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Pattaya Daily News

19 December 2010 :: 14:12:35 pm 47901

A dying little girl’s Thai Smile rallies a Martial

Tiger Muay Thai Camp in Phuket is well known for it’s high class Muay Thai training, but now it will be famous for its community who have joined forces together to save a little girl’s life.
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Phuket , 19 December 2010, Kru Nai (Mr. Rattanachai Jadngooluem) is one of the Muay Thai trainers at the camp and is no stranger to a challenge. Kru Nai has an impressive fighting record of 3 X Lumpinee Champion wins at 3 weight classes and also a World Muay Thai Champion title. However this time Kru Nai has a fight for life that he just can’t win on his own.

His 7-month old daughter, Tuptim, has been diagnosed with a Bilary Obstruction. Without adequate medical assistance from sadly overrun government hospitals, the condition has now been diagnosed as critical. The only option for Tuptim is a liver transplant as the liver has been damaged beyond repair. Tuptim has now been admitted into ICU as she is bleeding internally. Doctors are worried that she will die before the New Year without immediate medical attention.

The problem is the price. The costs are high starting at 1.5 million Thai Baht or around $50,000. Other costs are involved after the surgery due to the immunosuppressant drugs that each child needs for many years to follow. The bill for drugs for just one year runs in to tens of thousands of dollars. This means that this type of surgery is just not possible for the majority of Thai people. The average salary is somewhere between $150 and $300 per month.


Dr. Sumat and his medical team provide the only access in the country to what is called Parental Donor Liver Transplant. This is a pioneering type of medicine that is not yet a standard procedure and can’t be carried out by most surgeons. During this operation part of the parent’s liver is removed and placed in to the baby. The liver is the only organ in the body that can regenerate which is what makes this type of surgery feasible.

Tiger Muay Thai camp has called an emergency meeting to help fundraise immediately for little Tuptim. Part of the team is Grainne Farrell, MD for Lotus Medical International. Along with the General Manager of Tiger Muay Camp, Will Elliott, Fundraising Leader Zena Ellaz and her team, Grainne will be charging ahead to fundraise the money required for this urgent operation.

“This is something very close to all of our hearts,” Grainne mentioned, “The family have now been told that Tuptim needs to be operated on within the month as her case is now critical. I guess we don’t have much time to get the ball rolling. It may not be an easy task to raise $50,000 plus in four weeks but I am sure that we can do it, we just need your help.”


The community behind the cause has spread right across the world, with people in the US, France and Australia rallying behind it. The newly created website http://savetuptim.yolasite.com/ has received 1505 views in less than two days and the Facebook page “Save Tup Tim” has 3450 views per day! In a phenomenal 3 days there have been =donations and help from over 10 countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy, Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, UK & USA.

Over the next few days Grainne Farrell, Zena Ellaz and Will Elliott (Tiger Muay Thai) will look in to setting up proper financial services to receive money for the baby. Luke Richmond, who runs OLOC Adventures (a non-profit organization) has offered to take charity payments from corporations through his charity.


For other smaller donations a Paypal account has been set up. Donations can also be made through: http://savetuptim.yolasite.com/ Due to the time constraints, this payment method was the quickest available and the team are working on a better solution, but time is not on their side.

With website page http://savetuptim.yolasite.com/active, a Facebook page “Save Tuptim” active, and hundreds of worldwide support and prayers, the fundraisers are hoping for a miracle that will save Tuptim’s life.

For more info please contact Zena Ellaz or Jacqueline Archer at SaveTuptim@hotmail.com or via website http://savetuptim.yolasite.com/

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