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Family taken to hospital after infected father, denied treatment, has to wait 3 days for ambulance


A family of five living in Soi Saimai 85 in Bangkok’s Saimai district were transported to hospital for treatment after contracting Covid-19 from an infected father, who was forced to stay home awaiting an ambulance for three days after being denied immediate treatment by a private hospital because it had reportedly run out of beds.

The father, aged 58, reportedly took a test at the private hospital on April 13 after one of his friends whom he had dinner with on April 8 informed him that he had tested positive for Covid-19. When the father’s test came back positive, the hospital told him to wait at his house and they would send an ambulance to pick him up.

However, when three long days passed and no ambulance showed up, the father finally decided to send five of his family to Bhumibol Hospital for a test. They were all found to be infected.

Family taken to hospital after infected father, denied treatment, has to wait 3 days for ambulance

An ambulance finally arrived from the private hospital at 2pm on Tuesday to pick up the father for treatment.

At 9.30pm that day, Mongkutwattana Hospital director Dr Rianthong Nanna sent an ambulance to collect the rest of the family so they could be treated at his hospital.

Rianthong reportedly said he had contacted Ekaphop Leuangprasert, assistant to Saimai Pheu Thai Party MP Anudit Nakhonthap, to send a sanitation unit to disinfect the patients’ house and surrounding houses in the neighbourhood to prevent the infection from spreading.

Family taken to hospital after infected father, denied treatment, has to wait 3 days for ambulance

Published : April 21, 2021

By : THE NATION