Wheelchair Transforms The Life of Jackie From Thailand

Jackie was born in a small village in Thailand as a healthy typical boy. He could walk until he was five years old. “Then he started to fall down again and again. I didn’t really think much about it since I’m the village leader, I am responsible for everyone. I just thought he would be okay,” explains Jackie's father Ekkachai. Now, Jackie cannot walk or get up on his own. He has no strength and desperately needed a wheelchair.  

The doctor told Jackie’s parents he has Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)— a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. Most people with DMD do not live past 30 years and there is no cure.

After a 3-hour journey, Jackie’s mom brought him to Joni & Friends Wheels for the World™ distribution filled with hope and eager to receive his first wheelchair.  

Like most people in Thailand, Jackie and his family are Buddhist, but that day, they received more than just a wheelchair— they learned about the love and hope of Jesus and were given Bible in their language!

Jackie's mother Wandee shared, “I am glad that Jackie could get a wheelchair. He is so excited. He likes it a lot!” Ekkachai added, “This wheelchair helps in so many ways. Now he wheels himself into the house and will attend school again. He no longer has to rely on us to carry him.”