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Doctors report Nong Mint died of heart failure

Doctors report Nong Mint died of heart failure

PHUKET: Doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital have taken nearly a month to conclude that Pornpiphat “Mint” Iaddam, a 20-year-old first-year student at Phuket Rajabhat University who last month collapsed on campus and died after cheerleading practice, died of heart failure.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 17 September 2020, 05:56PM

Pornpiphat ‘Mint’ Iaddam collapsed at Phuket Rajabhat University and was pronounced dead soon after. Photo: Courtesy of Graisorn Booksaphang / Facebook

Pornpiphat ‘Mint’ Iaddam collapsed at Phuket Rajabhat University and was pronounced dead soon after. Photo: Courtesy of Graisorn Booksaphang / Facebook

The news was finally released by Phuket City Police Chief Col Theerawat Liamsuwan today (Sept 17), reported state news agency MCOT.

With the hospital report now submitted, Nong Mint’s family may finally hold her funeral.

Nong Mint’s body will be released to her family this Saturday (Sept 19), Col Theerawat said today, said the MCOT report.

In a stunning display of understanding human physiology, Col Theerawat said that doctors at Vachira Phuket Hospital had determined that Nong Mint’s death was brought on by insufficient blood supply to the heart, leading to heart failure. 

There was no explanation of what had caused the heart failure, which is apparently still under investigation – despite widespread initial reports of Nong Mint’s death explaining that the young student had been ordered to run laps around the pond on campus, which has a perimeter of one kilometre. Nong Mint reportedly collapsed during her eighth lap.

She was ordered to run the laps as punishment for making mistakes during cheerleading practice.

The university has consistently denied that Nong Mint died from any form of hazing, although it has since been confirmed that only first-year students who made mistakes during the cheerleading practice were ordered to run laps.

The university also maintains that Nong Mint and the other first-year students were ordered to run laps around the car park where the cheerleading practice was held, and not around the campus pond.

Instead of giving any explanation of the ongoing investigation’s progress, Col Theerawat only said, “The family members will be questioned again, as the condition can be due to genetic causes.”

While a second-year student who ordered Nong Mint to run has already been presented with an initial charge of negligence causing the death of another person over the incident, Col Theerawat today did assure that police will use the medical examination report as evidence to consider who else will be prosecuted. 

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“There will be a meeting of the investigation committees in the coming week, in order to conclude whether any lecturer or university staff will be charged for ignoring their duty or not,” he said.

Family members will claim Nong Mint’s body from the hospital this Saturday (Sept 19) in order to hold her funeral. 

Her remains will be cremated at Wat Tha Ruea in Srisoonthorn next Tuesday (Sept 22), he added.

See also:

Police quiet on probe into Phuket student’s death (Sept 2)

Police top brass step in over Nong Mint’s death, student charged (Aug 24)

Friend reveals timeline of Nong Mint’s death (Aug 24)

 Police investigate PRU student’s death (Aug 22)

Father speaks out on daughter’s death at Phuket university (Aug 21)

Student, 20, dies in Phuket cheerleading ‘hazing’ (Aug 21)

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ematt | 18 September 2020 - 12:25:58

“A stunning display... “  Hack journalism. Stick to the facts, editor. Leave the snide remarks to the famously intolerant PN comment writers. 

[Point taken, and agreed. Our apologies, just couldn't resist. Genuinely, thank you for the reminder -- Ed]

Kurt | 18 September 2020 - 08:26:58

Are first year Uni Students not required to undergo a medical examinations prior joining s University? Anyway, it is clear that quick buying off the family with 100.000 thb by University director was mend to buy off his responsibility  for running around a large pond, instead around a car park. TIT

Capricornball | 17 September 2020 - 18:39:43

Sad case any way you look at it. Frankly, the way things are  settled here leads me to think that police "investigations" and/or medical reports are all different elements put there for show, while financial arrangements are ironed out on the sidelines.  Right vs Wrong are tossed to the side, with face-saving and financial agreements being the real priorities. RIP young lady.


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