According to FightersOnly.com, eight-month old Tuptim Jadngooluem, the daughter of Tiger Muay Thai (located in Phuket, Thailand) trainer Kru Nai, is alive and well following a successful liver transplant surgery partially funded by UFC head honcho Dana White.
When it was determined that the baby girl needed a liver transplant and that the cost was too much for the family to afford outright, Kru Nai’s peers and students at Tiger Muay Thai began to look around for donations to the cause. One of Kru Nai’s particularly ardent pupils took to The Underground forum to make a direct plea to UFC president Dana White (several past and present UFC fighters have trained at Tiger Muay Thai) to pony up and pay for the rest of the girl’s surgery costs.
Quietly and without much fuss, it was revealed that White would indeed be paying for Tuptim’s transplant and it was later confirmed by a Tiger Muay Thai associate that the money was received. Grainne Farrell, the head of the fundraising effort for Tuptim’s surgery, told FightersOnly that the surgery has been completed and that Tuptim’s mother, who donated a portion of her liver, and Tuptim are recovering well.
“Both mother and baby are good and the operation was a success,” said Farrell. “The doctor said it couldn’t have gone any better. Tuptim will have to stay in ICU for several weeks, but Mrs Nit is in a normal hospital bed and could be out of hospital within the week. It is brilliant news and let’s hope there will be no complications in the coming days and weeks.”
In the spirit of true charity, White has not discussed the issue publicly yet (other than to say, “Thank you” when applauded for his charitable act) or released a statement concerning Tuptim’s successful surgery.