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Toeless Pattaya Grandma Tells Social Workers to Bugger Off

Noochan Malaikham, 73, refuses help from social workers in Pattaya.
Noochan Malaikham, 73, refuses help from social workers in Pattaya.

A Pattaya beggar who cut off her own diabetes-ravaged toes refused to move to a Chonburi shelter and told social workers to leave her alone.

A day after a bloodied and crying Noochan Malaikham, 73, was found on a Naklua sidewalk after cutting off her toes due to the “unbearable” pain of gangrene caused by her diabetes, she was visited at the abandoned house she shares with two son-in-laws by Mayuree Dumnernpol, director of the Chonburi Protection Center for the Destitute.

Mayuree told the Maha Sarakham native she didn’t have to suffer as she has and depend on the goodwill of others to get food and housing. She could come to live at the Chonburi homeless shelter. Noochan refused.

She told Mayuree that she feared she’d lose her freedom and independence if she was admitted to the shelter. Just as she has refused to go live with her children in the provinces or even go to the doctor after her self-surgery, she wanted to remain where she is.

Noochan was warned that, while her choice not to go now was her decision, if she was arrested for begging, she would lose that option.

Mayuree said the center stands ready to assist Noochan if she changes her mind.