The scald wounds covering the body of the 12-year-old Karen girl who fell victim to slavery can be cured although she won't make a perfect recovery, a doctor at Ramathibodi Hospital says.
A 12-year-old Karen girl who was allegedly kidnapped, enslaved and tortured by a Kamphaeng Phet couple meets surgeons at Ramathibodi Hospital yesterday. PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD
Arthi Krueawit, a senior surgeon at the hospital, conducted a medical check-up on the girl yesterday after she was freed from years of captivity.
A Thai couple has been charged with kidnapping the girl when she was seven-years-old from a farm in Kamphaeng Phet's Sai Ngarm district on May 20, 2008, and taking her to their house in Muang district.
The girl recently escaped and neighbours took her to Kamphaeng Phet Child and Family Emergency Home, from where she was taken to police.
Police have placed a 100,000 baht bounty on the couple after they failed to show up for questioning on Monday morning.
The girl told them she was physically abused, sometimes kept in a dog cage, and was also doused with boiling hot water, scalding her skin and leaving many scars on her body.
The Karen girl was taken to Ramathibodi Hospital by government spokesman Thossaporn Serirak. Dr Arthi said the scalds on her arms had affected her muscles to the point that the girl can no longer move her left arm.
They can be treated and the girl is likely to regain mobility in her arm. The operation will take three to four hours.
However, the wounds would take several weeks to heal, and she may have to wait up to a year before she can use her left arm again.
"Improvement is possible, but perfection is impossible," he said.
Dr Arthi said he would operate on the girl's arm first before treating scalding to other parts of her body.
He said the girl's mental condition just as concerning as her injuries, as she would need psychological care to restore her to normal health. Pol Col Akkarasorn Srisupat, superintendent of Kamphaeng Phet police station, said the Thai couple accused of committing the atrocities while holding her in captivity had fled police arrest to Cambodia.
He had sent police to keep an eye on suspect Nathee Tangon, 35, and his wife, Rattanakorn Piyaworatham, 33.
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