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Butsaran’s mystery illness to be revealed on Thursday

By THE NATION

 

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THE THAI public is in shock at a mysterious illness which nearly killed 28-year-old actress Butsaran “Numtarn The Star” Thongchio.

 

Butsaran suddenly started bleeding from her nose and mouth at her home in Samut Sakhon province on Tuesday, passed out and her heart stopped beating before she was resuscitated and rushed to hospital. 

 

Doctors at Siriraj Hospital, where she was transferred at 6am on Wednesday, were due to hold a press conference later in the day to discuss her condition but as the cause of her symptoms remained a mystery, they announced it was being postponed to this afternoon instead. 

 

Butsaran, who is a non-drinker and non-smoker, was having a meal at home at 11am on Tuesday when she suddenly couldn’t breathe and started bleeding from her nose and mouth, prompting her family to call for an ambulance. Before it arrived, however, she went into seizure, passed out and her heart stopped beating. The emergency rescuers arrived just in time to perform resuscitation and take her to Samut Sakhon Hospital. 

 

Her film director father, Wiroj Thongchio, said her condition had been initially diagnosed as massive bleeding in her stomach and lungs, so the hospital referred her to the better-equipped Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok to take over her treatment. “Doctors have not yet been able to find the cause of her critical condition. She has had no chronic illnesses, just a normal cold, and had not been in any accidents,” he said.

 

While she was waiting in Samut Sakhon Hospital’s ICU room, Butsaran’s heart stopped again twice at 1am but she was again resuscitated before being moved to Siriraj Hospital at 6am.

 

There was an outpouring of support for the actress on social media, with people wishing her a fully and speedy recovery. Just 20 hours before her sudden illness, she had posted to Instagram (@numtarny), playfully greeting her fans and appearing to be in good health.

 

Meanwhile, veteran lung expert Dr Prakit Vathesatogkit commented that such a pulmonary (lung) haemorrhage could stem from four possible causes: a lung tumour or cancer that caused an eruption of the veins; tuberculosis; coagulopathy (clotting disorder); and a “one-in-a-million” pulmonary haemorrhage.

 

This final possibility has been known to afflict otherwise-healthy people without any warning. While the third possibility, coagulopathy, was an innate and therefore unavoidable condition, he said there were ways people could help prevent the first two, including avoiding cigarette smoking and exposure to air pollution. 

 

He urged the Thai public to wait for the Siriraj doctors’ announcement on Butsaran’s condition.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30370986

 

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Actress Numtarn’s illness still a mystery to Siriraj doctors

By PUNGCHUMPOO PRASERT 
THE NATION

 

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BANGKOK’S SIRIRAJ Hospital admitted yesterday that the mysterious illness that nearly killed actress Butsaran “Numtarn The Star” Thongchio, 28, earlier this week has never been encountered in Thailand before.

 

Butsaran is in a stable condition, and since tests are still unable to find the cause of her illness, treatment will be mostly based on symptoms, Professor Dr Prasit Watanapa, dean of Mahidol University’s Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, told the press yesterday. 

 

Prasit also said that the patient’s lungs were being supported by an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) life-support system, applied by Siriraj’s thoracic surgeon Dr Pranya Sakiyalak before she was moved out of Samut Sakhon Hospital. ECMO support is necessary because Butsaran is suffering from pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung, he said. 

 

With stable vital signs and no blood in the respiratory tract, the patient underwent a CT scan this morning so doctors could assess brain damage, Prasit said, adding that no blood was found in either of the lungs, though there is swelling in her brain. He added that doctors will continue to look for a cause, monitor her symptoms closely and maintain the body’s mineral levels. 

 

“Numtarn is not out of the woods yet as she is still unconscious. The swelling in her brain will be assessed again in 48 hours and then in 72 hours so doctors can monitor her closely. Since brain swelling usually goes down in 72 hours, we will have to wait for that before we can assess her brain’s functions.

 

She may be unconscious now due to the swelling or brain damage caused by the lack of oxygen when her heart stopped beating a few times,” Prasit said. “So far, we know she has an abnormal vein [in her lung] that can rupture easily and that she has a history of often having nose bleeds – though this can be due to very dry weather conditions or lack of vitamins,” he added. 

 

“Siriraj doctors have previously cured patients who cough up or vomit blood. But in Namtarn’s case, blood poured out of her mouth and nose, and we still can’t find the exact spot of the bleeding in her lung. Siriraj has never encountered a case like this before. In fact, these symptoms are rare worldwide,” Prasit said, adding that the ratio of people having abnormal veins in the lung was one in a million and very rarely do people have the same symptoms as Namtarn. 

 

He also urged people to immediately seek emergency treatment if they start coughing up blood. He also said that Butsaran does not have dengue fever, as has been speculated on social media, because her blood count is normal. 

 

The actress, who does not drink or smoke and has been generally healthy, suddenly began bleeding from her nose and mouth while at home in Samut Sakhon province on Tuesday. She then passed out and her heart stopped beating before she was resuscitated and rushed to the provincial hospital. She suffered another two incidents of heart failure before she was transferred at 6am on Wednesday to the better-equipped Siriraj Hospital. 

 

Also present at the press conference were Butsaran’s sister Pimrada and brother-in-law Kittithat Kongpopjirapat.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30371060

 

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

But in Namtarn’s case, blood poured out of her mouth and nose, and we still can’t find the exact spot of the bleeding in her lung.

If they can´t find the originating spot of the bleeding in her lung, just maybe the bleeding didn´t came from the lung. Time to look elswhere?

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, According to Channel 3 this morning, she's passed away. 

RIP

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7 minutes ago, Boon Mee said:

, According to Channel 3 this morning, she's passed away. 

RIP

 

Yeah, I saw the same on MCOT 😞

 

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2 hours ago, Boon Mee said:

, According to Channel 3 this morning, she's passed away. 

RIP

If that is the case then all I can say is RIP & condolences to family & friends for this sudden loss.

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Changing my earlier comment to - Too late.

Condolences to her friends and family. A young life has been ripped out of this wonderful world, and also sadly left us all with no answers.

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Mysterious illness claims life of actress Butsaran

By The Nation

 

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Actress Butsaran “Numtarn The Star” Thongchio, 28, succumbed to the mysterious illness that suddenly struck her down and passed away in the early hours of Friday at Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital.

 

Her film director father Wirote Thongchio confirmed the news in a Facebook post. 

 

“My daughter has passed away peacefully at 2.17am ... thank you everyone for caring for her. My heart is full of grief and sympathy for her (for having to go through such illness and departed),” he said in the post, which prompted a huge outpouring of grief from the Thai public, receiving 18,000 comments, 61,000 reactions and 22,000 shares. 

 

The family has reportedly allowed doctors at Siriraj to analyse exactly what happened to Butsaran in order to help prevent the same thing happening to anyone else in future.

 

Siriraj Hospital thoracic surgeon Dr Pranya Sakiyalak and hospital director Dr Prasit Watanapa were due to officially provide information about what is known of the cause of death in a press conference at 11am on Friday, at which family members were also expected to attend.

 

The actress, who did not drink or smoke and had been in good health, suddenly began bleeding from her nose and mouth while at home in Samut Sakhon province on Tuesday. 

 

She then passed out and her heart stopped beating before she was resuscitated and taken to the provincial hospital. Her heart stopped beating twice more before she was transferred at 6am on Wednesday to the better-equipped Siriraj Hospital. Siriraj announced on Thursday that Butsaran’s mysterious illness had never been encountered in Thailand before and they were attempting to discover the cause while treating her based on her symptoms.

 

Her funeral will be held at Wat Pom Wichienchotikaram in Samut Sakhon's Muang district, with the bathing rites at 4pm on Friday, followed Abhidamma prayers until June 17. 

 

Her cremation will be held on June 18.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30371082

 

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Certain types of snake venom will also produce bleeding in that manner.

 

Very sad, whatever the cause, for one so young to pass like that.

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My Mrs is in meltdown with dengue fever getting the blame on Thai sm🤔RIP

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1 hour ago, CharlieH said:

Certain types of snake venom will also produce bleeding in that manner

Yes it does seem like some kind of poisoning...

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