Htay is a 45-year-old woman who lives in Burma with her 17-year-old son and her sister. Her husband passed away 14 years ago. Eight years ago, she was diagnosed with diabetes. Over time, her health deteriorated to the point that she could no longer work. Since then, she has had to depend on her sister and one of her nephews.
Two months ago, Htay injured her left leg when a piece of zinc fell off her roof and hit her left foot. She went to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), our medical partner’s care center. At MCLH, the doctor drained the pus from her foot and leg. But because the infection had already spread up to her knee and she had developed septicemia, the doctor informed her that she would have to have her leg amputated above her knee to save her life.
Currently the wound has become so infected that she has developed a fever and her leg has become very swollen and painful. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 12. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure.
She says, “I cannot work because of my health problem. Now I even have to depend on others to comb my hair and I worry about my debt. Once I recover I want to open a shop selling fruits and live happily with my son.”