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“I’ll sue” – woman who lost part of her leg in Don Mueang walkway incident


A woman who had to have part of her leg amputated on-site after she fell on a moving walkway at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport, is taking legal action. The Bangkok Post reports that the woman’s son says his mother has instructed her lawyer to file a complaint with the police.

The 57 year old woman, whose identity has not yet been made public, was due to take a flight to Nakhon Si Thammarat on Thursday, June 29, when she tripped and fell at the end of a moving walkway in the domestic terminal.

The reason the woman fell has not yet been confirmed, but the force of the fall was such that it dislodged the safety cover and her leg became jammed in the walkway’s internal mechanism.

According to the Bangkok Post report, the woman’s son, Krit Kittirattana, posted on Facebook on Tuesday to say that his mother is in a stable condition in hospital and is receiving visitors.

However, he says she still struggles with feelings of intense fear and often wakes up in panic in the middle of the night. Mr Krit adds that a psychotherapist is helping his mother.

“We are trying to help her maintain her self-esteem as much as possible, so that she does not feel that she has lost her self-worth and can resume her normal life again.”

He goes on to say the family have instructed their lawyer to file a complaint with the police and ask officers to speak with his mother. The family are also calling for any potential eyewitnesses who may be willing to testify in court to come forward.

Meanwhile, Adirek Tongkeamkeaw, police superintendent at Don Mueang Airport, says officers are reviewing CCTV footage from the airport, while airport bosses make sure all other walkways in the area are safe.

There has been little evidence of any accountability from airport bosses to date, who have instead pointed the finger at both the maintenance company and the manufacturer of the walkway (despite the fact that it was installed 27 years ago).

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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