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Success! Shwe from Burma raised $1,500 to fund cardiac surgery so she can live more comfortably and confidently.

Shwe
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  • $1,500 raised, $0 to go
$1,500
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Shwe's treatment was fully funded on January 15, 2023.

Photo of Shwe post-operation

October 26, 2022

Shwe underwent cardiac surgery so she can live more comfortably and confidently.

Shwe’s surgery was a success! Before undergoing surgery, Shwe experienced many troubling symptoms; now, she is happy to report that she is feeling renewed. She no longer feels dizzy, fatigued, or short of breath and has much more energy. She can also sleep easily and has an appetite, noting that food tastes delicious once again!

Shwe said, “Before my surgery, I thought that I would not live much longer with my family and that I would die soon. Whenever I talked to my brothers and my parent, I would feel so tired, and I would have no energy to talk a lot. But, since I had surgery, my life is very different. I no longer feel tired when I talk a lot with my parents. I can also sing two songs [back-to-back] without feeling tired! Thank you so much to the donors and Burma Children Medical Fund for helping me by paying for my surgery. You have given me a new life. Now I will be able to live a long life with my family.”

Shwe’s surgery was a success! Before undergoing surgery, Shwe experienced many troubling symptoms; now, she is happy to report that she is f...

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August 12, 2022

Shwe is a 24-year-old woman who lives with her family in Burma and enjoys listening to Burmese pop music! Shwe previously worked in a factory, but she had to stop working last December when her health began to deteriorate. Her brother and stepfather both work as agricultural day laborers, and her sister-in-law and mother are both homemakers. The rest of her siblings are all waiting for schools to reopen so they can return to their studies. The schools were closed in February of 2021 following the Mayanmar military coup.

About a year and a half ago, Shwe began to experience pain in her chest, as well as fatigue. She initially did not think that her symptoms were serious, but this changed after she fainted at work a few months later. After receiving an echocardiogram, she was diagnosed with mitral valve, aortic valve, and tricuspid valve regurgitation, which are all cardiac conditions that occur when the specified valve does not close properly. As a result, she experiences difficulty breathing, a rapid heartbeat, a lack of appetite, and trouble sleeping. She also feels very tired when walking longer distances.

Shwe now needs cardiac surgery to help alleviate her symptoms and allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. However, once the doctor told her and her family the cost of surgery, they left the hospital because they could not pay for Shwe’s needed procedure.

Fortunately, they happened to meet a taxi driver who kindly told them about our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). BCMF is now helping Shwe undergo cardiac surgery on August 12th at Pun Hlaing Hospital. Shwe and her family need your support to fund this $1,500 procedure.

Shwe says, “When I recover fully, I will go back to work and work hard. I will save my money and support my family.”

Shwe is a 24-year-old woman who lives with her family in Burma and enjoys listening to Burmese pop music! Shwe previously worked in a factor...

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Shwe's Timeline

  • August 12, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 12, 2022
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Shwe 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.

  • August 12, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Shwe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 26, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Shwe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 15, 2023
    FULLY FUNDED

    Shwe's treatment was fully funded.

Treatment
Double Valves Replacement (Mitral and Aortic) with Tricuspid
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $7,429 for Shwe's treatment
Subsidies fund $5,929 and Watsi raises the remaining $1,500
Hospital Fees
$1,211
Medical Staff
$1,053
Medication
$0
Supplies
$4,686
Labs
$80
Radiology
$80
Other
$319
  • 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 is life-threatening for patients.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.