Thein resides with his wife and children. He had worked at a gardening job in a park in Bangkok but due to his health condition, he is now unemployed. Thein’s wife collects bottles and other recyclable items from the trash and sells them to support the family. During his free time, Thein enjoys singing alone.
In the middle of 2021, Thein noticed a black spot on the sole of his right foot. He felt no pain at the time, and the size of the spot remained constant. But in 2022, the black spot began to grow and became painful. Unfortunately, Thein was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma on the sole of the right foot.
Currently, Thein feels pain throughout his foot, experiences ulcer discharge when walking, and struggles to sleep well due to the pain. An amputation may be necessary.
Because of his financial constraints, Thein sought treatment through Burma Children Medical Fund, Watsi’s medical partner, for financial aid to access the required surgery. The doctor scheduled a CT scan of Thein’s foot and subsequent surgery on 21 August 2023.
Thein expressed his gratitude for help, saying: “When I first learned about the diagnosis, my foremost concern was the treatment cost. I am very thankful to all the generous donors for the opportunity to receive treatment.”