Tun Mying was born deaf and his disability prevents him from attending school and learning and interacting with his peers.
Thanks to Doctors at Victoria Hospital in Yangon Myanmar who agreed to treat him for free we only need to pay for the implant itself and asking for urgent help.
Tun Mying and His Family
Tun Mying lives with his extended family in the small village of Chaung Ka Lay by Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh.
His father, Mr. Zaw Mying, sells betel nuts on the country roadsides while his mother, Mrs. Mya Zay, works as a cleaner at a small shop nearby. The entire family lives out of a small rented hut, earning only about US$200 per month and barely enough to survive.
Birth & Disability
Tun Mying was born at a small local hospital but suffered lack of blood supply to his brain during birth. By his second birthday, his parents had still not noticed any development in his speech, so they brought him to a local doctor who found out that their child was deaf.
Barely surviving on their meagre income, the family was devastated to receive this news, and had no hopes of pursuing any treatment. Due to the his medical condition and the family’s circumstances, Tun Mying is unable to attend school, and while his mother works cleaning the shop all day, he has to accompany his father to sell nuts by the roadside.
A Spark of Hope
One day a passing customer showed Mr. Zaw a newspaper informing about Victoria Hospital’s Foundation for congenital deafness treatment in Yangon. Unfortunately the article mentioned that a an upfront cost of US$100 was needed for tests prior to entering the program. That along with the travel cost to Yangon, was already not affordable by Tun Mying’s family, but their hopes rose again when two friends of the customer came together and donated enough for them to travel and begin the program.
Upon arrival to Yangon, the family headed to Victoria Hospital where young Tun Mying’s hearing was tested and doctors took him in as a candidate for the hospital’s cochlear implant program.
How You Can Help
The Victoria Hospital has been very generous in presenting this program for those children in need of surgery. While the doctors work and perform the surgeries for free, all donations are directed to cover the cost of the implant device alone.
Any donation, no matter how small, will help get Tun Mying operated as soon as possible, giving him a new and better future. He will be able to attend school and eventually work and become a productive member of society who can then look after his parents when they are old.
100% of donations go to Tun Mying’s cochlear implant device. Chat with me for more information on how to help.