Compo for family of student who died after first jab

Compo for family of student who died after first jab

A portrait on Surachai Orsapanich is seen with his coffin and funeral wreaths at Wat Pa Jitta Samakkhi in Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Thursday. He died at the age of 20 after receiving his first Covid-19 vaccine dose on Oct 4. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)
A portrait on Surachai Orsapanich is seen with his coffin and funeral wreaths at Wat Pa Jitta Samakkhi in Muang district, Nakhon Ratchasima, on Thursday. He died at the age of 20 after receiving his first Covid-19 vaccine dose on Oct 4. (Photo: Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: The family of a 20-year-old student who died on Thursday, 10 days after receiving his first dose of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine, will be paid initial compensation of 400,000 baht.

The payment was confirmed on Friday by provincial health chief Narinrat Pichayakamin, as compensation for death after vaccination. 

Surachai Orsapanich, a freshman studying hotel management at Ramkhaemhaeng University, died of heart failure at Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in Muang district on Thursday morning.

The young man had received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine made by Sinopharm at The Mall shopping centre in Muang district on Oct 4. The Nakhon Ratchasima municipal office provided the vaccine free for local people.

Dr Narinrat said an inactivated vaccine like Sinopharm's could normally cause fever, aches and fatigue, but the deceased student had developed severe diarrhoea and gone into shock.

Surachai's uncle, Pichet Ponsanoi, said that three days after getting the injection his nephew developed diarrhoea, vomited, lost his appetite and began shivering.

On Monday he had severe diarrhoea and was only half conscious. He had gone to a sub-district hospital which had referred him to Debaratana Nakhonratsima Hospital in Muang district.

About 2am on Thursday Surachai went into shock and became comatose. He was transferred to Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, where he died the same morning.

Mr Pichet said the young man's parents had died when he was a child and his 70-year-old grandmother had raised him.

He had no underlying illness. He was healthy and worked to provide money for his grandmother and pay for his studies, Mr Pichet said.

Nakhon Ratchasima governor Wichian Chantharanothai said on Friday that he ordered local doctors to investigate Surachai's death.

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