Medicine for Nong Chin
Organized by: Elizabeth Murphy
Can you help a boy from rural Thailand get the medicine he needs to grow and develop just like all the other boys and girls in his village?
Jakrin Kongkaew, who goes by Nong Chin, has been diagnosed with an endocrine disorder that doesn't allow his body to grow or develop normally. He is 9 years and 10 months old and weighs only 15kg, the weight of an average 4 year old. His family cannot afford the necessary medicine and contacted The Mirror Foundation for help. The Mirror Foundation is an incredible grassroots NGO that employs and helps surrounding villages and hilltribes. This is the same organization I have volunteered with on and off for more than 10 years. He lives in a rural village in northern Thailand called Tung Luang, just a couple villages down from Mirror. They have raised money for seven months of medicine so far, but need help raising the funds to cover his medicine for the remainder of the year and next year. Nong Chin needs your help. Please consider either a donation or spreading his story to others.
Nong Chin’s mother told The Mirror Foundation in a quivering voice, (translated) “Constantly, for the past 5 years, I have tried to do everything for my son’s health. I took him for treatment at Chiang Mai hospital, but his symptoms got worse. Sometimes, when Nong Chin’s allergies occur, his urine is the same colour as Coke Cola and he has severe stomach ache. His illness has resulted in his abnormal growth – Nong Chin has a smaller body than other children in his age group, which makes his current life extremely difficult. The doctor told me Nong Chin needs to be prescribed a drug called Eutropin, to be taken daily until he is 15 years old, or until his body stops growing.”
For 5 years now, Nong Chin’s body has changed little - his height has only increased by 5cm - therefore it is essential that Nong Chin is able to receive the daily dose of Eutropin, to stimulate his body and brain growth, in order to be like other children and grow into adulthood. The Mirror Foundation is in contact with Nong Chin's doctors to make sure he is receiving appropriate care. While the doctor is paid for, the medicine is not. His family is out of resources and is reaching out to others like you.
one pack of Eutropin: $40
one month of Eutropin (9 packs): $ 360
If you are interested in helping Nong Chin (Jakrin Kongkaew), please either spread the word to others and/or make a donation. Every bit of awareness and any donation helps Nong Chin's chances to celebrate more birthdays. Feel free to contact me with questions or for more information on how to contact or donate to The Mirror Foundation directly. Thailand is known as "The Land of Smiles'. Your donation will help Nong Chin to smile like all 9 year old boys and girls.