Aung Kyaw is a 42-year-old husband and father of three children from a village in Burma.
Over a decade ago, in August 2002, Aung Kyaw began to experience nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. After being admitted to a hospital in Rangoon, he was diagnosed with gastroenteritis, an intestinal infection that causes cramps and nausea. After receiving an IV line and oral medicines, he was discharged.
However, over the next decade, Aung Kyaw’s symptoms repeatedly returned. He visited numerous hospitals, only to receive the same diagnosis and the same medicines. Eventually, he realized that these clinics were not addressing the cause of his illness. Thus, in July 2015, he traveled eight hours to visit our medical partner’s care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. He was diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen. He is scheduled to undergo a CT scan on December 8, and he will receive the results on December 15.
Due to his health condition, Aung Kyaw has not worked for the past decade. His wife currently works as a rubber merchant, but her earnings are only enough to cover general family expenditures, and the family is in debt. For this reason, our medical partner is requesting $414 to fund this CT scan.
Aung Kyaw hopes to be fully cured so that he can return to work in his plantation.
“My wife has turned into so many colors in the past years,” he said. “She turned pale when my condition got worse. She turned red when I had to visit the hospital, which meant our savings were gone. But if my illness is cured, she will become ecstatic and turn rainbow.”