Young American Austin Ryan Kirschenmann
dies after "Balcony fall" at hotel.
The 26-year-old Austin Ryan Kirschenmann has died from injuries sustained in "A Fall" from a third-floor balcony at a hotel just hours before he was to fly home last night (4 Sept).
A 26-year-old tourist from the US has lost his battle with depression. He leapt to his death from the 3rd floor of his hotel room during a vacation with his parents.
Police received a report of a severely injured foreign man who had plunged from one of the floors in the hotel he was staying at on Sunday afternoon at circa 17:00. “We assumed he was still alive when we were notified, so we rushed to the scene to try to save his life,” investigating officer Pol Lt Thanakan Umratsami said later that day.
Police officers, who had arrived shortly after receiving the report, along with a medical examiner of Thalang Hospital and Sa Khu emergency medical services volunteers, discovered a young man, who police later identified as 26-year-old US national Austin Ryan Kirschenmann, in a life-threatening condition on a concrete wall next to the hotel.
Despite a pool of blood that had already surrounded the man’s head, the doctor performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in an unsuccessful bid to save the young tourist’s life. Mr Kirschenmann was pronounced dead before rescuers could take him to the hospital.
Police refused to name the hotel where the incident occurred but said it was “a tall building on a road in the Moo 1 area leading to Nai Yang Beach” in the Sa Khu subdistrict of Thalang district. “We have spoken to hotel staff and learned that Mr Kirschenmann had been staying with his mother and father on the 3rd floor of the hotel,” Pol Lt Thanakan said. “We have evidence indicating that he had jumped from the balcony of his room,” the investigator added.
At Thalang Hospital, tourist police officials spoke to Mrs Stacey Dawn Kirschenmann, the 54-year-old mother of the deceased. “She was devastated by the death of her son but indicated that this was not his first attempt to commit suicide.” According to Mrs Kirschenmann, her son had been struggling with severe depression for several years and had tried to end his life numerous times in the past. A 2015 study conducted by the US National Mental Health Institute estimated that at least 6,7 percent of all Americans suffer from depression.
“Because of his mental state, Mrs Kirschenmann did not dispute the cause of death we have determined as suicide,” Pol Lt Thanakan said. The family is now in the process to organise the repatriation of their son back to the United States.
Credits: Farang Deaths