We'd like to introduce you to the newest member of the GreaterGood community. He's 3 days old, and as of now, still unnamed. He's lucky to be here, and it is all because his mother sought help at the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand.
His mother, Naw Pi, is just 25 years old. She lives with her husband in the Burmese state of Karen where they make a living as rice farmers. Neither have an education, or access to reliable medical care. So, when Naw Pi became pregnant for the fourth time, she was worried. Her first three children didn't survive childbirth. She didn't want to lose a fourth. Luckily, she learned about Mae Tao Clinic's birthing center on the Thai-Burma border. 8 months pregnant, Naw Pi and her husband took a 5 hour car ride to the clinic, where she began receiving regular free checkups in preparation for the arrival of her son.
The delivery went well, but Naw Pi's new son had a persistent fever. The clinic was equipped to assist, and within two days the fever had subsided. If the child had been born at home, he likely wouldn't have survived. The new family is thrilled, and so are we.
You can help. Along the Thai/Burmese border, infant mortality rates are 5 times higher than the rest of Thailand. Stories like Naw Pi's are all too common. Save a mother and child by donating today—right now, thanks to a generous matching gift, you can ensure a safe birth for mother and child for just $43.
Mae Tao Clinic, founded by Dr. Cynthia Maung in 1988 to serve the flood of displaced Burmese people surging across the border into Thailand, has served tens of thousands of Burmese refugees living in the border region of Mae Sot, Thailand. In November 2007, the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy named Dr. Cynthia Maung as the winner of the 2007 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award.
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