Burma Children Medical Fund

4,735 donors have funded healthcare for 643 Burma Children Medical Fund patients.

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Burma Border Projects provides access to medical care for people on the Thai/Burma border through its partner, Burma Children Medical Fund.

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.

More information is available on the Burma Border Projects and Burma Children Medical Fund websites.

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Saw Kaw

Saw Kaw is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He is a soldier for the Karen National Union (KNU) and moves around frequently. In December 2016, Saw Kaw was helping people repair parts of the road around their village by clearing trees for road work. He was cutting a tree when it fell on his upper leg. He was admitted to a local clinic for treatment, but after two months, his leg did not feel any better. The clinic sent him for an X-ray, which showed a broken femur. He was referred to Watsi's medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for evaluation and treatment. At the time of his interview with BCMF, Saw Kaw’s entire leg was swollen. He shared that he had been unable to walk since the injury occurred and was often in a lot of pain, especially at night. Saw Kaw needs help raising $1,500 to pay for an operation to repair his broken femur. During the operation, an orthopedic surgeon will insert a metal rod through the hollow center of the femur and secure it with screws. The rod will stabilize the broken bone until it is strong enough to support Saw Kaw's weight. Saw Kaw is scheduled to undergo surgery on February 17. Funding for Saw Kaw also covers the costs of seven nights in the hospital, lab tests, X-rays, physical therapy, surgical supplies, and crutches. "I really want to work for my community and the KNU, but I cannot do it right now," shares Saw Kaw. "I hope to recover fully so I can return to my village to work on the plantation with my family again."

33% funded

$991to go

Zaw is an 11-year-old boy from Burma who has an abnormal growth in his nostrils. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers. Zaw has completed fourth grade, but he stopped attending fifth grade earlier this year due to his nasal condition. Both of Zaw's siblings are currently in school. When he was nine years old, Zaw's mother noticed that he had a nasal problem, but she could not see the abnormal growth inside his nostrils. His condition would worsen at night, when Zaw found it difficult to breathe. Finally, they visited a clinic, where Zaw's mother was informed that Zaw had nasal polyps in both of his nostrils. These polyps are benign growths that form on the lining of the nose or sinuses. Several months after his visit to the clinic, the nasal polyps became visible. Unfortunately, Zaw's family could not afford to pay for more treatment. Both of Zaw's parents work. His mother sells watermelon in town, and his father cuts bamboo and works as a day laborer on construction sites. Most months, the family income is not sufficient to cover basic costs. Zaw's mother borrowed money from a neighbor to make the trip to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where the office of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is based. After a CT scan, our medical partner's doctors scheduled Zaw for surgery. Currently, Zaw’s condition is poor. He cannot breathe well, and he often feels fatigued and dizzy. Zaw is scheduled to undergo sinus surgery on February 19. Burma Children Medical Fund is requesting $1,500 for the procedure. Zaw's mother hopes that her son will recover quickly so that he can go back to his studies. “I want him to be a medical doctor because he often dreams of being one," she says. “If I am fully recovered, I will go back to school,” Zaw adds.

27% funded

$1,088to go
Yo Sue

Yo Sue is a 24-year-old man who lives in a village in Burma. He lives with his mother, older brother, and cousin. The family farms and sells pigs and chickens. Yo Sue used to work as a security guard in Bangkok. However, he left his position when he started to experience vision problems. Yo Sue lost vision in his right eye when he was 14 years old. A cataract was diagnosed and surgically treated. The cataract replacement procedure was not successful, and he never recovered vision in his right eye. Recently, he began to experience vision problems with the left eye, causing him great concern. One day, Yo Sue was riding his motorbike and the bright sunlight made it difficult for him to see. When he arrived home and took off his helmet, his vision was blurred. Yo Sue visited his local clinic and was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further evaluation. His symptoms were blurred vision and lack of visual acuity. He was diagnosed with retinal detachment. The retina of his eye has separated from the layer underneath, allowing fluid to leak out of the eye behind the retina. Yo Sue's doctors recommended he have a vitrectomy to salvage his vision. Surgeons will clear the inner jelly, remove scar tissue, inject dense liquids to smooth the retina, and inject a gas or silicone oil to secure the retina in place as it heals. The procedure, supplies, medication, and three days of inpatient care costs $1,500. His procedure has been scheduled for February 27. Yo Sue will use eye drops for several weeks following surgery to help the recovery. Barring any complications in the procedure, he will have his vision restored. "I hope to restore my vision so that I can help my mother, brother, and cousin with the needs of the family," shares Yo Sue.

23% funded

$1,155to go

Meet Htoo, an 11-month-old baby boy from a village in Burma. He lives with his parents, sister, and his grandmother on a small piece of land that his grandmother owns. When Htoo was four days old, he developed a high fever and stroke-like symptoms. His mother took him to their local hospital, where Htoo was admitted and given intravenous medication over eight days before he was discharged. At four months of age, Htoo's mother noticed that his head was growing abnormally on the left side. She took Htoo back to the hospital and was given prescriptions for specialized medication. However, Htoo's head continued to swell. Htoo's mother took him to a private clinic to seek help. Doctors at the clinic referred Htoo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Htoo's mother traveled with her son for five days to reach our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, in Thailand. Once there, Htoo had a [CT scan](https://watsi.org/profile/37dbedd6b2b6-htoo) funded by Watsi and was diagnosed with congenital hydrocephalus. This is a medical condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the brain cavities. Htoo will undergo brain surgery on March 4. Surgeons will perform a ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion to remove the excess CSF and relieve pressure on the brain. BCMF is asking for $1,500 in donations to cover the costs of Htoo's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. This has been a difficult time for Htoo's family, but they look forward to Htoo recovering from his surgery. Htoo's mother says, "I hope he will be like a normal boy."

9% funded

$1,364to go
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