On 23 July 2019 a media conference was held at the Khwanjuta Room of Parkview Hotel in Pattani to explain the condition of Mr Abdullah Isawmusaw, a security offences detainee found unconscious while in custody. Attending were Col Pramote Phrom-in, ISOC Region 4 Forward Spokesman; Dr Sakchai Thongjitwithaya, Pattani Hospital Director; Dr Arun Prasertsuk, Pattani Hospital Deputy Director; Dr Supat Poolsawat, Pattani Hospital medical doctor and doctor in charge of Mr Abdullah’s case while at the hospital; Col Chokechai Khwanpichit, Royal Thai Army Southern Border Provinces Medical Operations Center and Dr Pirawuth Senamontri, duty doctor at Camp Ingkhayuthaboriharn Hospital on the day of the incident.
Dr Supat said there were no external physical conditions to indicate the cause of Mr Abdullah’s cardiac arrest. She said the patient arrived at Pattani Hospital after receiving Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from Camp Ingkhayuthaboriharn Hospital. He had not been breathing for an unknown length of time before being found. On arrival at the hospital his pulse was stable and was put on a ventilator to help him breathe. Blood samples were taken and he was examined by x-ray. With treatment his condition further stabilized and medication to raise his pulse and blood pressure were reduced. This made it possible to transfer him to Songkhla Nakharin Hospital for further treatment.
Initial investigations found no conditions to indicate the cause of the patient’s condition. Chest x-rays did not detect any abnormalities. Head x-rays showed swelling of the brain, a symptom of prolonged lack of oxygen.
Dr Pirawuth, the duty doctor at the military hospital, said he gave Mr Abdullah a general physical examination( on the evening of 20 July 2019) before he was taken to the interrogation center . He said Mr Abdullah was alert, coherent and able to walk. He had no wounds, bruises or abrasions on his body but told the examining physician that he had some knee joint pain. Dr Pirawuth said he saw Mr Abdullah again at 3:10 AM (21 July 2019) when he was brought to the hospital in a unconscious state without any detectable pulse.
After CPR was conducted for 33 minutes a pulse was detected but the patient remained unconscious. After one hour of treatment it was determined that Mr Abdullah’s condition was stable enough for him to be referred to Pattani Hospital. During the move to Pattani Hospital his pulse remained stable.
Col Pramoj said Lt Gen Pornsak Poolsawat, the 4 Army Region Commander, has ordered a full and transparent investigation into this incident. Any military personnel found to have acted in a negligent or criminal manner will be held responsible and punished. To ensure a transparent and credible investigation an independent panel is being established to find the true facts of the case composed of representatives of civic society, human rights organizations and other sectors in society. At the same time two other investigations have been launched, one to determine if any military regulations and laws were violated and a human rights investigation to find out whether any human rights abuses were committed. ISOC Region 4 Forward is confident that these investigations will be able to find the facts in a transparent and credible manner and fully recognizes that this is absolutely necessary to maintain trust between state agencies and the people in the southern border provinces.
(Translated into English by Don Dickinson POC,ISOC Region 4 Forward )