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Children's Day was fun for most, but not for Chutima Pleanwong and her two young sons who were injured at Government House when strong winds blew down a billboard.
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Jessadaporn, 10, and Anucha, seven, cry as they comfort their mother, Chutima, injured by a collapsed billboard at Government House. CHANAT KATANYU
Children's Day accident
Children's Day was fun for most, but not for Chutima Pleanwong and her two young sons.
They were injured at an event that you would think would be among the safest in the country, the traditional Government House Children's Day activities.
The accident occurred at the so-called "Asean Community zone" about 3.20pm on Saturday when a large billboard was tipped over by strong winds, injuring Chutima, 36 and her two sons, Anucha Khomsing seven and Jessadaporn, 10.
Chutima was knocked unconscious, while Anucha suffered a head injury requiring three stitches. His brother Jessadaporn suffered a back injury and bruising to his body. All three were taken to nearby Mission Hospital.
Chutima was found to have a fractured vertebrae and has complained about a stomach ache, Nattapan Wilaiwan, a nurse at the hospital, said.
Witnesses said strong winds blew the billboard over and on to the family, who were eating at the time. Event organiser Right Man Co agreed to compensate the family, while Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra sent a gift.
Adapted from stories in the Bangkok Post
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
collapse – to fall down suddenly พังลงมา ล้ม, พังครืน
billboard – a large board on the outside of a building or at the side of the road, used for putting advertisements on ป้ายหรือกระดานใช้สำหรับโฆษณา
event – a planned public or social occasion งานสังคม
traditional – of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม
activity – a thing that you do for interest or pleasure, or in order to achieve a particular aim กิจกรรม
so-called – used for saying that a particular word is usually used for referring to someone or something ดังที่เรีัยกกัน
zone – an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต
tip over – to fall or turn over; to make something do this ทำให้คว่ำ, ทำให้ล้ม, คว่ำ
unconscious – in a sleeplike condition, usually from an illness or injury หมดสติ
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
stitch – a short piece of thread, etc. that doctors use to sew the edges of a wound together รอยเย็บ
bruising – marks that you get on your body if you are hit or if you knock against something แผลฟกช้ำ, รอยฟกช้ำ
fracture – a break or crack in something hard, especially a bone การแตก (โดยเฉพาะกระดูก)
vertebrae – the small bones that are connected together down the back to form the spine กระดูกสันหลัง
complain – to say that you are annoyed, unhappy or not satisfied about somebody/something บ่น, ร้องทุกข์
witness – a person who sees something happen ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
compensate – to pay money to someone because something bad has happened to them ชดเชย