A CHEERLEADER died after being made to run laps in the sweltering heat for making mistakes in a dance routine practice, her family claim.
Phornphiphat Eaddam, 20, was taking part in an event on the volleyball court at the Phuket Ratchapat University in southern Thailand.
But she reportedly made mistakes during the routine and was ordered to run eight laps of the court in the heat without any water.
Phornphiphat, whose nickname was ‘Mint’, collapsed on the seventh lap and was rushed to the Vachira Phuket Hospital where she was treated in the intensive care unit.
The next day the student’s heart stopped functioning for 16 minutes and medics were unable to revive her.
Phornphiphat’s devastated family have now made a police complaint after university bosses allegedly wrongly told them that she had died from fainting.
Her older sister Wilawan said that doctors found Phornphiphat’s lungs were bleeding and that she died of extreme physical exertion.
Phornphiphat had had no pre-existing medical conditions, her family say.
Her grieving father, Kanong Eaddam, 43, said the family was told his daughter was rushed to hospital after cheerleading practice.
“We drove to the hospital and found my daughter was already in intensive care. She could not make it, she later died after she had been given CPR,” he said.
Kanong said he wants the university and the cheerleading team to tell the truth about his daughter’s death.
The university dean Theerapong Noochaikaew claimed that Phornphiphat’s death was not related to ”hazing”, a form of university initiation.
“We need to wait for the post-mortem examination, and during this time we will question more witnesses. It was not university hazing, it was just one of the sports activities,” he said.
“The finding of the inquiry will be made public later.”
The university has promised to investigate the incident and give £2400 to the dead student’s family for funeral expenses.
“We did not ignore the incident. We need to investigate the truth about the student’s death,” said university President, Dr Hiran Prasankarn.
The investigating police officer, Lieutenant Colonel Chana Suthimat from Phuket City Police, said officers were investigating whether the death was due to ”an accident or negligence”.