Little Tuptim Jadngooluem has faced more peril in her first year of life than most people will encounter in an entire lifetime. Last week her family celebrated her first birthday party, which Tuptim enjoyed blissfully unaware that just a few months earlier her brave mother was willing to risk her own life to save hers.
Tuptim’s story of survival from a life-threatening liver conditions captured the hearts of not only Phuket residents, but gripped readers around the world. Tuptim was diagnosed with a terminal liver conditions, known as biliary obstruction, when she was three months old. Last December, aged seven months, she was admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Ramathibodi Hospital Bangkok with internal bleeding. Doctors did not expect her to see the new year.
But following heartfelt support and donations, Tuptim in January this year underwent a parental donor liver transplant, a complicated 18-hour surgery during which a portion of the mother’s liver was removed and placed inside her child.
Both mother’s and daughter’s surgeries were a success. Last week, as Tuptim celebrated her first birthday on the island, the Phuket Gazzette went to visit the family and hear their remarkable story of hope and unconditional love.