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Novensi is a 49-year-old small-scale farmer, living with her two children in a two roomed mud house. She separated from her husband 10 years ago, and sustains her family through her farming. While her older child attends school, she shared with us that mental health issues have prevented her younger daughter from starting school. For the past six months, Novensi has been suffering from severe lower abdominal and back pains, as well as other troubling symptoms. Her condition is worsening, preventing her from farming, because she feels pain from movements and when she walks long distances. Novensi has been diagnosed by her medical team with uterine fibroids. While surgery was recommended a while ago, Novensi could not afford to pay for the surgery. Fortunately, she turned to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Now, she is scheduled for a hysterectomy at Rushroza Hospital on May 13th, and African Mission Healthcare is seeking $319 to fund her procedure and care. Once she has recovered, Novensi should be able to resume her farming - and all of her other daily activities - free from pain. Novensi says: “I wish to have treatment so that I can get well and continue with farming. I hope to start a sorghum drink business which I am unable to do now because it involves bending and lifting, which I cannot do.”
Nop is a caring grandmother from Cambodia. She has two sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. Her husband unfortunately passed away, so she now lives with her eldest daughter, who is a farmer. Nop enjoys spending her free time going to the mosque. Two years ago, Nop developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her to experience eye tearing and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so she is not able to go places on her own. When Nop learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for five and a half hours seeking treatment. On July 18th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Nop says, "I hope my eye can see well enough that I can help my daughter do housework, take care of my grandchildren, and visit the mosque on my own."
Ngok Yiv is a 19-year-old who sells fish along with her husband. In her free time Ngok Yiv enjoys playing games on her phone and listening to music. On May 17th, Ngok Yiv fell and fractured her right femur, making it difficult for her to walk and do her daily work. She went to a private clinic for treatment, but could not afford the cost of repair surgery. Her neighbor told her about our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) and she traveled there hoping to get the care she needs to be out of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 1st, Ngok Yiv will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $483. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Ngok Yiv says, "I hope I can get around easily without a wheelchair after this surgery and I can return to work."
Chris is an adorable 19-month-old baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest of two children in his family. Chris’s parents are both small-scale farmers of corn, beans, potatoes, and other vegetables, which they use to feed their family. However, they also sell whatever they do not eat in order to earn some income. When Chris was born, his mother immediately noticed that his right foot was twisted out of shape. This is because he has clubfoot of his right foot, which caused this to occur and makes it difficult to walk and wear shoes. When his mother took him to receive a vaccination, she was referred to another hospital for treatment, but she shared that he could not undergo it due to financial constraints. She then sought the help of a local traditional doctor, who tried to heal his condition through massages and herbal medications, but they saw no effective change. Fortunately, Chris's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 15th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $935 to fund Chris's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Chris's mother shares, “We couldn’t find the money to take him to the hospital, and that’s why he is still this way. We have no other means.”
Phors is a bright and ambitious 13-year-old student from Cambodia. He is currently in 7th grade, and his favorite subject in school is Khmer literature. He shares that he aspires to be a lawyer when he grows up. He has a younger sister who is in 2nd grade. To support their two children, his mom works in a garment factory and his dad works in construction. When he was four, Phors was burned on both legs by a low fire. Burn scar contractures eventually developed, tightening the skin around his knees and making it difficult for him to walk. When Phors and his family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 9th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he can walk easily again. Now, his family needs help funding this $495 procedure. Phors says, "I hope my legs can be healed so I can walk without pain and be comfortable going places."
Kamsort is a 28-year-old vegetable farmer, living with his wife and their two-year-old son. Kamsort's wife is a garment worker. In his free time, Kamsort enjoys listening to music and playing with his son. In January 2021, Kamsort was involved in a traffic accident that caused an open fracture of his right tibia. After the accident, his family took him to a hospital where he had surgery. Six months later he had the hardware from the surgery removed. But Kamsort remains in pain, he has swelling around his right ankle, and his fracture has not healed properly, making it difficult for him to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On June 2nd, Kamsort will undergo a fracture repair procedure at Kien Khleang Rehabilitation Centre. Children's Surgical Centre is requesting $483 to fund this procedure, which will enable Kamsort to walk without pain. Kamsort says: "I hope my leg will finally be healed after this surgery and I can walk again."
Naing is a 27-year-old man who lives with his parents, brother and two sisters in Burma. He enjoys playing cane ball and reading. His parents are retired and grow vegetables in their garden. Naing's brother is a day laborer, but he has been unable to find regular work since the Covid-19 pandemic, so he cannot contribute towards household expenses. One of Naing's sisters works as a government officer, while the other is a shop worker. Naing used to work in his uncle’s shop selling groceries and flowers, but he was forced to stop working when his health began to decline. Naing first developed a cough and a fast heartbeat in November 2021. At a clinic in Dawei, Naing was diagnosed with high blood pressure, provided with medication, and sent home. In December 2021, because of his rapid heartbeat, Naing traveled to the hospital in Dawei, where he underwent a series of tests. Doctors at the hospital told Naing that there were problems with the valves in his heart. Once again, Naing was given medication, and sent home. Last February, Naing vomited, could not sleep, and felt tired when he stood or sat. He went to Dawei General Hospital, and showed the doctor his previous echocardiogram result. The doctor told him to continue taking his medication from Yangon, and gave him some vitamins. A few days later, Naing felt better. Then in March, Naing and his sister went to Yangon General Hospital, where he underwent more testing. This time the doctor told him that he might need to have two of his heart valves surgically replaced. Naing’s sister told the doctor that Naing had been to several hospitals over the past year, and the family had no more money left. Naing's health continues to decline, and he has lost five kilograms; he needs to have surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is here to help Naing access the care that he needs. They are requesting $1,500 to cover the costs of Naing's valve replacement surgery, scheduled to take place on August 9th, at Pun Hlaing Hospital. Naing said: “I am so tired of visiting several hospitals and hoping to receive surgery. My sister has had to take leave [from her work as a government officer] several times, and now she has had to take leave without pay [to accompany me as my caregiver]. I feel embarrassed that my family has used up all their money, sold all their jewelry, and made sacrifices for me. Finally, I have met your organization BCMF, and I will have the chance to receive surgery with the help of donors. I feel less stressed that I will not have to wait so long to receive surgery, and that my sister will be able to go back to work. Thank you so much.”
Chanthy is a 34-year-old farmer, who works alongside her husband in the rice fields. She is married and has one daughter. After a long day outside, she likes to cook for her family and watch Khmer movies on TV. For the past several years, Chanthy has had facial pain and headaches. She suffers from frequent fevers, has difficulty sleeping or breathing out of her nose, and often feels poorly. Surgeons have determined Chanthy has a nasal cyst that obstructs her breathing and is frequently infected. Chanthy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 6th, surgeons at our medical partner's care center will remove the mass. Now, Children's Surgical Center, is helping Chanthy raise $273 to fund this procedure. Chanthy shared, "I hope my infection will go away, and I will be able to breathe and take good care of my family again."
U Tin is a 36-year-old man, living with his mother on the western coast of Burma. U Tin’s mother is retired and helps with household chores. U Tin works in a photo studio, printing photos and wedding invitations. Through this, his monthly income is just enough to pay for their basic living expenses. One year ago, U Tin started to experience pain in his lower left abdomen. Thinking that the pain would go away, U Tin relied on traditional medicine and pain medication. In February, the pain increased, but U Tin could not afford to seek treatment at a hospital. Instead, he purchased more pain medication from a pharmacy, which helped ease his discomfort somewhat. However in April, the pain became so severe that he could no longer work. He borrowed money from his friend, and went to a hospital. The doctor examined him, and diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia. When the doctor told him the surgery would cost 1,200,000 kyat (approx. $1,200 USD), U Tin told the doctor he could not afford to pay such a sum, and he returned home still feeling unwell. A few days later, U Tin told his neighbour about his problem, and she suggested that he seek treatment at Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where care is more affordable. He followed his neighbour’s advice, and went to MCLH, where the doctor confirmed his diagnosis and the need for surgery. When U Tin explained that he could not afford to pay for the surgery, the doctor referred him to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, for assistance in accessing the treatment he needs. Currently, U Tin is experiencing severe pain, and he cannot sit or stand for any length of time. Fortunately, he is now scheduled for surgery on May 24th, and Burma Children Medical Fund is requesting $807 to cover the cost of U Tin's hernia repair treatment. U Tin said: “I would like to recover. I am worried that I will not be able to work and take care of my mother. When I recover, I will go continue to work [at the shop] and pay back the money I borrowed from my friends.”
Thuon is a 43-year-old garment worker who enjoys listening to the news on the radio. He is married and has one daughter, who is currently attending school. His wife works as a cleaner in a restaurant to support their family. Due to his failing vision, Thuon has been unable to work for the past few years. Three years ago, Thuon developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him to experience light sensitivity and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, including colors and faces, and is worried about falling when walking, so he is not able to go places on his own. When Thuon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 11th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $253 procedure. Thuon says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see better and I can go back to work to support my family."
Immaculate is 50-year-old mother and hardworking farmer from Uganda. She is a mother to five children, four of whom have completed school and one whom currently attends school. To support their family, Immaculate tends to her small piece of land for subsistence farming, and her husband works as a construction worker. For three years, Immaculate has been experiencing backaches, body weakness, lower abdominal pain, a frequent need to use the restroom, and other troubling symptoms. At our medical partner's care center, she was diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids, as well as a cervical polyp. She must undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus, to treat her conditions. If not treated, Immaculate will be at risk of developing anaemia, as well as other troubling health complications, in the future. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Immaculate's procedure. On August 2nd, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMHF's care center. Once recovered, Immaculate will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Immaculate shares, “The only hope I am left with of getting better is by undergoing my surgery. I believe that with your support, it will surely be possible.”
Phors is a 41-year-old motor-taxi driver who is married and has one daughter and two sons. Phors's wife is a farmer and all of their children are in school. At home, Phors enjoys watching the news on TV. One year ago, Phors developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him photophobia and blurry vision. It is hard for him to be out in the bright sun. When Phors learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled there hoping for treatment. On May 10th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery, and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, Phors will be able to see clearly. CSC is requesting $253 to fund his care. Phors says, "I hope after surgery my eye can see clearly. I would like to return to driving my motor-taxi again so I can earn money for my children's studies."