It is the first time that Dr Chalermpong or any officials have reported that Mr Vorasit was left comatose from injuries sustained in the accident.
At last report, on Monday, Dr Chalermpong told the press that Mr Vorasit’s condition had improved but that he remained under observation in the intensive-care unit (ICU) at Vachira Phuket Hospital.
Dr Chalermpong this morning told the press that Mr Vorasit’s condition “has much improved”.
“His body is responsive much more than doctors’ expected,” he said.
“He has already exited a coma. The doctors have already tried to allow him to breathe on his own, but he still needs a breathing tube and he needs to be fed by a tube,” Dr Chalermpong said.
“His brain, which suffered bruising and swelling from the impact, is getting better. There is no infection,” he said.
“We expect that if his condition becomes much better than this without any complications, we will move him to a special room and remove the breathing tube to let him breathe by himself,” he concluded.
Wichit Police Chief Col Prateung Ponmana today explained that from examination of Mr Vorasit’s car, “There is a massive damage on the driver’s door, windscreen and the bonnet. The tyres are still new.
“We are still collecting evidence to find out whether the incident was caused by a flaw of the car or the driver’s reckless driving,” he said.
“At this stage, we believe that the environment of the scene [of the accident] plays a part, as it is a curve that is poorly lit. We may need to install a roadside protective barrier and install more lights in the area in order to increase the level safety of driving along that section of road,” he said.
Neither Col Prateung nor Dr Chalermpong today made any mention of the results of the blood alcohol test Mr Vorasit has allegedly undergone, following Phuket Provincial Police assuring the public in an unnamed post on Monday night that doctors “have been told to conduct an alcohol test” on Mr Vorasit.