Ye is a 14-year-old eighth grade student from Burma. He lives with his family. His mother is a shop vendor, and all of Ye’s siblings go to school. In his free time, Ye usually helps his mother in their family’s small shop.
When he was six, Ye was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Ye experiences chest pain and he has to take medication to feel better.
Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ye. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 6 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
“If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school to continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day,” says Ye.