Josh Pitstra, who we all know in Pattaya as Josh from Baby Boom a Gogo is at the moment in hospital in Pattaya. He has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is also being treated for thrombosis.
He was planning to return home to Holland but due to Covid this was delayed. Due to Covid and health he has lost the business and income. He did not renew his medical insurance as he thought he was to be travelling home to Holland.
He is now waiting for a fit to fly certificate (once the thrombosis is sorted). But once this is given he will still need a medically assisted flight which due to Coronavirus restrictions means covering the costs of doctor/nurse who will travel with him, and also the cost incurred by subsequent quarantine of said medical team.
Josh will need all the financial help that he can get
I made a last trip with some groceries for Poo and an intended visit for Josh on Wednesday but the nursing home, quite understandably is no longer allowing outside visitors.
I was able to see Poo and speak at a distance, and hand over the groceries, with a new telephone that I got for Josh as his old one wasn't working.
So please don't try to visit until further notice.
I transferred the funds to Poo's bank (Josh's instructions) when the total was at 207,000 baht. Taking off the GoGetMe commission and PayPal commission this was reduced to 192,000 baht. I will make another payment when the total has risen further.
We aren't actively looking at travel back to Holland, the current Covid situation making that seem more and more unlikely.
On a happier note, Josh is very happy with the nursing home, and is joking with Poo and the nurses, (probably more than he ever did before :) He can hold a conversation, but quite often digresses into fiction. (dreamworld).
Thay have also arranged an alternative hospital arrangement much closer, and a doctor actually visits Josh at the home as travelling to the hospital was too painful.
If you have Josh on Line or Messenger you can call him.
Please continue to fund. The money will go to medical and nursing care. Any that is left in the event of Josh going to the Great Grand Prix in the sky will be left for Poo to make a new start.
Thank you all for your help so far. Between the funding and cash donations we have passed 200,000 baht.
Flying is proving very difficult, as the doctor wants to be sure that the thrombosis has totally cleared. We are still keeping this as Josh's main preference, but the cost may in the end prove to be too prohibitive. The immediate problem is that Josh needs 24 hour care. Poo is doing a great job, but she is hardly sleeping, and almost never gets out of the house. Josh is totally bed bedridden and cannot sit up in bed. She nurses him, keeps him clean, feeds him and supports his mood swings. She needs help.
So I did some research and contacted a nursing home in Bangsare. The manager (a lovely lady) came to visit Josh and Poo at home, and will be happy to have Josh at the home. He will have a private room, equipped with TV and very importantly a hospital bed so that they can raise him as much as possible for feeding and visitors.
There is also a separate bed for Poo who can stay over as often as she wants. She will also be able to interact with the hospital staff and other patients. There are two Dutch men staying there already.
There is 24 hour nursing, so Poo will be able to go out a little more often, and when she needs to she will be able to sleep at home. They have a wheelchair that is in the upright position for people who can't sit, so Josh could go into the day-room if he desires company.
It is also very easy to visit from Pattaya. The nursing home is Z Breeze Nursing Home . It is in Bangsare. A Bolt Taxi from Pattaya costs just 160 baht.
I just left Josh and Poo now, both in good spirits. The nursing home will pick him up tomorrow afternoon at 2pm.
The cost of the nursing home is 40,000 baht per month. If travel isn't possible to Holland, the fund will cover the costs of the nursing home, aided by Josh's family in holland, and his and Poo's own personal savings.
Josh's two sisters in Holland are in regular contact with Josh and with myself also. They are totally supportive whether Josh returns home or stays in Thailand. They will travel here, Covid willing, if he stays. His sisters are both in their seventies.
I am looking forward to visiting Josh on Monday at the home, and will further update then.
The donations will go through to The Hideaway Guest House. This was easier than setting up a new PayPal account. When I transfer the money to Josh I will be posting copies of the transfers in the photo section here. All money raised will go to Josh. I’m not taking cash donations personally as I prefer everything to remain transparent.
We will lose the PayPal commission, but this is the easiest and fastest way.
We are in the process of getting a quote from KLM for travel. A stretcher on board takes up 18 seats, which have to be paid for. Then there is also a medical assistant who must travel with Josh, and then ground staff assistance.
The total expected is around 20,000 euros, hopefully less, but quite probably more.
I made a last trip with some groceries for Poo and an intended visit for Josh on Wednesday but the nursing home, quite understandably is no longer allowing outside visitors.I was able to see Poo and speak at a distance, and hand over the groceries, w…
Hi everyone.Thank you all for your help so far. Between the funding and cash donations we have passed 200,000 baht.Flying is proving very difficult, as the doctor wants to be sure that the thrombosis has totally cleared. We are still keeping this as …