Jacksonville Beach restaurant owner on life support after pool accident on Father’s Day | Top stories

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A popular Jacksonville Beach restaurant owner is in hospital and in serious condition after a dip in the Father’s Day pool turned tragic.

Action News Jax spoke with Naphat Bukum, the wife of Sarunyu Boonsanong – affectionately known as “Guy” in the Jax Beach community and owner of Budda Tai Bistro, who hopes to recover from a devastating swimming pool accident.

She says her husband has been unresponsive and on life support for about 10 days now, but she wants everyone to know that she is not abandoning her husband.

“It was Father’s Day and I never imagined this would happen to a family,” Bukum says.

She hopes her husband can pull through after a devastating pool accident.

“So it was just a normal Sunday morning. We had planned to take him out for burgers and ice cream,” Bukum explains.

Bukum says her husband and 6-year-old son decided to jump into their family pool to cool off on Father’s Day.

She says shortly after that the unthinkable happened.

“They jump up and then for some reason I felt like something weird had happened because I couldn’t see it coming out of the water,” Bukum says.

Bukum, who is 9 months pregnant, says her husband never surfaced and was face down in the pool.

She says that’s when she had to take action.

“He’s already unconscious and I know it’s no joke. So I managed to try to get him out and get my son to get help from the neighbours,” Bukum says.

Bunkum said she noticed her husband had a cut on the top of his head.

She thinks when he dove into the pool he hit his head, she immediately called 911.

Since Father’s Day, “Guy” has been unconscious in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hospital.

According to Bakum, an MRI shows her husband has a spinal cord injury and severe brain damage, and is currently on life support.

She says she is hoping for a miracle and she is not giving up.

“We need him, at least to know what we can expect. At least for him to see the baby and hold him in his arms,” says Bukum.

Bukum tells Action News Jax that she is expecting her third child in two weeks.

A GoFundMe for Sarunyu and his recovery can be found HERE.

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