Family insists Pakapong “had no serious chronic diseases”

The parents of Pakapong Tanyakan, a first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School who is said to have died of heart failure, have insisted that their son was strong and healthy and did not have any serious chronic diseases.

Pichet Tanyakan, the father, said Pakapong was the only son of his family who had dreamed of becoming a soldier since his childhood. Pakapong prepared hard for three years to be a student of the pre-cadet school and was successful. He hoped Pakapong would be the family's main pillar in the future.

But, Pakapong died only five months after being admitted to the school. The autopsy revealed he died of sudden heart failure and this was not acceptable to the parents because he had been healthy without any serious chronic diseases, said Mr Pichet.

Both Mr Pichet and his wife said they are not demanding anything. All they want to know is the real cause of their son's death.

They said the fact that the school's admission that Pakapong's inside organs had been taken by doctors for examination is tantamount to admitting that the organs had been removed without their consent.

The family is now in the process of gathering related documents from police handling the case and the Institute of Forensic Science in order to ask for the return of Pakapong's organs.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)