A Human Interest Story!


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The 14-year-old, a pupil of Princess Chulabhorn School in Trang, fell onto a Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) track at Ang Mo Kio station in the city state on the morning of April 3. “Nong Than” was immediately taken to nearby Tan Tock Seng Hospital where she is now recovering. One of her legs was severed by the train as it came into the station, and the other was so badly mangled that it had to be amputated by surgeons. “I’m recovering really well after the surgery and hopefully I’ll be able to leave hospital in the next four weeks,” said Nong Than, adding that yesterday she received a basket of flowers from the secretary of Her Royal Highness Princess Sirindhorn who was in Singapore until yesterday. Nong Than spoke to the Bangkok Post by phone from her hospital bed, and said she felt much better now and was beginning to accept what had happened to her. “I think my life has just begun and I’m ready to adapt to a new life,” Nong Than said. “I won’t give up on my life, that’s for sure.”

Nong Than said she also wanted her case to be “a wake-up call” for Thai authorities who were duty-bound to provide proper safety measures on the BTS.

In addition, she demanded the Thai government pay more attention to the plight of the disabled by providing basic public infrastructure that would help
to get around more easily and make their lives more enjoyable.

This young lady has the heart of a Lion, and the Courage of a true survivor!  Hotdogfish

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