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TNews published a long story of courage and hope as they praised a young Thai/Farang couple who still hold out hope for the future despite the ravages of cancer.
They also praised the Thai woman for standing by her man despite terrible circumstances.
A wedding picture identified her as Suphansa and her husband as a US national called Benjamin. He was a primary school teacher in Bangkok before the couple’s problems started.
They met in 2007 but some time after Benjamin developed a lump on his testicles. It was deemed to be benign and he was given a year of drug treatment.
The lump went down but after treatment was stopped it returned bigger than before. Surgery was recommended but one day before the day of the surgery he was rushed to hospital with stomach pains.
The doctors didn’t know that Benjamin could understand Thai. When he emerged from a treatment room he knew what was wrong.
He was in a terminal cancer stage and 75% of his liver was affected.
The hospital he was being treated at feared litigation if they treated a foreigner and following surgery on the testicles he went to Chula Hospital that is government run. A friend who was a nurse managed to get him moved up the waiting list and he was seen for ten minutes by a leading cancer specialist.
Chemotherapy followed and the side affects were dreadful but still the young couple did not give up hope.
Donations came in from the children and parents at Benjamin’s school.
Good news came when the tumour went down and only 25% was left – the Thai doctors said that this could even be scar tissue raising their hopes again.
At this point – having been engaged to be married for two years – they decided to get married. Everything was arranged in a month and Benjamin’s family came and everyone went to Phuket and put on a brave face.
But things worsened dramatically after that when the cancer entered banjamin’s bones causing extreme back pain. When the couple were told that Benjamin needed a 60,000 baht injection of drugs from the US they decided to quickly go for treatment in the US instead.
His family in the States arranged things to help out.
Benjamin qualified for free treatment as he had no assets. The couple went on a hurried tourist visa for Suphansa convincing the visa authorities that their case was a genuine emergency.
Benjamin’s air ticket was one way that raised eyebrows but was a result of a mix-up rather than by design.
In the US things were very confusing for the wife but everything was much better with modern equipment and teams of experienced doctors giving advice at every turn, she wrote on Facebook.
More chemotherapy followed and the couple have been pictured smiling and still facing up to what they hope will be a long future together.
She signed off saying that no matter what the circumstances people should never give up hope.