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Photos of 2-Year-Old Tsunami Victim in Khao Lak, Thailand

Netlore Archive: Viral images of a 2-year-old victim found battered and bruised but alive in Khao Lak, Thailand after the December 2004 tsunami.

Description: Emailed images
Circulating since: Dec. 2004
Status: True / Outdated

Example:
Email contributed by Xavier D., Jan. 4, 2005:


Subject: FW: Please take a look at the attached picture of this victim from Tsunami.

Dear Friends,

Please take a look at the attached picture of this victim from Tsunami.

If you do not know him, please forward his pictures to your friends or organization in your country for further publication.

This boy is about 2 years old. Found and taken from Khao Lak Resort Area, the southern part of Thailand. His parents are missing. His nationality & identity cannot be identified.

Please contact Dr. Anuroj Tharasiriroj of Phuket International Hospital

Phone: +66 76 249-400,

I thank you all for extending kindness to this boy.

With kind regards,

Tess Ruktapurana
Thai Airways International PCL

Two-year-old tsunami victim found in Khao Lak, Thailand

Two-year-old tsunami victim found in Khao Lak, Thailand

Two-year-old tsunami victim found in Khao Lak, Thailand


Analysis: Thanks to timely Internet postings, the 2-year-old boy pictured above, Hannes Bergstroem, is now (as of January 2005) safe in the arms of his Swedish family. The photos were spotted on the Web by the child's uncle, who rushed to Phuket International Hospital to collect the young tsunami victim. The entire family, including Hannes' father, mother, brother and grandparents, had been vacationing in southern Thailand when the December 26, 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami struck, separating the boy from his relatives. His mother, Suzanne Bergstroem, is still listed among the missing.

The images were originally posted on the Phuket International Hospital website then replicated on hundreds of other sites after circulating via forwarded email.

The location where the boy was found, Khao Lak, is misspelled "Khoa Lak" in some versions.

Update: The photo of another young tsunami victim, a 10-year-old German girl, is also circulating via email. She has been identified and returned to her homeland, though her parents remain missing.


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Sources and further reading:

Swedish Boy Is Reunited with Father in Thailand
Associated Press, 29 December 2004

Search for Tsunami Survivors Goes Online
Associated Press, 29 December 2004

The Net Recovers Toddler Believed Lost
The Age, 30 December 2004


Last updated: 01/06/05


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