Thai teen who lost legs in MRT accident seeks help from her PM

Thai teen who lost legs in MRT accident seeks help from her PM
Thai teenager Nitcharee Peneakchanasak at Park Hotel on October 26, 2012. Nitcharee, who had lost her legs after falling onto the tracks at Ang Mo Kio MRT station on 3 April 2011, was suing against SMRT and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) for negligence and inadequate preventive measures.

A 17-year-old Thai girl, who lost both her legs after falling in front of an MRT train in Singapore in 2011, wants Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to convince the city-state's government to pay for new prosthetic legs.

The move came after Singapore's Supreme Court on Monday threw out the compensation claim of Nitcharee Peneakchanasak's family against the MRT.

Kitthanet Peneakchanasak, Nitcharee's father, said after losing cases in three courts in Singapore he felt saddened by the latest verdict and the fact that the Singapore government did not allow press coverage of it.

He said he wanted the world to know that Singapore, one of the planet's richest nations, had taken no responsibility for the incident.

Kitthanet expressed his profound gratitude to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for granting Bt3 million (S$118,000) so his daughter could get prosthetic limbs following the incident.

But he added: "My daughter has to replace these artificial legs with the ones controlled by neural signals, which is very expensive.

"I hope that the Thai government will help negotiate [with the Singapore government] so that we get the new and advanced prosthetic limbs for her so she can live almost like normal people.''

Nitcharee, who is a high-school student in Bangkok, aspires to become a psychiatrist.

Kitthanet said his family received no support from the Thai government during the trial.

He urged the government to draw up measures to give support to Thai students studying abroad when they need help.

Nitcharee fell on the tracks after becoming overcome by drowsiness.

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