Her rare condition has left the 63-year-old grandmother blind in both eyes, twisted nose and mouth, and extra skin hanging from her face.
The disease Thai grandmother Wiang Boonmee is believed to be suffering with is related to neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue, which has left her blind in both eyes and a ‘melting face’. The condition also twisted her nose and mouth out of shape so that they hang off her face.
It was when she recently moved to Bangkok where she earns a living by selling accessories on the street in the city center, that many people noticed her debilitating condition. Previously from rural Surin, the mother-of-one has received lots of attention after medics were contacted to request assistance for her.
However, when offered help by surgically removing the tumors on her face, she refused. Apparently, she was scared that she might die while being operated on.
Booneme, who also has two grandchildren, said: ‘I have had this problem for a long time. More than I can remember. I have survived and I’m healthy and have a job.
‘If I have an operation I might never wake up. I’m afraid I would not survive it.
‘My daughter brings me here so I can sell flowers and camphor oils. I am happy and somebody gave me a donation this week, which I’m grateful for.’
Dr Sunura Ourairat, President of Rangsit University, visited Boonme on the street to offer to help her get medical attention. He has asked for assistance from the Ministry of Public Health and asked for doctors to visit her.