Thai Wife of Expat Dies after Som Tam made her Sick

 | Thu 8 Aug 2013 15:40 ICT

CityNews – A woman in Phuket has died after falling ill with food poisoning subsequent to eating somtam pla ra (papaya salad with fermented fish).

Photo: Somtam pla ra by [email protected]

Pranee Srijam (38), the Thai wife of Dutch expatriate Hans Lehner (68), died on August 5th after falling ill with severe diarrhea.

It was reported in the Phuket News that the woman got ill not long after her meal. Her husband said in spite of her stomach ache she managed to fall asleep. When he attempted to awake her in the morning she had already died.

A full autopsy has yet to be done because of the difficulty in contacting Pranee’s family, although Dr Bancha Kakong, Chief Public Health Officer, stated in the Phuket News that the woman may have died from heart failure.