Locals in central Thailand's Lopburi Province, known for its rampant monkey population, are begging tourists to stop giving monkeys cigarettes.
The patient told lawyers that he went to the hospital to treat a wound on the sole of his foot. He underwent surgery and remained in the hospital for seven days under observation.
However, after a week, the patient's condition did not improve and he was given permission to sign a name called "wound healing" so that he could undergo another operation, so he signed it.
When he woke up after the operation, he found that his left leg had been completely amputated below the knee. He said there was nothing in the permit to suggest such drastic action.
The patient asked to see the form and noticed that an additional item was added right at the bottom: "Cut off the left leg." He swears he wasn't there when he signed the document and said the doctors added him later.
He says that the hospital acted carelessly and recklessly, and their carelessness caused him serious damage.
The victim sued the doctor who cut off his leg and the hospital, accusing them of "negligence that caused serious bodily harm."
The investigator presented the case to the prosecutor, who decided not to prosecute anyone from the hospital. The case reached a dead end, so the victim decided to seek help directly from the Thai Bar Council.
The President of the Council of Jurists under Royal Patronage, Wichien Chubtaisong, instructed lawyers Priche Senpanich and Naron Asa to investigate the case on Wednesday.
Pricha and Naron will collect evidence, investigate the facts and seek the help of medical malpractice professionals to help the victim in his quest to sue the hospital.
Lawyers did not say how much compensation the victim would receive if the hospital was found guilty of negligence.