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Phuket call to save ‘Tuptim’

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PHUKET: “Tuptim” is only seven months old, but has a condition that requires an urgent liver transplant or she will die within weeks.

She is the daughter of Rattanachai “Kru Nai” Jadngooluem, a well known trainer at Tiger Muay Thai (TMT) in Chalong and a former World Muay Thai world champion.

Mr Rattanachai, “Nit”, the child’s mother, and Phuket’s muay thai community now face the fight of their lives as they look to raise the US$50,000 needed for Tuptim’s life-saving surgery.

At three months old, Tuptim was diagnosed with biliary obstruction, which means there is a blockage in the tubes that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder and small intestine.

She was this week admitted to the intensive care unit of Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok after suffering internal bleeding. She remains in critical but stable condition.

Doctors at the hospital believe without adequate and immediate medical attention Tuptim will not survive to see the new year.

The only option to save her life is a parental donor liver transplant – a complicated 10-hour procedure where a portion of the parent’s liver is removed and placed inside their child.

If the operation goes ahead it will be carried out by world-renowned Bangkok based specialist, Dr Sumate Teeraratkul.

Grainne Farrell, managing partner of Lotus Medical International, is heading up the fund-raising team.

“I was asked a while ago by a wealthy benefactor to find out if there was any medical treatment that could save Tuptim. At that stage Tuptim had been told…that she basically had to wait to die. They could operate on her but there was only a 30% chance of survival,” said Ms Farrell.

“I decided to ask my friends for help. I train at TMT and within less than 24 hours I had a group of people willing to help. The work that they have done in less than 24 hours is totally amazing,” she added.

Some of Thailand’s most famous muay thai fighters are donating signed memorabilia for an online auction.

People can donate to help save Tuptim through the website SaveTupTim.yolasite.com

The Yoonique bar in Nai Harn is to host a special party on December 24 to raise funds and TMT has organized a BBQ for December 25 at their training camp in Chalong.

— James Goyder & A Jennings



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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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