Mu lives with her four nieces and nephew in a refugee camp along the Thai/Burma border region. One of her nieces is a medic, the other a teacher, and the two youngest go to school with her nephew. Mu is unemployed and in her free time she enjoys gardening and reading the Bible.
In 2019, Mu started to suffer from abdominal pain, back pain, and exhaustion. When she touched her lower abdomen, she could feel a mass. After the International Rescue Committee (IRC) helped her undergo medical investigations at multiple hospitals, she was diagnosed with bilateral endometriosis cysts and was told she has cysts outside of her uterus. Although she needed surgery, she was told she would have to wait because all surgeries had stopped due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in Thailand.
In September, she had an ultrasound which showed that she had one new cyst. The doctor said she would need surgery soon but Mu could not go back to Mae Sot Hospital for the next few months because more COVID-19 cases in the refugee camp caused a lockdown. When she was finally able to go to the hospital this month, doctors have scheduled her for surgery to remove her cysts. With Mu unable to pay for the procedure, IRC referred her to our medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for financial assistance to raise $1,500 that is needed for her treatment.
“I felt like half of my worries disappeared when I heard that I could have surgery with the support of donors,” said Mu. “I have waited so long to receive surgery and my condition is so painful. I would like to say thank you so much to everyone who is helping me.”
Mu lives with her four nieces and nephew in a refugee camp along the Thai/Burma border region. One of her nieces is a medic, the other a tea...
Mu underwent a life-changing surgery to remove an abdominal cyst.
Before her surgery, Mu experienced headaches and pain in her back and lower abdominal. Mu often felt tired and had difficulty breathing when walking short distances. The cyst In Mu’s abdomen limited her mobility making it difficult for Mu to stand up, sit down, or bend over. Mu often felt pain and discomfort when sleeping on her side and had a full stomach after eating very little.
After surgery, Mu no longer experiences back or lower abdominal pain. Mu does not feel tired and moves around with ease. Mu is eating well and has able to work around her home washing clothes, cooking and cleaning. Before her surgery, Mu’s niece helped with these household chores.
In the future, Mu wants to return to her work as a medic in the refugee camp’s hospital. Mu stopped working as a medic four years ago because of the cyst in her lower abdomen. Mu is very thankful to the donors who helped pay for the treatment that allows her to return to her normal life.
Mu shared, “Thank you so much to donors and everyone who involved for my treatment. I am happy that I am healthy again. I am so happy to receive this treatment and also this treatment brings such a huge benefit for me and my family. For me, I no longer experiences any old symptoms that I used to have before and for my family, they do not need to look after me and do washing or cooking for me anymore. They can work on their own jobs as they do not need to accompany me and help me anymore.”
Before her surgery, Mu experienced headaches and pain in her back and lower abdominal. Mu often felt tired and had difficulty breathing when...