Dead cadet student’s organs to be handed over to CIFS on Thursday

The Justice Ministry’s Central Institute of Forensic Science (CIFS) is expected to receive internal organs of Pakapong Tanyakan, first-year student of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, for examination on Thursday (Nov 23). 

CIFS director Som Promrot said Ongkharak district police inquiry officers approached the institute on Oct 27 to conduct the second autopsy on Pakapong after police received complaint from the family of the deceased.

Pakapong, 18, collapsed at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School’s medical division on Oct 17. He was rushed to Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy School Hospital in Nakhon Nayok province where he was pronounced dead at 8.24pm. His body was later sent to Phramongkutklao Hospital in Bangkok for the first autopsy.

However, Pakapong’s family suspected foul play and asked the police to find out the cause of the death.

CIFS director

Mr Som said after receiving request from the police, a three-man team to perform the autopsy on Nov 1 and found out that the heart, brain and stomach had gone missing and the Ongkharak police were notified to have the missing organs sent to the institute.

He added that the team could not make any conclusion about the possible cause of the victim’s death because they needed to examine the three vital internal organs which went missing.

In the latest development, Mr Som told the media that he was informed by the Ongkharak police that the  organs would be sent to the institute on Thursday.  He expected the result of the autopsy within a week.

Meanwhile, Dr Traiyarit Taemahiwong, the CIFS deputy director, said that it was the discretion of the doctor who performed the autopsy to decide whether any internal organ was to be removed from the body of the deceased for examination, especially vital organs such as heart and brain which could provide a clue of the cause of death.

However, he noted that, in normal practice, a written consent from the family of the deceased was needed if his internal organs were to be removed and kept for study by an institute.

The parents of the victim, Mr Pichet and Mrs Sukanya Tanyakan, have insisted that they were not informed about the removal of their dead son’s internal organs by doctors at Phramongkutklao hospital which performed the first autopsy.

From left to right, father, mother and elder sister of Pakapong