Nurse receives recognition for saving unconscious tourist in Surat Thani

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Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayatorn sent a personal thank you letter to a nurse working at Surat Thani Hospital for saving a German tourist from a heart attack on Saturday, Jan. 2.

The nurse, Sikanya Chuarop was riding a bicycle with a friend on Surat Thani – Nasan Road when she spotted the German tourist, Gunter Retsch. He had collapsed from a heart attack in front of Surat Thani Cancer Hospital. Sikanya and her friend were able to bring Gunter to Surat Thani Hospital just in time to revive him. Sikanya is a nurse at the Department of Male Neurosurgery.

Nurse to Sikanya Chuarop receives a commemorative plaque from Surat Thani Hospital Director Dr Adikiat Irmworaniran for her quick action to save the life of a German tourist.Nurse to Sikanya Chuarop receives a commemorative plaque from Surat Thani Hospital Director Dr Adikiat Irmworaniran for her quick action to save the life of a German tourist.

The Public Health Minister said in the letter that Ms. Sikanya performed her duty as a nurse, as well as a Thai citizen, by being a good host to foreigners. Dr. Piyasakol added that she made the Ministry of Public Health and her hospital proud for her act of kindness.

According to the hospital, Gunter Retsch is in stable condition and can be taken off the medical ventilator. He has been given thrombolytic blood thinner to dissolve any dangerous clots and improve blood flow to his heart. Gunter is expected to remain under hospital care for at least four days until he can be released.

Surat Thani Hospital Director, Dr Adikiat Irmworaniran also presented a plaque to Sikanya Chuarop. The nurse has received a lot of praise from the public as a good example of exemplary nursing practice applied in an emergency.