Usually the Moken live from what they gather and hunt around the Surin islands. Rice and dry foods are bought from the income they make during the tourism season. One season makes enough to get out of the rainy season with a small amount of saving. However two hardships preceded Peks accident: First there was a village fire in 2019, in which all materials and savings kept in the houses were burned and then there was Covid-19 that made it difficult to put savings aside for the second year in a row.
Peks family just managed to talk the doctor to let Pek out of the hospital and into home care. They just couldn’t afford to rent transportation anymore. Now they only have to pay for a shorter way to the nearby nursery to have Peks pressure sores cleaned. But more importantly, Pek is happy to be surrounded by loving family members.
At the end of June his Head-Neck-Chest orthoses fixation will be removed, but he will possibly have to stay on the mainland near medical care until the end of the rainy season. Although they cling onto the hope that he might be able to walk again one day, they are grateful that Pek is alive. Once they are back home on the Surin islands, Pek plans to pick up the craft of handicrafts as his hand and arms continue to be functional.
This story was put together by Pek and his family. They express their gratitude to anyone who is able to support them during this time.
Medical Emergency Funding
In 2019 Hook (Moken) and Lena (German) set up a Moken projects funding page on which included medical emergencies. We did not know how this fund could become useful at the time, but it is very clear now. We have all been through times of hardship and usually there is support through good health insurance and social insurance in western countries and where these are lacking there is usually a network of family support. Peks family is very supportive and have all been making sacrifices to care for Pek.
For a total of $1,250 we can cover:
- Transportation to the hospital for check ups and cleaning of his bed sores is $3 per day for the next month $90. With a possible extension for another two month $270 total.
- Food for Pek’s family at only $7 per day (210 Baht) – a total of $640 to feed the family for three months.
- Physical therapy and massage training for his family to aid in his recovery for $100
- Transfer to Takuapa hospital to check and remove the orthosis $70 (2200 THB)
- Supplies and transport costs for returning to Koh Surin at $200
We would like to call for your support to donate to our medical fund in order to help Peks family to take the financial burden off their shoulders so that they can focus on the recovery ahead.