Kyaw Linn Naing is 15-years-old. He was referred to Sunshine Charity with a congenital heart disease known as Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD). RHD is the most common acquired heart disease in children in many countries of the world, especially in developing countries such as Burma. Kyaw Linn Naing was first diagnosed at 11-years-old and experienced heart palpitations, difficulty breathing and cyanosis. He also could not walk for longer than 10 minutes at a time. Kyaw Linn Naing lives with his parents, siblings and grandmother in Burma. His parents are vegetable growers and say Kway Linn Naing’s medical treatment is very expensive in Burma and costs more than they can ever afford.
Under BCMF’s care, Kyaw Linn Naing received life saving surgery last March. He has since made a full recovery and is looking forward to returning to school very shortly. His family are very grateful to BCMF and his doctors who helped him. He said when he is older he would like to be a doctor and give other people the gift of good health.
Mu Lar Kway is a 14-year-old-girl who came to Sunshine Charity with a congenital cardiac disease known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). TOF accounts for about 10% of congenital heart diseases and is characterized by a ventricular septal defect, or a hole in the muscle wall that separates the two lower chambers of the heart. This hole allows oxygen-rich blood to mix with oxygen-poor blood, and results in a decreased efficiency of the heart. The blood picks up less oxygen from the lungs, and oxygen-poor blood circulates through the body. Because Mu Law Kyaw’s blood supply is deficient in oxygen, her skin, lips and fingernails have a blue tint. Due to her condition, the simplest tasks, including the 20 minute walk to school exhausts her. Her condition has also stunted her growth, giving her the appearance of looking much younger.
Mu Lar Kway lives in Burma with her brother, parents and niece. She attends grade 5 in her local school. She enjoys going to school but often has to miss class because of extreme fatigue. Her parents are paddy farmers earning around USD $200 a month. After education and food costs her family are not able to put any money away for savings.