D. is 52-year-old homemaker from Burma. She lives with her husband and son, who are farmers. Occasionally, her husband will work as a driver and her son as a day laborer, and they both go fishing and forage for vegetables when they have time. D. also raises chickens and goats for their family to eat, and cows and pigs to sell.
Ten years ago, D. started to experience occasional back pain. By the end of July 2022, the pain was severe in both her back and abdomen. The first time she was admitted to Mae Sot Hospital in September, she was diagnosed with bilateral kidney stones and received a catheter in her left kidney.
Now her doctors want D. to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help her doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan.
Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of D.’s CT scan and care, scheduled for November 11th.
D. said, “I don’t want to be a rich mother. I just want to be a healthy mother who is happy and devoted to her children. I’ve been depressed most of the time since I was diagnosed with kidney stones. But when I learned that the organization may pay for my CT scan, I felt relieved and like I still have hope that I would remain alive.”