57 St Petersburg - A boy calledTom (2)

Trip Start Apr 21, 2013
Trip End Aug 28, 2013

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Day 57

16 June 2013

St Petersburg- A boy named Tommie (2)

Today No stories or pictures of where I am.

I just want to share some really good news.

A month ago, almost to the day I visited my good friend Eddie Verdriet in Hanoi. His little son was in intensive care and it started to look was losing his battle to stay alive. While talking to Eddie he faced the reality of Tommie dying and what to do afterwards in the event this would happen.

Perhaps I had been there for a reason at that particular time but it made me think and take action by means of putting a website together and raising funds to help save Tommie's life. At the same time another one of Eddies friends took action in Europe. Friends of mine in the UK took maters a step further and things started to happen quickly.

Alhough Eddie, Hien and Tommie are total strangers and far away from the world everyone lives in, I am happy to say that most people reacted with a "Your friends is my friend" attitude.

Although there were some people who thought it was a hoax, there was a very positive and quick response by Eddie’s friends and many of my friends the world over. Within a few days money had starting flowing in and Tommie was now able to be transferred to better facilities once he came out of intensive care.

The overwhelming result of your donations have saved Tommie's life you can be assured of that. The better standard of facilities could now be monitored by Eddie and Hien themselves and even could insist on actions to be taken by the staff - Vietnam is a country were money talks!

Where are we now?
After Tommie was transferred from intensive care he was placed in his new clean room and now received more intensive care - in real terms- by the staff and his parents. The result was that, albeit slowly, Tommie started to improve and Eddie and Hien's  thought of losing their child started to fade into the background.

Desperation was replaced by Hope, Hope was replaced by Belief and this was finally replaced by Joy as Tommie was released from hospital last week.

They are not there yet and as they live very remote they have decided to stay in a small unit just around at the corner of the hospital, just in case help is needed. Let’s hope that they can take Tommie home soon and place him in his cot which I saw when I visited their empty house after I left Hanoi.
Some of you would know all this already (via face book) but I know there are also many people you do not have face book and just read my blog.
On behalf of Eddie and Hien I would like to thank you for your help and support. Please rest assured that every cent of your donation is / has-been / or will be used for use it was intended to.
Thanks again
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Karel on

Wat een geweldig nieuws! Het ziet er hoopvol uit. Wat geeft dit een blij gevoel.
Geweldig dat jij je hier voor hebt ingezet, met dit als resultaat. Fijn dat je dit goede nieuws op je blog hebt gezet.

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