Pummaret Sangtong was struck down by a spinal infection on February 7th 2019. The first symptoms were an inability to urinate. Very suddenly he lost the use of his legs. He could not walk . Koh Samui Hospital sent him to Surrathani, on the mainland for further tests. The MRI showed a spinal cyst. The diagnosis was TB of the spine. The treatment, huge doses of intravenous antibiotics. The doctors decided to send him back to Koh Samui all of a sudden. They were afraid of further infection. He could not walk which made the journey back very difficult. They promised a wheelchair and other help on his return to Samui. Help was not forthcoming. They said his Social Security payments had fallen into default over the past six months. This happened because his employer did not pay them! His partner, Alister Bredee, realised they were on their own. Amazing help was forthcoming from friends via Facebook. Then Alister remembered a Thai Traditional Practitioner on the island. "Ajarn" had helped heal a torn shoulder ligament some years before. Alister had watched him work with patients. He saw how he helped people learn to walk again. Some were seriously injured from gunshot wounds and motor accidents.
"Ajarn" came out of retirement to work with Pummaret. The treatment has been intensive and ongoing and incredibly generous. They have worked together most days since February 22nd. Treatment begins early in the morning and continues until the afternoon.They includes massage, herbal infusions and manipulation. The kindness extends to meals. Sometimes this is lunch and dinner. Pummaret has even stayed at "Ajarn's" house along with his mother for several days during the most intensive part of the treatment. I have tried to pay "Ajarn" as best I can. His treatments are amazing. His patient practically ignores his wheelchair now and can move about with a walker or a stick. He can stand on his own for brief moments. With a firm arm to lean on he can walk into shops and restaurants This has all happened in only 3 months.During this time another young Thai man has appeared. His condition is very similar to Pummaret's but he has been two and a half years in treatment. He like Pummaret still has a catheter and difficulty in walking. The two share "Ajarn's" skill and knowledge in daily sessions
"Ajarn" and his wonderful wife deserve much. much more. Alister has run out of money so would ask you to help towards treatment and the other expenses that have accrued because of this situation. He has had to let go of a a lot of work because of of the situation. Pummaret can't walk or use a motor-bike so Alister is there to drive him to his treatments and then pick him up and take him back home. His mother has helped enormously. His sister came and spent a month on Samui working as a paid carer. This is no longer necessary as he can do so much more for himself Any donation, however, small is welcome. Pummaret has been promised the job of Resort Manager when he gets back on his feet. They won't keep the opening forever. So please help him achieve his dream.. The end-date for this Campaign. It's June 12th. That will be his 42nd birthday.