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Success! Ni from Burma raised $1,500 to fund life-changing surgery to treat her heart condition.

Ni
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Fully funded
Ni's treatment was fully funded on July 19, 2022.

Photo of Ni post-operation

July 28, 2022

Ni underwent life-changing surgery to treat her heart condition.

Three years after Ni first experienced fatigue and difficulty breathing due to a heart condition, with both financial constraints and military unrest in her home country of Burma forcing her to delay treatment, she finally received surgery that has changed her life! She can now walk without feeling tired, and she has started to once again teach English to children in her neighborhood.

Ni’s family is thrilled to see her feeling like herself again.

“I feel grateful and happy that I am healthy again,” Ni said. “I am also thankful for all of the donors who helped me receive this treatment.”

Three years after Ni first experienced fatigue and difficulty breathing due to a heart condition, with both financial constraints and milita...

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March 11, 2022

Ni lives with her mother & four siblings in Yangon, Burma. Her two younger sisters work in a clothing factory, while her mother and one brother are homemakers. Her other brother works as a driver assistant. Ni works in a factory that produces alcohol and in her free time, she enjoys watching television with her family. She also enjoys teaching English to their neighbor’s children on the weekends.

In July 2019, Ni started to experience chest pain and difficulty breathing. She went to a hospital in Yangon and was told she might have a problem with her kidney. When she did not feel any better after taking medication for a month, she went to another hospital in Yangon. She received multiple diagnostic tests and was told that her kidney is healthy but she has a heart condition. After receiving an echocardiogram, she was diagnosed with atrial septal defect (ASD). The doctor told her she would need heart surgery, but Ni told the doctor she could not afford to pay for it.

Ni received medication and went back home. Unfortunately, she was unable to go back to the hospital for follow up because the hospital closed after the country’s military coup. Due to the deteriorating security condition in their area, Ni’s family decided to go back to their village near Mandalay. Around her village, she could not find a pharmacy that sold her medication. When her family finally traveled back to Yangon she was feeling better and decided not to purchase more of the special medication she needed.

Then in January, Ni felt like she could not breathe well, and experienced chest pain and rapid breathing again. She went to a hospital, where the doctor referred her to Pun Hlaing Hospital. After she undergoing more diagnostic tests, the doctor told her she would need to receive surgery costing 9,000,000 kyats (approx. $9,000 USD). When she told the doctor she could not afford to pay for it, the doctor gave her the phone number of a nurse who may be able to help. When Ni called the nurse, the nurse told her about our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) who is now helping Ni access treatment. On March 13th she will undergo cardiac surgery to close the Atrial Septal Defect.

Currently, Ni has chest pain and difficulty breathing. Sometimes, she has rapid breathing at night. She cannot sleep well because she is always worried about her condition.

Ni shared, “I am very scared to receive surgery but if I do not receive this treatment, I will not live a long life. I am so happy to receive treatment and I would like to say thank you so much to all the donors.”

Ni lives with her mother & four siblings in Yangon, Burma. Her two younger sisters work in a clothing factory, while her mother and one brot...

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Ni's Timeline

  • March 11, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Ni was submitted by Bridgitte Agocs at Burma Children Medical Fund.

  • March 13, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ni 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.

  • March 14, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ni's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 19, 2022
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ni's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 28, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ni's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) Closure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $8,090 for Ni's treatment
Subsidies fund $6,590 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,690
Medical Staff
$1,375
Medication
$72
Supplies
$4,758
Labs
$180
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 large backlog 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 costly and 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.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.