U All is a 44-year-old monk from Burma. He used to work as a painter, but since becoming a monk, he has only painted for pleasure and occasionally if he needs money. Generally, he survives off of donations of food and money from Buddhists in the area who visit his forest temple.
Experiencing severe abdominal pain, U All was diagnosed with bile duct stones in August 2017. Relying first on medication from the hospital, he started to manage the pain with traditional medicine when the medication from the hospital stopped working.
U All has been advised to undergo a biliary obstruction repair, a procedure to repair the blockage of the bile ducts, which carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder. If left untreated, U All’s symptoms will continue to worsen and put him at risk for further health complications in the future.
After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), U All is scheduled to undergo his biliary obstruction repair on April 18. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of U All’s procedure and care.
“After surgery I want to continue my life as a monk,” says U All. “But, there is still a part of me that wants to become human again and work as a painter.”