Name : Thin Yamone Oo
Age : 11 years old
The earnest student Thin Yamone Oo, or adoringly called Thin Thin by the nurses and doctor, was only four months old when her mother noticed her bluish nail bed and brought her to the doctor. She was on medication for a month and still made no improvements. As they lived near the borders where the father worked, she was sent to a hospital in Thailand and was later found to be suffering from a congenital heart disease. Her condition was stabilized through daily medication until she was a year old, when a medical team from Australia came.
A shunt device was implanted to allow better blood flow and was effective for about eight years while she was concurrently on aspirin to manage her condition. As the shunt degenerates over the years and her condition grew worse, the family was referred the Fund for her to receive treatment in Singapore. Due to complications, she was placed on the ECMO machine and undergone another operation. It was a relief for her parents when she came through the 12-hour operation successfully. As she journeys the road to recovery, she garnered all her strength to tell her mother that she can’t wait to go back to school to practice her Burmese traditional dance. Her aspiration is undoubtedly courageous and definitely one to laud of.