The MMA Community Is Uniting To Help Save a Baby Girl

Sports WriterCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2010

Tiger Muay Thai & MMA has developed a reputation as one of the top MMA camps in the region, and fighters such as Jake Shields, Jon Fitch and Roger Huerta are regular visitors.

One of the trainer's daughters is extremely sick and in need of a potentially lifesaving operation which he can't afford. Here is the story.

Efforts are underway to raise 1,000,000 Baht to pay for a liver transplant for a seven month old Thai girl. Tuptim Jadngooluem has been diagnosed with a bilary obstruction and is in a critical condition. A parental transplant could save her life, but the procedure is extremely expensive.

The baby’s father, Rattanachai Jadngooluem, better known as Nai, is a trainer at Tiger Muay Thai in Chalong. Guests and staff are trying to raise the funds to pay for the potentially lifesaving operation.

They face a race against time as Tuptim needs the operation urgently and the target is to raise the money by the end of the year.

Grainne Farrell is heading up the hastily put together project team. She is MD of Lotus Medical International, a medical tourism company. "I was approached by the manager of Tiger Muay Thai and another business man to see if I could help to find quality medical treatment for Tuptim as at that stage she had been told that she had months to live," she said.

"After several trips to specialists in Bangkok we managed to find the only surgeon that is able to do what is called a 'Parental Donor Liver Transplant' where part of the parent's liver is taken and transplanted in to the baby," she said.

Heartbreakingly for the baby’s parents the person who had agreed to pay for the operation did not come through with the money,

"Everything was set to happen and when it came to it the other businessman who said that he would pay for the treatment was nowhere to be seen. I have spent a lot of time with the baby and her parents and I just had to find a way to pay for the surgery. Without our help this baby will die," she said.

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