ONE Championship: Nong-O ordained as Buddhist monk after surviving dengue fever ‘crisis’
Former bantamweight Muay Thai champion undergoes Thai ritual of ‘making merit’ to honour doctors and nurses who saved himThe 36-year-old Thai had spent four days in an intensive care unit this month suffering from ‘life-threatening’ symptoms of the diseaseONE ChampionshipNicolas AtkinPublished: 2:52pm, 25 Aug, 2023Why you can trust SCMP
Former ONE Championship bantamweight Muay Thai king Nong-O Hama has been ordained as a Buddhist monk to honour the doctors and nurses who helped him during his “life-threatening” battle with dengue fever.
The 36-year-old Thai spent four days in an intensive care unit this month suffering from late stage symptoms of the disease, ONE chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong told the Post.But after surviving the ordeal, Nong-O decided to “make merit” – a traditional Thai ritual of donating religious service to Buddhist temples. ONE flyweight Muay Thai champion Rodtang Jitmuangnon went through the same ritual in January before his wedding, where he converted to Islam.
A post on Nong-O’s official Facebook fan page on Thursday showed pictures of him with a shaved head, wearing traditional orange robes, with his family including his two young sons with him.
“He has left for ordination for 15 days, to make merit in return for doctors and nurses at Piyavate Hospital who helped take care of him and maintained him until he could come back strong,” the post read.