Than is a 40-year-old woman from Burma who lives with her husband and two sons. During the rainy season, Than and her husband rent three acres of paddy fields and borrow money for seeds. In the dry season, they work as day laborers. Their sons, ages six and sixteen, attend school.
Two years ago, Than gradually began losing weight. Her sister pleaded with her to get blood tests to figure out what was going on, so they went to a hospital, where she underwent testing and was diagnosed with diabetes. After the diagnosis, she went to the clinic every week for medication. Unfortunately, she had to stop working due to her condition.
Last month, Than began experiencing chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, back pain, and blurred vision. She returned to the hospital for more blood tests and an X-ray. The results showed that one or more blood vessels that supply blood to her heart are blocked, so doctors referred her to Rangoon Hospital for surgery.
Unfortunately, Than could not afford to pay for the surgery, so she returned home. She heard from a monk in her village that a team from Watsi’s medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), was visiting a nearby village, so she and her husband made the journey there together so she could be evaluated.
Than is scheduled to undergo cardiac bypass surgery on May 16 to restore normal blood flow to her heart. The family’s monthly income varies greatly but is never enough to cover daily costs or save money, so they will need help raising $1,500 to pay for the surgery.
“After the surgery, I will return to work,” shares Than. Let’s help make that happen!