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“Rude hospital operators” fail to turn up to apologize to corpse at dead youth’s funeral

Two 1669 operators who took a call from a sick man and advised him to take some paracetamol failed to turn up at his funeral yesterday.

The operators who the family said spoke rudely to them have been off work from Prajuab Hospital due to stress said doctors.

Look Chit, 20, who was suffering from the blood disorder thalassemia was told over the phone to take the headache medicine. And was further told there was no ambulance available and one would be sent in the morning.

By that time he was dead.

The family wanted the operators to come and perform a ceremony know as “khamaa sop” in Thai that essentially means to apologize to a corpse.

The ceremony is important in Thai culture and thinking as it puts people’s minds at rest. It is sometimes done by murderers to their victims.

The family said they have no intention of seeking damages in the death of Look Chit, they just wanted to put the matter behind them.

Doctors from Prajuab Khirikhan Hospital attended the funeral rites yesterday saying that it was regrettable.

But the operators had been given time off as they were unable to work due to stress and they had not been able to contact them.

Thai VisaBectero



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