As you recall, Chan was to bring Sik Lay to the hospital for me to get the results of her TB tests so I was anxious to sit down with him at lunch and get the information. I paid him $15 to take her, sit with her and her mom and then bring her home. I also asked him to go to the local English school and see how much classes would cost. Chan informed me that Sik Lay does in fact have severe TB, so severe that her body cannot fight off anything. Her immune system has stopped working that is why she has the horrible infection on her neck. She will have to take an antibiotic for a year, 2 times a day to get her TB under control and make it dominate. The first round of antibiotics cost roughly $16 dollars for 2 weeks, so one year will be about $400. I am hopeful to be able to fundraise for this when I return as she needs these antibiotics to save her life.
UPDATE: This past Friday Sik Lay received a wonderful report from the doctor that her meds are indeed working and beginning to fend off her sickness. The future looks very bright for this sweet girl with a new lease on health.