Meet Khin Chit, a 27-year-old woman from Burma. Khin Chit and her parents earn modest wages as subsistence farmers. Khin Chit was only able to attend school until fourth grade because she had to help her parents on their farm.
Khin Chit has a congenital heart disease called an atrial septal defect (ASD), which causes a hole between the two upper chambers of the heart. Blood flows through this hole without first passing through the lungs for oxygen, leaving Khin Chit constantly short of breath. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects, reports, “Khin Chit is not able to walk very far without experiencing fatigue and her condition puts considerable strain on her mental well being.”
Khin Chit’s mother says, “I was so anxious when I discovered that my daughter had a cardiac condition. I feel so helpless because I cannot help her - we cannot afford the high cost of surgical treatment. We are so thankful that we have found this program - all I want is for my daughter to become healthy again.”
After receiving surgery that will close the hole in her heart, “Khin Chit believes that, with her new found energy, she will be able to be a market vendor in Naypidaw and sell vegetables grown on her parents farm.”