Images of him walking arm in arm and rolling in play with these huge apes leave me grinning forever .
His big beautiful happy smile , his cheeky sense of fun and zest for adventure and life are just memories now as Jenie is very ill . He needs expensive surgery and I need your help to save him.
Jenie lives in the remote town of Kumai , perched on the edge of a massive river system on the island of Kalimantan in Indonesia . Kumai is well known as the jump off point for tours into Tanjung Putting Orangutan Reserve . Jenie and his family operate a local tour company with a boat which takes guests to distant river camps to experience life in the rainforest and to learn about Orangutans in the wild.
Jenies father helped to build the Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre many years ago and he became the first guide for this reserve.
Jenie grew up with the rainforest as his school and playground and with orangutans and monkeys as his playmates. His knowledge of and respect for this environment is overwhelming and his love of orangutans is infectious. He is a big brother to them and their love for him is obvious ..Jenie has been pro active in protecting this reserve from the growing spread of Palm oil Plantations .
Two years ago , whilst guiding guests in the rainforest ,Jenie contracted Scrub Typhus. Unfortunately local doctors failed to diagnose his illness and his typhus went untreated for one year . Jenie now has Rheumatic Heart Disease resulting in destruction of his mitral valve in his heart . His breathing is now laboured and it now takes all his energy to stay awake and hold a conversation At only 36years of age he is currently unable to care for both his family of orangutans and his sibblings.
My husband John and I have been family to Jenie for the past 22 years .
He has given us so much happiness over the years and we have shared so many life changing experiences with him.
I have been liaising with doctors and surgeons in both Asia and USA concerning Jenies diagnosis and treatment .I now need to raise this money for Jenies medical care in a modern hospital .
Jenies only hope of reaching 40 years of age is to have his mitral valve replaced through surgery .
I have a support team of friends and doctors in the US on standby to receive and treat Jenie ASAP .. however , surgery expenses in the US could be as high as $200,000.
Should i fall short of this amount , my second option is to take Jenie to Cardiac hospitals in either Singapore or Malaysia where surgery costs will be lower , but his care not so comprehensive.
This cause is Urgent....... I need to act soon , while Jenie is still strong enough to travel and undergo the surgery.
Jenies whole focus in his life has been caring and protecting his beloved Orangutans ..
Any size donation of money will be greatly appreciated. Please share this cause with your friends on facebook
A big thankyou for your support ... from myself ........ from Jenie ................. and from the Orangutans
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