Thai girl in MRT accident lands 'Best Job in Thailand', gets paid $40,000 monthly

Thanks to her positive mindset, Nitcharee "Nong Than" Peneakchanasak has been flying high despite having lost both of her legs in a 2011 accident in Singapore.

Just this month, 21-year-old Nitcharee landed the so-called "Best Job in Thailand".

The patient-happiness surveyor position at the World Medical Hospital comes with a monthly income of Bt1 million (S$40,800) under a six-month contract.

Nitcharee, who is now enrolled in a short course overseas, will start the job on August 16.

"I plan to focus on physically challenged patients," said the student of Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication.

She will be expected to talk to patients, boost their morale and present findings on the hospital's social media accounts so that readers can learn how to make patients happy. In recent years, Nitcharee has also been a motivational speaker and TV host.

Prof Dr Adisorn Patradul, director of the World Medical Hospital, said Nitcharee had beaten nearly 1,000 applicants because of her outstanding qualifications.

He added that he appreciated Nitcharee's resilience. Even though she suffered the loss of her legs in the accident on Singapore's MRT tracks, she has raised herself up and been going strong since.

"We also take note that she has joined various charity activities over the years," Adisorn said. "Last but not least, she has a very positive mindset. She is always smiling and cheerful. She's the kind of person that patients must be happy talking to."

Despite the loss of her legs, Nitcharee plays badminton, swims and even dives just like able-bodied people.

"It's possible to turn crises into opportunities, flaws into inspirations," she said, adding that physical disabilities did not have to be obstacles in life. "If we have enough determination, we can do anything," she said.

Aware that she will have to divide her time between her job at the hospital and her studies at Thammasat, Nitcharee has already planned ahead. "I will enrol in just a few courses in the upcoming semester so that I have time for my work at the medical centre," she said.

She said she planned to spend her afternoons at the World Medical Hospital at least three days during the week and all of her weekends there.

Nitcharee added that she appreciated the opportunities that had come her way and promised to keep improving.

The windfall income from the hospital salary, she said, might be used to buy a new pair of artificial legs. "Each pair costs around Bt5 million," she said.

The artificial limbs that she currently uses were given to her by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, who said she wished to extend her help and also encouraged Nitcharee "to pay it forward" by helping other people in the future.