Thein is a 17-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her parents and two younger brothers.
Thein was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Because of this, Thein must rely on her mother to help her with everything. However, her declining health has not stopped her desire to continue her education. She is determined to pass her grade ten exams and start university this year.
Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Thein. The treatment is scheduled to take place on May 2 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.
She says, “My favorite subjects are chemistry and economics. I want to become an engineer.”