Bangkok bomb blast – The youngest person wounded in the Erawan shrine blast returned to Hong Kong on Thursday morning.
Jasmine Chu, nine-year-old, flew back to her home city with her father in the early hours of the morning on Thursday. She was seriously injured in the tragedy that shook Thailand’s security department last week. The bomb tore into her leg and she went through three different surgeries in Bangkok including a seven-hour long operation to remove a large piece of shrapnel from her thigh.
“I am definitely relieved to be back,” said Chu King-fun, father of Jasmine. “Now I hope my daughter will recover soon. In the past two days, she has been getting better and she is in a better mood. She is just worried about her school and her homework.”
Jasmine and her father, a retiree from a stock brokerage, were on a five-day holiday in Bangkok when they were caught up in the bomb attack. Her father escaped with minor injuries but their Thai friend was killed in the blast. Now Jasmine is being treated in Hong Kong’s Princess Margaret Hospital and her condition was stable.
“Doctors are examining her overall condition and then it will be decided what sort of follow-up action should be taken,” a representative from Princess Margaret Hospital told the reporters.
Central Bangkok descended into chaos on 17th of August when a bomb exploded in Erawan shrine, killing 20 people and injuring at least 125. The explosion occurred around 7pm near the Brahmin statue on the Ratchaprasong intersection. Since the incident police have failed to track down a prime suspect captured on security cameras leaving a bag at the incident site moments before the blast.
The bombing at the Ratchaprasong intersection was the country’s worst single mass-casualty attack. The youngest victim of the bomb was a four-year-old Malaysian girl who was killed. IMAGE/scmp.com