Medical assistance is inaccessible to many people living in Burma because of the high cost of treatment and lack of free healthcare. There are also an estimated 2 million Burmese people living in Thailand unable to access the Thai healthcare system.
BCMF is one of the few organizations that has a strong enough relationship with the relevant Thai authorities to facilitate the transportation to and treatment of Burmese people at Thai hospitals.
Saw Phar is a 50-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family. They grow food for subsistence on communal land. In his free time, he likes to do handy work, making hats and baskets with bamboo. Saw Phar was diagnosed with a bile duct stone and a gallstone. He experiences back and abdominal pain. Saw Phar has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, Saw Phar's symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Saw Phar is scheduled to undergo his biliary obstruction repair on July 12. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Saw Phar's procedure and care. “I really miss home, but when I go back I will go back with happiness and without pain,” said Saw Phar.
Saw is a 28-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his wife, daughter, and two nephews. He used to work as a chef in Thailand, but three months ago, he moved back to his village in Burma. His wife works around the home, caring for their daughter and their nephews. Two months ago, Saw climbed a palm tree to collect coconuts. When he reached the top, he suddenly fainted and fell down, breaking his left femur and arm. Since the accident, he has not been able to work. In April 2018, he underwent internal fixation for his broken femur at Mae Sot Hospital. He felt a lot better after surgery, but in late June 2018, he accidentally fell from his bed and broke his left femur again. A few days after the accident, Saw started to experience pain in his left leg. Now, he cannot walk anymore. Saw says, "I am afraid to move because of the pain and I also have pain in my left arm when I try to walk and use crutches." He needs to undergo further treatment, including a removal of the hardware installed during his first surgery and then another internal fixation surgery to heal the fracture. Fortunately, after visiting our medical partner's care center, he was scheduled for surgery on July 17. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund surgery.
Aye is a 66-year old woman from Burma. She is married and has three daughters and one son. Her husband, her son, her daughter-in-law, and her three grandsons are living together in one household. Aye used to make sweets and sell them at the market. But about ten years ago, she had to stop her work because she started to experience general weakness. Aye was diagnosed with diabetes two years ago. The diabetes caused an ulcer on her right foot in 2017, for which she received treatment at our medical partner's care center. However, at the end of June, Aye noticed another small ulcer on her left foot. She went to the care center again to seek treatment. She was examined, provided with medication, and sent back home. During the next seven days, her ulcer became worse. Now, she needs to have her toe amputated to prevent the ulcer from spreading. The procedure is scheduled for July 20 and will cost $1,500.
Charawi is a seven-year-old student from Thailand. She lives with her parents and a 15-year-old sister in Air Ko San Kamluang Village, Pang Ma Pha District of Mae Hong Son Province. Charawi is a happy girl who loves to play with friends when she has spare time. She loves to sing and dance. When Charawi was a six-year-old, her left knee and thigh got swollen. Her parents took her to Pang Ma Pha Hospital, and doctors referred her case to Srisawan Hospital in the town of Mae Hong Son. Doctors from Srisawan Hospital performed an x-ray and ultrasound and gave her some injections. After spending four nights at the hospital, she was discharged and was asked to come back for two more follow-up appointments. However, Charawi’s condition did not get better. Doctors want Charawi to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Charawi's MRI and care, scheduled for July 23. Charawi says, “I want to be a medical doctor when I grow up. I want to work in the medical field because I want to treat other patients."
Win is a 28-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her mother in Myawaddy, Karen State. She works as a day laborer. She love to spend time with her mother and to collect edible plants in the forest for food. Since 2013, Win has been experiencing troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on July 24. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Win will no longer worry about her condition, and she will be able to look after her mother. Win says, “After my surgery, I want to work as a day laborer again."
Ko Than is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his mother, his sister, his brother-in-law, and his nephew. He makes an income by collecting and reselling scrap material. Ko Than was in a car accident in which he injured his left leg. After the injury, he developed an abscess on his left leg. Unfortunately, the wound never closed completely. Four months ago, his leg became swollen. Without treatment, Ko Than is at risk of developing severe damage to underlying bone and tissue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $851 to cover the cost of a local rotation flap procedure for Ko Than, which is scheduled to take place on July 24. Surgeons will rotate a partially attached piece of skin onto the wound, allowing for optimal vascularization and tissue reconstruction. Ko Than says, "In the past, I started to go back to work with my wound, but the pain was too strong and I was afraid I would get an infection. I hope that my leg can be healed, and that I will be able to go back to work."
Kyi is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his sister's family in Kawkareik township, Karen state. He used to work as a chef in restaurant in Bangkok but returned to Burma after he got into a motorbike accident. Kyi underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for reversal. In Kyi's case, his colostomy requires reversal in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of a reverse colostomy for Kyi. The surgery is scheduled to take place on August 20 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently.
Nam is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae Sot. Nam was born with a lumbar meningocele and bilateral club foot. While she has received treatment for both, the symptoms of the meningocele have returned. Doctors want Nam to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $814 to cover the cost of Nam's MRI and care, scheduled for August 3. Nam says, "I want to continue my studies at university after my high school. I hope that I will get treatment and recover from my symptoms."
San is a mother of four children from Thailand. She is a housewife and looks after her children, while her husband works as an agriculture day laborer. San has been diagnosed with a muskuloskeletal genetic disorder. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, San's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, San is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 2. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care.
Daw Win is a 45-year-old widow from Burma. She lives with her daughter and she works as a vendor selling newspapers. Daw Win was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, she experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. She cannot walk long distances and feels more tired when she is active. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Win. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 8 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Win says, "I want to go back and work after my treatment."
Tha Shee is a 35-year-old woman who lives with her husband, four daughters, son, and grandchild in Mae La Refugee Camp, Tak Province, Thailand. Nine years ago, Tha Shee started to feel tired when she walked and worked. After two years, her condition got worse, and she decided to visit the hospital in the camp. There, a medic gave her medication that did not improve her condition. Finally, she went back to the same hospital, and an ultrasound test revealed that she has a heart problem and that she needs surgery. They referred her to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Now, Tha Shee is scheduled for surgery on August 8 to repair her heart condition called atrial septal defect closure. She needs help raising $1,500. She says, "I am not able to work nor to do any household chores because of my condition. My family suffers from a lower monthly income, and my children have to take over the household chores. I hope to get better soon and work hard after my treatment to save up money."
Win is 45-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her 85-year-old mother and 55-year-old husband. She makes and sells Burmese noodles at home while her husband works as a day laborer. Win loves to sew her own clothes in her free time, and she enjoys spending time with her mother and looking after her. For the past two months, Win has been experiencing severe lower back pain as well as a sharp pain and tightness in her stomach. She has been diagnosed with an ovarian tumor. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Win's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Win is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on August 14. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience pain. "I hope to recover so that I can return home and look after my mother," says Win.