Yar Blu is an 18-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives in a refugee settlement with her parents and eight older siblings. Her oldest siblings are in Bible school, and her other siblings are enrolled in the camp's school. Her father works as a medic to support their family, and up until giving birth to Yar Blu, her mother taught in the camp. When Yar Blu was born, doctors noticed a small mass on the bridge of her nose, and recommended she return for surgery when she was three months of age. She has now been diagnosed with encephalocele, a defect in neural tube formation. On June 25 Yar Blu will undergo correctional surgery at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of her operation. After surgery, Yar Blu and her family are looking forward to a speedy recovery!
Soe is a 31-year old man who was in a terrible motorbike accident about five months ago. In January 2017, Soe drove his friend home from work on his motorbike. He noticed a transport truck swerving towards him and took a sharp turn away from the vehicle. Soe managed to successfully dodge the truck but hit the highway rail instead. He immediately lost consciousness and woke up in the hospital two days later. Soe spent 15 days in the hospital with four broken ribs, severe cuts on his right arm, a broken tibia, and pain in his neck and left shoulder. Most of Soe’s injuries have been treated, but he still has nerve damage and a dislocated shoulder. Because of these untreated injuries, he can't cook, clean, or perform other daily task by himself. He feels as though someone constantly needs to look after him. He is also unable to work, putting a large financial barrier on his family. Fortunately, Soe will receive treatment for his fracture at our medical partner's hospital, Maharaj Nakron Chiang Mai Hospital, on July 7. The surgery will cost $1,500. Soe is grateful for the help, saying, "I'm looking forward to receiving the treatment I desperately require and hope to return to work again."
Aye is a 13-month-old baby girl from Burma. Aye was born with a meningocele, a mass on the back of her head. Over time, Aye’s mother has noticed that the mass on her daughter’s head has gradually grown. The mass hurts when touched, which causes Aye to cry often and sleep poorly. Aye underwent surgery to remove the mass, and a post-op CT scan revealed enlarged ventricles in Aye's brain. The doctor who operated on Aye wants to get a follow-up CT scan to see if any of her symptoms remain. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $693 to cover the cost of the scan, scheduled to take place on July 17.
Khin Hla is a 45-year-old woman originally from Burma. A few years ago, she moved to Bangkok to work as a domestic worker. Her teenage daughter lives and works with her in Bangkok while her two sons, who are still in school, live with her sister in Mae Sot. Six months ago, Khin Hla injured her arm after falling three times. After the first fall, she did not feel any pain. After the second and third time, she was in a lot of pain, so she decided to seek care. She visited hospitals in Bangkok a total of four times. During the four visits, she received blood tests and X-rays and was given pain medication. The results of the X-rays showed that she had fractured her humerus and developed an abnormal mass. The doctor told Khin Hla that she needed to have surgery, but financial limitations prevented her from getting the surgery. In January 2017, Khin Hla returned to Mae Sot to stay with her children and to visit our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic, where she later received surgery on her arm. Khin Hla’s surgery went well, and her condition appears to be improving. She is now under radiation treatment, and doctors have scheduled a post-treatment MRI for July 14 to confirm the effectiveness of the fracture repair. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to fund the MRI.
Tha is an 18-year-old living in Burma with her family. Before becoming ill, Tha lived in Bangkok, where she worked as a domestic helper. Tha has a congenital heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This rare heart condition is caused by a combination of four heart defects that occur at birth, resulting in oxygen-poor blood being circulated around the body. Tha began experiencing symptoms of her condition at the age of 10. Doctors originally thought she had asthma so her true condition remained undetected. While working in Bangkok, Tha developed severe fatigue, heart palpitations, blue-tinged skin, and clubbed fingers. She would have trouble standing throughout the day because she was so exhausted. She was forced to return to Burma when she became too weak to work. Once home with her family, she sought medical treatment and her condition was properly diagnosed. Doctors have recommended that Tha have surgery to repair her heart so that it can function normally. Our medical partner, Burma Children's Medical Fund, is request $1,500 for Tha's surgery, which will be performed on September 16. Tha hopes that after the surgery she will regain her energy and be able to live on her own again. She says, "After getting treatment I will work again and probably go back to Bangkok."
Tin (BB) is a 13-month-old girl from Burma. She was born with a large teratoma, a tumor made up of tissues, protruding from her groin area. The teratoma is about half her body size. Tin (BB) already had surgery for her teratoma. She looks healthy and is growing up well. However, for her last follow up, the doctor did an ultrasound and found out that Tin (BB) has an abnormal mass in her large intestine. The doctor recommends a CT scan to diagnosis the mass. On August 17, Tin (BB) will get a CT scan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $693 to help fund the treatment.
Waddy is a four-month-old baby girl who lives with her parents in Burma. Waddy was born with an abnormal growth on her neck, which has now grown in size and spread to her cheek. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, has arranged for Waddy to have a CT scan on June 14, and is requesting $693 to cover the total cost. Results from the CT scan will provide doctors with important diagnostic information so that they can come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan for Waddy.
Kyal is an 11-month-old girl who lives in Thailand with her extended family. When Kyal was born, her mother noticed a small mass between her nose and the corner of her eye. As Kyal grew, the mass began affecting her vision. Doctors have recommended that Kyal get a CT scan to determine the best course of treatment moving forward. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $693 to fund Kyal's scan, which will be performed on June 5. Kyal's mother wants her daughter to receive proper medical care so that she can grow up healthy and strong. She says, "I want to see Kyal is healthy and want her to go to school when she grows up."
Dohn is a 21-month-old baby boy, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He lives in a village in Karen State, Burma, with his family. Back in April, Dohn had a fever and experienced vomiting. When his condition did not improve after two days, his mother took him to a local hospital where a CT scan revealed a fluid-filled mass in his brain and a possible tumor. His parents were advised that Dohn would need surgery. The fluid around his brain was drained, but due to infection, no further procedure was done at that time. Dohn has now been transferred to our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, where a doctor performed a surgery to manage the fluid build up in his brain. Now, the doctor recommends a CT scan to determine whether the surgery was successful. On June 1, Dohn will undergo a CT scan through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). BCMF is requesting $693 to fund the CT scan, three nights of hospital stay, and transportation.
Moh is a 15-year-old student from Nu Po Refugee Camp, Thailand. She and her parents moved there three years ago from Karen State, Burma. Moh was born with a lump on her face. As she got older, the lump got bigger. Her parents never sought treatment for her because they could not afford to do so. Moh dropped out of school this year to help with household chores. However, she would like to go back to school as she wants to be well educated. Her dream is to become a doctor someday. Moh was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She underwent surgery to repair the lump, but then she experienced vomiting and headaches. The doctors will be doing a CT scan on June 1 to check for any surgical complications. BCMF is requesting $693 to fund the CT scan, three nights of hospital stay, and transportation.
Nit is a seven-year old girl with a brain tumor. She lives with her family in the Phop Phra township of Tak, Thailand. She has two older sisters who live and work in Bangkok selling noodles. Her family is originally from Karen State, Burma but has been living in Thailand for many years. Nit has been attending the first grade. The combined family income is barely enough to cover their daily expenses. Most of the money is put aside to pay off their home, and a large portion of this money goes toward school fees. Not long ago, Nit's family noticed a change in her mood and appearance. After noticing these symptoms, they took her to the hospital for testing. Finally, Nit's mother was informed that Nit's symptoms represent a possible brain tumor. Nit's mother brought her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She will undergo an MRI on May 30 to assess the brain tumor, allowing doctors to form a treatment plan. Since her family does not have much money, they are unable to pay for Nit's MRI. Therefore, Burma Children Medical Fund is requesting $814 to help fund the MRI.
Dohn is a 21-month-old boy who lives in a village in Karen State, Burma with his family. Dohn’s grandparents work as subsistence farmers, his father works as car mechanic in Thailand, and his mother looks after the children. Following a persistent fever and vomiting, Dohn was admitted to the hospital last April. A CT scan revealed a fluid-filled mass in his brain and a possible tumor. Upon receiving the news that Dohn would need surgery, Dohn's father stopped working in order to look after Dohn at the hospital. The fluid around Dohn's brain was drained, but, due to an infection, no further procedure was done at that time. Dohn has now been transferred to our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, and is scheduled to receive a ventriculoperitoneal shunt on May 26 in order to drain any built-up fluid. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to help fund Dohn's surgical care. With proper treatment, Dohn will be freed of potential cognitive complications and can hope to develop into a strong, healthy young boy.