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.
Ler Moo is a 32-year-old man from Thailand. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Mae La Refugee Camp, Tak Province. In his free time, Ler Moo likes spending time with his family. Ler Moo experiences abdominal pain, and his condition has not improved with medication. He was diagnosed with gallstones, and his doctor informed him that he requires surgery. Ler Moo has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Ler Moo'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), Ler Moo is scheduled to undergo his cholecystectomy on October 4. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ler Moo's procedure and care. “After surgery, if I feel better, I will try support my family as much as I can. I will apply for a suitable job in the camp so I can have an income to support my family,” says Ler Moo.
Tin is a 42-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his family in Barbu Kone Village, Mawlamyaing Township in Mon State. Tin 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, he feels tired, and he is experiencing chest pain and trouble breathing. He consequently cannot sleep well or carry heavy loads. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Tin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on October 14 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Tin says, "I want to work hard more for my family and I hope I will regain my health after surgery."
Candle is a seven-year-old student from Burma. He lives with his family in Htee San Ra village, Myawaddy Township, Karen State. During his school holiday, Candle was riding with his uncle and grandmother on a motorbike. While they were going down a hill, the motorbike slid and fell onto Candle’s left thigh, breaking his femur bone. Currently, Candle is in pain, and he cannot move his leg. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Candle will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for October 15 and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Candle to be free from pain and walk again. His father says, “This is the first time that an accident has happened to someone in our family. We are both very upset to see our son suffer from the pain and as a father I feel sorry for him and I cannot sleep well."
Pya is a 57-year-old man who lives in Karen State, Burma with his wife, daughter, and grandson. Pya’s family owns land on which they grow rice. In March 2017, Pya started feeling pain in his lower abdomen, but he did not seek any medical care. Shortly after this pain developed, it forced him to stop working. Pya used to take herbal medicines for his symptoms. However, they were not very effective, and his condition deteriorated. He could not manage the pain, so he traveled to a clinic, where a medic examined him and performed an ultrasound. He was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital, our medical partner's care center, for further testing. Over three visits, he received an x-ray and blood and urine tests and was diagnosed with bladder stones. Pya was then scheduled for surgery on October 24. In addition to his pain, Pya’s condition has affected numerous other aspects of his life. Because he has had to stop working, his family has been struggling financially. Fortunately, we can help by raising $1,500 to pay for his surgery. Pya says, “I want to be able to work on my own farm again. I want my family to be able to eat well and have meat again.”
Yee (BB) is a ten-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. His grandfather and father are subsistence farmers who grow rice. The family also raises chickens and pigs, which they usually sell when they need money. Yee (BB) was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Yee (BB), which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30, and, once completed, will greatly improve Yee (BB)'s quality of life. Yee (BB)'s mother says, "I am far from my home to take care of my son (Yee (BB) ) more than two months now. I miss home but I am worry for my son and sad to see he is suffering."
Tin is a 29-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Koh P’long Village, Hpa-An Township, Karen State. Since 2014, Tin has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a pelvic mass. 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 November 16. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Tin will no longer experience lower abdominal pain and she will be healthy again.
Eh Kaw is a two-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, who are subsistence farmers. Since he was one month old, Eh Kaw has had an inguinal hernia. He cannot play with other children because of the pain that it causes. Fortunately, on November 1, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eh Kaw's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 1 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Eh Kaw's father says, “My son loves to play a lot with his friends when he is not in pain. But when he is in pain, I have to carry him night and day, and he is not able to play.”
Htet is a three-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents in Bago city, Bago Division. Her father works as a driver, while her mother stays at home to take care of her. As Htet grew, her head kept getting larger and larger. It has become so enlarged that Htet is unable to turn her head from side to side, let alone hold it up. Because of this condition, Htet is behind in meeting her developmental milestones. Now, Htet is three years old, she has not spoken, and she is unable to walk or even crawl. Doctors want Htet 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 $469 to cover the cost of Htet's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 5. Her father says, "I hope that everything is going well with my daughter."
U Maung is a 69-year-old man who now lives in Kawkareik Township, Karen State, Burma. He has been living on his own for nearly two years. He has a small vegetable garden and raises chickens. His children are all married, and they live in different places. U Maung has been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, a noncancerous increase in size of the prostate. He has been taking regular medication. On his last visit to the hospital, the doctor told him that he requires surgery to prevent possible complications in the future. His prostate surgery is scheduled for October 31. Now, U Maung needs help raising $1,373 to fund surgery.
Ma Chi is a 13-year-old student from Thailand. She lives with her family in Mae Pa, Mae Sot District. Ma Chit loves to study and play with her sisters in her free time. About two months ago, Ma Chi played football at school. The next morning, she woke up with blurry vision and with a swollen right eye. She also had slight pain in her right eye. Thinking it was not a big problem, she went to school as usual. A week later, her left eye also became red, swollen, and painful. Currently, Ma Chi feels very uncomfortable and is unable to fully open both of her eyes. She sometimes has headaches and experiences spells of dizziness. Doctors want Ma Chi 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 Ma Chi's CT scan and care, scheduled for November 6. Her mother says, “My husband and I often think about our daughter’s eye condition at night and we sometimes cannot sleep.” Ma Chi says, “I want to become an engineer when I grow up. I want to build my own house.”
Khant is a seven-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his parents in Kyel Di Kho Village, Mae Sot District. Khant loves to play with his friends at school. In early November, Khant was playing with his friends during his school’s lunch break on the swing. As his friends jumped off the swing, Khant fell on the ground and broke his arm. His teacher brought him to a nearby clinic. There, the doctor told his teacher that the two bones in Khant’s lower left arm are fractured. Currently, Khant’s left arm is still in pain, and he cannot move it. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Khant will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for November 7 and will cost $1,500. This treatment will help Khant move his hand again without pain. He will be able to return to his school after this treatment. Khant’s mother says, “I worry that if I do not work, I will not have money and I will have to borrow food or money to meet our monthly expenses. I also worry for my son as I have got only one child and I want him to recover soon.”
Su is a 12-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her parents and six-year-old sister in San Ywar Gyi Village, Myanaung Township, Ayeyarwady Division. In her free time, Su likes to listen to music and dance. One year ago, Su began to experience itchiness, pain, and blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for her to see clearly. Su was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, she could lose vision completely. Su is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach her retina on November 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After his surgery, Su's vision will hopefully be restored, and she will resume her daily activities comfortably. Su says, "I want to become a teacher in the future."