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Thaksin slightly better but still needs oxygen, room cooled by fans


THE Police Hospital’s top physician said this afternoon (Aug. 23) that Pheu Thai de facto boss/former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is now slightly better than when he arrived last night but still requires respiratory support and while able to communicates suffers from shortness of breath, Matichon newspaper said.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Sophonrat Singharu, the hospital’s chief physician, added that the team of six doctors taking care of him had forbidden visits and should his family want to move him to a private hospital this would be at the discretion of the Corrections Department.

The department did not inform the hospital in advance that they were rushing Thaksin over because their medical team had already tried to control his high blood pressure but with the sudden onset of chest tightness and low oxygen level  decided to send him here.

The department and the hospital entered an agreement over 30 years ago whereby the former could send patients for emergency treatment.

“Thaksin was brought to the Police Hospital in a department vehicle because his blood pressure was  170 mm Hg and he was immediately taken to the 14th floor which was previously a quarantine area for Covid-19 patients.

“Currently the air-conditioner is not working so the room is ventilated with two fans.

“Thaksin’s room is not on the side with a view because there is a glass panel on that side and it’s hot,” he said.

Thaksin is not wearing any sort of restraints because under the law patients under 16 and over 70 years of age need not wear them as it would make treatment difficult, he added.


Top: Pheu Thai de facto boss/former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, left, and Police Hospital chief physician Pol. Lt. Gen. Sophonrat Singharu, right, with images of two fans to illustrate how his room is being cooled. Composite photo: Matichon

First insert: The beautiful view from the 14th floor of the hospital which Thaksin does not see.

Second insert: The 14th floor suite where Thaksin is staying. All photos: Matichon

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