Friday, January 26, 2007

the boat keeps taking more water...




Today I went to the hospital and didn't find Lah Poh Say or his father. The hospital didn't inform me because I am not family. But I found out the results for the biopsy were positive for cancer. The agency that he was being cared for by said his prognosis for recovery was 50-60%. And that with such a prognosis there were too many other children with better prognoses ahead of him, so he was sent away. The only other option they gave him was to stay in a refugee camp and hope to go to a third country. The father told the agency he will return to his home, wife and other children, and Lah Poh Say will go with him. I can understand this because his family is so far away and for him to go back to get them and then return to the camp, and not wanting to be in a refugee camp to begin with... I told the doctors that I would like to get in touch with Saw Tah Dee, the father of Lah Poh Say, before he returns and tell him that we were willing to help with the costs, although I don't know how. They said he would need one year treatment of chemo-therapy in a stable environment, maybe five thousand dollars. So if Lah Poh Say's father will agree we would like to bring him back to Chiang Mai for the treatment at McKean Hospital, the 100 year old leprosy hospital that now treats other marginalized patients similar to Lah Poh Say. Please pray we can make this happen and this boy will survive.

7 comments:

fcb4 said...

heart breaking...we will pray.

FCB said...

Yes, that is a sad report. Let me know what you find out. How does a little guy end up with cancer?
I'm sure his father is devastated.

feraya said...

La Poh Say and his family are in my prayers.

matblue said...

Lah Poh Say and his father have returned to their home in Mon Township. His father decided it was the best thing. And if it was me I might do the same thing. If one has to die, better to die with family and at home than in a foreign country alone. My prayer is they have happiness until then.

feraya said...

Dear Matblue,

This story of little Lah Poh Say is extremely sad but you know, love lives on forever in their dear hearts, and I pray that they will be at peace when he is released from his suffering.

matblue said...

Yes. This is my prayer too. Thank you.

Front Films said...

Just found out Lah Po Sey died two weeks after he returned to his home. Sorry...