Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thailand: French Tourist, 26, Sustains Brain Injury in Street Brawl in Hua Hin

According to Thailand's The Nation, the Royal Thai Police have arrested eleven suspects, most of them minors, for assaulting and seriously injuring a French tourist, in the seaside town of Hua Hin.

Simonivet Pou, 26, was attacked in one of the town's beer bar zones on New Year's Day (January 1) after he attempted to help another foreigner in a street brawl. 

"We arrested the suspects and they have confessed to their crime," Prachuap Khiri Khan police chief Major General Tanet Suntornsuk said Friday (January 3). 

COMMENT:  General Tanet said nine of the suspects were between 15 and 17 years old. One was 20 while another was serving in the Thai Army. 

The suspects told police that a drunken foreigner had offended them, so they attacked him. 

Pou then attempted to intervene in the incident and ended up being assaulted himself with the end result being so serious that he required brain surgery. It is unknown what Pou's condition is following surgery.

Although the suspects were charged with assault, the learning point for all foreign travelers is to avoid all altercations as any brawl can have irreversible results such as life-long injuries. 

Head injuries, for instance, can debilitate victims for the rest of their days.

As a final note, as I have said so often in the past, I strongly urge that all travelers never leave home without first subscribing to international medical treatment and evacuation coverage which can run as little $250 a year for those who travel abroad long-term.

Many major surgeries in developing countries can also be withheld until such time as the patient guarantees payment with a credit card.

Medical evacuation back home can easily run upwards of a $100,000, forcing financial ruin and/or bankruptcy.

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