Worker lost both legs and an arm in an accident

02.03.2017 - 17:14

Mr. Thongdi Jantapheng nearly lost his life at the end of 2015. Both the lower limbs and one arm had to be amputated. Since that, the 50 year-old laborer from Ubon Ratchathani exists on 800 baht of state support per month. A donation campaign has been started to help and support Thongdi in the long term.


On the 23rd of December 2015 Thongdi suffered a life-threatening electric shock during masonry work on a pedestrian bridge. When he fell from the bridge, Mr. Thongdi broke his legs and arms several times. He survived the accident, then laid isolated for many months in the intensive care unit at the local hospital. Both the lower limbs and one arm could not be saved and had to be amputated. The remaining arm was operated on several times and reinforced with metal.

To this day the wounds on the arm have not healed. Skin grafts were necessary to seal the stumps of the amputated limbs.

On April the 2nd 2016, Mr. Tongdi returned from the hospital to his home in Ban Non Kha Village, Phosi Township. His savings had been spent on treatment costs and the purchase of a used wheelchair. He can't afford a necessary operation to treat the strongly deformed remaining arm. In addition, he is traumatized by the many operations and the long isolation in the ICU.


As a severely handicapped person, he now lives on 800 baht of monthly state support. Since he is constantly dependent on help, his wife can not pursue regular employment.


Udon-News was informed by the German pensioner Helmut of this tragic case. Helmut and Tongdi live in the same village. Helmut has asked us if we knew where we could ask for support for Mr. Tongdi. Unfortunately, we are not aware of any such institution or organization. However, we were able to establish contact with a group of golfers in Udon Thani, which donated the monies collected during last year's Steve Gilbert Memorial Golf Tournament. A group of petanque players in Udon Thani has also donated to the campaign.

With the support of these golfers, Helmut, the expats of the petanque group, the Müller German language school, and the Udon-News forum, 10,000 baht was transferred to Ubon Ratchathani.


Urgent purchases, which included the most necessary things of daily life, were immediately made by Helmut and his wife.

They had already supported Thongdi financially, and with advice and action, within and beyond the limits of what was possible for them. The first thing to do is to ensure that part of the donated money is used to adjust Thongdi's home to fit his disability.

Since 800 baht of monthly state support is not nearly sufficient to finance the most necessary expenditures of daily life, the donation will make up for the shortfall when necessary.

But even this money will be quickly spent without subsequent donations!

If you want to support Thongdi financially, you can contact us, we will establish a contact to the supporters.

Even small donations will be greatly appreciated!

(other, Ubon Ratchathani)

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