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Thai Model Suffers Severe Burns During Traditional Heat Therapy Session

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Thai Model Suffers Severe Burns During Traditional Heat Therapy Session

A Thai model, known only by her pseudonym 'Jim', experienced a harrowing ordeal during a traditional Thai heat therapy session, Phao Ya, resulting in severe burns. The therapy, which involves burning herbs on the abdomen to enhance digestion, took an alarming turn when a nurse ignited the herb mixture on Jim's stomach with a candle lighter.

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Unforeseen Peril in Traditional Therapy

Jim, initially comfortable as she lay on the bed with a towel and the herb concoction on her abdomen, suddenly found herself in a life-threatening situation. The flames from the herbs quickly spread to her clothes and the plastic sheet underneath, engulfing her skin. A video captured her writhing and screaming in agony as the fire spread across her back within moments.

Chaos and Inaction

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One nurse held Jim's hands in panic, while another attempted to extinguish the flames with a blanket, then a pillow. Shockingly, the doctor retreated to a corner, leaving the assistant and Jim's friend to combat the blaze. Using pillows, they eventually gained control of the fire.

Aftermath and Legal Action

Following the incident, Jim lodged a complaint with the Thai Ministry of Health on December 4th. She articulated her intense pain and the potential impact on her career. Already undergoing treatment for third-degree burns and blisters across her back and abdomen, Jim faces a recovery period of two months before she can return to work. This incident marks the first complaint about the Phao Ya therapy, a practice combining cauterization with acupuncture to aid digestion, received by the Thai Ministry of Health.

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