Couple travel 75 miles every 2 days to replace son’s oxygen tank for his survival


A touching photo of Thai couple and their son on a motorcycle has proved to everyone that a parent’s love knows no boundaries. 

What looks like a normal ride of parents with their child on the road turns out to be a touching story that will break anyone’s heart.

One netizen first caught the sight of the couple when they were riding their motorcycle on the road but turned curious when he saw the toddler whom the mother was carrying.

The toddler, swaddled in a cloth that was wrapped around the mother’s body had oxygen tubes placed in his nostril.

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Posted by Chirapat Pinkong on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Apparently, there was an oxygen tank at the back of the motorcycle which was connected to the boy.

According to the netizen, the father would ensure that the oxygen tank was in place every time he stopped at a red light and adjust it accordingly.

After the post about the Thai family went viral on social media, many news portals went to investigate.

It turns out that the toddler was born with lung disease and suffered from asthma at just six months old. 

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According to TNews, the boy’s lungs had progressively weakened that he needed an oxygen tank to breathe since he was six months old.

Unfortunately, the oxygen tank did not come cheap as one tank cost the parents 200 baht (US$ 6.48) and it needed to be replaced every two days.

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The father only makes 300 baht (US$ 9.72) a day and he has spent over 100,000 baht (US$ 3,239) for his son’s treatment.

However, as the family lives in Mae Sai, the northernmost district of Chiang Rai, they have to travel 120 km (75 miles) every two days from their house to the hospital so that they can replace the oxygen tank for their sick son.

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The father also said that they had to ride a motorcycle as he did not have a car and that taking public transportation was not possible as the driver was afraid that the oxygen tank might explode and became an inconvenience to other passengers.

That left the family with the only option — to ride the distance with their motorcycle every two days for the sake of the son’s life.

We do hope that the parents will get the help that they deserve and for the boy to get well so he will not have to depend on the oxygen tank anymore.


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