Mon is a playful 4-year-old from Burma. She lives with her parents on the Thai-Burma border. Her mother works as a chef in a tea shop, and her father works as a day laborer. Her parents take turns looking after her.
When Mon was one and a half years old, her mother noticed that her head was increasing in size and that Mon’s left side of her body was becoming weak. They brought Yon to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and later received a VP shunt.
After the surgery, Mon began to experience frequent seizures and vomiting. Her mother brought her to our medical partner’s hospital, where the doctor suspected her shunt might be blocked. The doctors want Mon 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. Mon will receive a CT scan on February 9th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Mon’s CT scan and care.
Mon’s mother shared: “I am very thankful for the help I received from BCMF. I am worried about my child’s further treatment because we have no money. After we get her CT result, we will know her [VP] shunt condition and about her further treatment.”