41-year-old Myint Khaing lives with her husband and four children in a village in Burma. “She and her husband have been married for eleven years. All of their children attend school,” reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP).
Myint Khaing has been pregnant 10 times and had two miscarriages. In 2014, she noticed a growth in her lower abdomen. One year later, it had increased in size. During a family visit to another part of Burma, Myint Khaing learned about a local clinic that partners with BBP and sought care. Doctors diagnosed her with uterine fibroids, a painful condition caused by noncancerous growths in the uterus.
“Currently, her condition includes the discharge of blood clots, chills, headaches, occasional vomiting, and painful urination. Sometimes she is unable to urinate, which further compounds her pain,” BBP explains.
“Myint Khaing is a house wife and her husband is the sole provider of the family,” shares BBP. He earns about $20 per month as a fisherman. In her free time, Mying Khaing likes to plant vegetables and clean around the home.
Currently, the family is about $200 in debt to a neighbor, mostly for school fees and other living expenses.
For $1,015, we can fund a hysterectomy to remove Myint Khaing’s uterus and cervix. This will relieve her pain and other symptoms, allowing her to return to a normal life.