living in the ‘Land of Smiles’

Chiang Mai, Thailand

(1 of 3) the very brave and inspiring – Nitcharee Peneakchanasak

via: The Bangkok Post

Nitcharee Peneakchanasak continues to make progress in her recovery from a train accident in Singapore in which she lost both legs below the knees.

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 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.


First of all, I know Singapore is a VERY RICH country, and Thailand is not.

However, speaking from personal experience; I believe the government can do more, and should do more, to help the disabled.


‘broken left femur – 6-week post-op’


‘broken left femur 12-week post-op’


And finally, I want wish the VERY BEST to Nong Than.


April 14, 2011 - Posted by | Bangkok Post newspaper, Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. Unfortunately, this story has a sad ending. 😦

    Read the short news excerpt I posted below:

    “SMRT has said that the Thai teenager who lost both her legs after she fell onto the tracks in April had failed to ensure her own safety while waiting for the train.

    In its defence against a $3.4 million claim by Nitcharee Peneakchanasak’s family, the transport operator said that there were safety measures in place at the above-ground Ang Mo Kio Station where she had fallen, and that the 15-year-old had fallen due to her negligence, reported The Straits Times.”

    You can read the rest of the report here:

    And it really pissed me off to learn that SMRT, which reported a net profit of S$161.1 million dollars for FY2011, only offered a miserly S$5000 dollars as compensation to the family of Nitcharee.

    Comment by Singa Crew | September 2, 2011 | Reply

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