Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn has urged wealthy people to donate money to the Siriraj Hospital Foundation to help it take care of a large number of sick people from deprived families.

The Princess made the call in her capacity as chairperson of the fund-raising committee for Siriraj Hospital, a medical school under Mahidol University. Siriraj organizes a major fund-raising event once a year in the week ending 24 September, which is Mahidol Day commemorating the death of HRH Prince Mahidol, the Father of Thai Modern Medicine, and also the royal grandfather.

In a recorded interview scheduled to be aired on Channel 5 on the night of 22 September 2012, HRH Princess Chulabhorn talked about her experiences while working at Siriraj. According to her, Siriraj is the biggest and oldest hospital in the country, taking care of a large number of patients both the haves and the have-nots. Many patients coming from upcountry usually pack into the hospital very early in the morning waiting for their turn of treatment, for which payment is never made.

The Princess stressed that any amount of donation will be meaningful to those patients while donors will in return receive happiness in mind, resulting in their stronger health and longer life.

Princess Chulabhorn also said she is helping a medical team at Siriraj taking care of His Majesty the King’s health. The Princess commended the doctors for their intense devotion given to the treatment which involves His Majesty's lung, stomach and brain. She said however that moral support is equally important, especially to an aged patient.

On the latest development of His Majesty the King’s conditions, Princess Chulabhorn said His Majesty was cheerful but had difficulty walking and using his arms and legs due to a neurological disease. Doctors have been very careful in giving him the medication so as to prevent subdural bleeding from recurring. She continued to say that His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn had often come to see His Majesty while the medical team always gave him encouragement and made him happy. The Princess finally remarked that His Majesty had great concern over the plight of people affected by floods, and lamented that he was unable to visit Ratchaburi Province in July this year due to his illnesses.

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