August 23, 2021
Saroh is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her parents, two younger brothers and a younger sister in a village in Burma. Her sister and brothers attend school while Saroh has never gone to school due to her health. Saroh’s parents are farmers and they grow rice.
Saroh was around five or six months old, when her mother noticed that when Saroh tried to roll over, her lips, toes and fingers would turn blue. Saroh’s mother was unable to take Saroh to a clinic or hospital because they did not have enough money to do so.
When Saroh was 5 years old she would often become tired when playing with her friends. Her lips, toes and fingers were also still blue. On a recommendation from a family friend, Saroh’s mother brought Saroh to a free clinic where she was referred to a hospital for further investigation. Following diagnostics exams, Saroh’s mother was told that Saroh was born with a heart condition. In order to get treatment Saroh would have to be transferred to a hospital that was very far. Without enough information or money to travel and pay for treatments, Saroh and her mother traveled back to their village. Saroh was then treated with traditional medicine which according to Saroh’s mother seemed to stabilize her condition.
In the middle of 2019, Saroh started to experience back pain. She also felt more tired and had difficulty breathing. Her mother did not know what to do as they had no money to bring her to a hospital or a clinic. Saroh’s mother asked their friends if they knew of a way that Saroh could receive treatment. In May 2020, Saroh’s uncle told his friend about Saroh’s condition. That friend happened to be a former staff member of our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) and told Saroh’s uncle about how BCMF could help. BCMF agreed to help Saroh access the treatment she needs, and is requesting $1500 to fund her cardiac surgery.
Now staying at the patient house in Chiang Mai, Saroh is learning how to read and write with the help of BCMF staff who teaches here during her free time while waiting for her treatment. Saroh said, “If I feel better, I want to help my mother with household chores. In the future, I think I want to go to Bible school and become a missionary. I am very thankful to all the donors who are willing to help pay for the cost of my treatment.”
Saroh is a 17-year-old girl who lives with her parents, two younger brothers and a younger sister in a village in Burma. Her sister and brot...
October 4, 2021
Saroh underwent life-saving heart surgery.
Saroh’s surgery was successful and she is recovering well! Before her surgery, Saroh suffered from difficult breathing, itchiness in her palms, tiredness, chest pain and back pain. Her lips, fingers and toes were blue, and she felt too tired to walk long distances. Since her surgery, Saroh no longer feels tired even if she walks longer distances. Her lips, toes and fingers are no longer blue, and she no longer experiences heart palpitations nor difficulty breathing. The itchiness in her palms are gone, and she no longer experiences chest nor back pain.
In the future, Saroh wants to study in school as she has learned how to read and write while staying at our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund’s patient house. In the future, Saroh hopes to become a missionary. She is so happy that she is able to read and write, and that she is now healthy.
Saroh said, “I would like to say thank you very much to donors and everyone who helped me with this treatment. Without your help, I would have never received treatment, and I would still be suffering from chest and back pain. I used to be unwell, and I could not help my family with anything. I believe that I will be able to help them in the near future, as I have recovered. Now, I can even help with cleaning the house, washing plates and cooking but my mother wants me to rest a bit more because she does not want me to do anything yet.”
Her mother said, “I was very happy, and the rest of our family was also happy to hear that she had received successful surgery. I would like to say thank you so much for helping my daughter. I had never heard of an organisation that helps patients by providing free surgery, and I never dreamed that kind donors would support the cost of my daughter’s surgery. This treatment has brought a lot of happiness to my family. Saroh looks so different and happy now. I used to think a lot about where I could bring her to treat her and about how we would pay for it because we have no money. We spent three years waiting in the Refugee Camp for her to get treatment, but when that did not happen, we lost hope. Now we cannot express how happy we are, and we cannot thank the donors enough for make her treatment possible.”
Saroh's surgery was successful and she is recovering well! Before her surgery, Saroh suffered from difficult breathing, itchiness in her pal...