Mi Mi, a 48-year-old woman from Burma, was recently diagnosed with uterine fibroids–noncancerous growths that develop on the uterus and cause abdominal pain.
While she and her husband run a small shop from their home, Mi Mi’s condition limits her everyday activities. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) explains, “Mi Mi feels lethargic and finds it difficult to breathe. Also she finds it difficult to move around. When she feels pain she leaves her work and her husband has to prepare and look after the shop.”
“When Mi Mi walks a lot she has to stop because it is difficult to breathe well,” BBP continues. “She can eat and sleep well but she has discomfort. Mi Mi is so worried because this is the first time she has had a major medical problem and is scared of the surgery, but she knows that she needs it.”
For $1,500, Mi Mi will receive a total abdominal hysterectomy. This operation will remove her uterus and cervix–preventing the uterine fibroids from redeveloping in the future.
In addition to alleviating her pain, this procedure will prevent Mi Mi from developing anemia by stopping any excessive bleeding caused by her condition.
Mi Mi–who enjoys praying in her spare time–plans to return to helping her husband run their small shop after her recovery.