Meet Ku Paw, a 31-year-old woman from Thailand! She was born with a congenital heart defect and has a hole in the wall between the lower chambers of her heart.
“Ku Paw was diagnosed with heart disease at birth and she has learnt to adapt to her heart condition as best she can. She currently suffers from fatigue, heart palpitations, club fingers and toes, and sharp chest pain,” reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP).
Ku Paw lives with her mother, twin sister, two brothers, sister-in-law, and nephew. “Ku Paw attended school until grade 7. Since leaving school, Ku Paw has taken on the role of homemaker. She receives financial support from her older sister who works in the kitchen of a refugee camp hospital, as well as her twin sister who works as a teacher. Her mother who is a special education teacher also contributes to the family’s income. Despite their combined efforts, the family currently struggles to make ends meet,” continues BBP.
For $1500, we can fund surgery to correct Ku Paw’s heart defect. “Treatment will allow Ku Paw to live a more fulfilled life, one where she has more energy to pursue her interests and can find employment for the first time,” says BBP.