Toddler left in hot van dies after four days in coma

Toddler left in hot van dies after four days in coma

Driver and teacher at care centre to face negligence charges, say police

The family of Nong Kongbin, 2, wait outside the intensive care unit at Maharaj Si Thammarat Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where the boy died on Saturday evening. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)
The family of Nong Kongbin, 2, wait outside the intensive care unit at Maharaj Si Thammarat Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where the boy died on Saturday evening. (Photo by Nujaree Raekrun)

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A two-year-old boy who was left in a hot van outside a childcare centre for six hours died on Saturday evening, four days after he fell into a coma.

Staff of Maharaj Nakhon Si Thammarat Hospital confirmed the death of Thanakit “Nong Kongbin” Yodmanee, whose organs had been failing.

The toddler was taken to the hospital on Aug 11 after he was found unconscious in the back of the van at the Wat Srimaram childcare development centre in tambon Kathum of Phibun district. He had been forgotten and left locked in the van alone from 7.30am to around 1.30pm.

The boy was in a coma and was put on life support at the hospital.

Doctors on Saturday tried in vain to save the boy’s life after his liver and kidneys stopped functioning. His parents later decided to have their son taken off life support. The hospital confirmed his death at 5.20pm.

Pol Maj Gen Sonthichai Arwattanakulthep, chief of the Nakhon Si Thammarat police, said police would press charges of negligence causing death against the van driver and a teacher who was in charge of looking after the children in the van.


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