Ma Kay Thi, 40, is from the Htaw Noot village in Burma, where she works as a farmer with her parents and younger sister. She is also a talented seamstress and sews clothes that she sells in the village. Her ability to work was compromised in 2013 when she began experiencing painful menstruation and Ma Kay Thi initially sought treatment at a clinic in Nyang Lay Pin. Over the next year, she made several trips to the clinic to receive medication and undergo diagnostic testing. Doctors told her she had multiple growths in her uterus and prescribed medication, however the pain persisted and clinic staff recommended that she seek treatment at the Mae Tao Clinic.
By the time she arrived in Mae Sot, Ma Kay Thi had spent most of her savings on transportation and medical bills and she was referred to BWMF. Ma Kay Thi was admitted to Mae Sot Hospital in January 2015 and underwent a complete hysterectomy. After recovering, she rejoined her family in Htaw Noot. Upon leaving, she said that she was excited to see her family and begin sewing again to help support them. She would also like to say, “Thank you so much to the donors and staff for helping me find treatment and better health.”