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Hua Hin shark attack victim: Insurance won’t pay as wife slams authorities

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The Norwegian shark attack victim in Hua Hin is faced with a 300,000 baht hospital bill after the insurance company refused to pay up.

Hua Hin shark attack victim: Insurance won't pay as wife slams authorities | News by Samui TimesNow his Thai wife has slammed the local authorities who presented him with baskets of goodies but are now refusing to help.

Fifty four year old Werner Danielsen was bitten on the left foot on April 15th at Sai Noi beach in an attack that made national news and prompted a swift reaction from the authorities.

Many were at his Bangkok Hospital, Hua Hin, bedside having their picture taken after he needed 19 stitches and was hospitalized for after care.

He had insurance and thought that would take care of everything – he even returned a 5,000 baht payment saying it should be used for other more deserving people. He was not interesting in making money out of it.

But the insurance company changed their mind after finding out that Mr Danielsen had been in Thailand more than 3 months, said his wife Amornrat Phaengnga.

With costs racking up they moved his care to Sri Nakharin Hospital at Khon Kaen University where they now face further bills running into tens of thousands of baht for follow up treatment and physiotherapy.

He has got a two month extension from immigration.

Amornrat told NewTV that her husband was given baskets and a big show of help but now he really needs assistance everything has gone quiet.

She said she had called the Hua Hin district chief and the mayor and just got brushed off. She believes the authorities should take some responsibility.

Mr Danielsen intends to write about what has happened to him as a warning when he goes home to Norway.

Deputy governor of Prajuab Khiri Khan province Chotirin Kertsom said he thought that Mr Danielsen had insurance and that the province has no fund for such matters.

He said if he ever came back he would give him a “special tourist card”.

NewTV did not explain what that might entail.

Thai Visa / NewTV

Hua Hin shark attack victim: Insurance won't pay as wife slams authorities | News by Samui Times

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