Smile Stories

When we think of children we usually envision happy, active kids running around without a care in the world. However for children with congenital heart disease they are often sickly and a bit of activity could tire them out. Some live sedentary lives not because they want to but because they need to. Many of them have uncertain futures and live each day at a time.

When we have the chance to help improve these children’s lives, every single smile we receive is priceless. Here are their stories and how Nu Skin distributors have helped create smiles.

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.