“When I began to experience excruciating pain there was nothing I could do,” says Lar Paw, a 21-year-old young woman from Thailand. “I didn’t understand what the matter was, I could only stay as I was and bare the situation as best as I could.”
Lar Paw has ovarian cysts. She lives in a refugee camp in Thailand with her mother and three younger siblings. Her father is a soldier who is able to visit his family between work duties. “She can walk, but she is very tired,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “She often has headaches, sweats a lot and suffers from fatigue.”
“She and her family never borrow money, they just make do as best as they can with their limited income,” adds BBP. Prior to Lar Paw’s diagnosis, she “started working independently as a weaver using a traditional technique to make intricate tops.” She earned $66 USD per month. However, now that her condition has worsened, she is unable to work.
$1500 will fund the treatment Lar Paw needs to remove the cyst, which includes a total abdominal hysterectomy and removal of her ovaries. This treatment is the most safe and effective way to eliminate Lar Paw’s symptoms and prevent further anemia.
“I hope that I will be able to get better soon and be able to go back to my family and my work,” says Lar Paw. She also “wishes that her siblings will be able to continue with their education and to work in the community.”