Elderly Thai guard infected with Covid-19 hangs himself while waiting for hospital bed

An elderly security guard infected with Covid-19 and waiting for a hospital bed hanged himself at his room in Bang Bua Thong district on Thursday morning, Bangkok Post reported.

Chao Singtor, 73, was found dead on the balcony of his fourth-floor room in the seven-storey Sombat Buri Condo building in tambon Bang Bua Thong.

He was found by a public health volunteer delivering meals around 9am on Thursday, Pol Lt Col Akkharapol Banchong, deputy investigation chief at Bang Bua Thong police station, said. ADVERTISEMENT

A nylon rope was tied around his neck and the other end was fastened to a window frame. He was wearing only brown pants, and was kneeling. 

His son Chalee Singtor, 43, said his father phoned him on July 15  and said he had no energy and asked him to bring some food. He rushed to his father’s room.

At the time, he was not aware that his father was ill with the virus. His father later went to see a doctor at a hospital, where he tested positive for Covid-19. 

Mr Chalee said he had sought help from several senior people to find a hospital bed for his father. They promised to help, but his father was still restricted to his room.

On Wednesday, his father phoned him and said he could not stand it anymore. He had breathing difficulties and was suffering from exhaustion.

He told his father to hang in there as he was following up a lead on a hospital bed.

On Thursday morning, a public health volunteer who took food to his father phoned and said Chao was dead, he had hanged himself, Mr Chalee recounted sadly.

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