September 2, 2021
Naw Dah is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband, four daughters and three sons in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Six of her children attend school in the camp, while Naw Dah looks after her youngest daughter at home. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, her husband has had difficulty finding work outside of the camp for the past few months. The family survives on money they receive through a food card each month from an organization called The Border Consortium.
Since 2016, Naw Dah has suffered from frequent, painful urinary tract infections. After she received an x-ray at a local hospital in April 2020, she was referred for further treatment and diagnosed with kidney stones. She received treatment in September 2020, but at follow-up appointments, the doctor told her that she still had fragments of the kidney stone, and she returned for multiple x-rays and oral medications.
During her most recent follow-up in August 2021, the doctor told her that the stones are now 6mm in size and scheduled her for another ureteroscopy. She is unable to pay for surgery and was referred our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance accessing treatment. On September 3rd, she will undergo a ureteroscopy and now, she needs help raising $1,500 to fund her procedure and care.
Naw Dah shared, “I am a bit scared as I already underwent treatment twice, but I really want to get better. So I put my trust in God and I will go through this pain again so that I will be free from this pain in the future.”
Naw Dah is a 40-year-old woman who lives with her husband, four daughters and three sons in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. Six of her ...
December 21, 2021
Naw Dah underwent kidney stone surgery.
After surgery, Naw Dah no longer experiences neither back pain nor other painful symptoms like she did before. Mostly, she is happy that she is able to hold her daughter without experiencing any pain. She is able to help with household chores such as cleaning, washing dishes, washing clothes and cooking. She no longer has follow-up appointments and she is very happy to hear from her doctor that there are no more stones in her kidney.
In the future, Naw Dah plans to work as medic at the hospital in her refugee camp. She is studying medical information while she is free, and hopes to attend a future training regarding medical treatment. She used to be a medic before her condition started.
She would like to say thank you so much to Malteser International and BCMF organizations for arranging this treatment for her. She is also so thankful to donors who helped pay for her treatment cost.
Naw Dah said, “thank you so much to everyone who is helping me through my treatment process and the donors who helped pay for my treatment cost. Now, I am healthy, and all my family is happy with me. I will never forget the support that you have done for me. Without your help, I still would be in pain. Thank you and I wish that you are all happy, healthy, and may all your wishes come true.”
After surgery, Naw Dah no longer experiences neither back pain nor other painful symptoms like she did before. Mostly, she is happy that she...