Meet another patient

Watsi logo blueWatsi

Success! U Chit from Burma raised $1,500 to fund heart surgery to restore his health.

U Chit
100%
  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
U Chit's treatment was fully funded on August 26, 2022.

Photo of U Chit post-operation

September 6, 2022

U Chit underwent heart surgery to restore his health.

Before surgery, U Chit felt very tired and had a rapid, uncomfortable heartbeat, which worried him. He could not sleep and had little appetite. If he talked or walked a lot, he felt very tired and could not breathe well. Now that he has had surgery, he no longer feels tired nor does he have a rapid heartbeat. Walking, sleeping, and eating are now easier, and he can now help out with lighter household chores such as cooking meals. He still has slight pain at the site of his surgical wound.

U Chit said, “I can now help with household chores like cooking and sweeping. I am very happy that you contributed to my surgery cost. When I recover, I will go back to my previous job. I am very thankful to all the donors and the organization [BCMF] for paying for my surgery.”

Before surgery, U Chit felt very tired and had a rapid, uncomfortable heartbeat, which worried him. He could not sleep and had little appeti...

Read more
April 7, 2022

U Chit is a 42-year-old husband and father from Burma. He lives with his in-laws, wife and son. His father-in-law works as a day laborer, while his wife and his mother-in-law are homemakers. U Chit used to work with his father-in-law, and also as a motorcycle taxi driver for extra income. However, he stopped working in January when his health worsened. When schools reopen, his son will begin kindergarten.

A little over a year ago, U Chit began experiencing dizziness, fatigue, tightness in his chest and difficulty breathing when he exerted himself. A month later, he visited a local clinic where he was diagnosed with high blood pressure. However, in December 2021, U Chit lost a lot of weight and experienced night sweats in addition to his other symptoms. He was diagnosed with aortic valve regurgitation, mitral valve regurgitation and tricuspid valve regurgitation, and was placed on a waiting list to receive surgery. Because his condition is severe, the doctor recommended that he undergo surgery as soon as possible.

Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping U Chit access treatment. On April 8th, he will undergo mitral valve replacement surgery at BCMF’s care center. After recovery, his symptoms should improve. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund his procedure and care.

U Chit shared, “I gave up and I was ready to die before. There are a lot of heart patients waiting to receiving surgery. Since I heard that I could have surgery with the help of donors, I feel like there is hope that I will survive. I have to look after my family because my son is still young. I will always remember everything the donors did for me.”

U Chit is a 42-year-old husband and father from Burma. He lives with his in-laws, wife and son. His father-in-law works as a day laborer, wh...

Read more

U Chit's Timeline

  • April 7, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    U Chit was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • April 8, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    U Chit received treatment at Pun Hlaing 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.

  • April 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    U Chit's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    U Chit's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 6, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    U Chit's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Treatment
Mitral Valve Replacement
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $8,056 for U Chit's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,556 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,850
Medical Staff
$866
Medication
$0
Supplies
$4,678
Labs
$100
Radiology
$15
Other
$547
  • 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 often 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. The surgeon will remove the current damaged heart valve and replaced it by either a mechanical or tissue valve. The surgery team will remove the heart-lung machine. The team will wire the breastbone back together and will then sew or staple the incision in the patient's skin back together.

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.