It became clear very early on that the long term support of Gammy would be necessary and to best understand how that support was provided we would consult with those who have experience in dealing with the challenges that Gammy will likely face. Part of the consultation was gaining an awareness of the medical support that Gammy will need and the environmental factors that will influence his health.
We understand from our consultation that kids with Down Syndrome are susceptible to common illnesses more so than the general public. With that in mind and having been made aware of the living conditions that Gammy was in we have moved him out of what could best be described as very basic into something more conducive to a healthier life. The family is moving into a more comfortable home that will provide running water and electricity and importantly a healthier environment for Gammy. The lease will be managed by Hands Across the Water in trust for the family. This in our opinion is donors funds once again been put to effective use in supporting Gammy.
As followers of this story would be aware there remains many twist and turns and allegations around the behaviour of parties on both sides of this matter. Hands Across the Water is committed to ensuring Gammy receives the best opportunities that can be provided to him through the responsible management of the funds that have been raised in trust for him.
The money that has been raised will not be handed over in a lump sum to his parents or to any other third party. Hands will manage the distribution of those funds as it has done for the past nine years with the other projects we run across Thailand. Our focus has been and will remain on Gammy. We are monitoring all of the developments in this case, but many are outside of the core issue we are dealing with which is providing the best care we can for Gammy and the responsible use of donors funds. The actions of the various parties do not change the entitlement that Gammy has or our focus.
We thank everyone who is supportive of Hands and the work that we are doing in Thailand, in support of not only Gammy but the hundreds of other children we provide a home for every night.
We encourage you to follow his progress and donate at Hand Across the Water. We will continue to accept donations here for another couple of days.
With some of the best news since the story broke in the media last week, we can now confirm that the suspected heart condition that Gammy was suffering from has been ruled out by Cardiac Specialists in Bangkok. A heart condition which is so closely linked to those with Down Syndrome was upon early advice diagnosed for Gammy.
Such specialists were not necessarily available to Pattaramon (Khun Goy) and her son Gammy, but with the additional services in the private hospital thanks to the funds donated by generous people from all around the world, we can now confirm such heart complications have been ruled out. He in fact has a "strong and healthy heart".
He is quickly recovering from the lung infection that saw him admitted to hospital last week and we hope that soon he will leave hospital and return home with his mother (Khun Goy).
In developing our longer term plan for the care of Gammy, yesterday an advisory committee met and started to put in place such a plan. Part of that involved the consultation with Down Syndrome Australia who provided some incredibly valuable advice to the committee. We are all very confident of being able to make a significant difference to the life of Gammy in a very real and positive way.
Additionally they will email regular updates to all of our donors, so if you have donated on this site you will get an email. Of course u can choose to opt out.
We have been forced to disable comments on this page due to horrible comments from one individual and subsequent responses which distract from the core issue of raising funds for Gammy's immediate and longterm care. We love almost everyone's passion, but his is about Gammy, not how he got to where he is.
We would like to re-interate we do not support a rouge facebook page called 'Hope for Gammy' which is not part of the NGO Hands or our site.
Many have u have written to us to ask for updates on Gammy. As the Hands across the water charity has now taken the lead on managing the funds raised please follow thier Facebook page for regular updates. They just posted one!
WOWSERS! We are proud to announce that we have reached our goal to raise $200000 for Gammy! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you one and all! Our hearts are filled with love for all the people around the world who have taken time out of their lives to give thought to Gammy. We thank you for your financial support and your kind and loving words. We are so incredibly overwhelmed by the support we have received from humans everywhere and words can not express how proud we are to have been part of Gammy’s journey and story. We thank you all for your patience and support. It’s been quite the journey for our team as well. We are new to fundraising so we’ve learnt a great deal along the way. We can’t believe how our little dream has blossomed into something so enormous…beyond our wildest dreams!. We encourage people to continue to donate to our page and to support Gammy and his loving family. Alternatively you can donate directly to 'Hands Across the Water' our chosen ‘not for profit organisation’. https://handsacrossthewater.org.au/get-involved/donate/
This has been a heartwarming project for our team and we look forward to seeing what the final donations amount to…this is people power at it’s best!
We do not view this as a short term project, it is our vision by working together we can work to make Gammy’s life meaningful and his challenges dealt with respect, love and care.
Thank you once again! We will continue to keep you updated on Gammy’s progress.
And this one...we've got goose bumps tonight watching these news reports. So proud of your efforts supporters and donors! And we have nearly reached our goal of $200 000! Thank you thank you thank you! The human spirit is amazing!
Hello Supporters, Upon consultation with 'Hands Across the Water' we would like to update you on Gammy's progress.
Gammy has been moved to a private hospital which we believe is in his bests interests as he continues to face medical conditions including his lung infection. This was possible as a direct result of the generous support of so many people who have donated.
The funds that have been donated are likely to pass $200,000 AUD, in the very near future which is an amazing amount of money and well beyond all expectations. In the short term the money will be used to meet the medical expenses and ensure Gammy's immediate needs are met. Beyond that a structured plan will be implemented to address the challenges Gammy is likely to face as he grows. The generosity means that we will now be able to plan, not just for the months ahead but for the years to follow and in time will be linked to his schooling and education.
A detailed and structured plan will be developed in the near future once a thorough assessment has been made. Consultation will include those on the ground in Thailand.
‘Friends of Gammy’ are overwhelmed with the generosity we have received in the helping of raising the funds for Gammy. Your support has blown us away! We would like to assure people that this is a legitimate fundraising venture. We have worked hard to ensure that we have found a reputable ‘not for profit organisation’ that will ensure that 100% of the funds raised for Gammy will be used for Gammy both in the long and short term. Our chosen charity is “Hands Across the Water”, https://handsacrossthewater.org.au/. We deliberately chose this organisation to be part of Gammy’s story because they are run entirely by volunteers, who give up their time to work for this particular charity, their entire executive team have fulltime jobs elsewhere. . We are not funding their employment, however, we are entirely thankful for the people who run this organisation, as it gives us peace of mind. “Hands Across the Water” work on the ground in Thailand to ensure that the funds raised are being used for the intentions that they were donated. Thank you once again for contributing to this venture and being part of Gammy’s story and journey. We will do our very best to keep you updated on Gammy’s progress. We do not view this as a short term project, it is our vision by working together we can work to make Gammy’s life meaningful and his challenges dealt with respect, love and care.
We support this report by the ABC based on Gammy's story.
Many people have questions about how this money will be distributed etc. Friends of Gammy is establishing a trust fund with two well known and reputable Thai charities who will administer this money and ensure that it is used only for the well being of Gammy and his family.
This page is still open and Gammy still needs your support. We are finalising bank account details for Gammy. Please check again in a day or two when donations will be open again. Sorry for any inconvenience
6 month old baby Gammy was born in Bangkok with down syndrome and a congenital heart condition. He was abandoned by his family and is being cared for by a young Thai woman who does not have the funds for his desperately needed medical treatment. Please make a donation so that he can have these operations and improve his quality of life. All monies raised will be kept in trust by https://handsacrossthewater.org.au/ and will only be used for the care and wellbeing of Gammy.
I hope that Gammy stays with his surrogate mum and Gammy and his brother and sister's life is full of love and happiness and learning all from being in their family, his surrogate mum has an enormous heart
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