After accident at age 21 he lost arms, legs & wife. Four years later he is making a name for himself as computer repairman.
All about chance
With the right trainingand attitude there's plentyof potentialfor employees with disabilities.
Eknarin Sararat believes people with disabilities deserve to be given the same opportunities as the able-bodied. Photos by Chumporn Sangvilert
The high-voltage electric shockthat left Eknarin Sararat with severe injuries lasted only one minute. But it was a minute that turned his life upside down
After the accident, Eknarin, then 21 years old, had his left hand amputated. But that was not all. Two days later, his right hand needed to be chopped off followed by his left foot a week after that.
"I went completely numband speechless," Eknarin recalled of the momenthe was notified of the necessityof the amputation. "The doctor was worried that the injuryin the limb would turn serious. I was then very afraid to die. My hands and legs damaged by the electric shockwere unbearably painful. So eventuallyI decided to have the affected parts amputated just to save my life."
After the incidentfour years ago, the then newlywed man not just lost his job but also his wife who abandoned him. He had to be hospitalised for more than three months.
Computer mechanicMankorn Prakij, above left, has spent his entire life with no lower body.
"Back then I could not imagineliving a life without hands and legs," he said. "But going through those miserableexperiences, I was given a lot of support from my family and people around me. And from then on I only knew I had to pull myself back up."
After being discharged from hospital, he was sent to the Social Security Office's worker rehabilitationcentre where he was provided with coachingon basicskills for living such as how to put on and take off clothes, how to brush his teeth, use eating utensils and so forth. Workers with a disabilityare also given occupational training And in Eknarin's case, he chose to learn how to fixcomputers.
A nativeof Kalasin province, Eknarin is now 25 and working as a computer repairman- a job that actually requires a tremendoususe of hands. He is working at a computer shop in Bangkok. Despite his impairment he is able to open up a laptop for repairin less than 10 minutes by using what's left of his arms and his mouth.
He was introduced to the shop by its owner Pornthep Munchoupong, who is also an instructor at the rehabilitationcentre. And at the store, Eknarin is not alone.
"We have three people with disabilities here," said Pornthep, 46, referring to Eknarin and two physically-impaired computer mechanics, Teerapat Toopmongkol and Mankorn Prakij. Mankorn was born with no legs, while Teerapat lost his entire left leg in a car accident many years ago.
Teerapat Toopmongkol lost his left leg in a car accident many years ago.
Teerapat Toopmongkol lost his left leg many years ago. Just like Eknarin, Teerapat's wife abandoned him when he became incapacitated leaving him to raise two young daughters alone.
For Eknarin, staying emotionally strong sometimes seems to be easier said than done.
''Often I went to shopping malls and people gave me a weirdlook,'' he said. ''Some people looked down on me. Some looked at me with sympathywhile others looked at me with disdain They probably thought a crippledman like me was not capableof doing a thing.
''There was this one time when I was sitting at a bus stop waiting for my transport And I just finished my drink and was about to throw away the empty plastic glass, which was then placed in front of me. A lady walked by and put some money in the glass. She thought I was a beggar!''
Pornthep wishes that one day his physically-impaired staff will be able to set up their own small computer shops, probably in their home towns, so that they can be proudof themselves.
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abandon: to leave a person or group that you are with - ละทิ้ง
amputate: when a doctor cuts a person's leg or hand off for some medical reason - ตัดออก (โดยเฉพาะด้วยการผ่าตัด), ตัด(แขน,ขา)
attitude: someone’s opinions or feelings about something, especially as shown by their behaviour - ทัศนคติ, ลักษณะท่าทาง
basic: of the simplest kind or at the simplest level - พื้นฐาน, อันดับแรก, สำคัญ
beggar: a person who lives by asking people for money or food - คนขอทาน
capable: able to do something; very good at a job - มีความสามารถ
chop: to cut something into pieces with a sharp tool such as a knife - สับ, หั่นเป็นชิ้นๆ, ตัดเป็นชิ้น
coaching: informal training or education on how to do something such as a play a sport by a "coach" - การฝึกสอน
crippled: damaged and prevented from working properly - ที่พัง ที่ใช้การไม่ได้
disability: an illness, injury or condition that makes it difficult for someone to do the things that other people do - ความพิการ
discharge: to allow someone officially to leave somewhere, especially a hospital or a court of law - ได้รับอนุญาตให้ออกจาก
disdain: to have the feeling that somebody/something is not good enough to deserve your respect or attention - ดูถูกเหยียดหยาม
employee: someone who is paid regularly to work for a person or an organisation - ลูกจ้าง
eventually: at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process - ในที่สุด
experience: to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบการณ์
fix: repair, make something broken work again - ซ่อม
home town: the place where you were born, the place that you come from, your native place - ภูมิลำเนา
imagine: to form a picture of something or someone in your mind - นึกคิด, จินตนาการ, นึกฝัน
impaired: not fully able to do something - ซึ่งไมสมบูรณ์
impairment: something that is wrong with a person so they cannot function or live life normally - การสูญเสียสมรรถภาพ
incapacitated: when a person is not able to do things because their body or brain is damaged and injured - คนไร้ความสามารถ, บุคคลผู้ไร้ความสามารถ, ขาดความสามารถ
incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
injury: physical damage done to a person or a part of their body - อาการบาดเจ็บ
limbs: arms or legs - ท่อนแขนท่อนขา
look down on: to fail to give someone respect - ดูถูก
mechanic: a person whose job is repairing machines, especially the engines of vehicles - ช่าง, ช่างยนต์, ช่างเครื่อง
miserable: very unhappy, unpleasant and causing unhappiness - เดือดร้อน, เป็นทุกข์
moment: a very short period of time; a particular time or occasion - ชั่วขณะ, โอกาสสำคัญ
native: connected with the place where you were born and lived for the first years of your life - แต่กำเนิด,โดยกำเนิด, พื้นเมือง
necessity: the fact that something must happen or be done; the need for something; a situation that must happen and that cannot be avoided - ความจำเป็น
newlyweds: a man and a woman who have not been married to each other for very long - คนเพิ่งแต่งงาน
notify: to tell someone officially about something - แจ้ง
numb: having no feeling in a part of your body - ชา
occupational training: training for particular types of work -
physically: in a way that is connected with a person's body rather than their mind - ด้านร่างกาย, เกี่ยวกับร่างกาย
plenty: having more than enough of what you need to live - อุดมสมบูรณ์
potential: what is possible - ความเป็นไปได้
proud: feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with - ภูมิใจ
rehabilitation: the process of returning someone or something to a good or healthy condition, state or way of living - การทำให้กลับสู่สภาพเดิม, การทำให้กลับมาดีเหมือนเดิม
repair: to fix something that is broken or damaged - ซ่อมบำรุง
repairman: a person whose job is to fix things - ช่างซ่อม
shock: when electricity enters into and flows through the body, often injury and damaging the body - ไฟฟ้าดูด
skill: the ability to do something well, usually as a result of experience and training - ฝีมือ, ทักษะ
social security: money that the government pays regularly to people who are poor, unemployed, sick, etc - สวัสดิการสังคม,ระบบการประกันสังคม
sympathy: a natural feeling of kindness and understanding that you have for someone who is experiencing something very unpleasant - ความเห็นอกเห็นใจ
training: teaching people how to do a certain job or activity - การฝึกอบรม, การฝึก, การอบรม
transport: moving people or things from one place to another - การขนส่ง
tremendous: very great in amount or level, or extremely good - ใหญ่โตมาก
unbearable: too painful or unpleasant for you to continue to experience - ซึ่งไม่สามารถทนได้, ซึ่งทนไม่ไหว, ซึ่งเหลืออด
upside down: in or into a position in which the top of something is where the bottom is normally found and the bottom is where the top is normally found - พลิกเอาด้านบนลงล่าง, กลับหัวกลับหาง
utensil: something that you use for cooking or eating with - เครื่องใช้ในครัว,เครื่องใช้
weird: very strange - แปลกประหลาด
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