August 18, 2021
Bo is a 16-year-old student. He’s in eighth grade and lives in the school dormitory in the Tak Province during the school year. His parents and his siblings live on the Thai-Burma border. His brother and his mother are day labourers while his father is retired. During his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook, and garden.
In May 2021, Bo began to experience pain in the top of his left arm, close to his shoulder. In June 2021, the top of his left arm began to swell until it spread towards his shoulder. The swelling is now very large, encompassing his left shoulder and upper arm. Bo is in a lot of pain and cannot use his left arm. He cannot lift it, nor carry anything due to the pain and the swelling.
Bo sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. Bo is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 18th. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
“I want to become a policeman one day but I do not know if this will be possible,” said Bo.
Bo is a 16-year-old student. He's in eighth grade and lives in the school dormitory in the Tak Province during the school year. His parents ...
December 17, 2021
Bo underwent tumor removal surgery.
Bo was brought to Chiang Mai Hospital in an ambulance and was admitted right away. He received pain medication and, after learning that his condition was cancerous, he also underwent additional treatment to help stop the cancer from spreading. Although his doctor tried to save his arm, in the end his medical team determined that it would be best to amputate his arm and limit the risk of his cancer spreading.
Before his surgery, Bo’s left shoulder and upper forearm were swollen and extremely painful. He could not use his left arm to lift or carry anything due to the pain. He had no appetite and could not sleep at night. He felt depressed and stressed due to the pain in his left arm and not being able to afford treatment. Since his surgery, Bo is no longer in pain. His appetite has returned and he is able to sleep at night. He is still adjusting to having only one arm, but he is able to wash his own clothes and go to the bathroom without help, which is a relief for him.
Bo said, “I felt so sad that I had to lose my left arm, but I also felt happy that I would no longer suffer from the pain anymore. I still feel like I have my left arm. My parents were very sad for me and worried about my condition. But now they feel happy that I have received successful surgery. Since I suffered from this condition, I lost a lot of weight. Now I have gained some weight and I feel happy. Thank you to all the donors and the organisation BCMF for supporting my surgery’s cost.”
Bo was brought to Chiang Mai Hospital in an ambulance and was admitted right away. He received pain medication and, after learning that his ...