Attack on German national in Udon Thani; wrong time, wrong place

20.11.2014 - 10:45

Michael S. (25) was the victim of a violent attack in Udon Thani early in the morning of November the 15th. Three teenagers attacked him with a garden hoe, targeting his skull.
 

Michael S. Udon Thani

 

After we gave our first impression of the current state of health of Michael (article in Udon-News), today we visited him with a representative of the Deutscher Hilfsverein (German Aid Organisation) again, in the state hospital of Udon Thani.

 

 

Michael suffered mainly injuries to his skull, just above his right eye on his forehead in the attack. One attacker had hit him with the garden hoe, he fought off the first blow with his left arm, which was injured, the second blow hit him on the head and he fell to the floor.

His x-rays showed that the skull was fractured on the forehead by the impact. A tube attached to his head drains the fluid and blood.

Since Michael was admitted to hospital he has got better every day. His eyesight seems to have been unaffected by the impact, and he feels nothing which would indicate brain damage.

When asked about his impression on medical care at the hospital, Michael said that he didn't know as he had been given so little information about the treatment and whether the injuries would lead to any lasting damage, or after-effects.

Michael S. Udon Thani He doesn't think he needs to be moved to a private hospital.

Michael S. was placed in a ward initially, but after we spoke to the nurse, he was informed shortly after that he will be moved to a private room. He was very happy about this news. In the wards of the government hospital there are 12 beds.

The rep from the Deutscher Hilfsverein asked Michael if he had relatives in Germany, who should be informed of his accident. Michael said that his mother had come from Germany already this morning. His mother is Thai and lives in Germany.

Michael S. Udon Thani

Government hospital of Udon Thani

When asked if he had financial problems, he said that in the morning 50 thousand baht have been paid by his relatives for the first few days of treatment and otherwise there are no financial constraints.

He made clear that his 'permission to stay' didn't need to be extended. He said he was confident that he will be discharged in a few days after the drainage tube has been removed.

We asked how he assesses the background of the attack from his personal point of view. Could he imagine that he is a victim of a xenophobic attack? Michael was unable to form an opinion.

When we asked whether this attack will have consequences on his attitude towards Thailand and the Thai people, he replied that this will not be the case. He knows that the perpetrators were drunk and had been sniffing glue, and sees himself as a victim of a senseless act of violence. He had a lot of luck in the attack, the injuries could easily have cost him his life. He was at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

(Crime, Udon Thani)

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