12-year-old hero given 5,000 baht from Red Cross

Friday, 24 January 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 4 By  CPRD

A Chonburi 12-year-old who threw himself in front of a car to shield his younger sister was rewarded by the Chonburi Red Cross with a 5,000 baht scholarship.

Sumet Kulprasart, a Prathom 6 student of Thummawatee School, suffered a crushed knee in the effort to protect 7-year-old Thanaporn from being hit by an Isuzu driven by 23-year-old Khana Thapthimnoi. Doctors replaced the destroyed joint with an artificial knee.

Chonburi Red Cross President Busarawadee Ekachai (left) presents cash and supplies to young hero, Sumet Kulprasart and his mother.Chonburi Red Cross President Busarawadee Ekachai (left) presents cash and supplies to young hero, Sumet Kulprasart and his mother.

Chonburi Red Cross President Busarawadee Ekachai said the Red Cross wanted to reward the boy for his heroics by paying for his schooling for the year. She also worked out a deal with Thummawatee School to allow the boy to make up his school work later without penalty.

Sumet said his only concern now is getting back into school so he can move on to high school. If he cannot, he’ll have to take entrance exams again and find a new Mattayom 1 school.

His mother, Sukanya Khongsri, however, is more concerned with the medical bills for both the knee replacement and future visits. She’s hoping a government agency can provide relief or, at least, advice on how to recover the costs.

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