Peneakchanasak Nitcharee, 14, lost both her legs after she fell into the path of an oncoming train on April 3. However, almost two months later, the plucky Thai teen is preparing for a life without legs.
According to a report in The New Paper today (May 25), Nitcharee can move around independently, clambering onto the wheelchair by herself, as well as showering and going to the toilet unaided. She does physiotherapy exercises with her 56-year-old father every morning at 8am.
"I tell the nurse to go away, go away, because I'm shy," Nitcharee said. She added: "My arms are getting so big because of the exercises, but it's okay. It's good for me."
The Secondary 3 student said her friends back home have already started the new semester and are waiting for her to go back, but meanwhile, she has made new friends here. She waves to the nurses when she passes them in her wheelchair, and they smile back or even hug her.
"I went for a midnight party on the fifth floor ward. There was a lot of food! It was organised by one of my friends in the hospital," she revealed. There will be another party on her birthday, which falls on June 16.
On usual days, Nitcharee reads, chats with her friends on the internet, checks her Facebook account and does online learning. With her 20-year-old sister, Thunravee, they record videos of themselves singing, watch movies and play games on the Wii console -- which also helps to strengthen her arms.
Nitcharee's wounds have healed, a doctor at Tan Tock Seng Hospital confirms, and they are now preparing her to be fitted with prosthetic legs.
Said the brave teenager of the future ahead:
"With my new legs, I can walk as well as others! I want to go to Universal Studios, Sentosa, Somerset, Orchard Road, Bugis Junction... My family, my friends and my nurses, everyone must go to Universal Studios together. I want to sightsee and go home to eat my favourite food, so I will exercise hard and get well soon.
"I would also like to thank all of the rescue workers who saved my life and I would like to see all of them. I would like to hug and thank them myself. My special thanks also goes to all of the doctors, officers, nurses and all who got involved in the hospital."