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Thai woman dies ‘after being electrocuted in bed by new mobile phone

Thai woman dies ‘after being electrocuted in bed by new mobile phone’ given to her as a birthday present by her husband

A Thai woman was found dead after she was electrocuted while playing on a new smartphone as it charged.

Yooyen Saenprasert, 54, was on the bed with the charger cable resting on her arm while it was plugged into the mobile device and the mains at the home in Udon Thani province, northeastern Thailand on May 6.

Her husband Praiwan Saenprasert, 54, left her alone in the evening to visit their fishpond but he found his wife unconscious with burn marks on her hands when he returned later that night.

Paramedics arrived to try and revive Yooyen but she is believed to have been dead for more than four hours since her body was found.

Devastated husband Prasit said he bought the smartphone for her as a birthday gift two days before the incident so he could not believe that this happened to his wife.

He said: ‘My wife did not move up when I tried to wake her up. I knew there was something seriously wrong.

‘We only had each other. We did not have a child. I bought that phone two days ago for her so I could not believe this happened.’

Prasit added that his wife loved playing mobile games while she was relaxing on the bed but they did not know that it could be dangerous to do it while the phone was charging.

He said: ‘She liked to play games on her smartphone in the evening. We did not know that it was dangerous.’

The police found bruises on the woman’s right hand which were believed to have been sustained from an electric shock.

One of the officers said that the family did not believe there were suspicious circumstances in the woman’s death but they still took the body to a hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Lieutenant Colonel Mangkorn Chomkot said: ‘We took the body to the police hospital for them to confirm the cause of death. The funeral will be organised by the family later.’

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