 2017

Than is a 40-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her husband and two sons. During the rainy season, Than and her husband rent three acres of paddy fields and borrow money for seeds. In the dry season, they work as day laborers. Their sons, ages six and sixteen, attend school.

Two years ago, Than gradually began losing weight. Her sister pleaded with her to get blood tests to figure out what was going on, so they went to a hospital, where she underwent testing and was diagnosed with diabetes. After the diagnosis, she went to the clinic every week for medication. Unfortunately, she had to stop working due to her condition.

Last month, Than began experiencing chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, back pain, and blurred vision. She returned to the hospital for more blood tests and an X-ray. The results showed that one or more blood vessels that supply blood to her heart are blocked, so doctors referred her to Rangoon Hospital for surgery.

Unfortunately, Than could not afford to pay for the surgery, so she returned home. She heard from a monk in her village that a team from Watsi’s medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), was visiting a nearby village, so she and her husband made the journey there together so she could be evaluated.

Than is scheduled to undergo cardiac bypass surgery on May 16 to restore normal blood flow to her heart. The family’s monthly income varies greatly but is never enough to cover daily costs or save money, so they will need help raising $1,500 to pay for the surgery.

“After the surgery, I will return to work,” shares Than. Let’s help make that happen!

Than is a 40-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her husband and two sons. During the rainy season, Than and her husband rent three acr...

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Than's Timeline

  • May 14, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 17, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Than 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.

  • June 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Than's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Than's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 25, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Than. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Single Balloon Insertion
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $4,181 for Than's treatment
Subsidies fund $2,681 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,500
Medical Staff
$1,066
Medication
$0
Supplies
$1,500
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, 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?

For patients with blocked blood vessels, a balloon catheter will be inserted to dilate the blood vessels.

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.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.