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Son lights himself on fire after asking mom for lottery money




A woman’s 32 year old son, in northern Thailand’s Phrae Province, is in critical condition from lighting himself on fire after falsely believing that his mother had won the lottery and would not share her winnings with him.

Police at Denchai Police Station were alerted of a man who burned himself in Ban Mai Jua, Denchai District and notified a rescue team at Somdej Phra Yupparat Hospital. 60 year old Pen, the auntie of the man, who is only identified as Tossapon, says she was having breakfast when she heard an argument.

When she looked out the window, she saw Tossapon on fire and wrapped in a blanket. She says he ran to a water hose and put the fire out, but not before almost catching his house on fire. Officials arrived and found that several items in Tossapon’s bedroom had been on fire, along with pieces of the blanket scattered throughout the house. They also found burnt pants and a pillow.

At the hospital, officials met 64 year old Sila, the mother of Tossapon, waiting for her son in front of the Emergency Room. Sila told police her son is a “psychiatric patient” because he used to use meth, or “yabba” in Thai. She says his addiction left him with long-term damages and says her son often falsely believes his mother won the lottery, to which she tells him she lost the lottery ticket.

Sila says she tells him it is not true, but this time Tossapon asked for proof and continued questioning her the next day. The mother says she described her love for her son, which upset him, leading him to wrap himself in a blanket and set himself on fire.

“Son, 99% of the love that I have for you has been changed to hate, the remaining 1% is technically loved because of the word ‘son’.”

SOURCE: Thai Residents


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    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Ah classic asian parents love. Who would have thought he’d be upset after this true confession of love. At the slightest touch of fire, their unconditional love can burst into a flame.

    But it is tough for family members to handle their loved ones suffering from a mental illness comorbid with substance abuse and addiction.

    It was either more meth, lottery tickets or a pack of lifeboat matches…

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      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      In a classic non Asian parents love, the son would drag his parents to court.

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    James Pate

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 1:38 pm

    So sad. Stay away from drugs, boys and girls! Drugs only exacerbate mental health issues. This family needs help!

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    Issan John

    Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Sadly, mental health issues have always been so far down the list of health and medical priorities in Thailand that they barely feature at all – families get a small allowance, but with the numbers compounded by drug addiction it’s a growing problem that still isn’t addressed.

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      James R

      Friday, January 22, 2021 at 9:19 pm

      Issan John

      Come back to the UK, you will get free mental health treatment here.

      You will even get a free virus vaccine which is being produced by the tens of millions here in the UK (Wales) and has been for months now in anticipation of your arrival.

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    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7:36 am

    All gambling Thai are mentaly ill…

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    Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Legalize all drugs, a la Portugal. Alternatively, death sentence for possession, sale, use of any drugs, or blind and castrate without anesthetics for same.

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