Thousands of cancer patients and relatives of terminally-ill cancer patients queued up in front of the house of Mr Sangchai Haelerttrakul, or Mor Sang as he was widely known, in Muang district of Prachin Buri to receive free herbal medicines claimed to have the qualities to cure cancer.
Because of the high turnout, Mor San's assistants divided the people in four groups for proper management to make sure that all who were present were distributed the herbal medicines they needed.
One group was made up of old patients who used to come to Mor Sang's house to receive the medicines. The second group comprises relatives of the old patients who came to pick up the medicines on behalf of the patients. The third was new cancer patients and their relatives made up the fourth group.
It was reported that most of the new patients were terminally ill patients who were told by doctors at hospitals to return home because they could no longer be treated as they had reached the final stage of the illness. For these patients, Mor Sang's herbal medicines were the last option.
A patient's relative, Mrs Narada Det-arporn, told Thai PBS that she came to see Mor Sang at the recommendation of a friend after a doctor told her that her son was in the terminal stage and the hospital could not treat him any more.
She said she came to pick up the medicines on behalf of her son who was too sick to come and she wanted the herbal medicines for a last trial.
It was reported that the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine was conducting Laboratorial Tests of Mor Sang's herbal medicines to determine their efficacy in the treatment of what kinds of cancer.
Initial results of the tests are expected in March next year.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)