Doctors have yet to confirm the cause of death of a Russian tourist who died in a hospital just hours after landing in Phuket.
The tourist, Sergei Khomutinnikov, 55, was pronounced dead on arrival at at 16:30 by Thalang Hospital in Phuket’s Thalang district. The hospital immediately informed Thalang Provincial Police Station without stating the cause of death.
Arriving at the hospital, Pol Capt Supon Mueangkai, who is investigating the case, said that the cause of death was still unknown. “We have to wait for the autopsy report to obtain the official cause of death,” he said.
While investigating the case, Pol Capt Supon learned that Mr Khomutinnikov and his 62-year-old wife Tatiana Khomutinnikova had arrived on the island earlier that day after a long flight. The couple had checked into a hotel at Bang Tao Beach in Choeng Thale district at about 14:30
Soon after the pair had gone to their room, Mr Khomutinnikov complained of a severe headache. His wife called the receptionist for help, but her husband soon fell unconscious, so an ambulance was called.
Pol Capt Supon said, “Mr Khomutinnikov was still breathing while en route to the hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival”. Doctors said to police that Mr Khomutinnikov a serious pre-existing medical condition may well have contributed to his death.
Doctors tried to speak with Mrs Khomutinnikova to find out more about her husband’s state of health, but the language barrier limited the conversation to basic information. Mrs Khomutinnikova will be questioned again when a translator has been found, police said.
Pol Capt Supon confirmed that the death had been reported to the Russian Consulate in Phuket.
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