Wi is a young monk from Burma. He lives in a temple with his uncle.
Wi 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. Wi often gets sick. When he coughs, he feels very tired and sometimes he faints. He cannot walk long distances, and he has a small appetite.
Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Wi. The treatment is scheduled to take place on May 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
Wi says, “When I grow up, I want to become a traditional drummer and I would like to become a monk. If I become a monk, I will try to study the Buddhist scriptures and graduate from university.”