Nongprue Lions come to aid of severely disabled teen

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The grandmother of an East Pattaya teenager who suffered severe developmental disabilities as an infant received some much-needed help from the Lions Club of Pattaya-Nongprue.

Club President Bunanant Pattanasin and Nanatnanthanan Phithaksanantakul, head of the Helping the Disabled project visited 14-year-old Jirayu Suwanpratheep and grandmother Bunkhoi Niemkarn at their Chatkaew Village home on Soi Khao Noi April 22, bringing both donations of cash and household supplies.

Nanatnanthanan Phithaksanantakul, president of the Helping the Disabled project, presents cash to Grandmother Bunkhoi Niemkarn.Nanatnanthanan Phithaksanantakul, president of the Helping the Disabled project, presents cash to Grandmother Bunkhoi Niemkarn.

As a baby, Jirayu was dropped by his nanny, cracking open his skull and causing enough brain injuries to leave him completely disabled. He cannot move and is unable to care for himself. Bunkhoi has cared for him since the child was 2 years old, surviving on a 600-baht monthly government stipend and revenue from selling curry.

Siripen Lekdee, a member of the Nongprue council, learned of Bunkhoi’s plight and asked the Lions Club to help.

The club and Helping the Disabled organization donated 6,000 baht and eight boxes of diapers. A Pattaya Mail reporter donated another 500 baht.

Bunkhoi said she has become Jirayu’s primary caregiver, as his mother has to care for two other children and earn money for rent and utilities. She thanked everyone who donated the much-needed aid.

Grandmother Bunkhoi feeds water to Jirayu Suwanpratheep since he cannot help himself.Grandmother Bunkhoi feeds water to Jirayu Suwanpratheep since he cannot help himself.