Skeptic News: Faith Healer Doctor Arrested After Patient Dies

From: Pattaya Daily News

Police arrested a Cambodian outlaw doctor after a young diabetic patient died in her Bangkok clinic. The doctor had stopped her patient from using diabetic pills. She instead used alternative healing methods, claiming to represent Jesus with divine healing power.

Police officers of Dindang police station arrested Mrs. Wonnt Lalita, age 50, nationality Cambodian, for claiming that she was representing Jesus, and opening an unlicensed medical clinic of massage therapy to cure general illnesses.

The self-proclaimed divine healer was arrested after a 22-year-old diabetic female patient died in her clinic on June 19. The patient was identified as “Ms. Mo”(alias).

Ms. Mo had just graduated with first-class honors from the Faculty of Education, department of Early Childhood Education and majoring in Elementary Education. She was supposed to have attended her graduation ceremony in July.

After the patient died, her father filed a complaint with Mrs. Chanthana Jindathawornkit, the director of the law office of the Department of Health Service Support in the Ministry of Public Health. The outlaw doctor claimed she could cure people with her body massaging, and told his daughter to stop taking her diabetes pills. But stopping the pills caused her death, according to the health director Mrs. Chanthana, who co-operated with police officers to arrest the doctor.

The first time the Cambodian doctor treated the girl, she put Ms. Mo’s foot on a big rock. Ms. Wonnt then used her foot to massage his daughter’s body. But in her last visit, Ms. Mo had difficulty breathing, but the doctor said that God was “re-organizing her bones.” The doctor did not let Ms. Mo take her diabetes pills, and instead told Ms.Mo to sleep at the clinic, where she later died.

The forensic doctor identified the cause of death as a heart attack. In the deceased patient’s stomach, about 50 ml of an unknown brown substance was also discovered. After his daughter’s death, Mr. Paiboon did some further checking, and found the Khmer native was an illegal doctor, so he filed a complaint with the Health Ministry to arrest her.

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