Hope for Gammy

$241,620 of $200k goal

Raised by 6,070 people in 26 months
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Friends of Gammy  10120, AU





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.





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Update 15
25 months ago

This donation page is now closed, please visit Hands Across the Water to make a donation for Gammy:

https://handsacrossthewater.org.au/get-involved/donate/

Hands are also providing updates on their facebook site - https://www.facebook.com/handsacrossthewater

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.

Thankyou to everyone that has made a donation to support Gammy, your support has made a dramatic difference to his life and set him up for current and future needs.

xo

Friends of Gammy
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Update 14
25 months ago

News of #Gammy

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.
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Update 13
25 months ago

Wonderful news on #Gammy

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.
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Update 12
25 months ago

Dear Gammy Supporters,

Thank you for all your lovely support.

As you know, Hands Across the Water an Australian NGO is managing the funds collected. All new donations should be made directly with them at:

https://handsacrossthewater.org.au/get-involved/donate/

We will be involved in this on an ongoing basis.

Hands are also providing updates on their facebook site - https://www.facebook.com/handsacrossthewater

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.

Thanks again,
xo

Friends of Gammy
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$241,620 of $200k goal

Raised by 6,070 people in 26 months
Created July 22, 2014
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25 months ago

Here's a lil something for you gammy!!

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Chris Moore
25 months ago

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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