Eh is an eight-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his family in a small village in Tak, a province on the nation’s western border. Since birth, Eh has suffered from a blood disorder called thalassemia, which means that he has less hemoglobin and fewer red blood cells than a typical, healthy blood system.
This year, Eh developed a cough and headache. He and his family sought treatment at a nearby hospital, where doctors diagnosed him with an enlarged spleen. Eh’s family was unable to pay for the surgery and Eh received medication to control his symptoms instead. He returned to the hospital several times, after which he was referred to our medical partner’s care center for treatment.
Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eh’s operation. He is scheduled for surgery on August 21 at our medical partner’s care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. After treatment, Eh’s mother is hopeful that he will be able to attend school and pursue his dreams.
“I want to be a doctor when I grow up,” Eh says.