“When I went to see her at the hospital there wasn’t any muscle left on her back,” said a MP for Shan State.
A nine-year-old girl from southern Shan State with burn wounds on her entire body has sought medical treatment in the Thai border town Mae Sot. Sai Aik Sai, from Hsipaw Youth Social team, said the child requires multiple surgeries.
“Her skin is badly burnt. I think she needs 2 to 3 operations. The doctors said the treatment will take at least a month.”
Nang Nom Pan, who is from Ner Pan, in Kehsi township, was badly injured in a house fire on March 22. The girl was treated for a month in a hospital in Kehsi until enough money was raised to send her for medical treatment in Thailand a few days ago.
During the fire, Nang Nom Pan’s five-year-old sister died and her grandma Daw Nai Ying received burns on her hands.
Sai San Mueng, a Shan State MP from Kehsi township, visited Nang Nom Pan in the hospital in Myanmar. “When I went to see her (Nang Nom Pan) at the hospital there wasn’t any muscle left on her back. She was crying out in pain. In our country it’s difficult to treat injuries of this severity.”
Sai Aik Sai was shocked when he first saw Nang Nom Pan’s photo posted on social media. A donor offered to help pay for the child’s travel costs to Thailand.
“We faced many difficulties getting her to Mae Sot,” Sai Aik Sai said.
Nang Nom Pan received her first surgery in Mae Sot a couple days ago.
She will need more surgeries but her family doesn’t have the money. The hospital asked for a 100,000 Thai baht deposit (US$2,800) but Nang Nom Pan was only able to pay 30,000 Thai baht (US$840).
The family are requesting donations from the public to help Nang Nom Pan complete her medical treatment in Thailand. A fundraising Facebook group has been started on her behalf.
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