My Burdens Have Been Lifted – Thanks To You

Daw A Mi, is 65 years old and lives in Myanmar. She first got leprosy very early in life.

She says she took some medication and her skin patches disappeared. Then she grew up and got married.

She got a job at a local distillery. While she was at work, she got a wound on her foot. That wound got infected and the infection spread from toe to toe. Now, she has lost most of the toes on her left foot.

When she arrived at the hospital the doctor said not to worry about anything and that she could be helped here. When she heard those words, it felt like a huge burden had lifted. “It felt like half my disease was gone”.

She has been at the hospital for quite a long while now and is grateful for all the help and treatment she has received.

“I am thankful to all doctors and nurses including the medical superintendent for their kindness. I don’t know how to express it. But my heart is filled with gratitude.”

She has observed that the doctors here are very good at their jobs and they can be so busy operating that they don’t get to eat a proper meal. She considers them to be brilliant and hardworking.

Sometimes she can’t help but feel a sense of disgust when she sees people with wounds worse than hers. But she notes that the more critical a patient is, the even more enthusiastic they are to treat it.

She says: “Their hearts are very good. You can’t do this job if you don’t have a good heart”.

Mawlamyine is the only specialist leprosy hospital in operation in the whole country.

Since the military coup in 2021 essential items like medicines have become scarce.

Your support for Mawlamyine Hospital is helping to keep it open to help people like Daw A Mi who need it.

Thank You!

(Photo © TAPE Productions)

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29th May 2023

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