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Thaivisa exclusive: Hua Hin shark attack victim said insurance gave him the green light to go to expensive hospital

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Thaivisa exclusive: Hua Hin shark attack victim said insurance gave him the green light to go to expensive hospital

 

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Werner Danielsen pictured in Bangkok Hospital Hua Hin earlier this month

 

Thaivisa have contacted the Norwegian man who was attacked by a bull shark off Sai Noi Beach, Hua Hin last month.

 

Werner Danielsen, 54, told how he was assured by his insurance company that they would pay only for them to change their minds four days later after he racked up a 300,000 baht bill. 

 

That was for just four days at Hua Hin Bangkok Hospital.

 

But he had nothing but praise for the Thai people who helped him, the doctors and the reaction of the authorities.

 

Werner was speaking Thursday evening from Khon Kaen where he is still recovering from his ordeal after the bite on his left leg on April 15th. 

 

He left hospital in Khon Kaen three days ago but still needs to have the wound cleaned every few days to safeguard against the possibility of infection.

 

He said that he was with some children at the beach and went out to some rocks. He then jumped in and was swimming about 100 meters offshore when he felt something go for his leg three times.

 

He didn't see what attacked him in the murky water but he managed to get to the shore where Thai people rushed him to hospital.

 

He said that he was mindful that an expensive hospital in Hua Hin would cost him a lot of money and was prepared to go to a cheaper hospital if necessary.

 

But after his insurance company assured him over the phone that everything was okay he decided to go to Hua Hin Bangkok Hospital.

 

He described the treatment and the doctors and nurses as excellent but four days later his insurance company made contact and said they could not cover the bill. 

 

It was reported in the Thai media that he had been away too long and the policy had expired.

 

"I wouldn't have gone to that hospital if I had known," he said resignedly.

 

Now he hopes that representations made on his behalf by the deputy governor of Prajuab Khirikhan might give him some financial assistance.

 

Kindhearted Werner, who runs a home for runaway and problem children back in Norway, is not bitter about his experience and is ambivalent about getting financial help. 

 

If he does that is good, if not never mind.

 

He praised the Thai people who helped him at the beach and the Thai authorities for their actions adding:

 

"I am not the kind of person that bashes Thailand".

 

He said that his girlfriend Amonrat Phaengnga, 43, had been a tower of strength and has sorted out everything for him.

 

The couple are not actually married as has been reported in the media but Werner said that he considers himself married in his heart.

 

Amonrat lives in Khon Kaen, where she looks after family members, preferring not to live with Werner in Norway. But he makes visits to Thailand as regularly as he can.

 

He said that his visa has been extended and he is due to leave before the 16th of June giving him plenty of time to recover from his ordeal that has been top of the news in Thailand for several weeks.  

 

Signs have now been erected at Sai Noi Beach as the authorities mull what further action should be taken.

 
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54 minutes ago, hellstens said:

How come the insurance company gives the green light for him to go to Bangkok hospital then?

I smell something rotten here.lol

Maybe he didn't get the green light specifically, so far there's only his word for that.  You could be right about something rotten going on.

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11 hours ago, hellstens said:

How come the insurance company gives the green light for him to go to Bangkok hospital then?

I smell something rotten here.lol

It looks, to me, like he failed to disclose the material fact that he had been holidaying for longer than his policy allowed, and that the initial OK from the insurance company was on the basis that he had stayed within the terms of the policy.  I suspect that once it came to light that he had holidayed too long, they advised that they wouldn't pay.  Seems fair enough to me.

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