Thaw is an 18-year-old student from Burma. Thaw is in the 11th grade and hopes to one day become a building engineer. His favorite pastime is playing football.
“In November 2010, Thaw and his mother noticed signs that he was not healthy,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). His symptoms, often exacerbated by playing football, included shortness of breath and tiredness on exertion. After being diagnosed with a heart condition by a local clinic, he and his mother traveled to a specialist who told Thaw that he would require cardiac surgery for his condition.
BBP tells us, “Thaw is suffering from lethargy, back pain, abdominal and chest pain, and sometimes has difficulty breathing. Sometimes when he is unwell with fever, his lips and fingertips turn a little blue.” Due to Thaw’s condition, he is no longer able to go to school. Thaw lives in Burma with his mother, aunt, and grandfather. Their combined income is just enough to cover the cost of food.
$1,500 will cover the cost of complex cardiac surgery for Thaw’s congenital heart valve defects. Burma Children Medical Fund has contributed $13,525 towards his treatment cost.
“I hope I can get help with my problems so I can continue my studies in the future,” says Thaw.