Huntington’s disease

A young girl at Stanford is working on helping people suffering from Huntington’s disease


A young girl from Thailand, Oranicha “Natty” Jumreornvong, has won an early admission into the FlexMed program which is a part of the Icahn School of Medicine located in New York. Jumreornvong was offered this admission, when she was in her 1st year, and 2nd quarter, in Stanford. Natty will pass out from Stanford in 2017. This admission is only granted to those students, who have displayed a love for human rights.


Currently, Jumreornvong is working with people suffering, from Huntington’s disease. Speaking about her work, Jumreornvong said that, while working in Thailand with the patients of this disease, she found that, in Thailand, someone who was suffering from Huntington’s disease was thought to be possessed by an evil spirit and was hit by a shaman, to wipe off the demons of his disease.


She worked in Thailand, with the patients of this disease as a part of the, HOPES (Huntington’s Outreach Project for Education at Stanford). She has closely worked with 47 families who have members suffering from Huntington’s disease in Thailand and received the honorary Social Innovator award from Princess of Thailand in 2016. Jumreornvong has also advocated the provision of all facilities such as ramps to everybody, who suffers from any kind of disability. So, that’s why she is offering her advice on the “Disability Empowerment Act”.


This Act will provide more facilities to those suffering from any kind of disability. Jumreornvong, got the privilege of working as a policy advisor because she has worked with, QRist. This is a web application, which facilitates, the tracking of patient’s records through their fingerprint scans. There are 20 clinics that make use of this application and are working on it further. These clinics have served over 5000 patients so far with this technology.


Jumreornvong has also encouraged many of her friends at Stanford to aid her in the provision of entrepreneur facilities to those, who are suffering from debilitating diseases. This will be part of her Ph.D. thesis project. Ironically, Jumreornvong’s parents were not convinced enough for their daughter to go to Stanford in the US. They were perturbed how their daughter would cope in US given the difference of cultures between these two countries.


In the words of Donald Barr, who is her professor of paediatrics at Stanford, “Given the cultural transition, she went through, to apply to this program as a first-quarter sophomore is incredible. It has been very valuable to me to watch her come into her own, and it revalidates the energy and support I provide to other students.” Now, everybody that knows her academically in Thailand, wants her to stay in US because they know that she can do philanthropic work from US for her fellow countrymen.

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