Mi is a 47-year-old woman who lives with her husband and elderly mother in a village in Hpa-an Township, Karen State, Burma. While she looks after her mother and their house, her husband works as a subsistence farmer on their small piece of land. Mi also has a daughter who works in a textile factory in Bangkok.
Around three years ago, Mi started to experience what she thought were muscles aches. Later, the muscle aches developed into back pain in the area around her left kidney. For one year, she took pain killers. Later, an x-ray indicated that she had a renal stone in her left kidney.
Mi decided to visit our medical partner’s care center. Now, she needs surgery to remove her kidney. Surgery is scheduled for February 4 and will cost $1,500.
“I just want to recover, go back and look after my mom and the house,” says Mi.