Hla is a 55-year-old man who has pyelonephritis and urinary stones. He currently lives in Thailand with his wife, his children, and a grandson.
Hla is originally from a village in Burma. Twenty years ago, due to the heavy fighting in the area, Hla and his wife decided to migrate to Mae Sot with their children. Hla and his wife used to work as agricultural day laborers until they retired five years ago. Hla enjoys planting vegetables on a small patch near the house.
In early March 2017, Hla started to feel pain in his lower abdomen. He began to experience urinary and bowel dysfunction, and medications did not help. Two days later, he went to our medical partner's clinic and was admitted for three days. He was then sent to the hospital for an x-ray and an ultrasound. Doctors told him that they found a stone in his bladder around the size of a chicken egg.
“I never thought I would be this sick in my life. I never expected it to be a big problem,” says Hla.
On April 3, Hla will undergo surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove the bladder stone. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund his treatment.