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Terminally ill Japanese chooses starvation with dignity
Byline: Bophar Koh
Tuesday, 29th May, 2012, 8:18H
Kampong Cham Province: A 69 year old Japanese national from Village 14, Kompong Cham Commune, Group Kampong Cham, being stricken with an incurable disease, made a voluntary decision to stop eating until he succumbed to his death one month later, leaving behind a Cambodian wife and son. This took place at 8:30 in the evening of the 27th of May, 2012, when the Administrative Post Police of Kampong Cham, the Kampong Cham City Police and forensic police were summoned to view the body.
Koeun Reasmey, the 31 year old Cambodian wife of the deceased, stated that her marriage with ‘UCHITA AKIO’ had resulted in a son, ‘Ichi Tahikaro,’ now a 10 year old 6th grader at Boeung Kok Elementary School in Kampong Cham City. She recalled that during a difficult period in her life, she had found employment as a maid at the ‘Trachayuk Chet’ Guesthouse in Kampong Cham City in order to make ends meet. During her time there, she had on a chance encounter met her future husband, a guest there, who fell instantly in love with her and had asked her parents for her hand in marriage on February 2, 2012. Shortly thereafter, they had married in a Cambodian wedding ceremony, which took place in the guesthouse where they had met.
After the wedding, they had registered their marriage (literally, ‘etat civil’ in Khmer) on the 15th of October, 2002, with Mr. Plaok Sovann, the Kampong Cham Commune chief, performing duty as a witness. Her husband had worked as a photographer, and although he was of an advanced age, she had loved her partner truly and forever.
When the pledge of their union had attained his 1st birthday, her husband had taken them to visit Osaka, Japan, the country of his birth. After a month there, they had returned back to Cambodia. In the year 2005, he had brought his mother from Japan to live with them in the area about Vat Chroy Tmey, Boeung Kok Commune, Kampong Cham City. In 2009, his 85 year old mother had passed away from age related illnesses, and her funeral ceremony had been performed with traditional Khmer rites.
During the last month of his life, her husband had been gravely ill due to hemorrhoids (sic). Although she had begged him to allow her to take him to see a doctor, he had refused. Moreover, he had refused all nourishment for the last month while drinking only water.
On the 27th of May, her husband being in considerable pain, she had invited some old lay folk, 2 monks and an abbot to chant over him as he lay dying. He stopped breathing while in the midst of chatting with his son.
Before dying, her husband had requested there be no funeral performed for him, but she had gone ahead anyway and taken his body to Wat Boeng Kok for his final send off. After his funeral, she had gone to Phnom Penh to report her husband’s death at the Japanese Embassy.
Mr. Kot Ron, chief of the Administrative Post Police of Kampong Cham Commune stated that authorities were able to confirm that the elderly Japanese named ‘Akio’ had died of natural causes due to disease.
This is the second haemorrhoids related death in as many Weeks.some guy hung himself due unbearable case of them !
"Haemorrhoids and Ricochets" - I feel a front page article stirring within.
Ain't nobody got time for that!
Probably colon cancer.
sorry to disappoint but that title is already taken, it appears!!
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