In 2008 while visiting an orphanage Duncan found Myo Min. He was desperately ill and could hardly stand. He was abandoned as a baby and the person that found him took him to the orphanage run by monks who were so poor that they could not feed the children properly or pay for medical care.
Duncan arranged for him to be taken into the care of a nurse and then began a series of visits to specialists and many tests to find out what was wrong with him. He would regularly collapse and bleed profusely requiring blood transfusions. He was diagnosed as having hepatitis C, thalassaemia, a large hole in the heart and pulmonary hypertension.
A leading cardiologist pronounced that his condition was inoperable but that if he had been seen a few years earlier he could have had surgery which would have corrected his heart problem. The surgeon told Duncan that many patients were brought to him with similar conditions and that unless they were able to pay on average $1500 for hospital and operation costs (an unattainable amount of money for the majority of the population) that he had no option but to send them away, in many cases to die. Duncan replied “In future, contact us before sending any kids away and we will help to cover the costs”. This had led to over 30 life-saving heart operations.
Myo Min is on regular medication and has been cared for with great dedication by Nini and her staff at the Starfish centre. With good food and medical supervision he is continuing to improve. He is everyone’s favourite and has a particular affinity with all the disabled children – possibly because of how much he has suffered.