EDIT April 7, 2018
This Go Fund Me has been shut down:
- Peter needed to step back from the campaign for a bit, after a personal tragedy.
- This fund was set up to pay for Andy's hospital, and he is now out of hospital.
A new GoFundMe has been set up by Andy's sister, Fiona: you can find it here!
Andy's ongoing living costs are still massive and catastrophic - The hospital bills alone totalled around 3 times the value of this fund. Tukkata's entire family has sold many of their possessions, and most of their land, in order to raise money. Several people have lent tens of thousands of dollars to help pay for Andy's treatment up to this point.
Andy's encephalitis and subsequent Guillané-Barre syndrome. However, in the process, his nerves were severely damaged, and his muscles have atrophied considerably. He is still paralysed, but can now move all the muscles in his face, and can move his fingertips and slightly move his neck. But the road to recovery is long and terrifyingly expensive.
Just the ongoing costs are over 80,000 baht a month.
Please consider visiting the new Go Fund Me, and if you live in a country where you are not guaranteed medical assistance in case of emergencies, please PLEASE purchase insurance.
- thanks, Kim Loudon
The new Go Fund Me:
A very good and decent gentleman and friend to many, Andy Thomson, is in hospital in Thailand with a very serious illness. He was in a coma for a week but has been in and out of a coma over the last few days (See latest news below)
Andy was head trainer and previous owner of Lanna Muay Thai in Chiang Mai and Doi Modt in Northern Thailand for over two decades. He recently set up a dog sanctuary - one of his big passions.
Andy's medical expenses and financial requirements during his stay in hospital are ongoing. Without specialist care and finances to cover medical costs his recovery may be in jeopardy. At this stage we have no way of knowing what will happen however we would like to give our friend Andy the best medical care that is availabe to him.
LATEST UPDATE ON ANDY THOMSON
Andy Thomson has been diagnosed with Guillain–Barré Syndrome. You can read about it here:
It's an autoimmune disorder where Andy's immune system is attacking his own body's nerve cells. It seems that Andy's initial infection has been treated, but that infection led to the syndrome. The prognosis is good in that most people diagnosed with Guillain-Barré eventually recover. However, it takes time and rehab.
Andy has had intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) medication which was not available in Thailand and had to be imported at an extra cost. In addition to this, Andy will need a tracheostomy, which is an operation where a hole is made in his throat, to facilitate his breathing. This push is for paying for the ventilator, the tracheotomy and his care as he comes out of the coma.
The cost of his treatment is very high - averaging over 10,000 baht a day (€260+). The IVIG treatment alone already cost 222,390 baht (€5,719) so his medical bills are mounting daily. If we don't reach our goal the treatment will cease. And yet Andy will be in hospital for another month.
Let’s give this one big push to ensure all of Andy’s medical bills are covered - Please donate what you can for Andy, we are already over half way there...........let’s hit this target together
For this reason, can I please ask everyone to share the GoFundMe link and if you can manage to spare any money, please donate https://www.gofundme.com/Andythomsonlannamuaythai
Or if you are in Thailand, Kim Loudon can also give you Andy's bank to directly deposit money into. Add him on facebook.
We'd like to say a big New Years thank you to the everyone who so far helped raise over €10,500 of our €18,000 goal for Andy's medical expenses - we're almost there.
We need to raise just €7,500 for the next 30 days to get Andy out of hospital. We are appealling to anyone in both the Muay Thai community and dog sanctuary communities to help out.
You may or may not know Andy and he may or may not have been your trainer however your support will help someone who has given his life to training and assisting people both inside and outside the ring.... and helped a lot of doggys.
Call it a real life and much needed Wai Khru - a donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.
Myself: My name is Peter McCarthy (Ireland) and a friend of Andy's for almost twenty years. I trained at Lanna while we shot a documentary there and Andy helped us out considerably during the shoot. Anyone who knows Andy knows he's a brilliant guy and there are many of us who will do anything for him.
The gofundme account uses Stripe which requires a bank account however they don't allow Thai bank accounts. I've set up a dedicated bank account here in Ireland which I will use to transfer funds to Kim Laudon who has been paying Andy's bills from his savings. Kim Laudon, a friend of Andy's on the ground in Chiang Mai. We will ensure that all donations are accounted for and post accounts on the update page.
Kim Laudon has also been providing much of the medical information:
Here is my own facebook account so you know I'm real. https://www.facebook.com/peterjmccarthy
Andy's facebook page where Tukkata is with Andy at the hospital and is posting to his facebook page so you will get updates there. (you might need to be a facebook friend to see these).
Shaun Boland will also provide updates.
I'll do my best to provide updates however Andy's personal facebook page through Kim Laudon and Tukkata will probably have more up to date news as I am mainly running the gofundit page.
Thanks again, your donation is much appreciated!
- Lisa Besserman
- Jimmy Owensby III
- Andy Beilin
- Brian Cleary
- Markus Noser