June 2011 was a busy month for BCMF with five patient vans departing the Mae Tao Clinic for Chiang Mai. A total of 48 patients (plus their carers) went to Chiang Mai and 10 BCMF patients were scheduled for surgery. Incorporating the return trip, BCMF facilitated the movement of over 100 people between Chiang Mai and Mae Sot (360kms).
BCMF took on 15 new cases under the children’s and adults program (Burma Adult Medical Fund – BAMF). Of these cases was an 18-year-old girl who presented at the Mae Tao Clinic with burns to 42% of her body. BCMF also took on a number of children who presented with congenital heart disease, including 17-year-old Yan Naing.
Sadly, the protracted conflict in eastern Burma claimed the life of the father of one of our young patients with hydrocephalus (see Field Update 14 June 2011). Chit was scheduled to go to Chiang Mai in June however his follow-up appointment has been postponed to a later date.
On another very sad note, 7-year-old Myo Kyaw went to Chiang Mai for the last time in June 2011. His condition had deteriorated rapidly and he was given a poor prognosis by the specialist who had been overseeing his treatment. Myo Kyaw had been fighting hard against Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) since he came onto the BCMF program in February 2008. He passed away peacefully at Mae Tao Clinic in early July with his parents by his side. (read more in the report)
Despite the sad events which took place in June, BCMF also had many happy events with a number of children returning from Chiang Mai after successful treatment. Their stories will soon appear on our website and we will continue to update our facebook page regularly with photographs.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
The BCMF team
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- Read our May 2011 Activity report
- Watch the video of Poe and Sandor, the brother and sister who came onto the BCMF program in May and were transferred to Chiang Mai in June. 6-year-old Sandor has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and her brother, Poe, will undergo treatment for a cataract in his right eye.
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