Supermodel "Yui" admitted to mental institute

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Miss Rojjana Phetkanha in 2005.

THAILAND - The Social Development and Human Security Ministry has extended its assistance to famous Thai model Rojjana (Yui) Phetkanha, who was admitted to a mental institute on Sunday.

The former supermodel was found wandering on Phetkasem Road, carrying a plastic bag. She was apparently disoriented and confused. She was admitted to the Somdetchaopraya Institute of Psychiatry.

Social Development and Human Security Minister Pavena Hongsakul visited her at the hospital.

Pavena told reporters that the ministry has contacted her family and checked if it is able to take care of the model. The ministry is also ready to provide a shelter and treatment, if her family cannot.

"She talked sensibly to me and said she wanted to meet her brother," Pavena said.

Rojjana is the first Thai model to make it big on the world stage. She was born to a farmer's family in Ubon Ratchathani. Joining the model world 16 years ago, she was a covergirl, the face of a Chanel perfume and shuttling between New York, Paris, London and Milan. But with fame and fortune came parties and drugs, which led to her downfall.

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