Pyae is a 29-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Kawkareik Township, Karen State, Burma. Pyae and her husband are farmers growing a paddy on a plot of rented land. A few months ago, Pyae felt a mass in her abdomen. She began to experience dizziness and nausea. She cannot work, and her movements are impeded. She visited our medical partner's care center for treatment. An ultrasound showed a big mass in her uterus. Now, she is scheduled for a CT scan on October 16. Her CT scan will cost $414. Pyae and her family are appealing to Watsi for financial assistance. Pyae says, “I feel stressed for myself and my children. I am not able to take care of them now. I hope to go back to farming, plant the paddy and feed my children. If not, my children will have no food.” After her scan, Pyae's doctors will be able to fully treat Pyae and help her recover from her condition.
Myo is a two-month-old boy from Burma. His father works as a tenant farmer and a day laborer on neighboring farms. He lives with his parents in the western part of the country. Soon after he was born, Myo's abdomen began to swell. They took him to a midwife, who recommended that they increase his fluid intake. Myo was unable to drink more, however, and his abdomen grew larger and larger. The midwife provided them with medication to help release gas, but it did not help. His parents took him to the hospital and were sent home after a few days when his swelling went down. Soon enough, the swelling returned and his parents took him back to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hernia. This means that there is a gap in the abdominal wall where the intestine protrudes through. Surgery is required to correct the issue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Myo's surgery. He is scheduled for treatment on October 20 at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. After his operation, Myo will be able to grow and develop normally. “I want my son to be a doctor when he grows up,” Myo's mother says. “I want my son to get a chance to study in Thailand," his father adds.
Tin is a 40-year-old woman from Burma. Tin lives with her husband, and they work as day laborers, planting and harvesting different crops on the farm. She like cooking noodle salad to sell in her village. She started to notice her symptoms around four months ago. Tin has been experiencing extreme pain that starts in her shoulder and shoots down into her lower back. She has also been experiencing abnormal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian cyst. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Tin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Tin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on October 24. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Free surgery will help Tin lead a life free of financial debt, which will enable her to start a noodle shop in her village. After surgery, she will no longer experience pain and bleeding. Tin says, "I dream of a healthy future where I can do more of the things I enjoy."
Aye is a nine-year-old primary school student from Thailand. She lives with her parents and five siblings. Last year, a teacher noticed that Aye was unable to read at long distances. Aye's mother and her teacher took her to our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), and she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. At MSH, Aye was told that she has cataracts and she needs surgery as soon as possible. Currently, Aye's eye is blurry and itchy. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Aye. On October 25, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Aye's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.
Nwe is a mother of a two-year-old daughter from Thailand. Currently, she and her husband both work as day laborers for local farmers, harvesting chilies and other vegetables. At home, Nwe enjoys spending time with and caring for her daughter. She also likes being employed and earning money. Nwe started to experience pain in her abdomen a year ago. The pain makes it difficult for her to move around and causes extreme exhaustion. She has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus. She needs to undergo a myomectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove the fibroids. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $960 to fund Nwe's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on November 1 at BCMF's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. Nwe says, "I hope for a healthy future where I can work and help provide for my family."
Kyu is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a farmer with her two sisters. In her free time, Kyu enjoys going to the temple and practicing meditation. Since 2015, Kyu has been experiencing severe pelvic pain and difficulty walking. She has been diagnosed with a myoma in her uterus and advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Kyu's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Kyu is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 15. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Kyu hopes she can resume her work and contribute to her family’s income.
Tha is a 10-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers. She takes care of her brothers while her parents work as day laborers. She is in second grade. On November 6, Tha was playing and wrestling with her friends. She lost her footing and fell to the ground. Before hitting the floor, her left arm was twisted backward, and it landed in a bad position. Now, she cannot lift her arm and she is in pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Tha will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 9 and will cost $1,500. She will no longer be in pain and will regain use of her arm. Tha says, "I will continue my studies for the coming year, and I want to be a teacher when I grow up."
Wai is an 18-year-old woman from Burma. For the past seven months, she has lived in Thailand crafting jewelry to be sold in Bangkok. About five months ago, Wai began experiencing pain in her abdomen and back. She is very worried about her condition. She has been diagnosed with fibroids, which are benign growths in the uterus. She needs to undergo a myomectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove the fibroids. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $960 to fund Wai's surgery. She is scheduled to undergo her myomectomy on November 14 at BCMF's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. Wai says, "I am constantly worried about my family. A while ago, I had to resign from my work as I could not request leave from work whenever I am in pain."
Meet four-year-old Htoo from Burma. He lives with his parents in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Htoo says his favorite things to do are "going to kindergarten and playing with my friends." Htoo's parents first noticed a lump on their son's throat two years ago. Doctors have now diagnosed Htoo with a congenital condition known as thyroglossal cyst. He requires surgery on his thyroid gland to treat it. Htoo was previously submitted for surgery through Watsi but doctors concluded that the cyst was too small to operate on. However, Htoo is eligible for surgery this time and will undergo a thyroidectomy procedure on November 20. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is asking for help to raise $1,500 for Htoo's surgery.
Hla is a farmer from Burma. She owns a piece of land with her five children, and they plant rice for their own consumption. Her husband passed away many years ago. About a year ago, Hla started to feel pain in her abdomen and her back. She visited several clinics in Burma and received traditional medicines, but her symptoms did not improve. Due to her medical condition, she has been experiencing fatigue and loss of appetite. Finally, she visited Mae Tao Clinic and was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital, our medical partner's care center. She learned that she has a gallstone and surgery is required. Hla has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Hla's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Hla is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on November 23. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Hla's procedure and care. Hla says, "I am looking forward to recovering from my symptoms so that I can return home and help my children with farming."
Zun is a three-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her parents in Mae Sot. On December 5, Zun's father was riding his bicycle with her in the basket. The basket broke loose, and Zun fell and hit her head. She has since been experiencing headaches, dizziness, and vomiting. Doctors want Zun to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Zun's CT scan and care, scheduled for December 8.
"Since my condition began to worsen, I've had to stop working,” shares Khin, a 52-year-old woman from Burma. “This has been emotionally hard for me, as I want to help support my family.” Khin’s entire family lives and works on their rice farm. They are able to harvest about 100 tons of rice each year. They use their harvest to feed themselves, and sometimes are able to use the surplus to trade for other items they need. About 20 years ago, Khin noticed a small lump on her neck. At the time, she did not think anything of it. However, a couple months ago she began to experience serious pain in her neck and upper back. She also noticed that the lump on her neck was getting larger. Khin was eventually diagnosed with thyroiditis, and told she would need surgery to remove part of her thyroid. Without this procedure, she will continue to live in pain. However, her family is barely able to get by on their rice harvest from day to day, and does not have the money necessary to pay for this operation. That’s where you come in. By contributing to our $1,500 fundraising goal, you can help sponsor Khin’s thyroid removal on December 11, as well as the necessary lab tests and week-long hospital stay. “My family are all extremely stressed and worried about my health and future,” says Khin. Let’s put their worries to rest.