Former Muay Thai champion dies after poisonous centipede bite

PHOTO: Daily News

A 52 year old former Muay Thai champion died yesterday from a blood infection after he was bit by a giant poisonous centipede, or takhap in Thai. Dokmaipa Por Pongsawang was bit a few days ago, but didn’t seek medical treatment until he was seriously ill, experiencing chills and dizziness.

The Kalasin Hospital director says the former fighter died from a severe blood infection, adding that Dokmaipa also had diabetes which caused complications and contributed to his death.

Dokmaipa, who was born in the Roi Et province, became a Muay Thai fighter when he was 9 years old. Dokmaipa was a left-sided fighter and earned the nickname “Powerful Southpaw” after he won 6 matches at Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen boxing stadiums. He retired from fighting in 1996. He then worked as a coach and bodyguard in Macau before moving back to Thailand to work as a municipal employee in Kalasin.

Former Muay Thai champion dies after poisonous centipede bite | News by Thaiger
Giant centipede (PHOTO: Human Life)


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Caitlin Ashworth

Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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