A YOUNG MAN who was shot last evening (Aug. 16) near Din Daeng junction where clashes between protesters and police have been taking place for several days now is in coma at Rajavithi Hospital, Amarin TV and Sanook.com said this morning.
Doctors said a bullet was found in the brainstem of the unidentified young man of around 20 years of age after he was brought to the hospital by a Ruamkatanyu Foundation volunteer ambulance.
Upon arrival he was not breathing and had no pulse with there being a wound on the left side of his neck. However within six minutes of tracheal intubation and cardiac pumping he was revived. Additional examination revealed the bullet in his brainstem with 1st and 2nd cervical vertebrae fractured.
Today although the injured young man is still in coma, his vital signs are steady but he is breathing with the help of a ventilator. A neurosurgery team will further assess his brain injury.
Read earlier reports: In pictures: Protesters clash with police near Govt House
Reporters said that 8.30 p.m. last night this man fainted and fell to the ground near the Din Daeng police station and at that moment a loud sound, similar to a firearm being fired, was heard.
A 14-year-old boy also sustained an injury in his right shoulder and was taken to Chulalongkorn Hospital
Although yesterday’s protesters had switched their venue from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s house within the First Infantry Regiment compound on Vibhavadi Rangsit road to the Government House with their demonstration ending at 6 p.m., a number of people had gathered at Din Daeng junction with police later dispersing them with water cannon, tear gas and rubber bullets.
Some of them had gathered on Mitmaitri Road in front of Din Daeng police station before this incident occurred.
Top: A composite picture showing Din Daeng police station with an image of a man who appears to be firing a rifle inset. Thai headline says, “bullet found in the brainstem.” Photo: Amarin TV
Home Page: The injured man is being taken to the hospital. Photos: Sanook.com