Tha Zin is a nine-year-old girl from Burma, the setting of the world’s longest-running civil war.
Tha Zin was diagnosed with an orbital pseudotumor when she was six. Her parents took her to Yangon, the former capital of Burma, for surgery. Unfortunately, something went wrong in surgery, and afterwards Tha Zin’s eye was even more swollen than before.
For the next two years, Tha Zin’s parents went into debt traveling to the capital every two weeks to get medication to manage their daughter’s condition. Her eye has still not improved, and she’s missed a year of school as a result.
Quality medical care is scarce in Burma, but Burma Border Projects’ partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, can facilitate Tha Zin’s care in Thailand. It will cost $1500 to coordinate Tha Zin’s surgery, which will either restore function to her eye, or remove it and enable her to continue with school.
BCMF writes, “When we ask Tha Zin what she wants when she is older, she is very shy and does not say anything. However, later she comes up to a staff member and tells him that she would like to be a doctor.” Let’s help make that possible!