Red Cross donates $250k to Thai girl who lost legs in MRT accident

By Mary-Ann Soh

SINGAPORE - As she celebrates her 15th birthday today, Thai teenager Peneakchanasak Nitcharee would be delighted to know that she will be receiving a generous donation from the Singapore Red Cross.

The charity organisation released a statement today announcing that it would be donating $250,000 to Nitcharee - better known as Nong Tan - for her medical rehabilitation expenses.

The money was donated by a group of anonymous Singaporean donors.

Nitcharee lost both legs in a tragic fall onto the train tracks at Ang Mo Kio MRT station in April this year.

Her hospital bills in Singapore's Tan Tock Seng Hospital amounted to $46,000; and a pair of prosthethic legs, which she hopes to get fitted in Thailand, will cost about $100,000 for custom-made ones.

The cheque will be presented to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Executive Vice-President of the Thai Red Cross Society, tomorrow at 1pm at the Thai Red Cross Society in Bangkok by Singapore Red Cross Chairman Mr Tee Tua Ba.

Earlier this week, Nitcharee's father, Mr Peneakchanasak, had rejected SMRT's compensation offer of $5,000 and had engaged a lawyer to ask for a fairer compensation, reported my paper.

Nitcharee returned to Thailand on Monday.