Tragic birthday: Three year old girl killed by falling tree (video)

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A severe thunderstorm in the central province of Uthai Thani resulted in a tragic incident where a falling tree claimed the life of a three year old girl on her birthday.

Rescuers and medical workers rushed to a house in the Thap Than district of Uthai Thani after being alerted to a fallen tree. A 62 year old Thai woman, Datethong, told officers that her three year old granddaughter, Chompoo, was trapped under the fallen tree and damaged house structure on Monday, May 13.

Officers managed to retrieve Chompoo’s body but were unable to save her life. She was pronounced dead at the scene having sustained a broken neck and minor injuries to her back.

Datethong recounted the incident to PPTV HD, saying she and Chompoo were eating together when the tree fell. She noticed the heavy rain and wind but did not anticipate that the 50 year old tree would collapse.

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Datethong disclosed that the day of the incident coincided with Chompoo’s birthday. She had meticulously arranged her granddaughter’s beloved fried chicken and a birthday cake, eagerly anticipating her husband’s return from work to celebrate together. Tragically, that moment never came to pass.

With a heavy heart, Datethong voiced her fervent desire to exchange her own life for Chompoo’s. She found it incomprehensible that her granddaughter’s birthday marked the final day of her life.

Chompoo’s 35 year old mother Jintana, who works in Chon Buri province, rushed home upon learning of the fatal accident. She told Channel 7 that she was shocked by Chompoo’s death and overwhelmed by the suddenness of the tragedy.

Chompoo’s funeral ceremony was held at a temple in the community. Her cremation will take place tomorrow, May 16.

PPTV HD reported that the heavy storm damaged more than 10 residences in the area, leaving over 100 families without roofs and causing multiple trees to fall onto roads. Authorities and volunteer locals are working to assess the damage and provide support to affected families.

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