a DVD player, some diapers, cash and the news that we had raised over $1200 to help Bang. Ooy has no cell phone and the chance of finding a Thai in a hospital by their nickname is as unlikely as Taylor Swift staying with one man. I walked over to a neighbor's and asked if she could have Ooy call me when she returned home. She had seen Ooy earlier in the morning and perhaps sensing our concern, decided to help us find her.
"Follow me, I know she's around here somewhere," she said.
We worked through the maze known as the Klongtoey slums, stopping every so often to ask if Ooy had been seen.
"She's across the street, she's buying food."
"She was just here."
We continued walking and as we approached the main road, we saw the elf-like Ooy darting in and out of the sunlight before crossing into the shadows of the alley.
We walked back over to Bang and Ooy's place, sat on the bed, and got the bad news.
"Bang was hurting, here," said Ooy, pointing between her legs. "It got so bad I took him to the hospital. They cut him open," she said, her eyes welling up with tears.
Bang was diagnosed with a urinary obstruction and operated on immediately. He had surgery done on his penis and also on his bladder and urethra. He had been in the hospital for ten days. His condition was deemed life threatening, and thus, he was admitted into the ICU of the hospital without an ID card, money, or insurance. Since having the operating, his condition has stabilized, however he is looking at approximately ten more days of recovery.
Seeing Bang in this condition, a condition even worse than being unable to walk, was painful for Ooy, myself, and Valeria. Bang is unable to completely comprehend the extent of his condition. He is continually saying he wants food, he wants to go home, and he is uncomfortable. In order to prevent him from pulling out his IV and tubes, his hands have been placed inside plastic devices and he is tied to the bed. His legs are in a position that can only be described as looking extremely uncomfortable. Hopefully, he will recover.
Once he is out of the hospital, the next step begins; getting him physical therapy and possibly, medicine. I am scheduled to meet Ooy again on the 8th of December. In addition to giving Ooy some money for living expenses, I will be taking Bang to see an orthopedic specialist and physical therapy. With the help of all those who donated, Bang and Ooy's next six months should be much less stressful. I'll keep you posted.
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