Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Dad goes busking to collect cash for daughter hurt in Phuket

PHUKET: Pictures widely shared on the Internet of a Czech father busking in front of the Robinson department store in Phuket Town and on Bangla Rd in Patong to collect money for his daughter’s hospital bills have prompted help from many people, he says.

By Nattha Thepbamrung

Tuesday 13 January 2015, 07:14PM

Lukáš Matěna was playing guitar on the streets to collect money after his six-year-old daughter, Rebeka Matěna, was hit by a car last Tuesday (January 6).

“We arrived in Phuket on January 4,” the busking father of four explained to The Phuket News.

“We [Lukáš and his wife Klàra] were inside Chalong temple [with the children]. I was parking the motorbike and did not know Rebeka had decided to cross the road by herself.

“A car coming from the inside the temple hit her and caused three fractures in her jaw,” he explained. The child was taken to Bangkok Hospital Phuket.

“She is getting better now. She can take some liquid food and she may be able to leave the hospital in a few days. But in one week, she is due for a check-up and a week after that, there will be another operation.”

The car driver’s insurance company is covering the B800,000 hospital bill but Mr Matěna still has to find money to cover the costs of the family’s extended stay in Thailand.

“We were to have left Phuket last Thursday [January 8] but because of the accident, we have to wait until our daughter gets better.”


Immigration Police officers led by Pol Lt Tapanan Akkarakantarakorn visited the family in the hospital.

“We come here just to make sure that they are being helped properly,” he told The Phuket News.

“I had to tell them that it is illegal for a foreigner to play music on the street for money and I suggested that it would be better if they contact the Czech embassy. There are funds for emergency cases like this.”

The family arrived in Thailand in December, spending time in Krabi before taking a boat to Phuket on January 4, two days before the accident.

Mr Matěna said he had already extended the family’s visas for 30 days on Friday (January 9) but they will have to wait until the second operation and see how feasible it is to travel home after that.

The reaction from netizens was wonderful, he said. “People saw me on social media and came looking for us at the hospital. Others saw me performing on the street and gave money.

“I want to thank you everyone, the local Phuket people, local businesses and officials for their help for my daughter and our family. We really appreciate it very much,” he added.



Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

reader | 15 March 2015 - 09:47:26

I must say travel insurance should be mandatory for all visitors to Thailand. It will save a lot of heartache. 

aussiebob | 14 January 2015 - 07:16:04

Great to hear that the child will recover from her injuries. But,if you can't afford travel insurance, YOU CAN'T AFFORD A HOLIDAY!!!

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Tour boats blamed for widespread reef damage

Timo hit the nail on the head, and all the warnings of environmental degradation continuously fall o...(Read More)

Chinese Consul General meets Phuket Governor to discuss tourist safety

"“I am very happy to hear that the Thai government has made the safety of Chinese tourists a ...(Read More)

Governor pushes water-shortage solutions

"“We will not charge residents any costs for emergency water provdied,” the governor assure...(Read More)

Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

"Pascale one wonders why the cereal(sic) is allowed. Emails to the Editor get no reply. I think...(Read More)

Welcoming HMAS Canberra: Australian Navy head to Phuket for training and community activities

"talking is so much easier.Always the same," hope to see you there, getting your hands dir...(Read More)

Army starts rolling in emergency water supply to Phuket

"Col Santi explained, “Lt Gen Pornsak learned that local residents in Phuket were now in trou...(Read More)

Hunted seastead couple ‘traced to Tarutao’

Fake news by thai authorities. The US-Thai couple didn't build, tugged, and anchored the floati...(Read More)

Army starts rolling in emergency water supply to Phuket

I thought the Gov said there was NO drought so why is the Army turning up with water tankers. Don...(Read More)

Army starts rolling in emergency water supply to Phuket

Finally army has taken over from a governor who still denies there is a water crisis on Phuket. Besi...(Read More)

Mains water supply outage announced

Interesting mental output at 5.16. Fascinating with all those dots and half finished sentences,but w...(Read More)