Pattaya’s century-old granny finally has her wheelchair.
Sopin Rodhom, whose story of watching a century of unimaginable change go by from a wood-and-tin shack in Nong Plalai outside Pattaya, got the one thing she wanted: a wheelchair so she could visit the temple for the first time in 20 years.
Kantapon Sukumalin, an aide to Thailand’s deputy health minister, and Nong Plailai government officials brought her a lightweight wheelchair appropriate for her age July 21, along with home necessities and a wad of cash.
Kantapon said his boss saw a story about Sopin on TV and couldn’t bear that the Chachoengsao native – one of just 7,000 Thais over the age of 100 – was living alone in such squalid conditions.
In addition to the material assistance, Sopin now get regular medical checkups at home by doctors from Banglamung Hospital. Kantapon said if she needs medical care, it will be provided free by the government.
Finally, Katapon said, the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security will build Sopin a small house next to her adopted son’s home nearby.
Her son has repeatedly asked to have her live with him, but she always has declined, saying she never wanted to be a burden on him. But she admitted it gets lonely in the little shack where she’s lived for decades and would like to be closer to family.