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Duo: The Back Story
Duo, of Karen descent, was born in April 2017. Early in 2021, his parents noticed that he had a puffy face, swollen legs and he was always tired and unable to urinate. Seeking help, his parents came from their jungle home in Myanmar to the Thailand border. Karen Hill Tribes living in a Karen State in Myanmar have minimal to no access to health care. People at the border then guided them to the Bamboo School Orphanage where they met Mrs. Catharine Riley-Bryan, known locally as Momo Cat. By this time, Duo was extremely swollen and very ill. Momo Cat rushed Duo to Saiyok Hospital, the nearest district hospital, which is 30km away from the border. He was immediately transferred to Pahol Hospital in Kanchanburi due to his condition. Duo was initially diagnosed with Nephrotic Syndrome, which is a kidney disease where large amounts of protein are leaked into the urine.
Pahol hospital, seeking further help and with a letter of referral, transferred Duo to the Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok. He was seen by the Pediatrics Nephrologist there, where a full diagnosis was made and he was scheduled for an immediate kidney biopsy.
This situation is made more difficult as Duo’s parents cannot speak Thai. Momo Cat enlisted Eliku, an older child at the orphanage, who can translate between the doctors and Duo’s parents.