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Jacksonville Beach restaurant owner in intensive care after pool accident

Sarunyu ‘Guy’ Boonsanong hit his head while diving into a swimming pool with his son.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville Beach restaurant owner has been in a coma for 11 days.

On Father’s Day, the owner of Buddha Thai Bistro, also known as Buddha’s Belly, went swimming with his son and his wife says he hit his head while diving into the pool. His family and clients remain hopeful.

It started as an innocent Father’s Day for Naphat Bukum and her husband, Sarunyu Boonsanong, who calls himself “Guy”.

She says they were going out to celebrate before her husband and eldest son jumped into their backyard pool for a swim.

“At one point I only see Kingston, my eldest son and I don’t see Guy coming, so at one point I asked Kingston if dad was okay because I don’t see him coming, and I thought they were playing.” Boukum said.

Guy never came back. In fact, his wife had to step in and pull him up.

She says that at that moment she realized he may have hit his head while jumping.

“I’m screaming and screaming saying hey don’t die on me don’t leave us, it’s like a nightmare,” Bukum said.

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Guy was rushed to hospital, where he was admitted to intensive care. Doctors say he broke his spinal cord and has severe brain damage.

“My husband is a fighter and he never gives up and he has so many things waiting for him…his boys and also the baby,” said his wife, Bukum.

Guy and his wife, who have two young boys, are expecting a baby boy in two weeks.

She says the only thing she wants is a miracle for her best friend of ten years.

“Thank you so much and keep praying and sending love to her,” Bukum said.

Buddha Tai Bistro has been in business for 12 years and the doors are always open.

If you want to support Guy and his family, you can support their business, located at 301 10th Ave N, Jacksonville Beach.

There is also a GoFundMe to help cover medical expenses.

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