Monday, September 18, 2017

Thai girl who lost both legs in Singapore MRT accident spreads positivity to hospital patients

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By Chularat Saengpassa, The Nation/Asia News Network, 18 September 2017


Nitcharee 'Nong Than' Peneakchanasak, who lost both legs in an accident in Singapore six years ago, smilingly greets patients, listens to their problems, and shares her inspiring attitudes about how to beat the odds.
PHOTO: Nitcharee "Nong Than" Peneakchanasak, who lost both legs in an accident in Singapore six years ago, smilingly greets patients, listens to their problems, and shares her inspiring attitudes about how to beat the odds.
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Every day, a young woman in a wheelchair has been serving happiness to patients who need moral support at the World Medical Hospital.



Nitcharee 'Nong Than' Peneakchanasak, talks 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.
PHOTO: Nitcharee "Nong Than" Peneakchanasak, talks 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. She is always smiling and cheerful. She's the kind of person that patients must be happy talking to.
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Nitcharee "Nong Than" Peneakchanasak, who lost both legs in an accident in Singapore six years ago, smilingly greets patients, listens to their problems, and shares her inspiring attitudes about how to beat the odds.



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PHOTO: Nitcharee "Nong Than" Peneakchanasak lost both legs in an accident in Singapore six years ago.
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"Moral support is crucial to patients struggling with illnesses or injuries," said Nitcharee, now 21. "But while moral support is important, even more meaningful is our strength of mind."



Moral support is crucial to patients struggling with illnesses or injuries
PHOTO: "Moral support is crucial to patients struggling with illnesses or injuries," said Nitcharee, now 21. "But while moral support is important, even more meaningful is our strength of mind."
"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.
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She started working at the hospital more than one month ago under a coveted six-month contract. The World Medical Hospital has agreed to pay Nitcharee Bt1 million a month under the contract, believing that her positive mindset will benefit patients.



Nitcharee started working at the hospital more than one month ago under a coveted six-month contract.
PHOTO: Nitcharee started working at the hospital more than one month ago under a coveted six-month contract.
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"She stands out from other candidates because she does not just deliver motivational speeches. She does what she has talked about. She embodies it," said Kantaporn Harnphanich, deputy hospital director of marketing of the Thai division at the World Medical Hospital.



In recent years, Nitcharee has also been a motivational speaker and TV host.
PHOTO: Nitcharee does not just deliver motivational speeches. She does what she has talked about. She embodies it.
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Although Nitcharee faced a big loss, she has refused to give in to pain. Rather, she has mustered her courage, her resilience and optimism to live a good, useful life. Nitcharee has enrolled at the prestigious Thammasat University, studying communication.



Although Nitcharee faced a big loss, she has refused to give in to pain.
PHOTO: Although Nitcharee faced a big loss, she has refused to give in to pain. Rather, she has mustered her courage, her resilience and optimism to live a good, useful life. Nitcharee has enrolled at the prestigious Thammasat University, studying communication.
"I plan to focus on physically challenged patients," said the student of Thammasat University's Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication.
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She has played sports, sometimes with the help of prosthetic legs, including badminton and swimming. She has also served the public, via events and campaigns she can take part in.



She has played sports, sometimes with the help of prosthetic legs, including badminton, swimming  and even dives just like able-bodied people.
PHOTO: She has played sports, sometimes with the help of prosthetic legs, including badminton, swimming  and even dives just like able-bodied people. She has joined various charity activities over the years. She has also served the public, via other events and campaigns she can take part in.
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And after winning the patient-happiness survey position at the hospital, she has spent most of her time talking to patients to lift their spirits.

"We have got very good feedback from patients" about her, Kantaporn said.

When she has no other obligation, Nitcharee has been known to spend her whole day, seven days a week, at the hospital.

She sprints around on her wheelchair, visiting inpatients in their rooms. "How are you today?" She pops out this greeting with a smile every time she meets a new patient.

Then they will talk, share their experiences, and discuss inspiring and useful principles for life. For patients with ongoing treatments, or requiring a prolonged stay at the hospital, Nitcharee has already been more like a friend.

Asked about the secrets behind her inspiring life, Nitcharee said she accepted the realities - including the hurtful ones. "I am conscious of what I think and do. When a problem arises, I look for ways to solve it, perhaps little by little," she said.



Nitcharee said she accepted the realities - including the hurtful ones.
PHOTO: Nitcharee said she accepted the realities - including the hurtful ones. "I am conscious of what I think and do. When a problem arises, I look for ways to solve it, perhaps little by little," she said.
Nitcharee said she had never tried to fool herself into believing what is not real. "I live in the realities and live my life as happily as I can," she said.
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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.
PHOTO: 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.
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Nitcharee said she had never tried to fool herself into believing what is not real. "I live in the realities and live my life as happily as I can," she said.

The young, cheerful woman said that her desire to share these tips with others going through what she has, led her to apply for the post of patient-happiness surveyor.



The young, cheerful woman said that her desire to share these tips with others going through what she has, led her to apply for the post of patient-happiness surveyor.
PHOTO: The young, cheerful woman said that her desire to share these tips with others going through what she has, led her to apply for the post of patient-happiness surveyor. Just this month, 21-year-old Nitcharee landed the so-called "Best Job in Thailand".
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The patient-happiness surveyor position at the World Medical Hospital comes with a monthly income of Bt1 million (S$40,868) under a six-month contract.
PHOTO: The patient-happiness surveyor position at the World Medical Hospital comes with a monthly income of Bt1 million (S$40,868) under a six-month contract.
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Nitcharee, who is now enrolled in a short course overseas, started the job on 16 August 2017.
PHOTO: Nitcharee, who is now enrolled in a short course overseas, started the job on 16 August 2017.
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"I know patients in general need moral support. So, I want to give mine to them. We can share our stories and empower each other."

She is also working on a plan to raise donations for foundations or organisations that provide prosthetic legs to those in need. Kantaporn endorses Nitcharee's plan.



Nitcharee is also working on a plan to raise donations for foundations or organisations that provide prosthetic legs to those in need.
PHOTO: Nitcharee is also working on a plan to raise donations for foundations or organisations that provide prosthetic legs to those in need.
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"Our hospital is working on the project to raise funds for the underprivileged, particularly in regards to the provision of prosthetic legs," he said.



Kantaporn endorses Nitcharee's plan to raise donations for foundations or organisations that provide prosthetic legs to those in need.
PHOTO: Kantaporn endorses Nitcharee's plan to raise donations for foundations or organisations that provide prosthetic legs to those in need. 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.
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By Chularat Saengpassa, The Nation/Asia News Network, 18 September 2017



Reference
[1] Chularat Saengpassa, The Nation/Asia News Network, Thai girl who lost both legs in Singapore MRT accident spreads positivity to hospital patients, posted on 18 September 2017, http://www.asiaone.com/asia/thai-girl-who-lost-both-legs-singapore-mrt-accident-spreads-positivity-hospital-patients