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27 August 2010 :: 12:08:57 pm 36723

Media Frenzy Surrounds 274kg Thai Woman’s Hospital Visit

A Thai 274kg Thai woman who had not left her apartment in over 3-years has been the subject of a relative media frenzy on Thursday as a full-scale expedition was enacted in an attempt to transport her to hospital.
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Bangkok, the 27th of August 2010: Organised by Bangkok’s governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra a relative plethora of media from Thai and International press were on hand to document the transportation of 274kg, Miss Umnuayporn Tongprapai [40] to hospital.

Miss. Tongprapai, living in a 3rd floor apartment on the outskirts of Bangkok, apparently needs urgent medical treatment on a tumour in her right leg. Before Thursday’s events, she had not left her apartment in three years, moving around only with the assistance of her two adopted sons and a maintenance trolley.

Believed to be the heaviest woman in Thailand, Thursdays events to transport her to hospital for surgery entailed over 50 personnel, including demolition crews, engineers, rescue workers a forklift and scissor lift.

“I’ve been living in this room and have not gone outside for three years,” said Umnuayporn, “I can walk a little, just enough that I can go to bathroom. But I have to cling to my son the whole way.”

To the applause of her neighbours, family and friends Miss Tongprapai was extracted from the building via an empty apartment in which demolition crews tore down an internal wall and part of the buildings façade, before lowering her to the ground with the use of a scissor lift. She was then transferred to an ambulance with a forklift before arriving at hospital.

Despite all the attention and a throng of media, Miss Tongprapai maintained a pleasant smile throughout the day’s workings, even flashing a ‘V’ for victory sign upon being successfully lowered to the ground and free of her ‘prison’.

BMA General Hospital Director, Pijaya Nagavachara, stated that, “It’s very likely that she is the heaviest person in the country,” having weighed her once she was admitted to the facility. Reportedly, her treatment will involve the removal of a tumour in her leg, reducing her weight, which experts have attributed to a thyroid problem.

Once her medical treatment is finished, Umnuayporn says her dream is to go to the beach. “I want to go to the sea,” she said, with tears in her eyes. “I want to play in the water.”

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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