A birthday trip to Thailand took a sad turn for a 70-year-old Swedish tourist. Just days before his birthday he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away shortly later.
Håkan Jadlert, 70, arrived in Thailand in late January to celebrate his 70th birthday in Pattaya, Chon Buri province. But after staying in the seaside resort for four months, he was admitted to the Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
Doctors at Pattaya Memorial Hospital diagnosed Mr Jadlert with cancer that had already spread throughout the body. Metastases were found not only in the leg but also in the liver of the 70-year-old Swede.
His children were informed about the shocking news by hospital staff on Mr Jadlert’s birthday on April 11 and made their way to Thailand on April 17. Only 12 days later, on April 29, he succumbed to his illness at Pattaya Memorial Hospital.
Since then, Mr Jadlert’s two children have been struggling to bring their father’s body back to his home country. The accident insurance Mr Jadlert signed before his trip to Thailand did not cover accidents abroad, leaving their children with a hospital bill and cremation costs of almost 500,000 baht.
A Facebook group founded by Mr Jadlert’s children – Hjälp Vår Pappa Hem! – has been set up to help to collect the funds needed to bring his body back home.
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