Help Muay Thai Legend Dieselnoi

$3,024 of $500 goal

Raised by 69 people in 19 months
[Update August 13: Dieselnoi's doctors have decided not to do the heart surgery, but he needs to be monitored with regular health checks. The donations from you all are helping with the various medical costs involved in his current health condition. We'll leave this campaign open in case of an emergency or sudden need for help for Dieselnoi. Any new contributions will be transferred to him.]

[Update May 22: Visited with Dieselnoi yesterday. His health is not good, but he's getting the care he needs and is doing the best he can to rest up for his heart surgery in July. The funds raised up to that point were 85,000 Baht, which was handed over to Dieselnoi to help pay for his medical expenses. This GoFundme will remain open until his surgery if you would like to help out.]

[Update May 17: The operation has been postponed in order to call in a specialist, who Dieselnoi said will be available to come perform the surgery in July.]

[Update May 16: Dieselnoi has gone back to the hospital for an operation on his heart today.]

[Update May 10: Just spoke to Dieselnoi and he says he has to go back into the hospital for surgery on the 16th.]

Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn is a legend among legends in Muay Thai. He's a pillar in the Muay Thai community here in Thailand and anywhere he goes, he's the star around which everyone else revolves. He just has a different gravity.

A couple years ago he had emergency heart surgery and his health has been a limiting factor for him ever since. He has continuing health problems. 

Currently Dieselnoi is in the Taksin Hospital in Bangkok with a lung infection. A friend posted this photo of him and some high-profile members of the Muay Thai community, that friend also being a former star of boxing - Tawee or Kaowpong Sitchuchai - organized a way for fellow Thais to donate toward Dieselnoi's medical expenses. To be clear, this is not life-threatening. You can see the Facebook post of those donations here.

This is a very Thai thing, to rally the community together in order to help someone out. It's a non-Thai thing, too, and because Dieselnoi is an adored and valued figure to those of us in the global Muay Thai community as well, we can demonstrate our support with this modest GoFundMe to help with his recovery as well. The doctor wants him to stay 2-3 more days in the hospital, at minimum, after which time they'll check again whether he can go home. He's taking strong medicines to combat the infection in his lungs and with his heart condition as a factor, they just want to keep a close eye on him.

The goal is set at $500, which is around 17,000 Baht. That's a small portion of what his overall treatment will cost and it's yet uncertain how much longer he'll be in the hospital, but again this is a gesture toward our support of Dieselnoi, taking care of our legends and heroes, in whatever small way we can.

We will keep this campaign open for a few more days, until I can go deliver the funds to him in the hospital after the operation.

If you have any questions you can private message me on my Facebook Page .

This is Dieselnoi's thank you to everyone who has helped out and sent well-wishes: you can see it here on Facebook .

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Dieselnoi's doctors have made the decision to delay his heart surgery, perhaps indefinitely, which is good news. His health does, however, need to be monitored and he's getting regular checkups as his condition is stable but still with risk. The donations sent to Dieselnoi have made a huge impact on his ability to make these appointments to visit with his doctor and for the various medical costs he is facing with his health.

I've seen that The Muay Thai Sport Authority had a meeting last month to discuss setting up a foundation that could financially assist aging, retired fighters. It certainly seemed in part a response to Dieselnoi's medical condition, as well as the scare with Samart's mild heart attack (he has fully recovered) in close proximity. Reports of what came out of that council meeting are yet to be published, as far as I've seen, but it's a promising development that may in part be due to the public support and response to caring for these legends. Our legends.

We'll leave this campaign open in case of an emergency or sudden need for help for Dieselnoi. Any new contributions will be transferred to him.
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Yesterday I drove into Bangkok to visit with Dieselnoi, see how he's doing and what's going on with his health, as well as handing over to him the sum of what's been raised by this campaign thus far. He was stunned by the outpouring of support from the global Muay Thai community and expressed deep thanks to everyone.
His surgery is currently scheduled for July, when a specialist can come in for the operation. It will be heart surgery, his second in the last few years. He said he's very tired and goes to the hospital periodically for intravenous medicines, which he will have to keep doing until the surgery. Usually his lips turn blue when he's exerted himself in training, but they appear to be blue all the time at the moment and he has some difficulty breathing at even moderate walking around. So, his health is not great but he is getting the care he needs and is resting as much as possible until his surgery. Certainly the funds raised by you all helps him throughout all of those elements.
We will leave this campaign open until his surgery, just in case there are those who didn't have the chance to contribute and wish to do so. I gave Dieselnoi everyone's well-wishes and he expressed much gratitude to you all in return.
Delivering 85,000 Baht to Dieselnoi
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The surgery was set for the 16th (yesterday), but it's been postponed until a specialist can come in and do the operation. Dieselnoi says that will have to wait until July. This isn't good. It's certainly positive that he has a specialist to do his operation, but he isn't doing well right now. He sounded pretty drained on the phone just now but we made plans for me to deliver the funds raised by the campaign to him on Saturday afternoon. I'm eager to see him; he expressed sincere gratitude for the support everyone has offered here. Thank you again, from Dieselnoi.
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Dieselnoi is headed into surgery today. Please keep him in your thoughts and wishing him a quick and full recovery. I'll be leaving this campaign open until I deliver the funds to him, probably a few days after the surgery.

Thank you all very much!
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$3,024 of $500 goal

Raised by 69 people in 19 months
Created May 9, 2017
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Stan Veldhuis
5 months ago

Great Muay Thai legend, im tall and skinny too hope i can be at least 10% as great as you

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18 months ago

Here's to hoping the legend gets better soon!

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