Thursday, 4 April 2013

Update on Chaa Nay Choo

Gentle Reader,

Please know that our young friend, 14 year old Chaa Nay Choo, is doing pretty well in hospital.  Garrett Kostin, the manager of the Best Friend Library in Chiang Mai has taken on the task of coordinating with the hospital, visiting Chaa Nay Choo every day, and keeping the world informed about his progress. 

Details about his progress can be found at  I now make it a point of visiting this critical website on a daily basis.  There have been at least two updates posted since I posted the original article about Chaa Nay Choo on Saturday March 30th.  Those interested in the progress of Chaa Nay Choo and the plight of the refugees and displaced persons along the Thai / Burma border are encouraged to visit THE BEST FRIEND as often as possible.   Having said that, there are two points I would like to emphasize:

1. If you want to visit Chaa Nay Choo, please respect the hospital staff and the rules they have established.   The sign below nicely explains the gravity of the situation.  As you will read at THE BEST FRIEND website,  Chaa Nay Choo is making progress but with skin grafts come an increased  threat of infection.  Besides, if you don't personally know him your presence might add to his stress. Further, like me, most people who read my blog do not speak Karenni.  For these reasons, I have chosen to not impose my self into his personal space.

The small print on the sign above reads "If you would like to discuss Cha Nay Choo's current condition please email  Donations for Cha Nay Choo can be left with the ICU Burn Unit nurses, taken to the Best Friend Library at 302/2 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 13, Chiang Mai or sent via PayPal to".

2. Please continue to be generous with your thoughts and prayers and please make a donation to help Chaa Nay Choo as he fights for his life!   Donation details are always available at THE BEST FRIEND website.  Online donation instructions are:
"Donations can also be made online through PayPal. Simply go to and send a donation of any amount to Again, please include a note explaining if you would like your donation to be used for Chaa Nay Choo specifically, for the Karenni refugees in general, or for whichever need is greater."

Abundant Blessings,

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