Usually I spend all the time with the boys and doing gardening job. For the girls and little children, they are taken care of by the women staff.
But that day I was assigned to take “Ton Hom” to the hospital. She was treated for fever and the lesion on her foot. I spent half a day with her in the hospital.
Ton Hom seems quite shy and not cheerful. But she won’t throw her temper. Today I see her smile. It is rare and made me want to write something about her.
This picture is Ton Hom. She looks much smaller although she is 7 years old. Her weight is only 13 kg. Her body mass index(BMI) is below the critical threshold.
The cause? Her mother was an alcoholic when she was carrying Ton Hom who suffers from frequent fever and infections.
Ton Hom and her younger sister, Ton Koa, was abandoned by their mother when she divorced her husband. The girls was left with their father who is also an alcoholic. Lacking proper care, the girls don’t look healthy at all.
The father lives around the orphanage area has a job as a gardener in a hotel near Khao Lak. But he could not take care his two daughters.
So he sent two children to the orphanage. When he has the free time, he will come to see Ton Hom and Ton Koa.
He is always drunk when he comes but he is not a disturbance to other people and the orphanage.